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    Katrea, can I ask where are you travelling from? I am also looking into going to westmead but I have no idea of where to stay, transport, how many appointments we need, where i can get bloods and scans done etc. I would be catching a flight from brisbane.

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    i had a ectopic 6 yrs ago 1 yr after ds was born and i had my right tube removed and was told my left was not looking good either since then i am with a new partner who has no children and we decided to try naturally for a yr then i had a lap and dye test 2 weeks ago which showed that my left tube is fully blocked and twisted but my uterus and ovaries look healthy so ivf is our only choice i have had the pre conception blood test and blood test to see if i am ovulating and pelvic ultra sound but i see my gp on monday to talk about any other test i may need before goin to the fs dh has had a SA which showed healthy sperm so it just the matter of bypass the tube issues
    i started my folic acid yesterday and i fully agree the bmi is very important i would be worried if my dr didnt check that cause it is to increase your chances and is better for you and bub i dont need to lose much i am 90kg so iam hoping to be a more healthier 75kg by the time we are ready
    its defently a good plan to have all your test done with your local gp that way you have everything with you makes everything run smother on the day

    i have mix emotions still i am very excited to be moving in a more positive direction but on the other hand i am worried things will go wrong
    i am such a worry wort

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    leannemc: I am in Toowoomba, so about an hour for you in Brisbane. We will most likely be flying from the Gold Coast as we have family and friends there who can take us to the airport and look after the car instead of leaving it at the airport and i can get flights from as low as $69pp each way depending on when we book them.
    They have told me they can organise the Doctors and Nurses appointments on the same day or consecutive days for ease of traveling. They have said they can courier the medication to us, at our cost, someone on here i spoke to said it was roughly $90 to get it overnight couriered, i can't remember who that who it was offhand tho. As for where i would be getting my tests done, im considering ringing them and asking if its worth checking out what we can at our GP here before the Specialists appointment and anything i still need doing i was going to see a pathology here or if it comes to it, ring the fertility clinic here and ask where they send their patients for testing and if they do them in-house ask if they would mind doing mine, tho i don't think you can claim the medicare rebate on them, im not sure. I know there are a few cheaper motels near Westmead Hospital, i haven't looked into that side of it quite as much yet tho as we may stay with a friend in Sydney yet, we haven't looked into it.
    For egg retrieval i think you may have to go down 2 days prior to it for an ultrasound to check the follicles and set the time, and get the trigger injection ready, then the transfer is 2-5 days after the retrieval, im researching and considering insisting on waiting for the 5 days until blastocyst stage as theres a better success rate but less embryos make it to this stage, not sure on that yet but it will mean a week in Sydney if i do.

    b4us: i might give them a call tomorrow and see what tests they recommend me asking my GP for before hand, that may make it easier. Sorry to hear about your ectopic, that would be hard. I feel the same, excited that we can finally try but so so terrified that something will go wrong. One angel is enough for our family, as my hubby and his ex-wife lost a baby girl at 19 weeks after doing IVF and it nearly killed him (while she wasn't my daughter he has her ashes and i take care of her as much as he does, especially when he finds it difficult to deal with). She had complications that affected that tho, complications that i am at a low risk for as i am in far better health and younger that she is by a lot. Were just hoping for the best and hoping we can save the money without anything going wrong. I tried for a loan and was turned down because im only casual at work and haven't been there long as we've recently moved and getting the phone call to say we were rejected resulted in a lot of tears for a few hours. Weve managed to get extra work to save, just hoping it works out.

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    i am so sorry for your lose it would be very hard to cope with even if she wasnt your daughter i am sure you share ur partners pain it is great that you both cope with it together

    our first plan was to save for 2 cycles then start ivf but i dont think i could wait that long so i ve changed the plan to save for 1 cycle and pray we can have some frozen and just take it day by day
    i am getting tired of people saying it will work the first go cause of my age i am trying to be positive but not set my self to high and remind my self it doesnt alway work that way but anything is possible theses days.
    dh has this relaxed additude and says it will happen we just need to just see what happens love him to bits
    let me know how you get on tomorrow

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    Hi Girls,

    I just finished a 2nd fresh cycle at WFC (with a BFN) and will be starting my next cycle probably in Dec now. My Dr is Dr Tong. I rang on Friday & got in to see him on Tuesday. No wait at all. I think the initial consultation with him for both me & DH was $300 which you can claim some back through medicare.

    For costs - I'm not going to go into great detail but take note that the Medicare safety net resets on January 1. Unless you have already reached the threshold, it would be financially better to start in the new year. I met the threshold after the first cycle.

    Again - financially if possible - I would (and I do) pay everything up front as it costs a whole lot less. For me, for IVF I put the total (approx $4800) on credit card and then after the transfer, you get most of it back from medicare. So it will be on your card say for approx 4 -6 weeks max.

    So for starting in Jan and paying up front, your out of pocket cost for IVF would be around $1200. Then for a FET, its about $120 or so. If you need to do another fresh cycle, it's approx $350 out of your pocket.

