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The number of women and men suffering from infertility has risen over recent decades, and more couples are using assisted reproductive technologies to have a family than ever before. But why is infertility increasing? Can lifestyle choices affect fertility? And how successful are assisted reproductive technologies? Join us as we talk about the latest science of making babies!
Tick tock goes the biological clock: why maternal and paternal age matters.
Dr. Jenna Haverfield (Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Centre for Research in Reproduction & Development, McGill University Health Centre)
With more and more couples choosing to start their families later in life, it has never been more important to discuss how age can affect the chance of having a healthy baby. This talk will set the record straight and use evidence-based science to answer questions such as: What exactly is ‘advanced’ reproductive age? Does the age of the father really matter? And just how successful are assisted reproductive technologies in helping older couples conceive? Come delve into the fascinating world of reproductive health and learn how healthy babies are made in the 21st century!
It takes two to tango: the father is just as important as the mother when it comes to making a healthy baby.
Dr. Jacquetta Trasler (Professor - Centre for Research in Reproduction & Development, McGill University Health Centre)
Sperm counts among Western men have halved in the last 40 years and the cause of this decline is unknown. Changes to diet and environmental toxins are possible explanations. Currently there aren't tests that measure sperm ‘health’ and help guide men planning to have children. We'll discuss research emerging from the new field of epigenetics; this field and rapid developments in genomic technologies promise to improve our knowledge of environmental factors that threaten men’s reproductive health. I want to make a difference for men and couples to improve fertility and the health of their child.
Social egg freezing: the hype, the hope, the science
Dr. Geneviève Genest (Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Division of Allergy and Immunology), McGill University and PhD candidate, Experimental Medicine, McGill University)
Too busy to think about passing your genes onto the next generation? Egg freezing is the perfect solution… Or is it? Come learn about fertility preservation! We will explore the technologies available, procedures, costs and expectations while discussing social issues and controversies surrounding this topic. So let us celebrate without ovary-acting!