Olive Fertility Centre Honours Fertility Pioneer for World Fertility Day

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On World Fertility Day, Olive Fertility Centre would like to take the opportunity to honour Dr. Al Yuzpe for his contribution to the field of reproductive medicine. Dr. Yuzpe is known for his role in developing fertility drugs, and in introducing the use of the surgical procedure laparoscopy.

Dr. Yuzpe has contributed so many ‘firsts’ to the field of fertility that it is hard to name them all.

November 2nd marks World Fertility Day. At Olive we would like to take this opportunity to honour Dr. Al Yuzpe for his contribution to the field of fertility.

“Dr. Yuzpe has contributed so many ‘firsts’ to the field of fertility that it is hard to name them all. He’s a giant in reproductive medicine. He has been an inspiration to so many of us working in the field. He’s also beloved by the thousands of patients he has helped achieve their dream of having a family over the last 40 years.” says Olive co-director, Dr. Beth Taylor.

Celebrated as a pioneer in the field of reproductive medicine, Dr. Yuzpe is known for his role in developing the fertility drugs clomiphene and human FSH (a standard drug in IVF), and in introducing the use of the surgical procedure laparoscopy, which in the past 40 years has become the basis for minimally invasive and robotic surgery.

Inspired by his friends and colleagues Drs. Patrick Streptoe and Robert Edwards (the fathers of IVF, responsible for the birth of first IVF baby in 1978), Dr. Yuzpe performed one of Canada’s first IVF procedures and launched one of the first IVF clinics at the University Hospital at the University of Western Ontario, London Ontario.

He then went on to establish the first Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons-approved Canadian specialty training program in Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Yuzpe is also known for establishing the first pre-implantation genetic diagnosis clinic in Canada.

Dr. Yuzpe, who had already founded two previous fertility clinics helped launch Olive Fertility Centre — BC largest fertility clinic — in 2013.

Olive Fertility Centre is one of Canada’s largest fertility clinics, offering an advanced IVF lab, personal care teams, and innovative programs that include specialized genetic testing, egg freezing, and prenatal NIPT testing.

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