June 30th 2021 – A note from RCC’s Lead Embryologist

Did you know?

We are all very concerned about the virus that causes Covid-19 and its presence on surfaces. We are so concerned, that we are using lots of hand sanitizer, aerosol and liquid cleaning agents and disinfecting wipes to clean all our daily surfaces at home, in our car, and even the grocery store!

But all these products contain harsh chemicals that are easily absorbed through the skin on our hands. Aerosols smell great but are circulated in our homes and vehicles and we may be breathing them in. Many of these chemicals are known to have negative effects on embryos, so we need to reduce their use during early pregnancy in case any of them are making their way to the uterus through our bloodstream.

We should always follow public health guidelines but try to reduce the use of chemicals in our daily lives as much as possible.

From your friendly neighbourhood Embryologist,

Pauline Saunders, Lead Embryologist, The Reproductive Care Center.


June 8th 2021

To our Muslim friends, family members, patients and colleagues:

We are mourning the tragic, senseless, and heart wrenching loss of valued members of the Muslim Community this past week.

The recent acts of hatred towards this innocent family do not reflect our Canadian values. Let us come together during these trying times and celebrate our differences.

The Reproductive Care Centre is and will remain a place of diversity, providing care and kindness to all human beings

Regards,

Dr. Shannon Corbett – Medical Director, Partner

Dr. Clive Lee- Physician, Partner

Dr. Yasmine Usmani- Physician, Partner &

Dr. Dan Nayot- Physician

The Reproductive Care Centre


Discussion on COVID-19 vaccine and fertility treatments with Dr. Nayot

Join Dr.Nayot tomorrow morning May 4th at 9:30 am EST for a discussion on the COVID-19 vaccine during fertility treatments.

You can join the discussion via the myMindBodyBaby Facebook page here

Or tune in via Zoom using the following information : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83026006868…
Meeting ID: 830 2600 6868
Passcode: 527161

Vaccines now available ! Pregnancy is now part of Phase Two Vaccine Initiative

Dear RCC Patients,

As of  April 23rd, 2021, pregnant women are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Pregnancy is now part of the Phase Two Vaccine Initiative. Pregnancy falls under the ‘Health Conditions ‘at risk’ category.

There are certain factors that can put you at greater risk from COVID-19 while pregnant. These include:

  • Being at the front lines or in a community outbreak situation
  • Age > 35 years
  • Obesity (BMI >30)
  • Pre-pregnancy high blood pressure
  • Pre-pregnancy diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Heart disease

Vaccine appointments can be booked through the Public Health Unit immunization clinics, through the provincial call centre at 1-888-999-6488 or you can also pre-register for the vaccination using the Trillium Health Partners website: http://trilliumhealthpartners.ca/covid-19/A/vaccine.html#starthere

Individuals will be eligible for vaccination with a 16 week (112 day) second dose interval presently.

For those considering the COVID-19 vaccination, our current advice at RCC is to educate yourself with the resources provided below at the end of this update. That being said, the position statement from the SOGC gives specific recommendations to pregnant women who are at high risk of COVID- 19 exposure and complications – this should be considered when contemplating vaccination so an individual can make an informed choice.  In making a decision about whether to get vaccinated, each individual should weigh the risk vs. benefit. Your doctors and nurses at RCC are here to help you navigate these decisions.

If you are interested in reading more about the COVID-19 vaccination, please see the following resources and feel free to book an appointment to talk to your medical team:

https://www.pregnancyinfo.ca/covid/#safety

https://sogc.org/common/Uploaded%20files/Latest%20News/SOGC_Statement_COVID-19_Vaccination_in_Pregnancy.pdf

https://www.pcmch.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/COVID-19-Vaccine-Infographic-2021_03_08.pdf

 STAY STRONG. STAY WELL. STAY HOPEFUL. 

Regards,

 Shannon Corbett

Medical Director & Partner, The Reproductive Care Centre

M.D., Division of Women’s Health, Trillium Health Partners, Credit Valley Hospital

Clinical Faculty, Lecturer, The University of Toronto

FREE Webinar : How your likelihood of fertility treatment success is determined with Dr. Dan Nayot

Tuesday April 20th 7:30-8:30 pm

Learning about fertility treatments can be overwhelming, and many people have questions about the process and their real chance of success. You may wonder how a specialist evaluates and determines your likelihood of a positive outcome. What factors influence treatment success?

Join Dr. Dan Nayot, one of the top fertility specialists in the GTA, as he answers your questions on fertility and success factors. There will be lots of opportunity to address questions you’ve always wanted to ask.

Not able to join us live? Register anyway! We’ll email all registrants with a recording of the session.

Click here to register

RCC participating in Project Journey: An Online Couples Study About Experiences with Medically Assisted Reproduction !

You and your partner are in the process of medically assisted procreation?
We need your participation ! As part of a study whose objective is to improve the experience of couples in the MAP process, RCC is looking for couples who wish to start a family.
You can participate if :
🌀 You and your partner are interested in the study;
🌀 Your first medical tests at the fertility clinic were less than 6 months ago;
🌀 You have access to the internet;
🌀 You are able to read and speak English or French.
To thank you, a gift certificate of up to $216 will be given to each couple!
For more information, please click here : https://natalieorosen.com/journey/
** Project Journey is inclusive to all bodies, gender identities, and sexual orientations.**

RCC is pleased to be a part of The Canadian Fertility Show taking place February 6th 2021 (Virtually)

This event will bring together a robust line up of speakers on a variety of topics supporting multiple areas of family planning. RCC physician Dr.Dan Nayot will be speaking about Innovations in Endometrial Receptivity Assessment Tools .  To learn more about this event or to purchase tickets visit the 2021 Canadian Fertility Show.


Dr.Dan Nayot from RCC joined Mary Wong to discuss Chromosomal PGT-A Testing

When you are doing IVF, you want to know that you are doing everything you can to increase your chances of conceiving a healthy baby. One of the ways fertility clinics say they may improve your chance of a successful pregnancy is through chromosomal testing of your embryos known as PGT-A or Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Aneuploidies or CCS (Comprehensive Chromosome Screening). As much as it sounds awesome, it does not guarantee a baby. Fertility Doctor @dan.nayot talks about the pros and cons of PGT-A so you can see if this is something that you want to sign up for.


RCC’S Medical Director, Dr.Shannon Corbett, appeared on Canada’s Global News to discuss the diagnosis of unexplained infertility.


Dr. Shannon Corbett 

RCC’s Medical Director, Dr. Shannon Corbett, appeared on Canada’s Global News to discuss the diagnosis of “unexplained infertility”. Click here to watch the segment now.