The Fertility Management Process
There is no single treatment or ‘standard solution’ for Infertility because no two patients are alike. That’s why we tailor your treatment to get the best result for you.
We want to get answers quickly. Once you have made an appointment with Dr Flynn, infertility investigations typically commence immediately with almost all tests being completed in-house at Queensland Fertility Group (QFG). Many of these will be bulk billed.
By your first appointment with Dr Flynn, he will have the test results and information necessary to understanding why you are having challenges conceiving. This means on your first appointment you will leave with a definite understanding of your treatment options and a customised treatment plan for you to start on immediately.
It is strongly encouraged that both partners attend so we can discuss concerns and evaluate simultaneously. Infertility can be due to male or female factors, or both. Being able to assess both partners will prevent any unnecessary delays in understanding the primary cause(s).
Initially, Dr Flynn will look at 5 key areas in arriving at a diagnosis and recommended plan of action.
Ovulation disorders are one of the most common causes of female infertility. An initial hormone profile can identify problems with ovulation and assist in the diagnosis of PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), thyroid and pituitary function.
2. Semen Quality
With male infertility contributing to 30% of the cases that we see, semen testing is a priority. All male partners undertake a semen test to determine quantity and quality of sperm. We also offer a unique test, Sperm Chromatin Structure Assay (SCSA) to identify damaged DNA within the sperm, which may be affecting a couple’s fertility.
3. Maternal Age
Advanced maternal age is a major cause of infertility in women. When a female ages the quality of her eggs decreases and ovulation becomes less frequent, limiting her ability to conceive. The age of the female will help determine the intensity of the treatment required.
4. Pelvic Environment
Scans and laparoscopic surgery may be used to assess pelvic normality, endometrial development, tubal blockages and other gynaecological conditions which may be resulting in infertility.
Some couples experiencing infertility have a chromosomal abnormality affecting their success. QFG is the only IVF clinic in the state with an onsite genetics laboratory. Our laboratory provides chromosome studies for all new patients and these are bulk billed to Medicare. The results can explain precise causes of infertility, and often determine appropriate treatments.
The outcome of these investigations will be a customised and maximised treatment plan aimed at delivering the best possible results.
You will then be encouraged to meet with a Nurse Coordinators, who will deliver a full range of support services to meet your various needs throughout this journey. Our nurses understand how complex, overwhelming and emotionally challenging this process can be. They will also teach both you and your partner how to use and
administer any drugs you may need to take as part of your treatment and answer any questions you have.
Dr Flynn will personally manage your treatment program from the initial consultation through to early pregnancy – and should you elect – right throughout your pregnancy and delivery. This continuity of care provides additional peace of mind that you are in the very best hands, for the entire journey.
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