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Relaxation and meditation are effective ways in dealing with stress and coping with daily challenges…

As part of the original mandate of Grace Fertility Centre to create an integrated approach to infertility, we are launching our Mind Body Program. Mind-body connection is not a new concept, but it will the first for such a program in BC. How can we reduce stresses related to day-to-day living? What about the psychological impact of infertility and stress on pregnancy outcomes? How can we achieve balance and serenity faced with daily adversities and distractions? These questions and more we ...

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Vitrification has also now extended to eggs allowing for fertility preservation in women who may wish to delay child bearing for whatever reason.

The increasing use of frozen embryo transfer at this facility, since 2012, and elsewhere attests to the gains made from the now accepted practice of embryo vitrification (a rapid freezing method, contrasting the previous slow freeze method).

The advantages are

  • Distancing the time of embryo transfer from the stimulated cycle where a potential less than optimal endometrial lining (non physiological) may be present.
  • In the case of high estradiol lessen th...
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Understanding Your Fertility. Join us for a free information talk about the myths and misinformation around fertility topics

Join us for a free information talk about the myths and misinformation around fertility topics. The talk will be of interest to men and women who may or may not be ready to have children and have questions about how long they can safely wait and what options are available if they aren’t yet ready to start their families. May 23, 2013 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Renfrew Public Library 2969 E 22nd, Vancouver. Speakers will include Judith Daniluk Ph.D, Emily Koert M.A., Anthony Cheung MD FRCSC an...

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Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) provides an effective approach to cope with all types of psychological stress, as well as chronic pain, depression and many other conditions.

As one who has experienced mindfulness practice first hand, led by an experienced facilitator/teacher, I can only say it was a truly insightful process and remarkable in calming and relieving stress.

In a non-threatening way, Ann Marie Wright coaches participants through awareness of the breath, progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) and body mapping as a way of bringing an acute awareness of body sensations, particularly how it relates to thoughts. Body mapping is an unhurried and se...

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Infertility is not just a female problem. A third to a half of couples presenting with infertility will have a male infertility component.

Infertility is not just a female problem. There is a misconception regarding this issue. A third to a half of couples presenting with infertility will have a male infertility component. Male fertility declines with age, not as precipitously as with females but nevertheless there are qualitative and quantitative changes with age and exposure to environmental agents. There are reports of increased risks of autism with older age fathers to name one example. With egg freezing or rather vitrific...
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Dietary interventions and supplementation that support mitochondrial function may have a positive impact on pregnancy outcomes for older women that have been diagnosed with either low ovarian reserve, high FSH or been told they are poor responders

The birth rate for women in the 40-44 range doubled between 1988 and 2008.  There are many reasons for the trend in delayed child bearing: more women are pursuing higher education and career advancement; many don’t find love until later in life; and, some don’t decide to add to their family until later in life. 

Regardless of the reason, women find it particularly distressing to hear there is no cure for old eggs when their advancing age is listed as a cause o...

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Several studies have shown that zinc supplementation may improve sperm counts and motility, especially when used in combination with folic acid

  1. Pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc, a trace mineral that is essential for normal function of the male reproductive system.  Several studies have shown that zinc supplementation may improve sperm counts and motility, especially when used in combination with folic acid.  Don’t like pumpkin?  Substitute or alternate with sesame seeds: another great source of zinc!
  2. Spinach: We all know spinach was the source of Popeye’s superhu...
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We have had a really wonderful response to our Mind Body awareness program with some longer term patients inspired to participate in private sessions and reportedly experiencing great benefits, some of the following are comments from the recently conducted Mind Body Practice series held at Grace Fertility Centre.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our introductory series on Mindfulness Meditation!

We wish to thank Ann Marie Wright for her kind stewardship and we look forward to her next sessions.
We have had a really wonderful response to our Mind Body awareness program with some longer term patients inspired to participate in private sessions and reportedly experiencing great benefits, some of the following are comments from the recently conducted Mind Body Practice series he...

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