Disney, the safety net is basically an amount that the govt sets, and once you go over this figure, you get back 80% from medicare. Here's a link explaining it.
For me, it's around $1200, so I passed it with one IVF cycle and some other charges.
I am wondering if you 'committed' to WFC, over the long haul, you may end up spending more money in getting yourself to Sydney. Once you see the FS (which can take a little while depending on who), then you see the clinic, then you go back at the right time of the month. For me, it was first day of my cycle, as I was on what's called an antagonist cycle. So basically that's three visits before you've even started. If you did an antangonist, the cycle takes approx 2 weeks from start to embryo transfer, during that time you have blood tests, scans, then an egg retrieval, followed by an embryo transfer. On the same day as the egg retrieval you need your DH's sperm (fresh, preferably). You may be able to have monitoring scans and blood tests in Qld, but you'd need to check with WFC.
If you were lucky enough to fall PG on first cycle, then voila ! But if not, you'd have to repeat the process all over again.
Anyway, all food for thought. Just if the transport costs add up, it may negate the cheaper costs of WFC.
As a side note, I left WFC because there was a month they were over-booked - but you won't know that until the start of your cycle when you ring up to book in, and that potentially stuffs your travel plans. I am too old to delay the process by a month so moved on to a clinic that can cater better to my needs.
However, I agree with Reebee - if you haven't explored any options, IVF is probably the 'last' resort. Discuss with your GP and maybe have an initial appointment with an FS in Qld to get a better idea for your options.
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23-03-2011 11:09 #351Senior Member
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23-03-2011 16:44 #352
ReeBee - and thanks for your reply. The only tests I've had done are multiple u/s which have come back clear, and many BT's that have also come back clear and showing that I ovulate each month. DH has also had a Sperm Analysis done which showed his sperm are "good enough to get me pregnant".
With Clomid, I thought it was only for people that don't ovulate on their own? If that's true, then I ovulate on my own each month (shown by OPK's and BT's).
lilbirdy - I'm not committed to anywhere at the moment...I haven't even phoned them up yet. I was just trying to get an idea on it all.
BTW, we will be staying with our families, so we won't have to pay for accommodation or anything and will be able to stay as long as we like (my mum was upset that I left in the first place, so would be more then glad to have me back as long as possible)
There are no FS where we live either (I need to change my location on my profile) and would have to travel 2.5hrs each way to see one if we chose to (but we aren't too keen on doing). To even get u/s done we would need to travel 1hr.
And the GP's here only tell us "You are still young, just keep trying".
24-03-2011 08:38 #353
Hi Disney Baby,
After 16 months of TTC with no luck, I would definitely be seeing a FS! Age has nothing to do with infertility, or you would already be pregnant. Maybe before you leave QLD, make an appointment with one of the WFC specialists and then see a GP for a referral for that specialist so you're ready to roll as soon as you get to Sydney. All the Drs and their contact information are on the website.
I see Dr Ashley Fong and she's super quick to get in to see. The initial appointment will cost $450 for you and DH, but you get most of it back from medicare (I think we were out of pocket about $60). Get a hold of all your BT and scan results and DHs sperm analysis results if you can, and take them with you.
How lucky are you to have family to stay with in Sydney!
24-03-2011 09:40 #354
I am 21 and did IVF at WFC from QLD! So both of those hurdles are not problem with the clinic. Especially if you have somewhere to stay in Sydney!
They are very ambivalent when it comes to age which is nice as their opinion as to when I have my children is irrelevant!
My only advice - book in your consult ASAP then get to a GP for your referral and referrals for every preliminary test you can have done and do them BEFORE the consult! We did this, took the results in a folder with us and actually started on the pill for a long cycle that same day! BUT we had been with another FS so we had been thoroughly examined.
You need disease screening blood tests, blood type, check hormone levels (seems like you have had those) at least two sperm analysis (they can vary a lot), pelvic ultrasound. Umm can't remember others (I had MRI's, CF screening and a few others which aren't needed for everyone).
Someone else might be able to recall any others...
24-03-2011 09:51 #355
Well I've lived in Sydney most of my life, but moved to QLD a few years ago which my parents weren't too happy about lol, so they would be more then glad to let me stay with them as long as I like
I spoke to DH's mum last night about IVF and who she see's etc (Dr Smith), but she seemed to be pushing me away from doing IVF. She said that I should see someone else first to see what the problem is, which makes sense as it would probably be a lot cheaper, but we have the money to do IVF through Westmead and with the tests we've had so far showing no reason why we aren't pregnant, I just don't want to waste more time trying other venues that probably won't work either (but yes I know IVF isn't a gurantee either).
