Frequently Asked Questions

Success Rates & Methods

For those looking to achieve pregnancy, how effective are your methods?

In cases of normal fertility, our methods achieve the following rates of success:

  • 76% effective in helping couples achieve pregnancy in the first cycle
  • 98% effective in helping couples achieve pregnancy by the sixth cycle

In cases of infertility, our methods are as high as 80% successful depending on the underlying medical condition.

For those looking to avoid pregnancy, how effective are your methods?

For couples trying to avoid pregnancy, the effectiveness rate is 96.8% to 99.5%.

The FertilityCare Toronto uses both the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaProTechnology. Can you explain?

The Creighton Model FertilityCare System is an advanced procreative education model that combines family planning with reproductive and gynecologic health maintenance. It has been extensively researched over the past 30 years at Creighton University Medical School and St. Louis University Medical School. The Creighton Model FertilityCare System uses Natural Procreative Technology (NaProTECHNOLOGY or NPT) to track, evaluate, and modify the various biological markers identified in the course of a woman’s cycle. The markers reveal critical information essential for restoring gynecological and procreative health.

Services & Cost

Are the services covered by OHIP/insurance?

All doctor visits are covered by OHIP with the exception of an optional $200 Annual fee for uninsured services.

The medications prescribed by our doctors may be covered by your health insurance provider depending on the benefits package you have.

Instruction in the Creighton Model FertilityCare System is not yet covered by OHIP or most Third party insurance providers.

What are your three program streams?

FertilityCare Toronto offers services through three different programs streams:

  1. The Fertility Program
  2. Family Planning
  3. Women’s Health
What is the Fertility Program?

FertilityCare Toronto offers three different program streams: the Fertility Program, Family Planning and Women’s Health.

The Fertility Program includes the following:

  • A private Introductory Session of the Creighton Model FertilityCare System
  • Charting starter kit including 2 years of charting supplies
  • 10 individualized Follow-up Sessions with a FertilityCare Practitioner
  • Access to Practitioner via emails & phone calls outside of scheduled follow ups (for chart checks, clarification of medical instruction or further charting support) if needed (to a maximum 24 hours)
  • Scheduled appointments with the medical doctor for initial consult, profile review, chart review and medical review.
  • Access to nursing services as needed for injection instruction, medication clarification, blood work update, questions, concerns, and TSH testing
  • Nutritional consulting (initial consult and 2 follow-ups with Naturopathic Doctor or Registered Holistic Nutritionist)
  • 3 SPICE Sessions with Registered Social Worker

The cost of the Fertility Program for two  full years is $2500.

What is the Family Planning program?

FertilityCare Toronto offers three different program streams: the Fertility Program, Family Planning and Women’s Health.

The Family Planning program includes the following:

  • Charting starter kit including 1 year of charting supplies, set-up and bonus CD
  • Group Introductory Session of the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, the basis of our methods
  • 8 private follow-up sessions with a FertilityCare Practitioner
  • Couples requiring medical evaluation will be referred to a FertilityCare medical doctor with training in NaProTECHNOLOGY
  • Optional Extra: Additional contact with practitioner through email/phone calls – optional $100
  • Optional Extra: Additional Chart Checks (outside of regularly scheduled follow-ups) – optional $40 each

*New Lower Rate: $650 One Time Fee includes Supplies & Set-Up Fee + 8 Follow-ups 

What is the Women’s Health Program?

FertilityCare Toronto offers three different program streams: the Fertility Program, Family Planning and Women’s Health.

The Women’s Health program stream seeks to evaluate, diagnose and treat the underlying causes of various reproductive disorders including PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), endometriosis, uterine fibroids, unusual bleeding, dysmenorrhea, and PMS.  A complete hormonal profile is performed using the Creighton Model FertilityCare chart to determine accurate timing of diagnostic tests including blood work, and ultrasounds. Natural Procreative Technology (NPT or NaProTECHNOLOGY) is then applied to treat the underlying causes of the reproductive disorder. NaProTECHNOLOGY is a reproductive medical science that works co-operatively with the woman’s menstrual cycle developed by obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Thomas Hilgers.

The Women’s Health program includes the following:

  • Charting starter kit including 1 year of charting supplies, set-up and bonus CD
  • Group Introductory Session of the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, the basis of our methods
  • 8 private follow-up sessions with a FertilityCare Practitioner
  • Women requiring medical evaluation will be referred to a FertilityCare medical doctor with training in NaProTECHNOLOGY
  • Optional Extra: Additional contact with practitioner through email/phone calls – optional $100
  • Optional Extra: Additional Chart Checks (outside of regularly scheduled follow-ups) – optional $40 each

*New Lower Rate: $650 One Time Fee includes Supplies & Set-Up Fee + 8 Follow-ups

When do I see the doctor?

