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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 36-THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD Saturday, October _ Calgary clinic helps couples overcome infertility CALGARY While much of the world worries about population control and preventing or terminating pregnancy, a clinic at University of Calgary is trying to help couples who want but are unable to conceive a child. Since it opened in January, the clinic has had some success. Twelve women, who at one time thought it would be impossible to bear their own children, now are pregnant. The problem of infertility occurs in 10 to 15. per cent of couples and does not always rest with the woman. In about 40 per cent of infer- tile couples it is the man who presents the problem, said Dr. Pat Taylor, clinic head. Because of this, the clinic uses artificial injection of semen from an- other one method of bringing about conception in a woman whose husband has a low sperm count. When a couple first visits the clinic, always on referral from their own doctor, they are treated as a single biological unit, both separately and together. Once cause in either the husband or the wife may prevent pregnancy. But often several factors in one or both are behind the problem. A semen analysis or sperm count can quick- ly determine whether the infertility rests with the man. If the problem is with the woman it usually falls into one of three cate- gories: ovular, tubal and uterine, or cervical. "Sometimes I think we must be mad trying to help couples have children when so many countries in the world are Dr. Taylor said. "But in a country like Canada I think everyone should have the right to choose whether or not they want a child of their own." He said that many couples who previously would have resigned themselves to their infertility and adopted children are finding that there aren't enough children to adopt. Such elements as legalized abortion and widespread use of birth control have resulted in fewer babies being put up for adoption. There are a few women who have come to the clinic because they have had abortions and subsequently decided they wanted a child but were unable to conceive. And there are also some women who have had their tubes tied and later changed their minds and decided they wanted children. "These are some of the sadder cases one comes Dr. Taylor said. "With some other patients one is almost forced to make a value judgment on whether they should be helped to conceive or not. "But we just can't set ourselves up like that. We have to take a much more detached and scientific viewpoint, otherwise the whole things becomes too emotional." The clinic at present does not offer psy- chological therapy for couples who decide to use artificial insemination. But it is under consideration, since Dr: Taylor thinks it could benefit men who are unsure about being father to children they did not help conceive. "Although artificial insemination is by far the most controversial and sensational of all the methods used here, we find seeking solutions to the other problems more of a Dr. Taylor said. If the problem is ovular, it is usually the result of failure of the ovaries or their in- tricate hormonal control system. If the dif- ficulty originates in the fallopian tubes through which the egg and sperm must travel, they are usually blocked or have not developed properly. If the problem is cervical, it usually means that the mucous fluid produced by the cervix is not compatible with sperm and kills them as they move through the womb to meet the woman's eggs. Surgery or drug therapy can be instituted to correct many of these problems. But for about 20 per cent of couples seeking help at the clinic, no cause can be found for their infertility and therefore no therapy is under- taken. The clinic is not designed to offer instruc- tion in sexual techniques. It deals only with the physical reasons for infertility and does, not want to deal with emotional and sexual counselling. In the first eight months of its existence, about 100 couples and some single come to the clinic. Single women have been referred because they have a problem which could later affect their abili- ty to conceive. N It has been difficult for the staff to deter- mine