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    Default IVF... What's involved & what sort of cost are we looking at.

    So long story short, DH has poor abnormal sperm morphology & apparently we have about a 1% chance of falling pregnant naturally... He said IVF is our best chance... We were not finically ready for this :-/
    FS said it starts about $10,000 +
    And that private health cover makes no difference as we get a Medicare rebate.... Can anyone shed some light??? Does IVF hurt?? Do I need to take days off work??

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    Hi MARTTC,

    I'm sorry you've been dealt this devastating news. I remember being in your shoes 4 years ago. I know it feels like the end of the world at first, but chin up. There is lots of technology available to help you and your dreams can come true.

    I recommend you have a read through the Hints & Tips thread on the IVF forum- http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/f...for-new-IVF-rs

    With your DH's results, you'd be doing IVF with ICSI and the cost depends on which clinic you're going to- yes you can shop around! My DH & I pay $10K upfront for ICSI, and the medicare rebate is around $5200. The rebate can be claimed immediately after embryo transfer (which is about 3 weeks after you pay up-front). That leaves you paying around $4800 yourself, this is called your out-of pocket (OOP) cost. There are not-for-profit clinics such as Westmead in Sydney. The OOP cost is significantly less, something like $800 (ball park figure). Some people travel interstate to cycle at Westmead because even with airfares & accommodation, it works out cheaper.

    ETA- you can also claim your OOP costs as part of your next tax return, and that will get you some more money back on top of the medicare rebate.

    Private health cover will only subsidise things like day surgery costs (for your egg pick up), anaesthetic and any drugs the clinic don't include. In the scheme of things, I haven't found it worthwhile.

    Does it hurt? The injections- sometimes. The pen-type needles are so fine you barely feel them. The regular syringes (like the trigger shot) do sting a little, but it goes away quickly. The only time I've felt strong pain is after the egg pick up (EPU) where I feel tender for 2-3 days. I look at this way- if I can't handle the pain of EPU, then I have no hope dealing with labour & birth!

    Do you need days off work? Yes, you will for your egg collection. The day of the procedure at least, and I recommend a 2nd day to recover. Some ladies feel well enough to return to work the next day, you might be in that category if you're lucky. You'll also need time off for your embryo transfer. The procedure itself is quick, you're in & out in 20-30 mins. The time off will depend how far you live or work from your clinic, and what time of day they set for your appoinment. The blood tests & ultrasounds to monitor your growing follicles are usually done first thing in the morning (7.00-8.30am), to minimise interference with work.

    There's going to be a lot to get your head around, so I'll stop there. Start lurking if the IVF threads if you haven't already, so much useful information in there. TTC diaries of IVFers are also a goldmine of info.

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    Wow!! Thanks heaps for your amazing & detailed reply, I really appreciate it
    I'm glad we have answers but yeah pretty down ATM sooo much money but I feel better about the rebate, it's actually better than I thought
    Just worried how I will work this without people knowing, especially work!! As it can be very hard to tale time off... Might have to use sick days for it....
    I'm writing from my phone so can't go back to your message, did you say how successful yours was?? I'm really hoping first time, second @ worst!!

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    Sorry to hear you have to go down the road of IVF. I was pretty upset when we found out this was our best chance of having a child but you do eventually get your head around it.

    Do your research of IVF clinics in your area. The costs vary so it's worthwhile shopping around.

    Time off work can be tricky to juggle. I used flex hours/sick days/holidays for mine as I didn't want to let my workplace in on what was going on.

    I found some needles worse than others but you do get used to injecting yourself. Or you can get your partner to do it. After my egg pick up (EPU) I was a bit sore but found a heat pack and panadol was enough to ease the pain. Embryo transfer (ET) can be a little uncomfortable (no worse than a pap smear though).

    There's plenty of information here on bub hub about IVF and lots of knowledgable ladies to answer any questions you have.

    Our first fresh cycle resulted in a BFP but I miscarried. I then switched clinics (wasn't happy with my FS) and did a frozen cycle (FET) and I'm now almost 39 weeks pregnant with that baby!