All of my BT results and U/S etc are in storage in Townsville at the moment (we have been travelling a bit the past few months). Would I be able to call and make an appointment at WFC and then call the doctors that have my results and send them to the doctor at WFC (does that even make sense ). There would just be too much travel time and petrol wasted going back up to Townsville to collect them...I don't even know which box they are in!
I'm still hoping that I won't need IVF because AF won't show tomorrow when she's due and I'll get my BFP, but there is a line between just cramps, and AF cramps...and mine are AF cramps. Suprise! Suprise!
24-03-2011 09:55 #356
Hi MRJB! We must have been writing at the same time!
Thanks for your reply too!
Even if they had age limits on IVF, I don't think 24 is too young anyway. I mean, I turn 25 this year!
We are leaving for Sydney in a few days anyway, so I may aswell wait to see a GP down there. Plus, if I get AF tomorrow (when she's due) anyway, I would have to wait a whole cycle/month until I could start any treatment anyway right? That's when I would get all my tests done and see if I can grab a hold of my past tests.
24-03-2011 09:56 #357
I had a call from Linda yesterday to check how my pregnancy went & all the details etc.... was lovely to hear form WFC after all this time.Mind you they thought the twins were only being born in jan not last yr in Oct.So yet again i cant highly enough recommend WFC. Funny cause im about to post the "Were home""thank you" cards to them & Dr Soo although hes at his own practise now down in melb. Linda asked if we were going again at all........ no way these pair are enough now !!!!
Good luck to all cycling at the moment or pregnant (mrjb) Disneybaby you wont be disapointed with WFC & there $$wise is excellent... we travelled from townsville to the clinic & stayed with relo's too.
Anyway i always check this thread when i get a spare moment so if anyone has q's ask away.
24-03-2011 11:05 #358
Aww that's nice of Linda! I look forward to sending out those cards hehe.
Disney- it took us about 2-3 months to get our first consult anyway so you have a bit of time to play with.
If you have had tests which indicate ovulation, healthy sperm etc and
no pregnancy for 16 months then I would suggest seeing a FS. It's their area of expertise and they are the people to see. They can suggest other things outside of the extreme step of IVF as it is a grueling process.stuff like IUI of some medications you could try.
Oh and I told a fib before, I was 22 when I started IVF- I got a shock when I read that and realised haha.
I didn't mean there is an age limit, just that they don't have the same 'you're young, you have ages to get pregnant' opinion that others have!
24-03-2011 12:36 #359
Can I ask (and sorry if it sounds insensitive considering I've never done IVF) but if we have the money for it, am not scared to go through with it, and am ready for the long haul of IVF, will a doctor tell us we can't do it and to try other ways first even though it's not what we want?
I just can't help but feel from the few tests we HAVE had, that we are just 'unexplained' and I really REALLY don't want to waste more time trying things that probably won't work for us either. I understand that there probably IS an easier way then IVF out there for us, but it would just waste time trying to figure out what it is. I guess I have the "IVF will work for us" mind set that many women get when they first do IVF, but I also know that first cycles are usually unsuccessful.
I really don't know what to do. I just want to do SOMETHING that will give us our baby. I think we have waited long enough with next to no help. And like I mentioned before, there are no FS nearby for us to see up here, so even if we did go to see one first, it would be down in Sydney. Which in that case, can anyone recommend one?
24-03-2011 12:52 #360
We saw Dr Smtih at WFC and loved him, though he didn't do the EPU or ET (that works on a roster basis).
Well there are lots of other things to explore with you and your partner in regards to diagnotic testing which could provide a much simpler route.
We were told at one stage we would need ICSI then suggested we try a few rounds of IUI first. Now anyone with half a brain would know that to say ICSI in one breath then IUI in the next doesn't really make sense. We moved clinics thank god!
We said no to IUI and went straight for an IVF cycle which ended up as ICSI so we were happy we went straight for that AND I am 27 weeks pregnant from that first go so it was a great result for us!
At the end of the day it's your money and your body so I don't see why you can't request that. I would suggest doing all the diagnostic testing though cause it could reveal problems that may hinder the success of IVF anyway. And it could reveal simpler option which would be awesome!!
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