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    Well I think I've decided to go with AIVF! After finding out that 1. At Springwood their earliest next appointment isn't until the end of February and 2. At Springwood they don't do Long Down Reg cycles (due my low AMH I respond better to this protocol).

    So I called up and spoke to a lovely receptionist, followed by a lovely nurse and we are booked for our appointment on December 10th! We will be doing this via the phone too

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    Curious about what kind of anesthesia they use (if any)? Do you go "under" and knocked out or is a light sedation when you are awake?

    Also, what kind of cost am I looking at? I know it mentions $1800 on their website? IS their extra for egg collection?
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    Hi Rosewhite and welcomeGoing by Babyplz AIVF go at least to 450 iui, I'm just checking if they will go higher for me, as I was only on 200 but my AMH is somewhere in the 5s. I've been told by a 3rd party Gyno to upped my FSH to really get those eggs happening. There is no extra charge unless you need ICSE, otherwise what you'll pay when you sign up and start your cycle is it, and then you get Medicare rebate back after a few weeks. I can't remember what anesthesia they used but they do put you under for the EPU. The anesthesist is exra of course, but that's the same everywhere. I think we were $2000 out of pocket with ICSE and hospital cover.
    Good luck

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    Thanks for that

    So egg collection is done elsewhere? Not at the clinic? Anyone know how much it costs for the day hospital for egg pick up without health cover (mine doesn't kick in until 1st June)?

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    Probably best you go and talk to the nurses at AIVF, but no the clinic is only a clinic, where you have your scans and get your meds and have you talks with the nurses, everything else you have to go to Budrim Private, that's where you'll meet the Doctors and where the egg pick up is. I have private health so I don't know how much it would be without. Maybe ring Budrim private I'm sure someone there would tell you

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    Thanks for that. My appointment is only 2 weeks away, so I'll wait for that. I think most places say to allow $2000 for the hospital and anesthetist, so I'll just budget for that and hopefully get a nice surprise Lol. My private health insurance will kick in June 1st, so then the day hospital will be covered (still have to pay excess) if I need more than one IVF cycle. It took me 3 for my son, so hoping we get lucky and it takes less next time!

    OMG I'm so excited to start again!! I think I'm one of those weird ones that actually likes doing IVF lol. I even like the excited anticipation of egg pick up! And I'm super excited to get "knocked out" for the EPU at this clinic. The one I used in Sydney (Westmead Fertility Centre) I was awake for all my collections.

    Yeh, I'm weird haha. I think it's because every month that we TTC I have very little hope of conceiving, but when we are doing IVF I know that there is a real possibility of getting pregnant!

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    well lucky you, most of us haven't had any success, ever, so makes it hard to get excited over IVF and all the "fun" that comes with it. But good luck.

    Babyplz how you doing? Are you ok? I totally get that you want to take a break. Realisticly I have 2 year left, at 43 my chances are basically nil. So we will have to give it a good go a few more times and hope for some luck.

    Tanya, how are you? Hope all is well. Really not that long to go. Hugs to you both. Manni

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    Geez, no need to get narky about it. How I feel about IVF in no way affects you, so I don't understand the need to be nasty about it. But thanks for taking the opportunity to try and bring me down when getting excited about the possibility of getting pregnant again. Am I not allowed to get excited? I didn't say it was "fun", I said I liked it/was excited about starting again because I knew I had a real chance to get pregnant in comparison to when trying naturally.

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    Hi Rosewhite i am with affordable Ivf in nambour. From what I can remember the highest they will put you on is 250 but best to check with them when you have your appointment with the nurse. The only cycle they do at affordable is the down reg cycle, not antagonist cycle. Basically you will pay $400 start up fee aand then your first cycle would be $3200 where you would get back about $1600. Hospital if you don't have health insurance is $1200 out of pocket. Anaethetist is about $400. Transfer is done day 3 and if you have any remaining embryos it then costs $350 to culture them on to blastocyst (you pay that regardless of whether they make it to blastocyst stage or not). Then if you do get some to freeze you then pay the storage fee and from then on any frozen transfers are then done through affordable ivfs parent company which is fertility solutions. Egg pick up is done at buderim private hospital. Transfer is done in buderim at their parent company fertility solutions. the same
    embryologist is used for both companies. After your initial
    nurse appointment and if you are ok to go ahead with affordable Ivf you will then have to meet with one of their three specialists which are all awesome but I love Dr George bogiatsiz. He's awesome. They are all brilliant though. The wait for affordable Ivf at the moment is till the end of February so it will be a bit of a wait with them. Basically the way affordable Ivf keeps their fees low is that you don't get to choose appointments or specialists or nurses. And they try to keep egg amounts retrieved to a minimal. And they
    basically will only accept you if you are pretty much straight forward ivf or icsi.
    Sorry this is all over the place but i remember things as I'm typing lol.
    Oh and if you need more cycles the second cycle is then
    $3000 up front and you get back about $2400 so about $600 out of pocket (plus your other fees of course).
    If you have any further questions please just ask and I'm happy to help!
    Cheers Amanda

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    Thanks so much for all the info Amanda! That definitely gives me a good idea of all the costs and the way things are run


 

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