Frequently Asked Questions & Answers from Dr. Helliwell and Dr. Kaneen

FAQ 1: What Is Egg Freezing?

The process of egg freezing involves using hormonal stimulation on your ovaries, retrieving the eggs, and cooling them to subzero temperatures. When you are ready to be pregnant, the frozen eggs will be thawed and fertilized in a lab and then transferred to your uterus.

FAQ 2: Am I Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Vitamin D lowers the risk of osteoporosis and fractures and maintains normal levels of phosphorus in your blood. It helps calcium get ingested adequately by your body. For adult women up to the age of 70, the daily recommended intake of Vitamin D is 800 to 1,000 International Units (IU). Women over 70 should get 800 IU or more per day.

FAQ 11: Is There a Breast Cancer Gene?

Everybody has BRCA1 and BRCA2, the breast cancer genes, whose function is to repair cell damage and promote new cell growth. As the genes get passed through generations, they may develop genetic alterations that cause cancer. BRCA1 and BRCA2 specific inherited mutations contribute to one out of ten cases of breast cancer.

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