Announcement: Changes at the Procrea Fertility Montreal location

Procrea Fertility Montreal and clinique ovo are merging clinics. Patient care in the Montreal area for both Procrea Fertility and clinique ovo will be combined under one roof at clinique ovo. Clinique ovo is located at 8000 Decarie Boulevard and is approximately 4 kms from the current Procrea Fertility Montreal location.

Excellence in patient care is our priority. We will continue to ensure that all our patients have access to the best technologies and resources for optimal care. For more information, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is clinique ovo?

Clinique ovo is located at 8000 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec, H4P 2S4.

Will I still be able to see my current physician?

Patient’s medical and clinical team will depend on what stage of treatment they are in during this transition.

When will fertility treatments be transferred to clinique ovo?

Patients who announce Day 1 of their menstrual cycle up until April 12, 2021 will continue receiving their treatments at the Procrea Fertility clinic in Montreal. You can call the Procrea Fertility Montreal clinic to schedule or confirm your appointment at 514-345-8535. Patients will be transferred to clinique ovo for pregnancy tests and viability ultrasounds following embryo transfers or insemination.

Patients who announce Day 1 of their menstrual cycle after April 12, 2021 will have their appointments at clinique ovo. Please contact clinique ovo to schedule or confirm your appointment at 514-798-2000 ext. 149 or at

When will prenatal appointments discontinue at Procrea Fertility Montreal?

Procrea Fertility Montreal prenatal appointments will end April 23, 2021. Patients who already have scheduled prenatal appointments on or before April 23 will still have these appointments at Procrea Fertility Montreal. Patients with a prenatal appointment scheduled on April 24 or later will be contacted by a clinique ovo representative to confirm or reschedule their appointment. Every effort will be made to keep a patient’s previously scheduled appointment time. Starting April 24, all prenatal appointments will take place at clinique ovo. You can reach a clinique ovo receptionist at 514-798-2000, option 1, option 2, or to schedule your prenatal appointment.

What if I already have a first consultation booked or I’m waiting for one?

Procrea Fertility Montreal will contact you directly to confirm previously booked consultations. Clinique ovo will contact patients on the waitlist to schedule an appointment. Every effort will be made to keep a patient’s previously scheduled appointment time.

How does this merger affect the Procrea Fertility Gatineau clinic?

Procrea Fertility Gatineau patients will continue to have their appointments at 444 Boulevard de l’Hôpital, Suite 310, Gatineau, Quebec, J8T 7X6. The phone number is 819-778-5572. The procedures and treatments that were offered at the Procrea Fertility Montreal clinic will now take place at clinique ovo, located at 8000 Decarie Boulevard in Montreal.

How does this merger affect the Procrea Fertility clinic in Quebec City and other branches of clinique ovo?

The Procrea Fertility clinic in Quebec City and other locations of clinique ovo are not affected by this transition. Consultations, treatments, and other patient care will continue as usual. There are no changes for patients at any of the other Procrea Fertility and clinique ovo locations. Patients who were referred by external clinics to Procrea Fertility Montreal for treatments will now be redirected to clinique ovo, located at 8000 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec, H4P 2S4.

If you have any questions, please contact the clinique ovo patient care team by email at

Fertility Preservation: Your Frequently Asked Questions

At Procrea Fertility, preserving your fertility is one of our priorities. Egg freezing is an excellent option for women who need or want to delay pregnancy. In the interest of transparency, we wish to provide you with all the necessary answers that will allow you to make clear decisions regarding the preservation of your fertility. Here are the most frequently asked questions we have been able to collect on this subject. 

The egg freezing process

Do I need a referral from a Health care provider to access the services of a fertility clinic?

A referral is required to access services and care related to fertility treatment or preservation. However, some clinics such as Procrea Fertility grant direct access to fertility specialists without prior consultation with a family doctor or an obstetrician-gynecologist (OB/GYN), in the case of a woman waiting for cancer. 

However, it is also advisable to speak with your family doctor about your concerns about infertility before making an appointment with a specialist.

