Assisted Reproduction

If drug therapies and surgery do not resolve a couple’s fertility issues, the next step may be treatments known as assisted reproductive technologies (ART).

While there are no guarantees with these fertility treatments, the success rates are encouraging.

Under the leadership of the IVF Medical Directors of Canada, all IVF clinics in Canada voluntarily submit their IVF outcome data to the Canadian Assisted Reproductive Technologies Register (CARTR). Live birth rates were reported for a combined total of 14,861 IVF/ICSI treatment cycles undertaken in 34 of 36 IVF centres in Canada in 2013.

  • The overall live birth rate was 23% per cycle started, 25% per egg retrieval procedure, and 30% per embryo transfer procedure.
    • 86% of births were singletons
    • 14% were multiples
  • The live birth rates per cycle started, by age of the mother, were:
    • 41% for women under 35 years old
    • 30% for women aged 35-39 years
    • 14% for women 40 years old and over

Understandably, many couples at this point in the treatment process are drained both physically and emotionally. Facing another round of unfamiliar procedures may seem overwhelming to some. Learning about the procedures and various options available may help to alleviate some of your anxieties.

This section gives you a solid grasp of fertility treatments such as IVF, egg and sperm donation, surrogacy and embryo donation.

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