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According to Statistics Canada, 27% of Canadian women are considered overweight. It has been known for some time that being overweight is linked to infertility, and women with a BMI higher than 30kg/m2 will likely take longer to conceive, if at all. The most common explanation for this is likely hormonal imbalance, which ultimately leads…

Briefly – What is Endometriosis? Essentially, in endometriosis, the cells of the endometrium, the inner layer of the uterus, escape and grow outside the uterus. Like their normal counterpart inside the uterus, this displaced endometrium is influenced by hormonal changes, thickening, breaking down and bleeding with each menstrual cycle. As this extra tissue is outside…

Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) are more likely to develop gestational diabetes after conceiving. PCOS is one of the leading causes of female infertility, affecting 5-10% of women of reproductive age. Many women with PCOS exhibit insulin resistance resulting in an increase in blood glucose levels. Elevated blood sugar can lead to serious complications…

PCOS – The Leading Cause of Female Infertility! Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS in short, is a common condition in women which prevents 12-21% of them from getting pregnant. However, thanks to recent advances in reproductive medicine, getting pregnant with PCOS has become possible. Insulin resistance is the hallmark of PCOS. Excessive blood insulin adversely…

What is multiple miscarriage and why do you need to know about it? A “miscarriage” is the involuntary termination of pregnancy. Roughly one of eight pregnancies ends with a miscarriage. Most cases occur during the first trimester and it is the most common complication of early pregnancy. Miscarriages were referred to as “recurrent” when it…

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Causes of Multiple Miscarriage: Multiple miscarriages, which was classically defined as >3 consecutive pregnancy losses has recently been redefined as >2 pregnancy loss, owing to an increase in the prevalence of childless couples. Years of research in the field have identified anti-phospholipid antibody (aPL) syndrome (APS), uterine/endocrine/chromosomal abnormalities as the leading causes of multiple miscarriage….

Endometriosis and Infertility: Affects 5-10% of women of reproductive age, Of every 10 women with endometriosis, 2 to 5 also suffer from infertility. It is a disease in which the lining of the uterus (or endometrium) grows in other parts of the body, causing excessive pain during menstrual cycle. The primary symptom is usually pelvic…

What is multiple miscarriage? The term “miscarriage” means involuntary pregnancy loss. It occurs in 15% of apparently normal couples, and become “recurrent” in 2% to 3%. Traditionally, miscarriage events are recurrent when it involves loss of 3 or more consecutive pregnancies, usually before 20 weeks of gestation, with or without previous live births. Currently accepted…

Did you know that insulin resistance causes excessive blood insulin? Sounds a little confusing at first, but let me explain. When cells in our body don’t respond to insulin (insulin resistance), our body tries to compensate by continuing to making more insulin, resulting in excessive blood insulin levels! Hallmark of PCOS – Insulin Resistance: The…

The acceptance that women can be depressed during pregnancy is relatively new. Previously it was believed that pregnant women are exposed to hormones that make them happy and so they cannot be depressed. Today we recognize that depression during pregnancy can be a devastating problem with serious consequences on the health of the mother and…

What’s involved in IVF Infertility treatments involving fertility drugs and management of eggs, sperm, and embryos outside of the human body are called Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is the most common type of ART. IVF has a relatively short history. It started in 1978, with the birth of Louise Brown, the…

Does a Father’s Age Determine a Child’s Risk of Autism? The causes of autism are quite complicated, as it is determined on a case-by-case basis. Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that is most commonly associated with problems with communication, social interactions, as well as with repetitive interests and activities. The signs of autism usually…

Fertility problems in women is unfortunately too common of an issue that many people struggle with. However, it may not always be clear whether your experience is just a natural part of the process, or whether it is time to seek treatment from a fertility specialist. How to know when to seek treatment from a…

Will we soon be using prenatal genetic testing to pick and choose traits we want in our children? Are ‘designer babies’ around the corner? Are we on the verge of creating a demigod race by selecting and grooming for traits from the womb? To understand why people should not really be worried about this sci-fi…

Young first-time mothers decrease the risk of breast cancer – here’s why:

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