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Dr Cheung discusses fertility options including egg freezing

From CBC Radio Program "Almanac"

Human egg freezing is becoming more widespread as a way for women to buy time while they focus on their careers or wait for the right partner, but when's a good time to do it?

Jamie Moon, from Richmond, has been pondering the issue. The 28-year-old from Richmond says she wants to have children, but both her and her partner's careers have only just begun.

"All I can feel is a ticking time clock," she told B.C. Almanac's ...

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Dr Cheung comments on the Maclean’s magazine article “Thirty Seven and Counting – The harsh reality of women’s fertility decline”

Dr. Cheung's comments on the Maclean's article (October, 2012):

Yes, the general idea is the same. Oocyte freezing will be equivalent to going through a cycle of IVF (but without the embryo transfer).

"The process is only for the committed. LifeQuest charges $8,600 for egg freezing, including $3,000 for medication covered by many insurance plans. Egg storage, thawing, fertilization and embryo transfer will cost more. It’s also physically and emotionally gruel...

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Grace Fertility Centre is a long time supporter of the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada

This week - May 24th to May 31st 2014 - is Infertility Awareness Week in Canada.

Grace Fertility Centre is a long time supporter of the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada (IAAC).

For information about the organization and this week's activities please visit the IAAC web site

 

For information about commonly asked questions regarding infertility issues please visit link gracefertilitytv.com...

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Real-time monitoring is not indispensable for a successful routine ART program. Its potential benefits are not supported with convincing evidence based on currently available data. Risks related to its application should be seriously considered and eliminated. However, it is a very useful research tool.

What are the principles behind this idea?
1. In an effort to identify the best embryo(s) for transfer for further improvement of IVF success, a recent approach is to apply real-time light microscopic monitoring of embryo development using time lapse photography.
2. This idea is not new as it was applied to study the early embryos in rabbits as early as 1929.
3. The principles are the same for the different available devices (e.g., the “EmbryoScope”) - either...

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From “BC Living Magazine”…Armed with information and statistics, the couple knew their chances of conceiving were slim given their age and their combined low egg and sperm counts. “Dr Anthony Cheung (founder and medical director at Grace Fertility Centre) really cares about his patients,” says Danielle. “He gives you the straight goods and doesn’t give you false hope.” After weighing their odds and on the advice of Dr Cheung, the couple decided to give In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) a chance.

From "BC Living" Magazine

As Brent* lovingly stares at his precious 13-month-old son, Charlie*, asleep in his arms, his wife, Danielle*, looks on with pure joy. The Vancouver couple — both in their early 40's never thought this moment would happen.

After unsuccessfully trying for one year to get pregnant, the couple decided to explore fertility treatments. “We found each other late in life. Both of us had previously been married, and we really wanted a chil...

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Is delaying childbearing to the early 30’s the new norm? Dr Anthony Cheung responds to recently released data from Statistics Canada

The following is Dr Cheung's response to the PROVINCE article on declining fertility rates for 2011.

"The fertility rates for 2011 quoted by the Province on Jul 12, 2013 are consistent with recent trends. The quoted higher number of 52.3 births per 1000 women for those aged 35-39 and lower number of 45.7 for those aged 20-24 for 2011 (compared with corresponding figures of 51.7 and 48 for 2010) should not be too alarmist, as there can also be year-to-year variations in addition...

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Infertility specialist Doctor Cheung looks at the impact of PCOS on fertility treatment and other health issues

Lack of ovulation results in infertility and may cause abnormal overgrowth of the endometrium (the lining of the uterus). This overgrowth (“hyperplasia”) is due to a lack of progesterone to counteract the effects of estrogen and can lead to irregular bleeding, and if not corrected long-term, may induce abnormal, sometimes, precancerous changes in the endometrium. Excess androgens may result in increased body hair, acne and in some cases, even male-pattern balding. Other health c...

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Mindfulness meditation provides an effective tool for coping with all types of psychological stress, as well as chronic pain, depression and many other conditions.

There are many sources of stress in the world today. We all suffer from it and some challenges bring acute anxiety that affects not only our physiology, but our ability to cope. Mindfulness meditation provides an effective tool for coping with all types of psychological stress, as well as chronic pain, depression and many other conditions. Mindfulness practice has been shown to produce positive changes in mood and brain function that persist beyond the time of active meditation. MRI studies hav...
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Gratitude for the small things along the way helped, persistence and trust got us through it.

Please note this represents a typical story and is not directly related to any one patient  and therefore to any of the given testimonials from our patients. It does represent many elements of dealing with infertility, medical and psychosocial that are a constant in this group of patients

This story illustrates many of the issues that mature aged couples may have to face including:
• Unrealistic expectations based on media hype and maybe not realizing the limitatio...

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An important pre-requisite for IVF Fertility funding is Single Embryo Transfer (SET) for minimizing multiple pregnancies

Currently Quebec and very soon Ontario are the only provinces in Canada that have funding coverage for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment. An important pre-requisite for IVF Fertility funding is Single Embryo Transfer (SET) to minimize multiple pregnancies, including twins but a trade-off is a lower pregnancy rate compared to double embryo transfer (DET).

However, it has been reported that in women under 36 the combined pregnancy rates resulting from an unsuccessful &ldquo...

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