The Fertility Care Pathway is primarily a source of information for patients who have fertility concerns or who are seeking fertility care. Patients have indicated in focus groups that they want more and better information about navigating fertility care in Saskatchewan. This information has been compiled by local health care providers and patients involved in fertility assessment and treatment.
When a patient presents with a fertility concern, there are some things primary providers can do to help the patient journey go more smoothly.
The only way for couples to get on track for fertility care is by referral from a primary care provider. The primary assessment should include:
This step is simple but important. Ideally, both partners should be present.
A physical exam may reveal medical problems or physical abnormalities that affect fertility.
Following initial assessment, a primary care provider should identify:
A. Patients who do not currently meet criteria for fertility assessment (require no specialist referral, but primary care follow up within one year) B. Patients who meet basic criteria for fertility assessment (require referral to gynecologist or urologist – wait time expected) C. Patients who have red flags, whether or not they meet other criteria (seek referral to fertility specialist)
Saskatchewan Guidelines for Initial Assessment and Triage
For information about gynecologists and urologists who perform fertility procedures, use the Specialist Directory
Fertility specialists and associated services:
SaskatchewanAurora Reproductive Carehttp://auroraivf.ca/ e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org River Centre 1, 4th Floor 2nd Avenue South Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 1P4 Phone: 306-653-5222
Communication with patients should be respectful of the stress and emotional pain that is associated with a diagnosis of infertility. Fertility patients in Saskatchewan have offered these suggestions for how to treat fertility patients.
How to Communicate with Couples about Infertility
Patients who have not yet seen a specialist may benefit from education in primary care to help:
Refer patients to hand-outs on the Fertility Care Patient page. (Advise patients to search for “sask fertility patient pathway” in order to navigate to the patient education materials.)
When the time comes to make treatment choices, patients may find that things are moving very quickly and they don’t have much time to think. Health care providers can help their patients to find up-to-date information about treatment options early in the process so they have the opportunity to think ahead about what options are right for them.
Hand-outs about treatment options available in Saskatchewan are also available on the Patient page.
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