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    Default Monash IVF TOWNSVILLE or QLD Fertility Group???

    I am wondering if anyone has stories, preferences, experiences etc with Monash IVF Townsville Specialists and QLD Fertility Group Specialists? I am in the process of trying to make a decision on a obs/gyno, and I am not sure who I want to deal with? As I have had bad experiences in the past, any advice or direction would be appreciated x

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    Hi Dannick,

    Sounds like I am in the same boat as you I am too going through QLD fertility group in Tsv. I believe when you click on appt, there is a choice between a Dr Chang (male) or Dr Pallis (female).

    I have friends who have gone and seen Dr Chang and say that he is very gentle and caring. I myslef have seen Dr Pallis in the past for other reasons and found she is also excellent. I had been worried about seeing an Ob/Gyn but am glad I went with Dr Pallis. She made me very comfortable and is very easy to get along with. She is very encouraging of people asking questions. DH and I have been having some prob's get preg, so I rang her office up to get an appt and the earliest I could get in was Oct, so make sure you ring up now to get the next avail one. We are waiting on test results back from DH's SA, so hopefully after receiving those we might be able to get an earlier appt. Oh and her receptionists are lovely to talk to as well.

    I hope that helped a little bit Good luck with it all and let me know how you go

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    Thanks rocky!

    I have two more blood tests to have before getting my referral to gyno but my GP told me to have a decision made prior to my next appt in July. We have had all the SA tests and I've had numerous blood tests etc.. I was mistakenly diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, but my new GP doesn't think my case is as severe due to blood tests and hormones being okay although i do have cysts on my ovaries. As i suffer from irregular periods i find it hard to narrow down my ovulation 'period' and my GP wants me to see a ob/gyno to get a script for Clomid (clomiphine), not sure if you have heard it. I've looked on their websites both QFG and MONASH, but just wanted ppls personal experiences with dealing with them. Its a tough decision and i haven't had good past experiences, so thanks for your input! Are you still dealing with Dr. Pallis?

    Also if you don't mind me asking, what were Dr. Pallis consultation fees?
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    OMG, you sound like you're at exactly the same stage as us. We've just been through me having blood tests done & DH having SA & some blood tests done as well. I have very irregular periods (have only had two since Oct 2010) & I asked my GP for Clomid to regulate, but told only a OB/GYN can write these, so since have made another appt with Dr Pallis. I found I was more comfortable seeing her and have had only good experience so far. She knows her stuff and is really lovely to talk too. She is also very encouring of me asking questions and explaining processes etc. I just can't wait for my appt so I can get started on whatever we need to do. We have been trying for a while and I really want to be preg before Christmas!

    As for fee's, for the first consulatation was $200 (I can't remember how much you get back from Medicare) and every appt after that was around $70-$80 mark and you get a little bit back from medicare. I think that most of the private OB/GYN's charge around the same amount.

    That's no good you haven't had many good past experiences. I was a little scared and hesitant at first to go, but am glad I did. I have had a close friend who saw Dr Chang and also said good things about him as well. There is only one OB/GYN that I've heard some people say they wouldn't go back and see but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to put his name on here. If you go with QLD fertility group I'm sure you'll have a good experience

    I haven't had any experiences with Monash IVF and don't know of anyone who has gone through them.

    Make sure you get onto your GP to get that referral, as it can take ages to get an appt!

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    Yes I have heard good things about Dr Chang an also another Dr from Monash, I previously was seeing Dr. Singh however her an I didn't click and I found her to quite rude and abrupt not caring or supportive at all! My new GP advised me that my gyno would most likely have to prescribe clomid to help me which is better news than my last gyno when she told me i would have to go into surgery to remove my cysts etc etc... the idea terrified me because all i could think of was all the scarring etc etc which would again make it difficult to concieve. We have been trying since OCT 2009, and it wasn't until OCT2010 that I found out I had cysts and been on this road ever since. Because both my partner and I are in our early 20s everyone says we have time on our side, when in fact we don't because I am irregular, every mth i miss a period is another lost oppourtunity to ovulate an fall preg. SO my new GP is very understanding and non-discriminative which I appreciate!

    Its a hard road to travel and so nice to talk to someone who is experiencing the same, although my partner an family and friends are very supportive no one truly understands until they've experienced it! Not to mention all my friends are preg or already have children, it seems so easy for some.

