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16-02-2011 21:08 #1Senior Member
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17-02-2011 06:13 #2Junior Member
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I have experience with both clinics Currently I am undergoing treatment with Monash but previously I did two cycles with City Fertility.
In all honesty if I had known then what I know now I would never have wasted my money with City Fertility. Monash are the leaders in their field and from all research they have a higher success rate than other clinic. They seem to be more taylored to each individual, rather than just giving the same formula to everyone and hoping for the best.
Monash is more expensive but they are far more thorough and experienced and I find that this is worth paying for. They also currently practice day 5 transfers (blastocyst) which is showing higher success in achieving pregnancy. As far as I know City Fertility still transfer on day 3. The fact is at the time the embryo is day 3 it would normally be still in the fallopion tubes (if pregnancy occurred naturally), so it doesnt make sense for it to implant or to transfer it back at this stage. Day 5 is normally when the embryo would make it to the womb so mkes more sense to transfer at this stage. Also the extra days gives the clinic more time to make sure the embyro is dividing well.
This fact alone was enough to convince me that City Fertility were not ahead with the research and development and were only interested in taking my money. Bearing in mind this is just my experience and does not mean that everyone feels this way.
I hope this helps!
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17-02-2011 09:00 #3
The other big clinic in Melbourne is Melbourne IVF. They do day 3 transfers or day 5 if needed in individual situations (as far as I can find success rates are actually fairly similar across similar populations of women). I've found them really professional and I think they are slightly cheaper then Monash, but not by a lot. I think it also depends a lot on where you live because you'll be going in for MANY scans, BTs etc so choose somewhere convenient! It also helps if you can find a specialist you are happy with.
Good luck with it all
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17-02-2011 09:24 #4Senior Member
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i have used city fertility southside and found them to be fantastic.
I have only been offered day 5 transfers which is what we prefered anyway. Their preg success rates are very high and almost equal for both fresh and frozen cycles. I believe this is due to the way in which they freeze the embryos which i also believe is a new technique that a lot of other centres do not use yet, the new technique has a greater thaw rate.
In my opinion it also depends on the FS as to how everything goes. I have a great FS who i am able to talk honestly with and if i disagree with something then we talk about it. He has had nothing but care and attention for me when i have asked or needed it.
I would definitely recommend City Fertilty Southside.
Good luck with your decision.
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17-02-2011 14:48 #5Senior Member
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I am in a similar boat to you, and posted a very similar question a few months ago, and all the responses I got back in relation to the Gold Coast were that Monash IVF is the place to go.
Like you, I liked Dr Ong because of his complementary medicine, and while I havent started IVF yet, I have met with him a couple of times and he is lovely and informative. The clinic is also very personal and efficient so far.
I start IVF next month, so can't comment on the actually process itself yet.
Good luck with whatever you decide!
17-02-2011 20:55 #6
Sorry, Neen, reread your post and realised you were in Gold Coast, not Melbourne. Woops!
17-02-2011 23:01 #7
Opposite experience for me - Monash were just awful, and CFC have been nothing but fantastic.
CFC routinely do blastocyst culture and vitrification. They are way ahead in all areas, the other clinic are just better publicists.
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18-02-2011 08:33 #8
Hi, my experience is with City Fertility Wickham Tce and I after our first FS where DH and I both felt "like a payment on his flash car" this FS treats us like individuals, is open to trying new things and will go out of his way to tweak the cycle in the right way for me. In Jan, we were there during the floods, and the city shut down when I was going for the EPU and Dr personally called me explain what was happening (i am not from big city)
Funnily enough, DH just yesterday said something about trying Monash and I happened upon this thread. I am "happy" with FS and personally dont want to go through the whole explaining myself again to a new one... plus thats time I dont want to waste.....IYKWIM
A couple of things to note (for myself) is they have done 3day transfers, but that was due to the quality of the embryo's, but our last cycle we were offered day5 but went with day3, which makes me wonder if day5 would have been better.
The other, as we all know, is cost. I did a quick comparison and out of pocket with Monash is $3207+ whereas CFC was only $1960+
Unfortunately, cost does come into it..... and CFC offer the guarantee to credit card and they only charge it on day of egg pick up and the medicare rebate is back within 3days.... makes a difference to being out of the funds for the entire cycle.....
Good luck, hope your journey is short and sweet.
18-02-2011 09:52 #9Junior Member
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I wanted to reply to this thread, I live on the Gold Coast and have been ttc for a second child for 4 years. I started off treatment at City Fertility, did 2 x IUI's which were negative so after this we decided to go down the IVF road. We decided to change clinics as I didn't really like my FS (personality wise) but after comparing my treatment regime with others it appeared that I was not being monitored properly.
We then changed to Fertility Gold Coast where we have undergone 2 x IVF cycles and 2 x FET's all resulting in BFN. Although I had a lovely specialist at this clinic and all the staff were great I still did not achieve a positive result. I had day 2, 3 and 6 embryos transferred over the various cycles but never managed to get the golden 5 day blastocyst embryo as generally they advised me to go with day 2 or 3 transfers. I also had a problem with my second cycle where they left me too long for Egg pick up and as a result one ovary ovulated early and we lost all those eggs. The other issue was that my specialist was and Obstetrician/Gynae so was often called away and wasn't there for my appts/transfers so i ended up being seen by someone else.
I have just completed a 3rd full IVF cycle with Monash after Dr Kee Ong came very highly recommended to me by more than a few people and low and behold I have just found out I have my first BFP after 4 years!! I had a day 5 blastocyst transferred as they will only transfer these, a bit more cut throat in a sense but at least you know you have the best possible chance if that embryo can make it to day 5. They also conduct ultrasound guided transfers which I had never experienced before, as it turns out I had a long cervix so having the ultrasound to guide mean't the Dr could make sure the embryo was being dropped in the right place!
Dr Ong is a lovely compassionate man and is solely an IVF specialist which in my opinion is a great thing as this is his only focus. I can highly recommend that this man is the one to get you over the line as he is happy to look outside the square and try different things if required. He put me on a different protocol which I also think added to my success.
The very best of luck to you with your decision, if things don't work out initially with one clinic dont be afraid to seek second opinions and ensure that you are comfortable and have faith in your doctor. Take care!
Me 33 DH 39 DS 5
ICSI # 3 tentative BFP (low prog...hoping it rises!)
FET #1 BFN
FET # 2 BFN
ICSI # 2 BFN
IVF # 1 BFN
2 x IUI BFN
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18-02-2011 16:23 #10
I have been stalking this thread with A LOT of interest so I am so glad that you started it Neen.
I am with CFC and have had 1 failed stim cycle and am waiting to do my FET however I am really not loving them.
I want to have a meeting with Dr Kee Ong but DH wants me to just try and do our FET with CFC (we have 2 frosties with them).
I will try them once more but if we don't get our BFP I am taking my last frostie and going to see Dr Ong! mandshands do you mind if I ask who your FS was at CFC? If you don't want to write it here could you PM me. I am just interested to know if it is the same one as me
Good luck with your decision Neen its a completley personal one. I think you are doing the right thing on getting all your info before you make your decision
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