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You’re here. That’s a pretty big deal.

Asking for help isn’t always easy. But simply by visiting us, you’ve already taken an important first step.
Now our job is to make it as easy as possible for you to find the fertility help you need.

Getting you through these trying times.

Chances are you’ve already tried various things that you’ve heard may improve your chances of conceiving.
But what does ‘trying’ really mean? Well, it simply means having unprotected sex. And experts agree that if you’re under 35 and have been trying unsuccessfully for 12 months or longer, you should probably see a fertility specialist. If you’re over 35, you should seek fertility help sooner, preferably after 6 months.

Why a fertility specialist?

You may have already consulted your family doctor or an OB/GYN about your fertility concerns. But if the more traditional approaches they recommend are unsuccessful, you will usually be referred to a fertility specialist.

A fertility specialist is an OB/GYN with extra training in fertility issues (reproductive endocrinology and infertility). This specialty allows them to make a more in-depth analysis of potential fertility issues.

Fertility specialists will speak with you at greater length and run additional tests to help get to the bottom of things. Based on your history and lab results, they can make recommendations to help you conceive your baby faster, whether it is naturally or with the help of assisted reproductive technology.

A fertility specialist has the specific training, tests, and tools to help increase your chances of conceiving.

Is it time to see a fertility specialist?

Is it time to see a fertility specialist?

Along with how long you’ve been trying, there are other factors that can help determine when you should seek fertility help. This short questionnaire can help you decide if it’s time for you.

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Getting ready for your first appointment

You may be feeling nervous or even embarrassed about speaking to someone about your fertility problems. This is completely normal. But being well prepared for your first appointment can go a long way in alleviating your concerns.

Questions to ask and things to bring

  • Call the fertility clinic to make an appointment, and ask if you need a referral from your family doctor or OB/GYN.
    Some clinics require a referral, while others do not. So make sure to ask.

  • Make an assessment of your personal finances, and check into your provincial or private insurance coverage.
    Fertility treatments can be costly. And while some provinces provide coverage for fertility care, others do not. Your fertility clinic team can help you navigate your public and private insurance coverage, as well as assess your eligibility for other forms of financial assistance.

  • Complete an Appointment Intake Form and take it with you.
    Your fertility team will have many questions to ask you in order to help identify any possible causes of your infertility. You can help streamline the appointment by having all of the answers on hand. Take a few minutes to complete the form and print a copy to take with you to your appointment.

  • Compile a list of questions and bring it with you.
    Many people are shy about asking questions, but you shouldn't be. Asking questions is key to choosing the fertility clinic that’s right for you.


Those who are exploring fertility treatments should stay updated with information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Treatment decisions are personal and should be made between you and your healthcare team. Additional information can be found on the CFAS website or guidance issued by local medical or patient associations.