Food, Feelings 
& Fertility

ONLINE COURSE: Not currently running - check out our support groups!

For those who dream of starting a family, doctor's visits, fertility tests, and procedures are seldom part of the picture. 

And yet, roughly 1 in 6 couples experience infertility in Canada, defined by the inability to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 or more months of regular unprotected sex. Despite how common infertility has become, feelings of shame and secrecy continue to surround the diagnosis. As such, we've developed this online course to help you feel supported through your journey. 

COURSE

SNAPSHOT

  • Enjoy sessions online from the comfort of your own home

  • Learn stress management techniques 

  • Communication tips to improve relationships with partners, family, and friends

  • Evidence-based nutrition factors to enhance fertility naturally

  • Gain tools to move through difficult emotions 

  • LIVE weekly sessions held over 5 weeks

  • Multiple convenient times to best suit your schedule

DETAILS AND REGISTRATION

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Buy classes individually below or click here to purchase a class pass.

Patients of Markham Fertility Centre: contact your doctor for a promo code to receive the course for free thanks to Ferring.

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MODULE 1
November 1, 2021
12pm or 7pm

 Using Nutrition to Enhance Fertility

Learn about:

  • How and why one's diet affects fertility 

  • Foods that decrease egg and sperm quality

  • Nutrients and foods that enhance egg quality in women 

  • Nutrients and foods that support sperm quality & quantity

  • Supplements that can help 

  • Evidence for and against various popular diets (i.e. paleo, keto, etc.

  • Lifestyle habits to avoid 

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MODULE 2
November 8, 2021
12pm or 7pm


Infertility: Moving Through Grief in Disguise

Learn about: 

  • The connection between infertility complicated grief—and why this matters

  • Healthy techniques and strategies to help you cope with loss(es

  • How to find meaning through hardship  

  • Responses to grief that promote and delay healing, according to research 

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MODULE 3
November 15, 2021
12pm or 7pm


Navigating Friendships and Family Dynamics Amidst Infertility

Learn about:  

  • Assertive communication skills 

  • How to set healthy boundaries 

  • Tips on how to respond to invasive, awkward, challenging, or ignorant comments and questions 

  • Positive ways to work through anger, jealousy, and more

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MODULE 4
November 22, 2021 
12pm or 7pm


Staying Connected During Crisis

Learn about:

 

  • How to maintain intimacy with your partner through fertility treatments

  • Communication techniques that connect 

  • The 5 most common communication mistakes among unhappy couples

  • Tips to process grief and obstacles as a team  

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MODULE 5
November 29, 2021 
12pm or 7pm


Processing and Moving Through Difficult Emotions

​At the end of this module, participants will have learned:

 

  • What neuroscience can teach us about anxiety and stress 

  • Tools to facilitate self-compassion 

  • The impact of shame and guilt and how to decrease negative self-talk

  • Cognitive-behavioural strategies aimed to change thought patterns in healthy ways

  • Body-based exercises that encourage feelings of safety and calm

  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction strategies 

Purchase a class pass

 

WE'RE IN THIS TOGETHER

Research shows support for the efficacy of group therapy when it comes to improving the general health of those struggling with infertility1. As such, a portion of each module will be dedicated to providing attendees with the opportunity to share their personal experiences with infertility. This can be done via video within the webinar or through the chat feature. 

1  2016. Najmeh, A et al. Global Journal of Health Science. “The effectiveness of mindfulness-based cognitive group therapy on martial satisfaction and general health in women with infertility.”