Understanding Your Options
Welcoming a child is one of life’s greatest joys, and everyone’s journey is different. In the LGBTQ community, reproduction can present unique challenges. At Procrea Fertility, our team is deeply committed to supporting and guiding you through whatever questions or concerns (medical, psychological, financial and legal) that may arise for you.
Family Building for Gay Men – Your Path to Fatherhood Starts Here
At Procrea Fertility, we recognize that unique challenges, circumstances and choices often exist for gay dads. With this in mind, we have developed specific protocols and proven programs to suit whatever need or preference you may have, including approaches that allow two men to become biological parents, and a range of donor egg matching options.
Our dedicated staff of professionals has extensive experience in guiding patients through these treatment processes with care and compassion. Our team of expert embryologists, genetic counselors, nurses and psychotherapists are all here to guide you on your path to parenthood.
A Wide Range of Options to Meet All of Your Family Building Needs
- On-site egg donation program
- Frozen donor egg bank program
- Embryo donation program
- Embryo biopsy for genetic testing (PGS, PGD) of blastocyst embryos
- Surrogacy guidance (Service available at Procrea Montreal only)
Family Building for Lesbians
As a full-service medical fertility clinic, Procrea Fertility can accommodate same-sex female couples with a wide range of options you may need in order to become parents: artificial insemination (IUI), state-of-the-art in vitro fertility (IVF), egg donation program, access to external donor egg and sperm banks, and Procrea’s donor sperm bank.
All of our donated egg, embryo and sperm have followed Health Canada’s strict selection criteria and have gone through an 180-day quarantine period. At Procrea, we also follow the guidelines recommended by our internal Ethics Committee who ensure that compliance with government regulations and ethical aspects of assisted reproduction are respected.
Family Options for Transgender Men and Women
Are you a transgender male or female interested in having genetically related children today or in the future? At Procrea Fertility, we can give you the information you need if you are hoping to start or add to your family as you probably have many questions and concerns. We have many different treatments and options to help you on your journey to parenthood.
Contact us to request a consultation with one of our specialists.
Important Information & Resources
LGBTQ parents in Canada have undergone significant progress in terms of both legal and social acceptance. Same-sex couples who wish for parenthood now enjoy equally the possibilities, responsibilities and rights of opposite-sex couples. For all future parents across Canada, there are important things to consider if you are planning to undertake assisted reproduction:
Egg, Embryo and Sperm Donation
- Canadian law prohibits compensation of any kind for egg, embryo and sperm. Donation must be a pure act of generosity
- Health Canada’s donor selection criteria is very strict. Prior to selection, donors must undergo a series of blood and genetic testing. Sperm donors must be between 18 and 40 years old, and egg donors must be between 18 and 34 years old. To understand Health Canada’s full guidelines for donation please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/egg-sperm-embryo-donation/become-a-donor.html
- Surrogacy is legal in Canada but highly restricted
- Similar to egg, embryo and sperm donation, legislation allows altruistic surrogacy only. Surrogates cannot be paid more than basic expenses
- Agencies that match surrogates and future parents are prohibited
- To understand Health Canada’s full guidelines for surrogacy please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/biologics-radiopharmaceuticals-genetic-therapies/legislation-guidelines/assisted-human-reproduction/prohibitions-related-surrogacy.html
The Cost of Assisted Reproduction
While Canada enjoys free healthcare, not everything is covered. In most Canadian provinces you can expect to pay out of pocket for all expenses other than visits to the doctor, unless you have insurance you’ve arranged yourself or if it is provided through your workplace. Visit the Financial Guidance section of this website to understand the provincial coverage for the different provinces where Procrea Fertility offices are located.