January 28, 2016 10:03 am
Updated: January 28, 2016 9:18 pm

Private fertility clinic set to open in downtown Edmonton this spring

WATCH ABOVE: A new fertility clinic opening in downtown Edmonton is hoping to ease the burden of couples waiting to conceive by taking on the growing number of clients opting for private treatments. Laurel Gregory reports.


EDMONTON — A privately run fertility clinic is getting ready to open in Edmonton, with the promise of reducing wait lists for those needing help getting pregnant.

Burnaby, B.C.-based Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine is expanding to downtown Edmonton, where it is opening a clinic in the old ATB building at 9888 Jasper Avenue.

The clinic will offer a full spectrum of fertility services, from very basic interventions and tests, all the way to in vitro fertilization (IVF), intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and its variations.

The facility will also offer pre-natal screening to help identify any risks of certain chromosomal abnormalities.

Watch below: Edmonton will soon be home to a new fertility clinic

Right now the city’s lone fertility clinic is run by Alberta Health Services at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Women and couples who felt they were in a race against time had to leave our city to seek private treatment at clinics in Calgary and B.C., where wait times for appointments can be shorter.

Watch below: The author of “Being Fertile” discusses the struggles of infertility, getting pregnant and creating a happy and healthy family.

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A 36-year-old woman told the Edmonton Journal that she waited 16 months to get her first consultation at the Royal Alex, only to find out the day before her appointment that she had gotten pregnant naturally.

PCRM wants to help streamline the referral process in Edmonton by minimizing wait times and maximizing access to services.

It’s tentatively set to open in May or June, and the company is working with AHS and the University of Alberta. It’s not known how much services at the new private clinic will cost.

Global News will be speaking with one of the founders on Thursday to find out more details.

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