    Best of luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MARTTC View Post
    Just worried how I will work this without people knowing, especially work!! As it can be very hard to tale time off... Might have to use sick days for it....
    I'm writing from my phone so can't go back to your message, did you say how successful yours was?? I'm really hoping first time, second @ worst!!
    Yes, definitely use sick days for the EPU. The clinic will give you a generic Dr's certificate (it won't mention IVF). For the ET, just say you have a specialists appointment & leave it at that.

    Unfortunately I'm still on the IVF train . 2 full stim cycles and 3 frozen cycles have all failed. However, my first 3 transfers were done at a time when I had undiagnosed endometriosis & thyroid disease. I had to change clinics to get answers on why it wasn't working. My new clinic fixed me up and my next cycle was a chem pg, so things are headed in the right direction. Just started jabbing for my 3rd stim cycle and keeping fingers crossed.

    I hope you'll be one of the lucky first-timers who get their BFP straight away

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    Quote Originally Posted by summastarlet View Post
    Sorry to hear you have to go down the road of IVF. I was pretty upset when we found out this was our best chance of having a child but you do eventually get your head around it.

    Do your research of IVF clinics in your area. The costs vary so it's worthwhile shopping around.

    Time off work can be tricky to juggle. I used flex hours/sick days/holidays for mine as I didn't want to let my workplace in on what was going on.

    I found some needles worse than others but you do get used to injecting yourself. Or you can get your partner to do it. After my egg pick up (EPU) I was a bit sore but found a heat pack and panadol was enough to ease the pain. Embryo transfer (ET) can be a little uncomfortable (no worse than a pap smear though).

    There's plenty of information here on bub hub about IVF and lots of knowledgable ladies to answer any questions you have.

    Our first fresh cycle resulted in a BFP but I miscarried. I then switched clinics (wasn't happy with my FS) and did a frozen cycle (FET) and I'm now almost 39 weeks pregnant with that baby!

    Best of luck.
    I'm sooo scared of needles, they are my worst fear ever
    No way u could do them myself, I can't even watch a needle go in someones body in the tv lol

    Sorry to hear about the m/c...
    Glad you are well on the way to holding your little bundle of joy

    Do you have P.H.I??
    I seemed to have gone wrong there & now looks like we will be up for more out of pocket...
    We were not prepared for this sort of cost less than a year out from our wedding :-/

    Thanks for all your advice.....

    Might look at another one or two in Melbourne!! Just don't like the having to wait to get in

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindylou78 View Post
    Yes, definitely use sick days for the EPU. The clinic will give you a generic Dr's certificate (it won't mention IVF). For the ET, just say you have a specialists appointment & leave it at that.

    Unfortunately I'm still on the IVF train . 2 full stim cycles and 3 frozen cycles have all failed. However, my first 3 transfers were done at a time when I had undiagnosed endometriosis & thyroid disease. I had to change clinics to get answers on why it wasn't working. My new clinic fixed me up and my next cycle was a chem pg, so things are headed in the right direction. Just started jabbing for my 3rd stim cycle and keeping fingers crossed.

    I hope you'll be one of the lucky first-timers who get their BFP straight away
    Glad you cleared the dr cert up, I thought I would have to go to my doc & get a general one that didn't mention the ivf.

    Sorry to hear your still going, if you dint mind me asking, what's your fertility issue? My throyid n ovaries all came back clear... My FS seemed pretty confident that IVF should work pretty quickly for us but do they just say that?!

    Thanks for your support... Do you give yourself needles too?

    I'm so emotionally drained today

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    Summa - I meant to ask you... Did you have to go through the whole process again or could you take your frozen eggs??

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    Quote Originally Posted by MARTTC View Post
    Summa - I meant to ask you... Did you have to go through the whole process again or could you take your frozen eggs??
    We had 6 embies frozen from first EPU and took them to the new clinic.

    Yes I have PHI. The only thing that is useful for was EPU-covered cost of anesthetist etc. Everything else was claimed through Medicare. Also it's worth remembering that if you spend over a certain amount on medical expenses you can claim it all at tax time and get some more back. Make sure you sign up for the Medicare Safety Net too because once you go over this you get more back when you claim stuff.

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    Hi there,

    Just some info on the needle thing... I too am needle phobic, it is awful so I understand completely, however, my doc prescribed me some 'karma' which is a light sedative, that along with an Emla patch gets me through stress free each time! I've done 2 blood test recently and I've come out of both feeling pleased with myself and much more confident!

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