    For the drugs, I've only had to pay for the pill (cheap) and pay for Synarel which I have a prescription for and get myself through one of the cheap chemists which costs me $90 which last for 1.5 cycles. All your injections (gonal f and trigger) and Crinone are included in the IVF cost.

    If you start your first cycle in Dec and haven't reached the medicare safety net threshold (and were paying upfront), you'd be out of pocket say $1200. If that fails & you do another fresh cycle in say Feb (as you have a compulsory month off after a fresh cycle), you'd be up out of pockets of say $1200 again.

    So my suggestions for the cheapest option is:

    1. Unless you have already reached medicare safety net threshold, start in the new year
    2. Pay upfront if you can.

    I don't have loads of money but a pop it all on credit & pay it off with my medicare refund.

    And not to put a dampner on things - do not get your hopes up too high with IVF. I did and after 2 cycles I still haven't gotten a BFP. I know that I will and I'n not giving up...but I was so positive and you just come crashing down. It's a tough thing to do!!

    Anyways, if you have questions, please do ask and I'll try and answer...not that I am an expert..

    R

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    b4us: its something thats brought us a lot closer together, other than his grief counselor im the only other person he can really share it with and she is almost as much a part of my life as his.
    Im a bit the same, the minute we have the money for one cycle i will be ringing the clinic, i can't wait, i just want to try, my DH too.

    Turbopeach: Westmead did tell me that paying the full amount means less in the long run, unfortunately we will be scrimping and working overtime just to afford the No-Safety Net option let alone be able to pay the full amount and get the full rebate, and unfortunately we both work casual jobs so we wont get approved for a credit card, we tried. Plus i have some extra added costs for transportation of my DH's frozen sperm and the added costs of travel, the only way we can afford it is the cheap option.
    Were aware theres a chance it wont work, we just want to be able to try, and at least feel like were moving forward.

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    turbopeach thanks for the tips i wish you luck on your 3rd cycle.
    i am in the same position as katrea we are struggling to save for our first cycle (1450 + 200 lupron) we will be defently be starting in the new yr it is a nice burden of my shoulders knowing the cycles are cheaper after the first for 1 calander yr.

    i tell myself every day that ivf isnt 100% but its all we have left the only expection i have is hope that one day we can meet our little one.

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    my appt with dr smith is the 19th jan yey and i spoke to the clinic and the lady said if we pay the gap (1450) medicare will send me the check to give to the clinic then it cant take 1-2 weeks for the clinic to refund me $750 and the only meds we have to pay for is the nasal spray or lupron injections the other meds are included in the above price i am getting excited to finally getting in the right direction .

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    b4us: awesome!
    It's our only option too, and it's expensive and were just praying it turns out okay.
    We have a heap of extra costs because my DH has sperm stored with another clinic in Sydney and the admin fees and transport are going to cost a heap from what Westmead has told me.
    I'm not sure if I want a 2-3 day transfer or if I want to try for a 5 day blastocyst transfer...suppose I'll have to wait and see what they recommend.

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    I'm still up in arms as to what's the better option 2 or the 5 day blast. At WFC if you have 4 or more fertilised embryos they will recommend going to 5 days. If you have under 4 fertilised, then they will do a 2 day transfer.

    My first go with IVF I was so excited. I got 14 eggs and 11 fertilised. So they grew them to 5 days as it's supposed to give you better odds of a pregnancy. I turned up for my transfer and I only had 5 blasts left. No worries. They put a 'beautiful' one back in and I had 4 to freeze. It ended with a BFN so compulsory month off after the fresh cycle. And off for a FET. On the morning of my FET, they rang to say that all 4 remaining blasts did not survive the thaw. This really shocked me! I never thought that I wouldn't even get 1 FET in.

    Anyways, back to the Doc, wait till AF shows up again. Booked in for the 2nd fresh cycle. This time I only got 5 eggs and 4 fertilised. The doc had recommended that I go to blast if I can. So I do...on day 5 of my transfer there is only 1 that's made it. BFN again...and that's where I'm at now. Back to the docs again today.

    What frustrates me the most is that their policy is that you are only allowed 1 embryo put back if you are under 35. I am 35 next June and I so want to have 2 put back as it's financially and emotionally draining. I never thought that I'd actually want to be that little bit older!! lol.. I just want to up my chances of getting at least 1 to stick.

    DH is has the problem sperm and I have all the tests done under the sun and seem to be fine. We have a 3yo DS that we got naturally so we know I work!! Just have no idea why its not happening now.

    So, I'm really don't know whether I should do the 2 day or the 5 day next time. you can choose...I have a friend that did 1 cycle and got loads of eggs and popped a lot back in the freezer and she has now achieved 2 children from the 1 cycle. The embryos were 2 day ones. 5 days sound great but not many get to day 5. That's the prob!!

    Anyways, shall go back to the docs and try and get more advise and push for 2 to be put back in..not liking my chances but a girls gotta try!! It's always good knowing there are so many people going through the same thing that I am and to be able to share stories!!

    Hope we all get lucky next cycle!!


 

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