03/05/2015 10:11 EST | Updated 05/05/2015 05:59 EDT

Quebec-funded fertility treatment would get new hurdles

Quebec women will be asked to spend a few years trying in the bedroom before heading through the doors of a fertility clinic under new legislation. 

To comply with the Quebec government's proposed Bill 20, women who want to become mothers and fear they may be infertile must first try sex without contraception for a fixed period of up to three years before qualifying for provincially funded medical care.

After that, they will be allowed to knock on the door of a fertility clinic to obtain in vitro fertilization.

According to information obtained by The Canadian Press, the province's Health Minister Gaétan Barrette will require women to try for a period of between one and three years under the legislation, depending on the woman’s age.

Younger women will be asked to try for longer before undergoing treatment.

The government will have to rely on the good faith of patients, since it will be impossible to verify whether women have tried for the prescribed time before seeking treatment.