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Tank safety

There is not a day that goes by when I don’t think about the security and safety of the embryos, sperm and eggs we have frozen in our cryopreservation or cryo tanks. I am on vacation this week and was out for a run and our tanks were on my mind. Our lab director would say an hour doesn’t go by when he doesn’t think about our tanks.

 

twins

Nearly every patient I meet wants twins.  Of course, they want twins!  The idea of having two children at once when they have longed for children for years, makes perfect sense.  Many people want a sibling for the children, so instant siblings seems very efficient.

IVF treatment protocol and quality of life

There are 3 main IVF protocols we use regularly: antagonist, agonist, MD Agonist Flare.  Sure, there are plenty of variations on these protocols, but essentially all protocols come from these 3, even minimal stimulation IVF, natural cycle IVF and others.    Study after study has shown that there is little difference between pregnancy outcomes with the different protocols.  What does seem to matter is what dose your physician picks for you, the timing of the different medications used during the protocol and the "extra" medications that are used based on the patients

New things in 2018

Live with no regrets, dance like no one is watching, live every day like it is your last.  For me that is all nonsense. That kind of fridge-magnet and facebook-friendly advice just makes me feel badly about myself. I have regrets, I waste a lot of time, and why would i dance like no one is watching?   Anyway, for people like me who are pretty sure we aren't yet living our "best life" the new year is awesome.  It's this awesome time when you get a little reset.  You get to imagine being a better version of yourself in the future.

vitamin D

Nearly all of us are deficient in vitamin D. Ninety percent of our body’s vitamin D comes from the sun, meaning cholesterol in our skin is converted into vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) by the action of UV rays from the sun. Vitamin D3 is then converted by the liver and kidneys into the active form of vitamin D. The other 10% of out body’s vitamin D3 comes from our diet. If you live in Canada you are probably vitamin D deficient. The rates are so high the BC government health plan no longer pays for testing - they want us to just assume we are deficient.

stale

My blog went stale the past few weeks. I really didn't want that to happen. I haven't posted in a really long time... I think I got a bit busy, was feeling like I didn't have much interesting to say (research published in the last couple of months has been rather boring - either too esoteric or too silly), I started watching Game of Thrones and just kind of felt like I was in a funk.

 

vitamin D

I think sunscreen typifies the anxiety that has been bred by the internet and media.  Is it good or bad?  Fifty years ago we would assume it is good as our doctor would have told us to use it, teachers in school would remind us it is important and we'd have no or few resources to check whether they were right.  If the doctor and teachers were right this was a better time.  We would have been saved google searches that doubted the doctor.  I think there would be less anxiety.  Of course, the big assumption is that the doctor and teachers are right.

weight gain in pregnancy

A friend of mine always hates her job.  Every job she has ever had has been "the worst."  She moves from job to job and inevitably after the 2 month mark in a new job complains how terrible it is.  I once bought her a greeting card that read "You hate your job?  Why didn't you say so?  There's a support group for that.  It's called 'everybody' and they meet at the bar."  She didn't laugh like I did. 

 

telomeres

Ever notice when you get something in your head you start seeing that thing everywhere? I remember when I was a teenager I wanted a cordless telephone. I begged my parents for one with the claim that "everyone had one."  It did seem like they did: Carrie, my short, rebellous friend would walk around her house on one for hours, Monica down the street had one she'd hide from her brother, Radio Shack had them prominently on display. It felt like I was the only person without one and I had the 1980s version of FOMO.