Donor & Surrogacy Solutions
Donor eggs or sperm, or a gestational carrier (surrogate), are valuable family-building approaches for some.
There are many family-building options available to help create your family. Known also as 'third-party reproduction', these solutions use donor eggs and sperm, or a gestational carrier (surrogate) as approaches to treatment. Your Heartland fertility doctor will go over your options with you at your initial consultation.
Donor eggs is an effective option if you are unable to conceive using your own eggs due to:
Having had your ovaries removed
Undergone a cancer treatment that damages your ovaries
Are experiencing early menopause
In other circumstances, a patient may not have enough eggs or may be of poor quality.
The egg donation treatment procedure involves another egg donor. The egg donor undergoes ovarian stimulation in order to produce the eggs intended for fertilization. They will then undergo hormonal treatment, and the embryos created will be retrieved and frozen. For egg donor costs, see our Pricing page.
During the female patient's menstrual cycle, a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) will take place where the donor embryos are thawed and placed into their uterus.
Two weeks after the embryo transfer, you will learn if you are pregnant. Once your pregnancy has been confirmed, the Heartland team will closely monitor the pregnancy with blood tests and perform an ultrasound to ensure pregnancy is in the correct location in the uterus and is developing normally.
Heartland Fertility has partnered with EliteIVF and currently only offers an anonymous egg donor program. Please consult with your Heartland physician if you'd like to learn more. *Please note fees paid directly to EliteIVF do not qualify for the Manitoba Fertility Tax Credit.
Heartland Fertility currently only offers an anonymous egg donor program. Please consult with your Heartland physician if you’d like to learn more.
The following are common reasons why you might consider insemination through a sperm donor:
Major sperm abnormalities – such as total absence of sperm
Hereditary genetic diseases or infectious diseases that could be transmitted to the partner
Male infertility following cancer treatment
The sperm inserted into your uterus belongs to a donor who has donated his sperm to a sperm bank inspected in accordance with Health Canada standards. A list of sperm banks will be provided to you by your physician or nurse.
Prior to undergoing donor insemination, you will have to meet with one of our counselors or a psychologist who specializes in fertility. This session will provide you with the opportunity to review the donor insemination process and will address any concerns or questions you may have.