Infertility can be a stressful situation and finding the optimal aid can often be the defining factor to starting a family. At CReATe Fertility Centre, our goal is to find the best fertility options for you. Although state-of-the-art technology is at our disposal, sometimes the solution can be much simpler. As such, we offer a wide variety of services and treatments that are catered to your needs. Once you become registered as a patient, our specialized physicians will evaluate and recommend the best course of action for you. Click each heading to learn more.

Advanced assisted reproductive technologies

Ovulation induction

Ovulation induction involves the controlled administration of fertility drugs that stimulate the ovary to produce a regular ovulation or multiple eggs, depending on the circumstances. Ultrasound scans and blood tests are usually undertaken cycle monitoring to ensure that 1) you are responding to the medications and 2) to time either intercourse or artificial insemination.

Artificial insemination (IUI & CI)

Artificial Insemination Is a technique involving the artificial insertion of sperm-containing semen from a male into a female uterus to cause pregnancy. There are two methods for AI&58; 1) Cervical insemination - for this technique, the sperm is placed in a cap that fits over the women's cervix (opening to the womb).

In-vitro fertilization (IVF)

IVF is a procedure in which a woman’s ova (eggs) are fertilized outside of her body. One IVF treatment cycle takes several weeks to complete. IVF can be a successful treatment for blocked or absent fallopian tubes, sperm abnormalities, endometriosis, problems with ovulation, egg donation, gestational surrogacy, or unexplained infertility.

Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection

Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a microscopic procedure that involves the injection of a single sperm into a woman’s egg. ICSI may increase the rate of fertilization for some couples undergoing In-Vitro Fertilization. Couples in many situations may benefit from ICSI.

Laser-assisted hatching

The process of Assisted Hatching may be helpful in cases where a woman’s eggs have a thicker than normal Zona Pellucida, in older women (over 38 years of age) when the Zona Pellucida may harden, in women who have experienced repeated In-Vitro Fertilization failures, or when using thawed frozen embryos.

Embryo cryopreservation

Depending on the number of embryos that were transferred to the uterus, this may leave a number of additional embryos. These embryos may be preserved by cryopreservation (freezing) so that they may be transferred into the uterus in a future treatment cycle.

Frozen embryo transfer

The treatment to establish a pregnancy using frozen embryos has been called a frozen embryo transfer cycle, or simply an FET cycle. The number of embryos recommended for transfer will be made in consultation with your physician. Most commonly it is one and sometimes two and rarely more.

Preimplantation genetic testing (PGS & PGD)

Pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) is used to screen embryos for chromosomal abnormalities. These abnormalities increase as women get older. They can cause miscarriages, or abnormalities in children such as Down’s syndrome. Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) allows couples undergoing IVF for infertility to screen their embryos for a specific genetic disease that runs in their family.

AUGMENT treatment

The AUGMENT treatment is specifically designed to improve a patient’s egg health. Improved egg health may offer the potential for better IVF success rates*. It is a new approach to enhancing IVF that is designed for patients who want to use their eggs during IVF, but have compromised egg health due to poor egg quality, age or other reasons.

Diagnostic services

Female fertility diagnostic services

Female fertility diagnostic services include blood testing, ultrasound, sonohysterogram, hysterosalpingogram, office hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, and in-hospital hysteroscopy. It also includes basic fertility treatment, such as natural cycle monitoring, ovulation induction, and intrauterine insemination.

Male fertility diagnostic services

Male fertility diagnostic services include blood testing; semen testing; routine semen-analysis and computer-assisted semen-analysis; anti-sperm antibody testing; sperm function tests; sperm DNA fragmentation assay; fluorescence in situ hybridization; fertility preservation and sperm banking; and electro-ejaculation.

Sonohysterogram

A sonohysterogram is an ultrasound procedure used to better visualize the inside of your uterus. Most often it is used to view abnormalities of the uterine cavity that could interfere with pregnancy. It involves instilling a small amount of saline into the uterus and looking with transvaginal ultrasound.

Hospital hysteroscopy

Hysteroscopy is a commonly performed procedure for finding out what is causing symptoms such as unusual bleeding, fertility problems and other gynecological conditions, as well as to treat certain conditions such as removing polyps, fibroids, or uterine septum.

Office hysteroscopy

Before an office hysteroscopy it is recommended that the patient take nothing by mouth (food, water, etc.) for about 4 hours before the scheduled procedure. The procedure usually takes around 30 minutes. Intravenous sedation and local anaesthetic are used for pain control and relaxation.

Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is a procedure that is commonly performed to examine the internal reproductive organs (peritoneal cavity, ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus) with the use of a laparoscope. It is done to investigate the cause of infertility, to diagnose the cause of gynecological or abdominal pain, to remove an ovarian cyst, and to examine and repair fallopian tubes.

Other services

Egg, sperm, and embryo donation

During the process of egg donation the eggs from the ovaries of a woman with normally functioning ovaries are retrieved. These donated eggs are then fertilized in a laboratory setting (in vitro fertilization) with sperm from the egg recipient’s partner. The resulting embryos are then transferred to the uterus of the woman desiring a baby.

Gestational carrier (surrogacy)

During gestational surrogacy, the eggs come from the intended mom or an egg donor, and the sperm comes from the intended father or a sperm donor, depending on the specific circumstances. Being a gestational carrier appeals to many women who have an easy time with pregnancies and have a desire to help someone else enjoy the blessing of parenthood.

Cancer fertility preservation

The CReATe team of experienced and compassionate health care professionals is focused on quickly providing you with the information you need so that you are fully informed of your fertility preservation options prior to cancer treatment. Time is set aside each week to see women and men who need urgent consultation.

Counselling

We understand that some patients may need or want additional support during and after their fertility treatment. To meet this need, we have arranged for our patients to have direct and quick access to our counselling team who have the expertise and clinical training specific to the areas needed by our patients.

Alternative therapies

Acupuncture can optimize your chances of a successful and healthy pregnancy. For patients undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI), acupuncture can help improve the outcome.