To freeze or not to freeze?... That is the question.....

To freeze or not to freeze?...That is the question....   Many of you are wondering about an article by Zhang et al. published in the New England Journal of Medicine regarding the success rate of transplanting fresh vs frozen embryos.  In recent years, there has been a substantial move towards encouraging frozen embryo transfers rather than fresh embryo transfers.  The concept behind frozen embryo transfers is simple: immediately after a fresh embryo transfer a woman's body is more

Flu Vaccine

Hi Everyone!! As you know flu season is upon us and every year our patients want to know if they should get the flu vaccine in pregnancy. The influenza virus infects thousands of people each year resulting in 12, 200 hospitalizations and 3, 500 deaths per year.  It comes from two different strains and unfortunately manages to mutate creating new strains every year.  Health Canada and the Centers for Disease Control in the United States consider some groups as high risk for influenza more

When Should You Seek Fertility Evaluation and Assistance?

My patients often ask me why some couples seem to get pregnant immediately and others struggle for years to conceive, to which I respond that the timing can be different for everyone.  The length of time it takes to conceive naturally varies from couple to couple, and therefore pinning down what's "normal" can be a bit of a challenge.  While medical research studies vary widely on definitions of infertility, it has been demonstrated that the longer it takes the higher the chance that more

The Zika Virus and Pregnancy: What You Need To Know

There have been numerous concerns regarding the outbreak of Zika virus and pregnant women or those who are trying to get pregnant.  The virus can cause early miscarriage in some cases, but for those pregnancies that continue the consequences to the fetus can be devastating.  Infected babies are born with head defects, brain defects, and eye problems.  I've addressed them briefly here, but you can find more detailed answers in the Frequently Asked Questions section. Regions with more