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    Quote Originally Posted by Billie2 View Post
    @Loulou11 I am at the Syd clinic and some things they do different. But, I can confirm that all appts require your husband to be present for initial start up. (Roughly 3 appts) GP, go away and do all your tests, back to GP for results, then FS then you get your plan & its good to go. I went to every appt I possibly could alone. My nurse appt I went alone and scans etc. Then your husband only needs to appear at egg collection to provide his sample. I went to transfers alone as we have a son my DH stayed home with. For me Primary is a block from my office. Very convenient.

    At Primary you need to take responsibility for the whole process. You need to be flexible and not knock back times or dates if you want to start asap. The less you resist the easier it is. I know its very hard with day to day life. There is no hand holding. My experience has been really positive with staff, but I just did as told which is hard for a control freak like me.

    Nurses are avail 24/7 once you start. I have found emails to work best for me. I love the no frills process.

    Hopefully the Melb girls can help.

    My inital GP appt was 1st Oct 2015 and my first IVF cycle was November, so it can happen quick if there are no hiccups. My tip is to get a pap smear asap. This test takes the longest to get results back.
    Gotta love Victoria - The Nanny State lol! Wish the process was as simple here in Melb

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    Just wanted to sneak in quick good luck note to dearest @tjuls and @clucky14 for your BTs today!

    Hope all is looking good for you both!

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    Good luck @tjuls & @clucky14

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    Agree with the advice here from these lovely ladies.

    Half is dependent on your schedule (and yes, partner has to attend all appts with GP and FS until you collect your meds and start stimming), and half is dependent on other "out of your control" factors, like wait times for admin processes, queues and appt times to see GP/FS (how busy the clinic is), etc. It seems that Preston has a longer wait time on average not to mention all the extra admin huddles to jump over.

    I'm also in Sydney but took a longer time compared to @Billie2. First saw GP in Oct, started stimming end Jan. Reason was the blood tests was depending on cycle day and I had to wait 2 cycles to get the blood work done because when I saw the GP, I just missed the window in my cycle. Then we travelled for 2 weeks over Xmas so my nurse appt was only mid Jan by the time we got into the queue. Once the stimming starts, time flies. And partner only has to attend the EPU. Not sure how that might work for you though so worth checking out.

    Given the possibly long wait time, I would recommend that you get started on the process and just take one step at a time. Most of us have had to work around work schedules but Primary is quite good in that they will try their best to do early mornings or late afternoon appts if you request for them.

    I think the one big lesson for me in this whole journey is that sometimes it's just easier to just take one step at a time and not plan too much because so many things are out of my control!

    Hope this helps!

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    @onedaymaybebaby I cant believe you need a Police check and counselling. Thank heavens we didn't have to do that, my DH and I wouldn't be too serious being counselled while already being parents. But we do what we have to, to get the bub we want so bad it hurts.

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    Hi @Loulou11! Welcome to the group

    I think the other ladies have pretty much summed up the process at Primary..haha.. great job ladies!!

    Personally, I would take the dive into the process and get things started. But I'm such an impatient person..haha..
    The hardest part is all the initial work up.. once that's all done, u can step on the brakes and have a break before stimming.

    It's a tough decision xx

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    Thank you all so much. You have been so much help. I guess I should make an appointment so we can get the police check and counselling out the way 😯 hopefully I can get a appointment late afternoon 😀

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    Quote Originally Posted by onedaymaybebaby View Post
    Hi @Loulou11 welcome aboard we had 2 GP appointments, one FS appt, one mandatory counselling appt and a nurse appointment. Preston are so busy so it will depend on your availability as to how quick you can get through the process. I found they were often booked up a few weeks in advance! We had our first GP appt on Dec and Started stimming at the end of April but I wasn't able to be very flexible with my work roster hence why it took so long. Your DH will need to attend all of those appts with you but once you start stimming he's not required to be there for the scans/blood tests. Obviously he will be required to be there at egg collection.

    We found the Police checks took forever! Nearly 2 months from memory! So that really slowed the process! Once you actually start stimming the process goes very quick, usually egg pickup averages around CD12

    Has your partner had a reversal or are you going straight for the biopsy to retrieve sperm?
    Thank you so much for all the info.
    We are hoping to go straight for a biopsy for sperm retrieval. Going by research on how long it has been since the vasectomy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loulou11 View Post
    Thank you so much for all the info.
    We are hoping to go straight for a biopsy for sperm retrieval. Going by research on how long it has been since the vasectomy.
    Ps. Having to wait 2 months for police check!! Is ridiculous. I guess it's just another hurdle.

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    Don't understand the police check thing 😁
    Quote Originally Posted by Loulou11 View Post
    Thank you all so much. You have been so much help. I guess I should make an appointment so we can get the police check and counselling out the way 😯 hopefully I can get a appointment late afternoon 😀


 

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