Welcome to Astra and thank you for trusting us with your fertility care.
It is our firm belief that most individuals are naturally born capable of reproducing without help! The truth is that your body naturally has all the tools to reproduce and is programmed to function independent of external input from no one and without doctor’s help. The true art of fertility management is to identify the root cause of the underlying problem, provide appropriate and directed therapy targeting the underlying fertility problem. That will usually lead to fertility enhancement with subsequent restoration of your natural fertility or at least improve success rate of available assisted reproductive treatments (ART) like IUI and IVF.
We again stress on the fact that the most important step in your care and management is to identify the issues causing your difficulty conceiving accurately and clearly. In the absence of a definitive diagnosis, non-directed fertility treatment options are frequently and hastily offered on empiric basis, a practice style that can prove costly and very frustrating.
The diagnostic work up starts with accurate detailed history and information gathering. Please take the time to fill our history form accurately. It is also important to get any info related to previous imaging, testing, treatments, or surgeries.
Both partners are highly encouraged to attend for the first consult. Please arrive 10-15 min before your scheduled appointment. Video conferencing will be our main tool to provide consultations during this COVID-19 Pandemic. Most likely, you will have already been contacted by our receptionist who would have already reminded you of bringing or sending a photo of your health cards and sign an information release form to obtain needed information from previous health care providers.
Directions to the clinic are readily available on our website.
If you are not able to attend your appointment please inform us at least 24 hours before so we can utilize the allotted time for your appointment for another patient.
Fertility treatment cost:
Most of fertility investigations and treatments are OHIP and Fertility Program covered except for sperm wash, Private IVF procedures and Storage fees for sperms, eggs, or Embryos. Surgical procedures at Astra are also covered except for fees to compensate for certain devices used for specific procedures not covered under OHIP.
Fertility drugs are also not covered by OHIP. You need to find out if your private benefits insurance plan covers Fertility medications.
Annual Block/Administrative Fees:
It is highly recommended that patients take advantage of the Annual Block/Administrative fee, which has shown to be highly regarded and appreciated by our clients. These fees allow us to continue providing exceptional quality services that our patients deserve and expect. These much-needed services are not covered by OHIP or Ontario Fertility Program.
Block Fees coverage goes way beyond your standard care during an active ongoing treatment cycle. Fertility care and support does not end with end of a treatment cycle or a procedure. Block fees provide you with on demand constant and timely access to continuous and ongoing expert care extending to the management of early pregnancy complications or emerging gynaecological issues without delays awaiting a referral from your primary care physician. The annual fee also covers letters to employers or insurance companies, calling in prescriptions for maintenance medical issues not related to an active fertility treatment cycle.
Please keep in mind that opting out of block fees will by no means affect your access to services nor the quality of services related to your ongoing active treatment cycle (IUI or IVF). The purpose of the block fee is to offer you an access to discounted bundled and much needed additional services and care 7 days a week, all year round!
Please connect with admin staff for details regarding these uninsured fees as you may want to pay for those services as an annual block or pay individually as you go when services are provided.
We welcome you to Astra Fertility Group and wish you a pleasant and fruitful experience!