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    Default Perth IVF Newbie

    Hi, I am new to the IVF threads as I have just come out of hospital following my 3rd pregnancy loss. I have had 1 miscarriage (blighted ovum) followed by 2 ectopic pregnancies where I lost a tube each time. Obviously my only hope now of ever having a baby is to go through IVF.

    I am scared of what may be ahead for my husband and I as we have already been through so much. I want a baby more than I could ever explain and at the moment my heart is broken knowing that I will never conceive naturally. I am only 29 years old and feel like my world caved in when they took my last tube on Monday. Are there any other ladies in Perth currently going through IVF who can give any advice or recommendations regarding what's involved? As I've only been living in Perth since January this year I am not sure what the costs involved with IVF would be. Any advice would be much appreciated as I am so scared about this new path we're about to tread.

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    Hi there.
    firstly. I'm sorry that you've had such a tough time getting this far.
    There's a perth thread that you can join and canvass opinions. I'm on my phone now, but I'll pm you with a more detailed response.

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    Hi Klong,

    Firstly I am so sorry for your losses. It is absolutely heartbreaking and you should definitely take time to look after yourself in the coming weeks.

    I am also in Perth and last year I had 2 ectopic pregnancies and lost a tube each at 7.5 weeks, one in March and one in October. Even though we already had our son, we were devastated. I went through ivf at fertility north in Joondalup. Although it seemed to take forever at the time to get into our first cycle, we were lucky enough that it worked first go and are due in 3.5 weeks. I was very happy with the clinic.

    You should definitely join the Perth thread on bubhub. Lots of ladies to support you and give their opinions about their fertility specialists etc. I also saw Dr Simon Turner at Hollywood Fertility and I believe he is an excellent fertility specialist.....the only reason I went to fert north was because I had started seeing Margo Norman at Joondalup as an OB and kept seeing her after my ectopics. (and it is close to home).

    When do you think you would like to start the ivf process? It sometimes takes ages to get an appt so it may be worth making one now even though you are not physically or emotionally ready to start....ivf is a lot about waiting! It can get very frustrating when you just wasnt to get started.

    You should also join the thread of the month you are likely to start...they are really busy with women at the same stage as yourself so are always a great support and a wealth of knowledge.

    I truly wish you a short and sweet ivf journey!
    Take care.

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    Hi Again.

    I don't think you have enough posts to receive PMs, so I'll write on here. Again, I'm so sorry for the hand that you've been dealt. I've fortunately never had to deal with a miscarriage, so I can't imagine what you're going through.

    There are several clinics in Perth and all have good and bad points.

    I've been to PIVET (who are very thorough , but expensive around $8000 up front and $3000 - $4000 after medicare rebate). I didn't like the fact that my doctor (FS) changed every cycle.

    I have also been to Hollywood (Simon Turner) which I personally prefered. Their costs are around $6000 and $1200-$2500 after medicare rebate.

    The other clinics are Concept, Fertility North and fertility WA (that I'm aware of), but I don't have any experience with these.

    There is a book by Zita West that I have lent to another newbie that I would recommend reading, as it goes through IVF - what to expect - what tests you may want to have etc.

    IVF is financially and emotionally draining, but it can help us realise our dreams.

    The waiting times to get into most clinics is around 4-6 weeks and you will need a referral from your GP.


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    Thank you ladies, I have an appointment on Monday at Joondalup Hospital but I'm not even sure what it's for as I was so in shock when the surgeon was explaining to me that I wasn't even listening so I guess I'll just turn up and see what they say.

    I'm still in the healing stage at the moment and only having my stitches out tomorrow so I know it's too early to be thinking about trying. I will try as soon as the Dr's think I'm ready. All I want is to be pregnant again so the sooner the better for me. My husband is also keen to start but he's worried about me being physically ready for it.

    I guess my body's been through quite a rough time over the past year but I figure it'll be worth it if we could get pregnant.

    I will join the Perth threads and get to know a bit more about what to expect in the area and also with the whole IVF process as up until Monday it wasn't something I'd ever thought about but now I have to if I want a baby.

    Life sucks sometimes, all these things sent to try us. Fingers crossed this next journey will be a success.

    Thank you ladies.

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    Hi Klong,

    Oooo.. you've been through such a tough time. I can only imagine how strong you have become.

    I agreed with Jamesmum that you should join some of the thread here in the forum. The ladies are really great and helpful. Very encouraging.. sometimes others (even family members) do not understand how tough the journey battling fertility but everyone here understands.

    I am also a newbie here.. and yes, Sooz80 is one of the ladies that I met and have come out bright on the other side of this journey. A beautiful bub is coming her way The book she mentioned, is fantastic... I have it with me and will make full use of the dvd when my IVF journey is at peak.

    I just join this thread a month ago.. this is my first IVF with Perth Hollywood. They are awesome so far. I started injecting Lucrin medication and now waiting for my AF (auntie flo - period) to come... then more medication and closer to egg pick up and embryo transfer.
    If you need anything, we are all here to support.

    Update us when you actually start your journey. It's not as scaree as it sounds... The three letter word ' I V F ' does brings fear/confusion in the beginning.

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    I am so sorry.

    I have blocked fallopian tubes from endometriosis and a thin lining. I 'm at Fertility North at Joondalup, and would highly recommend them. I have dealt with most of the Drs there, briefly for embryo transfers and laparoscopies, and think they are all wonderful. I see Margot Norman, I think she is thorough, I have had tons of blood tests, laparoscopy and she is always trying new things.

    Get a referral now, no matter where you decide to go, even if your not ready, as it will take a couple of months to get in, and then another couple to get started.

    I look forward to chatting to you in the Perth thread.

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    I'm excited to take this next step and I'm not scared about the parts where Dr's are involved but I'm petrified about having to inject myself. I watched a lady inject herself on you tube and I felt faint and sick just watching her do it. I can handle needles when a Dr gives them but doing it myself is a whole different ball game. How do you all manage with that?

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    Hi Klong,

    Good luck for your appt tomorrow. Do you remember which surgeon you had? Most of them at Joondalup work at Fertility North as fertility specialists and also as obs/gynae in the hospital....so if you have Vince Chapple, Margo Norman, Cliff Neppe or Jay Natawala tomorrow, they are all fert specialists there too...so if you like them, you can keep seeing them. They all work together and make decisions, do embryo transfers and egg collections etc for each other.
    After my 2nd ectopic I really just wanted to hurry up and get pregnant asap so they told me I just needed to wait for a normal period and then I could start...so apparently just needed a months break. This was extended for me though as I had cysts and then the clinic was closed over Christmas etc.
    Before you you even start, you need to do a counselling session and info session so it may be helpful to get these things rolling so they don't delay you when you are actually ready.
    Regarding the injections....they are really not that bad. The nurses can teach you dh to do it if you really feel stressed about it. But the first is the worst (I think) and it gets easier. I used to tell myself, that if diabetic kids can do it, then I shouldn't complain or worry. And it gets you closer to your bubby!

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    Klong I wish you all the best
    Just wanted to say I had the biggest phobia with needles my dh even had to inject me while I had a pillow over my head
    But now it's like nothing you seriously get use to it


 

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