Clients must begin charting according to the Creighton Model FertilityCare System after which an internal referral will be issued by the Practitioner (charting instructor) to the FertilityCare doctor (Medical Consultant). Clients are required to have charted a minimum of two cycles before seeing the FertilityCare doctor. For those seeing the reproductive endocrinologist doctor, a referral from their family doctor will also be required.

I have pelvic adhesions. Can you help?

Pelvic adhesions are a type of scar tissue which can form as a result of a number of insults to the pelvic organs.  Common causes of pelvic adhesions include endometriosis and pelvic infection.  In addition to these, any surgery on the pelvic organs has an associated risk of adhesion formation.  These adhesions can be the cause of severe pelvic pain, although most of the time women with this problem have no symptoms.  It can also be related to infertility by obstructing the fallopian tubes or impairing their function.

A woman experiencing pelvic adhesions would be referred to our NaProTECHNOLOGY doctors for evaluation and treatment of this condition.  Both medical and surgical NaProTECHNOLOGY treatments may be required.

I have uterine fibroids. Can you help?

Uterine fibroids develop from the smooth muscular tissue of the uterus.  These benign growths often appear during child bearing years and can interfere with normal menstrual function creating a situation of excessively heavy menstrual periods (menorrhagia). If the fibroids develop in positions that can affect the normal functioning of the uterus and fallopian tubes they may need to be removed surgically in a procedure called a myomectomy.

The unusual bleeding in the cycle is first managed through charting, and then with the appropriate NaProTECHNOLOGY treatment.

Male Infertility

My husband has low sperm count. Can you help?

Yes. FertilityCare Toronto can help with low sperm count. NaProTECHNOLOGY addresses male factor infertility in the context of the couple, by evaluating and treating the man and optimizing the woman’s cycle at the same time.

Do you treat male factor infertility?

Male factor infertility contributes to 35-40% of infertility in couples. This can be due to low sperm count, low motility, abnormal morphology, irregularities in seminal fluid and/or varicoceles.

NaProTECHNOLOGY addresses male factor infertility in the context of the couple, by evaluating and treating the man and optimizing the woman’s cycle at the same time.  Surgical issues such as a varicocele may require referral to an urologist.

My husband has low motility. Can you help?

Yes. FertilityCare Toronto can help with low motility. NaProTECHNOLOGY addresses male factor infertility in the context of the couple, by evaluating and treating the man and optimizing the woman’s cycle at the same time.

My husband has abnormal morphology. Can you help?

Yes. FertilityCare Toronto can help with abnormal morphology. NaProTECHNOLOGY addresses male factor infertility in the context of the couple, by evaluating and treating the man and optimizing the woman’s cycle at the same time.

Do you test sperm?

Yes. In the context of a couple’s fertility treatment, sperm is tested through seminal fluid analysis. This is performed by collecting the seminal fluid at home using a non-contraceptive perforated seminal collection device during an act of intercourse.  The sample is then brought to the hospital/lab for testing.

FertilityCare Toronto Staff

Are the FertilityCare Toronto doctors gynecologists?

Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaProTECHNOLOGY were founded based on 30 years of research by Dr. Thomas Hilgers, a leading gynecologist and researcher. The FertilityCare Toronto doctors include family physicians and a specialist reproductive endocrinologist. These doctors have certification in NaProTECHNOLOGY through the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals.

What is a Practitioner?

A FertilityCare Practitioner is an allied health care professional who teaches clients how to observe and chart accurately and provides appropriate instructions according to the client’s needs, while using a case management approach to care. A FertilityCare Practitioner must complete an accredited Practitioner Education Program.

Attending Appointments

Does my husband need to come with me?

It is recommended, but not required, that husbands and wives attend the appointments together.  For infertility patients, the husband must attend the doctor’s appointments for evaluation and treatment.

Where are the FertilityCare Toronto doctors located?

Our doctors see patients at our Centre (688 Coxwell Ave), in North Etobicoke and at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Other

Do you provide a contraceptive alternative?

The Creighton Model FertilityCare System is an alternative to contraception. It is a true mode of family planning since you can use this System to avoid or achieve pregnancy throughout your entire reproductive life. This System is very effective to avoid pregnancy with a rate of 96.8 – 99.5%.

FertilityCare is not natural birth control.

Do you provide natural birth control?

The Creighton Model FertilityCare System is not natural birth control; it is an alternative to contraception. It is a true mode of family planning since you can use this System to avoid or achieve pregnancy throughout your entire reproductive life. This System is very effective to avoid pregnancy with a rate of 96.8 – 99.5%.