Success Rates

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, St. Marguerite Bourgeoys FertilityCare Toronto’s 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%.

Method

What is the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaProTECHNOLOGY?

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, based in the U.S.A.

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 reproductive health.

Conditions

What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a hormonal imbalance that causes the ovaries to malfunction and is the most common hormonal disorder in women. The classic signs are long or irregular menstrual cycles, but there are many variations of this symdrome.

What is endometriosis?

This is a condition where cells from within the uterus move and implant themselves in other locations. When the cells take up their new location they continue to be hormonally responsive. Some women experience no symptoms; others suffer severe menstrual cramps and painful intercourse. This condition is often associated with infertility.

What are pelvic adhesions?

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.

I have pelvic adhesions. Can you help?

A woman experiencing pelvic adhesions would be referred to a FertilityCare Medical Consultant who will evaluate and treat this condition. Both medical and surgical NaProTECHNOLOGY treatments may be required.

What is dysmenorrhea?

Severe menstrual cramps.  The primary cause is an excess of one hormone, which causes uterine contractions, which causes the pain of cramps.

I have uterine fibroids. Can you help?

The unusual bleeding in the cycle is first managed through charting, and then FertilityCare Medical Consultants evaluate and treat the condition with the appropriate treatment.

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.

What is Premenstral Syndrome (PMS)?

Premenstrual syndrome affects 40% of women approximately 7-10 days before their period.  Symptoms include: irritability, breast tenderness, bloating, weight gain, cravings for carbohydrates, crying easily, depression, headaches and insomnia. Often the cause of PMS is a hormonal imbalance that FertilityCare Practitioners can often pick up in charting and NaProTECHNOLOGY can easily treat.

What is postpartum depression?

Up to 40% of women experience this condition, often in the early weeks following delivery. Progesterone injections are 95% effective in halting this condition and far exceed the effectiveness of either psychotherapy or antidepressants.

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Cost

What do the FertilityCare programs cost and what is included?

The FertilityCare Program includes the following elements:

•  A private introductory session on the Creighton Model FertilityCare System

•  Charting starter kit including charts, stamps, and user manual

•  8 private follow-up sessions with a FertilityCare Practitioner to ensure accurate observations and charting

•  Referral to a FertilityCare Medical Consultant, if NaProTECHNOLOGY treatment is required

•  Email and phone contact with a FertilityCare Practitioner, as required

The FertilityCare Program cost $1200. Additional chart checks are available for $50 each.

Appointments with the majority of FertilityCare Medical Consultants are covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). Clients are required to have charted a minimum of two cycles before seeing a Medical Consultant.

Are the services covered by OHIP/insurance?

All doctor visits are covered by OHIP with the exception of some optional additional uninsured services. The medications prescribed 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.

Male Infertility

Do you treat male infertility?

Yes.  Male infertility contributes to 35-40% of infertility in couples.  This can be due to low sperm count, low motility, abnormal morphology, irregularities in the 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 a referral to an urologist.

Can you help with low sperm count?

Yes. 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.

Can you help with low sperm motility?

Yes. 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.

Can you help with abnormal morphology?

Yes. 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.

Will FertilityCare Medical Consultants test sperm?

Yes. In the context of a couple’s fertility treatment, sperm is tested through seminal fluid analysis. A sample of seminal fluid is collected at home and brought to a lab or hospital for testing.

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Are the FertilityCare Medical Consultants 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 Medical Consultants include family physicians and a specialist reproductive endocrinologist. These doctors have training in NaProTECHNOLOGY through the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals and receive the designation of Creighton Model FertilityCare Medical Consultant (CMFCMC).

What is a FertilityCare Practitioner?

A FertilityCare Practitioner is an allied health care professional who teaches clients how to observe and chart accurately using the Creighton Model FertilityCare System and provides appropriate instructions according to the client’s needs, while using a case management approach to care. A FertilityCare Practitioner must successfully 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 Medical Consultants located?

We refer to Medical Consultants who see patients through their own practices across the GTA. We may also be able to assist in connecting clients with Medical Consultants across Canada if needed. 

When do I see the doctor?

Clients must begin charting according to the Creighton Model FertilityCare System, after which a referral will be issued by the Practitioner (charting instructor) to the FertilityCare Medical Consultant. Clients are required to have charted a minimum of two cycles before seeing the Medical Consultant. For those seeing the reproductive endocrinologist, a referral from their family doctor will also be required. Wait times do vary; your Practitioner will be able to inform you at the time of referral.

Other

Are all drugs natural?

Some patients may be required to take “fertility drugs” which may include hormones that are identical in molecular structure to the hormones women make in their bodies, called bioidentical hormones.  Some patients may be required to take traditional fertility drugs but FertilityCare Medical Consultants target the timing to enhance the women’s cycle, not suppress it.

Do you provide a contraceptive alternative?

The Creighton Model FertilityCare System is an alternative to contraception. It is a true model of family planning, as 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 model of family planning, as 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%.