Common Fertility Questions
The data indicates that 30% of cases are male related, 35% are female related and 35% are deemed unexplained infertility. In many cases both partners are contributing to their infertility.
I personally manage each patient’s treatment program from the initial consultation through to early pregnancy and will work with you to decide on a treatment plan that is right for your circumstances.
Variable factors like egg and sperm quality, and individual variations that occur during the cycle will also have an effect. Your doctor is the most qualified person to discuss whether your chances may be higher or lower than the average.
My success rates per age group at our Gold Coast clinic are:
- 18-38: 45%
- 40-43: 20 % per IVF cycle
It is widely acknowledged that female fertility decreases with age and the miscarriage rate increases with age. Female age is therefore critical to success in conceiving both naturally and with artificial reproductive treatment. I encourage couples over the age of 30 who are experiencing difficulties to seek help sooner rather than later.
I encourage all patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and good diet prior and throughout their treatment.
- Initial doctors consultation – 1 hour
- Nurse interview ideally both partners – 1- ½ hours
- Blood tests – ½ hour
- Blood tests and scans – ½ to ¾ hour
- Egg collection – day off (may need 2 days)
- Embryo transfer – 1-2 hours (ideally day off)
- Insemination – 1-2 hours.
My experienced nursing staff will teach both you and your partner how to use and administer all drugs and are always available to assist you with any concerns.
Blood tests assessing hormone levels are an important tool in the successful management of fertility treatment. The number of blood tests required will be kept to a minimum as best possible. My team are all highly experienced and will support even the most nervous patient through each visit.
Today, treatment for infertility remains more affordable than ever before. Medicare rebates,
Medicare safety net refunds and private health insurance provide substantial financial support
for people requiring treatment.
Treatments related to Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) attract rebates under The Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN) scheme.
For IVF patients this provides significant financial support. Safety net accrual commences in January each year once the relevant threshold is reached. From 1 January 2010 Medicare will pay up to an additional capped amount in respect of each initial and subsequent cycle in a calendar year.
In order to claim this benefit, couples and families must be registered with Medicare. It is important to check with Medicare that you are registered before commencing any fertility treatment.
In order to understand these capped amounts and how they will affect your ultimate out of pocket expense, your level of treatment must first be determined.