Frequently Asked Questions

With decades of combined experience helping patients reach their fertility goals, we have heard many questions.  We hope by providing you with the answers to questions that a lot of our patients have asked us, that we might be able to start answering some of yours. 

Fertility Treatment Costs

When it comes to the cost of fertility treatments, it is natural for you to have a multitude of questions. At ARC, we understand the importance of providing you with comprehensive information to help you make informed decisions about your fertility journey. Below, we will address some of the most common questions we have heard regarding the costs associated with fertility treatment in Alberta.

The cost of fertility treatments in Alberta can vary widely depending on several factors, including your family planning goals, your individual medical history, your diagnosis, and the specific treatment and protocol selected for you.  It also can vary based on how advanced the treatment is that you need, and the sophistication of the technology used to help ensure the best outcome.

At ARC, we strongly believe in a comprehensive, individualized approach to patient care. It is important to understand that before fertility treatments start there are several components that assist in making a plan that is right for you – an initial consultation with an ARC Fertility Doctor, diagnostic testing, investigative procedures, and a review of any past fertility medications or treatments you have done.  We ask that you first book a consultation with one of our ARC Fertility Doctors. Consultations and follow up appointments are fully covered for patients with Alberta Health Care.  These costs may be reciprocally covered for patients from out of province (please contact the clinic to speak to our Patient Referral Coordinator for more information).  The individualized medications, doses and treatment protocol that are developed for you, will ultimately determine the final costs.  As such, the cost of fertility treatments can differ from patient to patient. Once your personalized treatment plan has been developed, our Billing Coordinator will contact you to provide a detailed cost estimate. 

We believe that providing a online services rate guide can be misleading.  The general cost for fertility treatments are similar all across Canada.  We believe that patients should select their fertility clinic based on the experience of the doctors, the supportiveness of their care, and the quality of the clinic laboratory as these are ultimately what lead to successful outcomes.

Consultations including the initial appointment and follow ups with your ARC Fertility Doctor are fully covered for patients with Alberta Health Care.  These costs may be reciprocally covered for patients from out of province (please contact the clinic to speak to our Patient Referral Coordinator for more information). 

Fertility treatments are not currently covered by Alberta Health Care (click here for a complete list of services not covered). However, it is worth exploring other potential avenues for coverage. Some private insurance plans may offer partial or full coverage for fertility treatments. It is advisable to consult with your insurance provider to determine the extent of coverage available to you. Similarly, some private or employer health benefits plans may offer partial or full coverage for fertility medications that would be required as part of your treatment. Our patients are provided with a list of Drug Identification Numbers to check the amount of coverage with their insurance provider (e.g. none, percentage, yearly or lifetime amount for fertility medications).

Employer health benefits vary widely, and some plans do include coverage for fertility medications or treatments. It is essential to review your specific benefits package or speak with your Human Resources (HR) department to understand what fertility medication or treatment coverage, if any, is available. Familiarize yourself with any limitations, such as waiting periods or maximum coverage amounts, so you can plan accordingly.

While fertility treatments are not generally eligible for tax deductions in Canada, there are exceptions. Medical expenses, including fertility treatments, may be eligible for a tax credit if they exceed a certain threshold. For people who have a personal corporation, there may also be additional tax deductions if coverage if provided under a Private Health Services Plan (PHSP).  It is recommended to consult with a qualified tax professional / accountant or review the most recent guidelines from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to determine if you qualify for any tax credits related to fertility treatments. Additional information can be found at the following link:

Canada Revenue Agency | Medical Expense Tax Credit (METC)

Canada Revenue Agency | Private Health Services Plan

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Initial Consultation

If you are considering fertility treatment, your initial fertility consultation with an ARC Fertility Doctor is an essential first step. Below, we will address common questions about preparing for your consultation and what to expect during both the consultation and fertility testing.

Preparing for your initial fertility consultation can help make the most of your appointment with your ARC Fertility Doctor and ensure you have all the necessary information at hand. Here are some tips to help you prepare:

  1. Gather your medical history: Compile any relevant medical records, including previous medical conditions, surgeries, testing, medications, and fertility treatments. This information will give your ARC Fertility Doctor valuable insights into your unique situation.
  2. Complete the patient intake form in your ARC portal (access to your portal will be provided to you by an ARC staff member): Completing the electronic ARC intake form prior to your consultation will help ensure your ARC Fertility Doctor is aware of any relevant aspects of your medical and fertility history; helping to the ensure the initial consultation is as effective as possible.
  3. Consider lifestyle factors: Reflect on your lifestyle choices, such as diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol consumption, and stress levels. Discussing these factors with your ARC Fertility Doctor can help identify any areas that can be modified to help improve your health and fertility.
  4. Write down your questions: Take the time to write down any concerns, questions, or topics you would like to discuss during your consultation. This will ensure that you do not forget anything important during the appointment.

Your initial fertility consultation is an opportunity for you and your ARC Fertility Doctor to gather information, discuss your concerns, and create a personalized care plan. Here is what you can expect during the consultation:

  1. Discussion of your medical history: Your ARC Fertility Doctor will review your medical history, including any previous fertility testing or treatments. They may ask about existing medical conditions, previous surgeries, medications, allergies, family history, and they may inquire about more personal topics such as menstrual and sexual history.
  2. Lifestyle and fertility evaluation: Your ARC Fertility Doctor may inquire about your lifestyle choices, such as diet, exercise, smoking, and alcohol consumption, as these factors can impact fertility. They may also discuss your emotional well-being and stress levels.  We care about you as a whole person and we know that there are many factors that impact your fertility.
  3. Diagnostic testing: Based on your medical history and initial evaluation, your ARC Fertility Doctor may recommend additional diagnostic tests. These tests can include blood work, ultrasound, hysterosalpingogram (HSG), saline infusion sonohysterogram (SIS), or semen analysis.  These initial fertility investigations are covered by Alberta Health Care.

Fertility testing helps identify any underlying causes of infertility and guides the development of an individualized care plan. Not all tests are recommended for all people.  Your ARC Fertility Doctor will determine which investigations are needed for you.  

  1. Blood work: Blood tests may be conducted to evaluate for infections, hormone levels, ovarian reserve, and other factors that can affect fertility.
  2. Ultrasound: Transvaginal ultrasound is a common procedure that provides detailed images of your reproductive organs, allowing for the assessment of your ovaries and uterus.  Ultrasound may also be used by our Reproductive Urologist to assess the testes and male reproductive tract.
  3. Hysterosalpingogram (HSG): An HSG is a procedure that primary examines if your tubes are open or closed.  It is also a screening exam for the uterus and may result in more testing if an abnormality is seen. It involves putting contrast dye into the uterus and taking images to identify any blockages or abnormalities.  This test is booked through ARC and done in a hospital radiology department.
  4. Saline Infusion Sonohysterogram (SIS): A SIS is test where fluid is placed into the uterus while an ultrasound of the uterus performed. This test ensures that there is nothing in the uterus that could negatively impact fertility such as polyps, fibroids, or adhesions.
  5. Semen analysis: A semen analysis may be recommended to assess the amount, movement, and number of normal sperm.

Your initial fertility consultation and testing are crucial steps on your journey. By preparing for your consultation, gathering your medical history, and discussing any concerns, you can make the most of your appointment. Open communication with your ARC Fertility Doctor and ARC Care Team is key to addressing your concerns and increasing your chance of success.

* Please note that every person has a unique fertility journey, and the information provided here is general in nature. This information does not substitute for a consultation with a medical professional.  It is always recommended that you consult with a qualified fertility doctor for personalized advice and guidance.

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