Having a baby is a pivotal event in life. The desire to have children and to be parents is, for many people, very strong. For the 16% of Canadians for whom infertility is a growing problem, assisted human reproduction (AHR) procedures may help build their families.
AHR can involve the prescription of ovulation-inducing drugs and artificial insemination, but also includes assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer.
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Guide to Healthy Pregnancy
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Many people really want to become parents by having their own children. For some people though, getting pregnant can be a real challenge. If you are having fertility problems, the good news is that there are options and medical help for many couples experiencing infertility.
Fertility treatment options
Are you or your partner having fertility problems? Are you single or a same sex couple, and looking to start a family? If so, you’ll be happy to know there are many treatment options, and new practices are quickly evolving.
Coping with stress
Getting fertility treatments is often described as an emotional roller coaster. One day, you may feel hopeful and excited. The next, you may feel sad and uncertain. The ups and downs of getting treatments may cause you physical, mental, and emotional stress.
Fertility information by province
In Canada, the provinces and territories set policies related to fertility treatments and assisted human reproduction (AHR).
Genetic testing and screening
Genetic testing and screening can help you find out of your baby could develop certain genetic conditions (passed on through your genes). This is usually done when there is a family history of a major health problem that is likely to be passed on to the baby.
For couples who have had problems getting pregnant, the idea of having multiples may seem exciting. But you should know that giving birth to multiples presents greater health risks to both mum and babies.
Stories from other parents of multiples
These stories are real-world examples of people who have been pregnant with multiples. They are meant to give you an idea of the challenges you may face as parents of multiples.
Egg and sperm and embryo donation
Using donors or surrogates
Many Canadians undergo fertility treatments like in vitro fertilization using their own sperm or eggs. Sometimes, though, the best or only chance of getting pregnant means using sperm, eggs, or embryos that are donated by a third party.
Find information about a donor
It is natural to want to know where you came from. If you were conceived using donated sperm, eggs, or in vitro embryos, the answer to that question is a bit more complicated.
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