I'm an Australian citizen who has lived in London for the last 16 years. I'm now divorced, 37, with low ovarian reserve (AMH 4.9) and desperate for children.
I am about to have my first IVF session in Copenhagen at Christmas, but if that fails I wish to look into moving back to Australia to have ongoing IVF treatment until it works.
I wanted to get an idea of prices. I've spoken with a lovely clinic (Westmead) who seemed helpful and the actual treatment costs reasonable (assuming I am still eligible for the Medicare rebate) but costs of medication in Australia and price of importing donor sperm (I wish to use open identity donors from Cryos , Denmark) are unknown factors and not covered by Medicare. Can anyone give an indication of medication costs (I'm likely to need maximum stimulation)?
Regarding sperm, I've heard that clinics in Australia encourage women to use known donors (which is highly discouraged over here due to the difficulties this can lead to). The clinic I spoke to were happy to use imported sperm but couldn't actually receive the shipment themselves, so another clinic would be needed to receive and send on the sperm. Has anyone managed to arrange this successfully? Alternatively, is there a sperm bank in Australia that offers detailed profiles of the donors (e.g. level of intelligence and education)?
Any information would be much appreciated, as I will really be leaving my life and work behind if I move back, so I need to be sure there are no nasty surprises regarding costs.