Is it possible to do fertility tests without having to freeze the eggs?

Absolutely! A gynecologist specializing in reproductive medicine is trained to diagnose and treat fertility problems. A fertility specialist will be able to refer you to various tests and treatments to treat the conditions that may affect your fertility. Visit our webite’s pages When to consult a fertility specialist and Fertility Assessment to learn more!

What is the egg freezing process? 

Here are the different steps of our egg freezing program:

How many times does the process need to be done?

This depends on several factors, including the number of frozen eggs and the age at the time of the puncture. The success rate for those who decide to freeze their eggs before the age of 35 can reach up to 95% in cases of 24 or more eggs, while the same rate is up to 50% if freezing is done after the age of 35. It should also be taken into account that freezing your eggs does not guarantee a child. 

Is the process painful and/or does it cause side effects?

The egg retrieval procedure itself is not painful. After the procedure, the woman may feel a little pain, a little tired, and recovery may take between 24 and 48 hours to feel normal again. From a side effect point of view, bloating may be felt due to the ovaries becoming larger. 

The costs involved in egg freezing

What are the costs associated with egg freezing?

On average it would cost about 5.000$ for an egg retrieval. In addition, there are storage fees (approximately $300/year) that will be paid later on in the process when it’s decided that it’s time to fertilize and transfer the eggs. ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection), and FET (frozen embryo transfer). RAMQ covers the procedure for cancer cases and storage for the first 5 years and Procrea Fertility offers this service free of charge for patients undergoing cancer treatment. 

Is fertility preservation covered by the RAMQ/health insurance?

Oocyte freezing is currently not covered by the RAMQ. Currently, infertile Quebecers are entitled to a tax credit ranging from 20% to 80% of the cost of treatment, depending on salary. However, coverage for fertility treatments may vary from one province to another in Canada. 

The Ontario government covers the cost of an IVF cycle. Procrea Fertility clinics in Ontario have been officially approved by the Ontario Ministry of Health to provide fertility treatments funded by Medicare.  

On November 11, 2020, the Quebec government introduced the long-awaited bill to reinstate free access to certain AHR treatments. Eligible couples will have free access to an in vitro fertilization cycle depending on criteria set forth when this bill is officially passed*.

*Please note this bill has not yet passed.

Egg quality

How is egg quality evaluated?

There is no formal test to determine egg quality. However, quality is directly linked with age. This factor affects the rate of eggs that contain genetic abnormalities and which may increase naturally with age. Freezing the eggs preserves their quality, so we recommend that they be frozen before the age of 35 in order to increase the chances of pregnancy afterwards.

Why does egg quality decrease with age? 

Generally, egg quality is related to its age and we begin to see a decline around 37-38 years old.The decline continues until the age of 45, when the natural fertility rate per month is approximately 1%. The success rate in IVF is higher (35% to 40%) in women under 35 years of age, and decreases to approximately 5% in women 42 years of age and older. This is due to the natural ovarian reserve, which decreases with age. 

Will a baby born with a frozen egg be as healthy as another?

In 2012, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) reported that no increase in chromosomal abnormalities, birth defects, and developmental deficits were reported in offspring born from cryopreserved oocytes compared to conventional IVF/ICSI pregnancies and the general population. The evidence indicates that oocyte vitrification and warming should no longer be considered experimental.

In fact, more recently in 2020, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) internationally recognized egg freezing as an acceptable option to offer to women.

How long can eggs be frozen?

The standard storage period for eggs is about 10 years. The period may be extended for circumstances involving women at risk of premature infertility due to medical treatments such as chemotherapy. 

Finally, how do I make an appointment with a fertility specialist?

You can make an appointment in one of our clinics by phone call or via our contact form. Inquire about your first visit with us!

We hope to have answered your questions as well as possible. If any doubts persist, do not hesitate to contact us. We will answer as soon as possible!

For more information on other topics, please visit our blog which discusses fertility and related treatments for women, men, and couples in the LGBT2Q+ community.