the clinic's success rate because many of the patients have not yet completed their six-month investigation. "For one thing there just hasn't been enough research done in the field to know if there are any long-range psychological effects on the couple because the woman was artificially Dr. Taylor said. "Sometimes there are problems with the donor as well. Often they begin to wonder if they have a child out there somewhere." l i BINGO MON. OCT. 14 Jackpot in 54 Gold Pay Doubto Door Cards Regular or 5 tor 13th St. and 6th "A" N. No Children under 16 allowed Clients taught to cope with basic daily problems THE BETTER HALF By Barnes CMHA launches life skills program Learning to come to grips with life's mundane problems buying a loaf of bread, getting waited on in depart- ment stores, renting a house is relatively simple. Right? Not if your self es- teem is so low you can't cope with such minor crises, says Anne Reid, the new Life Skills Coach for the Canadian Men- tal Health Association. Coach? "That's the laughs Ms. Reid. with a team of referrals, clients who need to overcome HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services Need Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effects CALL 328-2860 FOR PICK-UP SERVICE or LEAVE AT 412 AVE. S. We Like Children! We Respect Our Senior Citizens We Are Concerned With The Welfare Of Our Community! VOTE YES For Fluoridation Inserted by Lethbridge Dental Nurses Assistants Association basic problems Of daily living before they can function nor- mally within society. We will be counselling clients who've become demoralized and need to be convinced of the value of their own abilities." The first Me skills program will be launched by the Lethbridge CMHA on Oct. 21, with about a dozen people un- der Ms. Reid's "coaching." The program will operate half-days, from 9 a.m. to noon for a four-month period. Ms. Reid says the whole program will operate on a trial basis for two years. "We take referrals from all says Ms. Reid, and evaluate them to be sure that people involved are ready for the life skills program." Referral agencies include the department of health and social development, Mental Health Services, the Rehabilitation Centre, Man- power, the YWCA and .the CMHA "Overcoming lack of self- new situation, or learning to balance explains Ms. Reid. "After a counsellor or resource person has presented the lesson, the students are given a chance to practice the skill in a role- playing situation. "We often use video tape, so the students can see themselves. That way it's not just me telling them what I think is wrong." "Each four-month program cannot be that specific, since F.O.L BINGO TONIGHT EAGLES HALL 6th Ave. A and 13th ST. N. Every Saturday Night at 8 p.m. 3 Cards forl .OO or Each Three 7 Number JACKPOT and Fret DOOR PRIZE Gold cards pay double money aUnnafcr IB ANNE REID esteem is the Ms. Reid. "We discuss patient's self concept in terms of family, community, leisure and job. We use resource peo- ple to give presentations in various areas of expertise, teaching whatever skills the group most requires." A former home economist who majored in family studies at the University of Alberta, Ms. Reid received her life skills training in a special program during the summer. There are four other specialists in life skills work- ing for the CMHA in other Alberta centres. "Each session in the program involves a lesson which teaches a specific skill oneself in a- For 3 Days Only! Tuesday, October 15, through Thursday, October 17. Located on the main floor near the west entrance. Photographers Hours. Tuesday and Wednesday 930 lo Thursday 9.30 to 8 p TP A beautiful 8" x 10" COLOUR PORTRAIT of your child PER SUBJECT PLUS .50 HANDLING PER PORTRAIT Capture your child's personality in a lovely, full colour portrait! Age limit 3 weeks to 14 years offer per child, 2 per family. 