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    Default Has anyone changed clinics with frozen embryo?

    Hi All

    Just wondering if anyone has transferred clinics while they have frozen embryos stored? I have just suffered my third biochemical pregnancy (plus also had a miscarriage at 6.5 weeks which would also be classed as a biochemical). We are not particularly happy with the treatment we are now getting and are considering switching clinics. However, for the first time we have had a large number of embryos which we were able to freeze. Has anyone changed clinics and taken their frozen embryos with them? Also, how long did it take you to get paperwork etc transferred over? Should I ask for copies of tests before I tell them I'm transferring? We are hoping to get into see our specialist this week and my DH wants to squarely ask them the question 'should we be going elsewhere?'. What do you think? I would be very interested in hearing from anyone who has experienced these issues.

    Thanks in advance for your responses. I hope your journeys are quick ones!

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    Hi,

    I'd just thought I'd let you know that in our experience transferring embryos from one clinic to another wasn't that difficult.

    Our circumstances were different in that we moved interstate but in all we found the process to be quite simple. From memory we filled in a form at our new clinic and also requested a form from our old clinic, posted them off, and paid a fee for the moving of our embryos.

    For us the process was a little slow (about 3 months). However, this was due to us changing states and the state we had moved to (victoria) had some extra paper work and approval process to go through before we were allowed to go ahead with the embryo move. So I would imagine that for just changing clinics within a state it wouldn't pose too much of a problem and would be a lot quicker.

    As for getting medical records etc transferred - our new FS did all of that for us. I don't know if that is standard or not.

    Either way if you are not happy then I think you should get a second opinion. IVF takes a lot out of us financially and emotionally so it is only right that you feel happy with your treatment. If I were you I would ring the new clinic you are thinking about and make some enquiries. They should be able to fill you in with all of the details you want to know.

    Good luck and I hope you get some better news soon.

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    Hi there,
    I have not experienced changing clinics/ doctors but I have had my frozen embryos moved from one hospital (which I refuse to return to) to another without any hassles. They told us it was safe to transfer them frozen if you didn't already know that.

    all the best with the change - I'm sure it is the right thing for you as the say you have to be happy with and trust your FS to have the best chances.

    I am really sad to read your experience. I hope things work out better for you in the future.

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    I am in the process of transferring our frozen embryos from one clinic to another...as I have decided to go with a new doctor.

    I was told by the new clinic that all it involves is some paper work and signing, and then we have to pay the cost of the courier who would move the frosties. They didn't say how long it would take, but considering the 2 clinics are only an hour or so apart, I am hoping it won't be long!

    As for the records, I am going to request my files from my current doctor to take along to my first appointment with the new doctor...but if they won't give them to me I plan to call the new clinic and ask them to request the records for me.

    Good luck!

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    Thank you everyone - appreciate your guidance and hope your journeys are succesful ones.


 

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