Prenatal and Fertility Ultrasounds: Everything You Should Know

During the fertility diagnosis, many tests are prescribed to investigate the causes of your potential infertility. The fertility ultrasound allows us to exclude inconsistent factors or to confirm certain anomalies. 

This is equally valid for pregnant women during high-risk pregnancies thanks to prenatal ultrasounds.

Fertility Ultrasound

The fertility ultrasound consists of introducing a small probe in the woman’s vagina. This technique allows a very precise visualization of the ovaries and the uterus. This test, completely painless, is done with an empty bladder and at the beginning of the menstrual cycle. 

This type of ultrasound allows the fertility specialist to visualize potential anomalies, even the smallest ones. Benign tumours (fibroids) or growth of the endometrium (polyps) are detectable; The size and appearance of the ovaries are also checked.

Pelvic ultrasound

This medical imaging method detects certain abnormalities in the human body that may be the cause of infertility.

For women, the examination provides precise observation of the uterus, ovaries, kidneys and bladder. Several abnormalities can be analyzed:

The examination takes place at the beginning of the cycle. The ultrasound is endovaginal, with an introduction of the probe inside the vagina. The process is completely painless.

For men, kidneys, bladder and prostate are examined for abnormalities:

During the process, only a conductive gel is spread on the skin of the abdomen, which facilitates the passage of ultrasound from outside the body.

Ultrasound does not produce any adverse health effects. Repeated examination is therefore safe and risk-free. The results obtained will be able to guide the subsequent fertility diagnosis. 

In order to proceed with a fertility ultrasound, please contact our fertility specialists on the first day of your period. We will be able to make an appointment for you during the first 4 days of your period at the nearest clinic.

Ovulation ultrasound

The purpose of performing an ovulation ultrasound is to plan insemination or sexual intercourse to maximize the chances of pregnancy. It is an endovaginal ultrasound to evaluate the imminence of ovulation. This examination is planned according to the length of the patient’s menstrual cycle and is determined by the physician. Following the ultrasound, an injection of Ovidrel may be prescribed to induce ovulation and plan insemination.

Ultrasound for prenatal diagnosis

Unlike fertility ultrasound, ultrasound for prenatal diagnostic purposes is performed once the patient gets pregnant. It identifies genetic diseases or malformations. This examination does not involve any radiation and does not present any risk to the mother or the fetus’ health.

Dating ultrasound

The very first ultrasound scan during pregnancy checks the presence of the fetus’ different limbs and organs, especially the heart, to ensure its vitality. As its name suggests, this ultrasound also aims to date the pregnancy more accurately than the calculation based on the patient’s cycle. Miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, as well as higher than normal nuchal translucency (generally observed in babies with Down syndrome) are problems that can be detected through this examination.

Nuchal Translucency Ultrasound

The Nuchal translucency test is generally recommended by the physician during the first trimester of pregnancy. It indicates the fetus’ size, age and health, and identifies certain birth defects. It also evaluates the risk of Down syndrome and malformations.  At Procrea Fertility, nuchal translucency ultrasound is available at the Montreal and Gatineau clinics only.

Detailed fetal ultrasound

During this examination, each part of the fetus, as well as the placenta and the uterus are evaluated. During the 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy, it is important to assess the growth of the fetus, monitor its development and determine its orientation. It is also possible to know the sex of the baby during this period. 

These services are available at Procrea Montreal and Gatineau. We invite you to get in touch with our specialists for professional advice regarding the prenatal diagnostics you need.

3D/4D ultrasound

3D/4D ultrasound is now offered by the Procrea Fertility clinic in Gatineau. It allows you to observe the baby’s unique traits in real time with much greater clarity. The 3D ultrasound characterizes the facial features and the 4D ultrasound brings everything in motion! This technique presents no danger for either the mother or the fetus. The best time to capture the images is between the 26th and 30th week of pregnancy.

Ask our team for more information!

Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine !

Information on the COVID-19 vaccine

For those considering the COVID-19 vaccination, our current advice is to follow the recommendations from Public Health.

In making a decision about whether to get vaccinated, each individual should weigh the risk vs. benefit for themselves.

All of the current data suggests that both vaccines that are currently available are considered very safe. It is likely that the risks associated with COVID-19 infection are significantly greater than any potential risk associated with the vaccines.

For this reason, the benefit of vaccination for most individuals far exceeds the risk.

There was an update on January 7th that Ontario will allow (encourage) pregnant or breastfeeding people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 according to new recommendations from Ontario Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (OSOG) and the Ontario Medical Association Section on Obstetrics and Gynaecology (OMG-OG).

As both vaccines currently available in Ontario, which are mRNA based are “not hypothesized to be a risk to breastfeeding infant” and should be offered. If you are not pregnant yet, it is likely that the benefit of getting vaccinated far outweighs any risk and we recommend that you get vaccinated if you have the chance. Prior to vaccination, all of the vaccination centers offer information about the vaccines and screen individuals for contraindications to vaccination.

If you have an allergy to one of the components of the vaccine or if you have had a previous adverse reaction to vaccination, please discuss this with the vaccination center.If you are interested in reading more about the COVID-19 vaccination, please see the following statement from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada

Symptoms of PCOS : Causes, Signs & When to Book a Medical Appointment

Polycystic ovary syndrome, also known as PCOS is a hormonal disorder in relation with women’s male hormone levels. The amount of androgen is in fact highly produced and that causes an imbalance regarding their levels. What are the causes and symptoms of PCOS? When should you get an appointment with a doctor? These are the questions we are answering in this article. 

Causes of PCOS

One study shows that up to 70% of women with PCOS did not get diagnosed since they weren’t aware of their condition. This has a direct link with the fact that a lot of sources confirm the causes of PCOS are still unknown. Since PCOS comes from androgen excess, it can be related to some factors like the level of the hormone itself, genes, insulin resistance and a high inflammation (low grade chronic inflammation), which have been linked to the excess production of this male hormone.

Signs & symptoms

PCOS is common for women of a reproduction age, but signs and symptoms are often developed around the first menstrual period during puberty. It also can be developed later, in reaction to substantial weight gain, or discovered after having trouble getting pregnant.

Here are the most common signs and symptoms of PCOS:

Symptoms can vary and some women may notice:

When to see a gynecologist

Women need to see a doctor when:

In the event of confirmed PCOS, regular medical visits and tests to monitor certain complications such as diabetes or high blood pressure are necessary.

Our specialists at Procrea Fertility are there to help you. Contact us to make an appointment with one of our doctors if you are concerned about PCOS and its symptoms.

Procrea Québec – Emplois

Technicien de laboratoire en andrologie (2 postes : 1 temps complet et 1 temps partiel)

Embryologiste Québec Sr et Jr (2 postes un Sr et un Jr)

Raison d’être du poste

Tâches spécifiques
Les tâches et exigences de l’embryologiste (embryologist) sont clairement définies dans les documents de référence du « Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society ART Laboratory Special Interest Group » suivants : «Guidelines for Qualifications and Responsibilities for each Assisted Reproductive Technology Laboratory Professional Position in Canada » et « Canadian ART Laboratory Professionals Competency Guidelines – 2007 » et s’appliquent à ce poste.

Les embryologistes n’ayant pas été certifiés par la CFAS via la clause grand-père, doivent participer au programme de certification proposé par la CFAS qui est clairement énoncé dans le document de référence « Certification Programme for Assisted Reproductive Technology Laboratory Professionnals in Canada ».

Certains embryologistes doivent s’acquitter des tâches de l’andrologiste en plus de la tâche d’embryologiste. L’embryologiste s’acquitte des tâches suivantes en fonction de son expérience (certaines tâches ne peuvent être acquittées qu’après une formation plus approfondie, ex : ICSI, PESA, biopsie embryonnaire, assistance à l’éclosion, etc.):

Formations, expériences et aptitudes professionnelles