99? for each child photographed in a group portrait. Extra prints available at reasonable prices, such as one 8 x 10 for Si 0.95 Choose your favorite pose from actual finished proofs. We use onJy the finest Kodak Pro- fessional Rim and materials. If you aren't satisfied with these lovely portraits, your money wifl be refunded. A variety of mats and frames also available. Shop Eaton's Tuesday to 5 30. Use your Eaton Account Buy Line 328-8811. EATON'S wear the best! mi STERLING SHOES 320A 6th SL S. the skills taught will depend on the needs of the adds Ms. Reid. "And we hope to have some kind of follow-up for each group, and hope to provide remedial assistance if it's needed." She says although a group of and women of various 'ages is best, initial response indicates many of the clients will be women, since they are more willing to seek help if they have emotional or social problems. "You must have just beat me home I don't see anything defrosting, or smell anything burning." Retired worker hoards money, lives in slums SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) Lloyd Hilman Fjelstad sits on his ragged bed in his skidroad room and fingers a notebook that lists serial numbers to his Series E U.S. savings bonds. The bonds are worth more than but Fjelstad eats stale bread with milk and syrup and boils his hamburger in salt water to spice up his life. The 60-year-old retired construction worker used to keep the bonds in a sea bag locked to his bed. But after a thief stole of them last December, he put the remaining bonds in a safety- deposit box. He isn't worried about the missing bonds because they were immediately "frozen" and can't be cashed. He said he avoided banks because "I don't like the expenses." His riches have been acquired slowly by living on a barely subsistence level. "I live on as little as I can, I don't have any luxuries. I eat and sleep." He receives a month from his union pension plus his social security benefits. Of his yearly income, bis total annual expenses are A few years ago he managed on but inflation has taken its toll. Women drivers recruited PERM SPECIAL Rag. Special 10.95 Reg. Special 13.75 Oct. Theresas Beauty Salon 740 4 Ave. S. Phone 328-6424 CASH BINGO TONKHT, SATURDAY O'CLOCK MMGIkWOlD THUS HALL mry StMqr Pte I JACKPOTS A f NOW AND 5 S ClrtS or UCft (Looted Hart to Mo. 1 Fifahall) WINNIPEG -tCP) Increased emphasis will be put on recruiting women bus drivers in the city in hope of relieving a shortage of drivers. The civic works and operations committee Friday decided to advertise for women as well as men in the future although the physical requirements of the job are somewhat limiting. Transit Director Harry F. Burns said height is important so the driver is able to handle all the controls. BINGO-RAINBOW HALL-1401 5th Ave. N. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15th P.M. JACKPOT IN 55 NUMBERS 4lh-0tn-l2th Oamaa Doubted in 7 Numbara or Laaa and Qamaa, par Card, S CMMran Under 16 Spomorad By A.U.U.C. Aaaociatlon Christmas Is Coming! Take Off Pounds Sensibly In Lethbridge, TOPS groups meet: MONDAY p.m. St. Augustine's Anglican Church 11 SL 4 Aye. S. Leader Phone 327-3795 TUESDAY p.m. St. Aloysius Convent 520-18 St. S. Phone 328-9803 WEDNESDAY p.m. Y.M.C.A. 604 8 St. S. Leader Phone 327-3327 WEDNESDAY p.m. St. Peter St. Paul's Parish Hall 640 12 St. C. N. Leader Phone 327-6095 If you are interested in forming a new group, con- tact Fran Lyon Phone 328-1310. FRIENDSHIP AND ENCOURAGEMENT GUARANTEED! UKRAINIAN GREEK ORTHODOX BINGO NO.B21MO SUNDAY. OCTOBER P.M. EAGLES HALL 13th St N. MM Jackpot SSO Won Each Wa JACKPOT IN 55 NUMBERS If you are not a member of Weight Watchers- 'Have a meet ing onus! Sept. iOtH-Oct. 20th. i 22 Gamaa-Door Carda- I oiMt nufiiow ptr 1 I or 5 I ONE I 110 YEARS OF AGE ALLOWED TO "LAV Vortorane 34 PUBLIC BINGO EVEUY TUESDAY it 8 P.H. NEW AnAF HAU tartlad OuaaH to fha CMffoorm ...jAjaaeissaL. Consolation Jactcpcrt 16 Games ATI Smgos on Gnwm Card No CtifWren under 16 years cfl age WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT Friday end Saturday, Oct. 18 end 19 "THI VARIETY MIIT 9m Cantaan Saturday for Members arts} their ImtterJ Guests ontyi II you are overweight, you're invited to visit a meeting during National Open Meeting Month, 5 Qcfrteri You'll receive a FREE Weight Program 7-DAY MENU PLANNER- 21 complete meals like' the ones enjoyed by our members while we help them lose weight. There's no obligator) to join11 Call us for the time and place of the open meetings scheduled in this area. FOR INFORMATION, CALL -oeir (TOLL FREE) MORE INFORMATION, ZE-06124 eta Buddy Victor Weigm Wswners Area Director St Augustine's AngHcm Church Tuesday, October 1Sth p.m. WEIGHT WATCHKS Ji ;