    Good Luck, and I hope your wish comes true before xmas! Keep in contact and let me know how you go on clomid

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    Hey, thats no good that your last Doctor was pretty abrupt, you poor thing! Sometimes I don't think Doctors understand what we're going through. Yeah, I totally agree, you should try clomid before doing surgery. I can't blame you for not wanting to jump straight into surgery. It's so frustrating having such irregular periods and I don't think that alot of people understand it. I keep trying to tell them that most people have around 12 chances per year of falling pregnant and I have around 2! Its def not easy that's for sure. I actually saw a GP about it and he was fairly insensitive saying that most women would be happy with that cycle...I said but not if their trying to fall preg! That's really good that you've found a caring GP, I'd def stick with them!

    It can be hard and people who haven't experienced this kind of thing do say some fairly insenstive things, prob most of the time without even realising how hurtful they can be. Even though you're young, you're doing the right thing by going to see a gyno and getting everything started for you guys. I understand how hard it is with friends etc falling without even trying...most of ours at the moment are UTD and all keep asking us when we're going to have one.

    It is nice to talk to someone going through the exact same thing Same with you, make sure you keep in contact and let me know how you go on Clomid and how you go with your doctor. I hope it all goes well for you and you guys get the result your after very soon! It would be nice to be in the same due date thread

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    Hi ladies, I saw your post and thought I would let you know of my experiences to help with your decision. We have been through the whole process, and now have 2 beautiful children aged 1 and 2. We went through Dr Mokzrecki at Monash and he is excellent. He has a reputation for being the best ob/gyn in Tville amongst medical staff at the hospitals, and he has a sensitive calm manner. He is also very switched on. The coordinator of the Monash clinic is Judy (who is does Rocky and Tville Monash clinics). I can not speak more highly of her. She is brilliant, and makes your entire IVF journey supported and smooth. She is great and understanding. Dr Mokrecki's fill in if he is away when you are having your bub is Dr Heymann, who I have also seen before for gyn and he is also great. A bit more laid back perhaps, but very friendly too. Dr Steve as he is more commonly known, has long waits as most of the ob/gyns. But he can take you from investigative day procedures, to clomid, to IVF and delivery of bub. We did the whole lot. I had endometriosis and cysts, so we started on clomid. These didn't work for us though. So then they did a simple day op to clean everything out, and then we started IVF. We had one egg pickup, and had 3 blastocyst embryos from that. Two of those resulted in my two lovely children. We were very blessed that it worked so well for us. The clomid hormones and IVF hormones can make you a bit emotional, and the whole process seems overwhelming at the time as its all new, but if you stick with it, it is definately worth it!! We are now considering going back again to expand our family. I have had friends that have only needed clomid and have fallen pregnant quickly. I know others who have also gone through Qld Fertility with Chang and had a positive experience too. It's really down to personal choice. But from my experience, Dr Steve, and Monash if you need IVF, were terrific. We are also in our late 20's and began the process 4 years ago. The tests and each step can take months. People told us the same thing that we had plenty of time, but the thing is with fertility that all docotors will tell you, the younger the female is the better your chance of falling pregnant. After 30yrs your stats fall quickly. So do whats right for you and your family and go for it. You will learn to filter people's opinions very quickly. Take no notice. Often the most hurtful comments are made from people that know very little about the process and is said in ignorance. And the opinions from others will keep coming once you have kids too! Let me know if I can help you anymore along your journey Go for it!!

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    Unhappy Rip offs this is the facts

    Quote Originally Posted by dannick View Post
    I am wondering if anyone has stories, preferences, experiences etc with Monash IVF Townsville Specialists and QLD Fertility Group Specialists? I am in the process of trying to make a decision on a obs/gyno, and I am not sure who I want to deal with? As I have had bad experiences in the past, any advice or direction would be appreciated x
    These are the real FACTS and COSTS. Me and my fiancé rang up and made a appointment (townsville fertiity clinic )which cost $185 and u we found out u only get $72.75 back from medicare and we had blood taken and then they told us what the cost would be and expect to pay up front $11,000 at least and u only get just over $4000 back. now if they told us that from the start or had a proper website with the real costs we would not have paid to go and that was for one cycle at 40% success rate. WE ARE NOT HAPPY AT ALL


 

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