Gestational Surrogacy, Egg Donation & Sperm Donation

We provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our patients but especially for those of you who require additional services to achieve your dream of having children.

It can be overwhelming if you are contemplating needing assistance from a "third party" to help you grow your family. Fortunately, at Anova Fertility, we have staff dedicated to leading you through this process and we will share our resources with you so you feel supported and confident when selecting the various options.  

Do you have questions? Please contact Tatiana Mantescu, Nurse Manager at Anova who is our specialist in guiding patients through collaborative family planning by email at: tmantescu@anovafertility.com

 

 

Gestational Surrogacy

Surrogacy describes the relationship between a woman, who agrees to bear a child, and another person(s) who will be the legal parent(s). A “gestational surrogate” describes a situation where the woman is not genetically related to the child and eggs or sperm either come from the intended parent(s) or a donor. A “traditional surrogate” refers to a woman who both provides the eggs and carries the pregnancy. Like most other fertility clinics in Canada, traditional surrogacy is not offered at Anova Fertility. However, we have had many patients undergo IVF treatments with the help of gestational surrogates.

There are several reasons that a gestational surrogate may be used. Some serious medical conditions prevent a women from getting pregnant or carrying a fetus to term or may cause harm to a woman or the fetus. Same-sex male couples may also require the services of a gestational surrogate to build their family.

In Canada, surrogacy must be altruistic. Under the Assisted Human Reproduction Act it is a criminal offense to pay, offer to pay or advertise payment for a surrogate mother. They may however be compensated for receipted expenses related to the pregnancy. Surrogates must be over the age of 21.

If your journey to parenthood includes gestational surrogacy, we recommend first contacting a lawyer and counsellor experienced in assisted reproduction.  Please go to our Resources page for some recommendations.

Both surrogates and the Intended Parent(s) must undergo both medical and psychological screening.

At Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health, we are committed to helping you complete your family and support surrogacy arrangements.

Egg Donation

Our staff at Anova Fertility have the expertise and compassion to manage the treatment cycles of Intended Parent(s) and their chosen donors.

The most common reasons intended parents seek egg donation include:

• You are unable to get pregnant using your own eggs, because of infertility or some other physical condition you have.

• You are single or a same sex couple, and donor eggs are needed to build your family.

• There is a known genetic (inherited) condition in your family that you want to avoid passing on to your children.

• Egg Donation can be either anonymous or from a known donor (i.e. relative or friend).

Once egg donation has been determined to be a necessary step in your journey to parenthood, contacting a fertility lawyer to determine your legal rights and your options to finding an egg donor is essential to a successful outcome. Please refer to our Resource page for experienced lawyers infertility.

As part of the egg donation process, all couples considering this option must meet with our reproductive counsellor. This is an important step in the process as it allows for discussion of the decision making process as well as consideration of the impact choices may make on the individual, couple and child.

Sperm Donation

Sperm donation is an essential way to have a baby for many people. It enables pregnancy in women who are single or in same-sex relationships. For other couples with severe, untreatable male factor infertility, or in the cases when the male carries a hereditary disease that he doesn’t wish to pass on, sperm donation becomes the treatment of choice as well.

At Anova Fertility, we accept Known Sperm Donors (i.e. friend or relative) as well as donor sperm from a few, regulated and reputable sperm banks. Patients considering sperm donation should know that thorough screening is carried out and documented on all donor sperm samples available through sperm banks, according to Canadian Federal Regulations. This screening involves a thorough family history, complete medical, social and sometimes psychological history, blood group information, genetic screening and screening for transmissible diseases. Thorough testing of Known Donors is also required.

As part of the regulated guidelines, all donated sperm must be quarantined for a period of 6 months to ensure that the donor still screens negative for infectious diseases such as HIV after initial testing. Clinics that store and distribute donor sperm are inspected by Health Canada every five years.

When choosing sperm from a sperm bank, you will have the opportunity to select your own donor from available samples. Catalogues are available online, and can be requested by mail as well. Donor choice can be based on racial or ethnic background, physical or social characteristics, or previous history.

As part of the sperm donation process, patients considering this option must meet with a reproductive counsellor, as does a Known Sperm Donor, when applicable. This is an important step in the process as the counsellor will review all aspects of sperm donation treatment with you (not just from a medical perspective) and give you the tools to make decisions and better consider the impact of these decisions on your family in the short and long-term.

 

The Process

At your initial consultation, you will meet with your specialist who will take your entire gynaecologic and fertility history. Baseline investigations may be performed to rule out any fertility issues, if necessary.

Once this is completed, you have met with our counsellor, and you have chosen a donor, you will begin in our cycle monitoring program.  Patients are responsible for shipping their sperm samples to the Clinic in preparation for their IUI or IVF cycle.

During cycle monitoring, you will come to the Clinic for regular transvaginal ultrasounds and blood tests so that your Specialist can determine the best timing for an IUI or IVF procedure.

For more information on In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) click here.

For more information on Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) click here.