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Ovulation induction drug therapy for anovulatory infertility associated with polycystic ovary syndrome

Presents a systematic review and critical appraisal of the evidence on the use of ovulation induction (OI) drug therapy to manage anovulatory infertility associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in women of reproductive age. Provides the current published scientific evidence about its safety and efficacy/effectiveness in terms of pregnancy rate in this category of infertile patients.

Published: 2004
Volunteers and support groups

Contains an alphabetical list arranged by province of Infertility Awareness Association of Canada (I.I.A.C.) support groups. Includes addresses and contact info.

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IVF effectiveness: first the burden of illness, then the burden of cost

Discusses the two premises on which governments have not provided funding for medical treatments of infertile couples. Governments claim fertilization is not medically necessary, and infertility treatments, particularly in vitro fertilization (IVF), are not effective. Current study being done seeks to provide evidence against the latter premise; this up-to-date and valid assessment of IVF effectiveness will provide vital information for policy-makers, clinicians and patients.

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Glossary of common terms relating to infertility

Contains an alphabetically arranged list of commonly used defined terms relating to infertility.

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Chemical exposure and human fertility

Assesses the literature about the association between exposure to chemicals such as dietary factors and environmental contaminants, and impaired human fertility. Concludes by stating that while there has been no increase in infertility, regulatory bodies should continue to review the published literature and where necessary take appropriate steps to restrict or eliminate the use of chemicals with the potential to harm human health.

Celiac disease and infertility

Defines celiac disease (CD), a genetically-based, permanent intolerance to ingested gluten, and the symptoms that occur with it. Suggests there is a strong link between CD and infertility, and cautions infertile women to get checked for CD.

Reproductive questions and answers for cancer survivors: a guide for teens

Talks about hormones and ovaries, premature ovarie failure, fertility and pregnancy, fertility treatments, other fertility issues, and sexual relationships after cancer. Avaliable in html and pdf.

Published: 1999-2004

Provides links to articles discussing infertility and its ramifications. Includes information about the Vancouver Infertility Support Group (VIPS).

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Does gender count?: Differences in English-Canadian beliefs, attitudes and behaviours towards breast cancer and infertility: des

Aims to provide an empirical framework for statements about Canadian attitudes towards, or use of, technologies and complementary care.

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Published: 2001
What to expect when you're experiencing infertility: how to cope with the emotional crisis and survive it
Provides information to lead the reader dealing with infertility from the crisis phase to acceptance to resolution to the epilogue.
Published: 1998