Planning an Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) through the Ontario Fertility Program
If you are a resident of Ontario, you may have access to government-funded fertility care through the Ontario Fertility Program . This program provides services for patients facing many different causes of infertility. It also provides services for non-medical cases for single parents and same-sex couples. Intrauterine Insemination, or IUI, is one of the services that is accessible. There are an unlimited number of cycles that are covered through the program. Access is not based on gender, family status, or sexual orientation, but there are eligibility guidelines to know as well as some helpful steps to consider in the planning process.
Consider Your Eligibility
As long as you hold a valid Ontario Health card, and have met with a treating physician, you are eligible for insemination services. This may benefit patients who have been diagnosed with a condition that would require this treatment, or if you are using donor sperm to grow your family.
Know Which Services Are Covered
Intrauterine insemination can include a wide range of associated services; however, not all of these are covered under the Ontario Fertility Program. For example, you might seek fertility counseling or be prescribed fertility drugs before the insemination takes place. There are two examples of items that are not covered by the program. In addition, sperm washing, or the costs associated with purchasing donor sperm are not covered. Cycle monitoring, nurse and physician counseling, and certain blood and urine tests are covered by government funds. At the initial consultation, your clinic can provide further information.
Consult a Participating Clinic
The first step in accessing government funded fertility care is consulting a participating clinic. Not all Ontario physicians provide services covered by the Ontario Fertility Program. You can visit the program website to secure a list of participating clinics.
ReproMed can be your partner in government-funded care because we are a participating clinic located conveniently in Toronto. To learn more about artificial insemination and other assisted reproduction services, contact us online or call us at (972) 494-5438.