The role of the vaginal and uterine MICROBIOME in Infertility

Jason Hitkari, MD, FRCSC
Lecture Type: 
Breakout Session
Lecture Day: 
Day 3
Labatt Hall

New information is emerging about the microbiome in gynecology.  Until very recently, it was thought that the uterine cavity, fallopian tubes and ovaries were sterile environments.  Through the Human Microbiome Project, new evidence arose for the presence of bacteria in these locations.  Subsequently, researchers have attempted to categorize “normal” flora but to also attempt to determine what an “abnormal” flor may consist of.  Further studies have tried to understand what role these bacteria might play in fertility and reproduction.  This seminar explores what is now known, how it was determined, and what we can do to perhaps help our patients conceive.


1.To discuss the vaginal microbiome in normal physiology and when imbalanced

2.To discuss what is known about the uterine microbiome

3.To review what is known about the gynecologic microbiome and its impact potential impact on infertility treatments

Jason Hitkari, MD, FRCSC
Vancouver, BC

Dr Hitkari is co-founder and co-director of Olive Fertility Centre.

He completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of British Columbia and during this time received awards in the areas of clinical teaching and research. He then completed a formal fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto before returning to Vancouver to join Genesis Fertility Centre as a co-director. 

Dr. Hitkari has a special interest in education. He currently is heavily involved in medical student education in reproduction and infertility at UBC. He also coordinates the Reproduction Seminars for the Obstetrics and Gynecology resident physicians. Dr. Hitkari lectures extensively throughout the year to family practitioners, family practice residents, allied health professionals and gynecologists. Hei regularly presents on integrative fertility care and was the first Vancouver IVF Centre to offer full time onsite acupuncture on transfer day.  In January 2015 Dr. Hitkari added dedicated acupuncture treatment rooms at Olive Fertility Centre.

He was thrilled to receive the Medical Undergraduate Class of 2012 Outstanding Educator Award. He is most proud of being the recipient of the H. Hill Humanitarian award for exceptional patient care.


Integrative Fertility Symposium

Healthy Seminars 6th Integrative Fertility Symposium will be held exclusively online. The IFSymposium is geared towards Chinese medicine and naturopathic physicians who have an interest in treating reproductive health issues using an integrative approach. IFS 2021 date TBA

Symposium Location

Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC