No. We accept out of province patients and out of country patients as well. Effortless IVF has also launched in Texas and we would encourage USA patients to visit www.effortlessivf.com to learn more.
No. Effortless IVF is geared towards low to normal responding female patients and is not ideal for couples with severe male factor infertility or who will have high response to gonadotropins. Those couples require Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and more intensive monitoring than we are equipped to provide.
If you have questions about the treatment, you can chat with us via the chat function on the lower righthand side of our website.
Once you pay, you do not have to start on the cycle right away. You may delay until you are ready.
You are free to explore your options at other clinics and it does not affect your spot on the waitlist.
The $500 intake administration fee is non-refundable after initial physician consult is delivered.
Our online merchant services provider does accept prepaid cards, however the limit on prepaid cards is $500.
Online payment is by credit card only. In the clinic we accept debit, credit card and cash.
No, but there are medical financing companies available in Canada.
No, you may also pay in person at the clinic.
Yes. It can be either washed or unwashed.
Antisperm antibodies are an indication for ICSI and that is the normal course of treatment. While we are not offering ICSI, we will be utilizing a technique developed in the 1990’s prior to the introduction of ICSI called a ‘trypsin wash’. Trypsin is a protease that can strip off the antibodies, freeing the sperm and allowing fertilization to occur.
We only need about 30,000 swimming sperm. However we like to see 1,000,000 post wash, which means 2,000,000 prewash. Bottom line is if you are producing thousands of sperm our approach likely is not for you however if you produce a million or more motile sperm vaginal culture could be a viable option for you.
No, because those patients will almost always need ICSI as part of their care and because we do not provide ICSI we do not offer sperm retrieval at Effortless IVF.
No, but after we open we will broaden our service offering to include egg donation.
Almost always 1 or 2, rarely 3.
It is reasonable to assume 3-4 visits totalling about 5-10 days in Calgary. Briefly following an initial dialogue on our communication platform there is the first consult and cycle start visits. Then on day 10 we have a single ultrasound, which will always be on a Monday. Assuming follicles are of sufficient size we will trigger that day (or will coast your cycle for 1 or perhaps 2 more days). Retrieval will be on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and five days later (incubation) on the following Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday you will have embryos transferred. After embryo transfer you can return home and perform pregnancy tests to see if the cycle was successful.
Age is just a number. What is more important is where you are in your fertility life cycle. Your chances of success in our program are based on your hormone levels such as FSH and LH. We will also access a hormone called anti Mullerian hormone which helps us understand your egg quality. Your welcome to book your initial consult with our physician.
Ideally your BMI is 36 or less.
No. Unfortunately PCOS patients require more intensive monitoring and a stimulation protocol that we do not currently provide but we can certainly help with referral to our partner IVF centre.
No. Fortunately we can access those records with your consent. We will then issue requisitions for missing testing. Depending on your age re testing may be needed within 6 months to 1 year of original testing.
Yes. At the moment we are restricting it to female – female couples that use donor sperm and the patient supplying the egg will be the intended mother. Put another way we cannot do gestational carrier cycles or donor egg cycles at this time. We will offer those services with our partner IVF centre in the near future.
AMH level below 3.4 (ng/mL).
AMH is also reported in units of pmol/L. To convert pmol/L to ng/mL simply divide your result by 7.14
The cost is $750. Yes, in a frozen embryo transfer cycle you can use them. Cycle fee will apply.
Our fixed dose minimal stimulation protocol reduces the risk of OHSS however the risk remains for all patients whether in our system or traditional IVF. With our reduced monitoring women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and high antral follicle counts (AFC) are at much higher risk for this than the average IVF patient which is why we limit inclusion of these patients.
Your cycle medications are: Lupron, gonadotropins, Marvelon (birth control).
*treatment that is specifically designed to improve a patient’s egg health
Yes, assuming the ICSI was not for severe male factor (i.e. you only produce thousands of motile sperm).
We likely will use needles for injection, however our team will provide injection teaching.
We perform a baseline ultrasound on Day 3 (Friday) and a stimulation Day 10 scan (Monday). There is no blood work required during treatment.
We can discard the least mature or alternatively we can freeze them for future use. However freezing will carry an additional cost.
Yes. Often clinics have a threshold of a minimum number of eggs required to go to retrieval. We do not have a threshold and will go to retrieval on 1 egg and up.
Investigative testing may be covered by your provincial health system. Once diagnosis has been reached Alberta Health may no longer cover the costs of some testing.
In our study in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics we compared vaginal culture to traditional IVF incubation and we found similar success rates for both.
We freeze them for future cycles called Frozen Embryo Transfers.
No, just like traditional IVF there is no guarantee fertilization will occur.
Yes. Like traditional IVF, vaginal culture also carries that risk as a single embryo can split into two and two transferred embryos can implant.
If we go to retrieval and there is no fertilization a small refund will be provided.
Once you have been approved for our program by the physician, you are to speak to the nurse and book an orientation appointment with reception. Orientation appointments are mandatory and must be with both parties (if applicable) present in the clinic.
In Canada, laws govern and significantly limit egg donation. Specifically it is not legal to pay an egg donor or pay for donated eggs in Canada, therefore the act of egg donation must be altruistic. The law does not allow any renumeration for time and associated risk. As a result Canadian donor eggs are extremely difficult to find.
This has forced Canadians to seek egg donation and associated third party reproductive assistance outside of Canada.
One alternative is to source donor eggs from an egg bank outside Canada. It is completely legal to import donor eggs from an egg bank outside the country.
Now Effortless IVF has partnered with Optimum Egg Bank to provide a special group of European donors to have eggs at our Calgary Centre and can be purchased in Canadian Dollars with significant savings.
All egg donors undergo a strict screening regiment including psychological, genetic, and medical screening and are fully compliant with Health Canada guidelines for screening and consent.