McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Pregnancy | Fertility

Pregnancy — the nine months or so for which a woman carries a developing embryo and fetus in her womb — is for most women a time of great happiness and fulfilment. However, during pregnancy, both the woman and her developing child face various health risks. For this reason, it is important that all pregnancies should be monitored by skilled care providers.

World Health Organization (WHO)

Reasons for infertility

Video about infertility

Infertility affects many couples worldwide. This video walks through the background, causes of and treatments for infertility from both a male and a female perspective.

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Thinking About Freezing Your Eggs? Oocyte Cryopreservation

Video about oocyte cryopreservation

This video provides information about "egg freezing" — oocyte cryopreservation — as a means to preserve reproductive potential in women.

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What to do when you can’t conceive?

Dr. Art Leader in video about infertility

Are you having trouble conceiving a child? This video discusses infertility, a common health concern among Canadian couples.

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Pregnancy 101: How Pregnancy Tests Work

Video about pregnancy tests

This video discusses how over-the-counter pregnancy tests work, why women urinate on a small plastic sticks and what reactions are taking place to display results within seconds.

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Pregnancy 101: De-Stress Over Prenatal Stress

Video about prenatal stress

This video looks at how stress affects a fetus, explains the mechanisms behind these effects and suggests effective stress-management strategies for pregnant women.

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Exercise during Pregnancy: How Safe Is It?

Video about exercise during pregnancy

This video discusses the safety and benefits of exercising during pregnancy according to a new meta-analysis study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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Stress During Pregnancy: Does Stress Affect Fetal and Child Health?

Video about stress during pregnancy

This video addresses the question of how stress affects fetal and child health.

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Folate and Pregnancy

Video about folate and pregnancy

This video looks into the relationship between folate and pregnancy

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