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  1. #51
    Join Date
    May 2017
    Hi @kylez83, is it possible to know how much the female tests cost you in total? I am trying to figure out whether it would be cheaper to do it in Sydney or London (which is where I am from).

    Quote Originally Posted by kylez83 View Post
    @amywillo86 and @Modella77 I am shocked and sorry to hear what you have been through. Our GP let us start getting tests done 5 mo the after we started trying, we did sperm count and blood tests for hiv etc for my partner and I had various blood tests, urine tests and ultrasound. All our results came back fine except we had allow sperm count. GP referred us to Genea to see a FS. It took about 2 months to get an appointment. FS then had my partner do another sperm count test at 3 months after the first and I had to have a hsg. Here is a list of all the tests Genea required us to do before seeing them:

    Blood tests:
    Blood group
    Full blood count
    Hep b & c

    Urine tests:
    Urine micro-culture

    Radiology test:
    Pelvic ultrasound
    Hysterosalpingogram (hsg)

    Current Pap smear

    Semen analysis & MAR including sperm count, mobility and morphology

    Blood test:
    Blood group
    Hep b & c

    We had already done pretty much all of those tests except the hsg though our gp.

    I'm 33 my partner is 39. We were told we won't conceive naturally due to low sperm count. In Jan we start iui and will do that for a few months while we wait for the July ivf round where we live. In the meantime we are also doing Accupunture and Chinese herbs and trying to get in a few days of exercise a week. I also have to have a hysteroscopy and laparoscopy in Feb to make sure my uterus is and if I have endometriosis or any other issues. This is keyhole surgery.

    If you haven't already had the above tests I recommend asking your gp to give you a referral to do so. And if you need a FS for that I'd go from FS to FS until you get all these tests done. How can a FS recommend Corrie t treatment or a plan without knowing the full data!?

    Let me know how you go or if you have any questions

  2. #52
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
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    @sydneylady17 I can't exactly recall but I think it was mostly bulk billed. If we paid anything it was only a few hundred dollars. Your gp should be able to help you with costing.

    Since that post we were told we wouldn't conceive naturally, I had a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy and mild endometriosis removed. We both did acupuncture weekly and Chinese herbs daily. We got engaged on 2 March and then at start of April had our appointment with the ivf dr. All we had to do was pay the money and sign the paperwork. The next day af was due. My temp didn't drop so we did a hpt and omg we had the double lines! We did it and all on our own! This week is the week we were to do ivf. I'm now 10 weeks pregnant

    Good luck to you all. Miracles do happen

  3. #53
    Join Date
    Feb 2013

    Default Long road with happy ending...

    Thought I should update here after the nightmare I went through. We eventually transferred a perfect, PGD tested blastocyst on our IVFA cycle and to the shock of both doctor and embryologist, that cycle failed too. At this point, I knew I couldn't do the usual clinic option anymore as something else was going on.

    So we saw an amazing reproductive immunologist in Sydney, Dr Matthias, and he did a few extra tests and I had treatment for an immune issue, and with a low key clinic in Liverpool doing the IVF part (Demeter Fertility - very nice team) we were pregnant with our now 2 year old on the second cycle. This was after YEARS of treatment.

    So don't give up ladies! And don't just stick to the main clinics if things are not happening. Sometimes it takes a fresh pair of eyes to figure things out.

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  5. #54
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    Sep 2016
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    How long since you cycled at kograg with ivf Australia just asking for reference.

    I used to be at kograh excellent.

    Westmead not so much.

  6. #55
    Join Date
    Dec 2016
    Quote Originally Posted by Rachael3 View Post
    We have been trying for nearly 2.5 years. After 12 months of trying our GP recommended IVF Australia. My DH and I had unexplained infertility at this time i was 31 and he was 32. We did our first IUI and got a BFN. We went straight into IVF 15 eggs extracted, 10 fertilised and 4 made it to 5 day blasts. The fresh transfer failed, the first FET was a chem BFP failed after 4 days. The 2nd FET both final froz embs died before transfer.

    For the next fresh round of IVF we decided to go to the 'most advanced' fertility
    specialist with Genea CBD. My DH and I have also significantly improved our health between the two cycles I.e. Stopped smoking, exercised and ate organic products. We went to see one of the best Dr's at Genea knowing that even though they are more expensive having the best FS, clinic and doing acupuncture should guarantee our first succesful BFP. The FS was fantastic explained the process better and how there shouldn't be problems. The clinic was much more professional so the
    experience was much more pleasant.

    We managed to get 17 eggs (3 were seen to be bad and immediately destroyed) so 14 in total. On day 1 after extraction the embryologists said only 4 fertilized. We
    couldn't believe this round could be worse than the previous. The 5 days leading to
    the transfer was very stressful much more than our experience with IVF Australia.
    Day 3 we still had 4 embryos but by day 5 only 1 made it that was of day 4 quality I.e. hadn't reached blast stage. The other 3 had not grown but we requested to transfer 2 embs so one of the bad embs and the better quality emb was transferred. The day of preg test AF arrived with no frozens to coninue with. All this doesn't make sense to me. We have a follow up appointment with FS in 3 weeks since he is away.

    I feel so devastated and confused..I hate to change clinics again especially since Genea is meant to be the "world leaders" I don't have the strength for more failures. Everyone around me is pregnant or has had babies We can't take it anymore especially since my DH and I don't have some of the problems that causes infertility. Does anyone have any thoughts that can help? Should we stick it out with Genea and give it another go? Please help...

    Change clinics try Westmead Fertility or Next Fertility, don't give up

  7. #56
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    North Coast NSW
    Hi Rachael 3,

    I feel heart broken for you reading your post. The truth is with IVF the odds are against us. I think we are told that IVF will work and a lot of the time it doesn't. I also have unexplained infertility and nothing but luck we fell pregnant on our first round of IVF. After my son we just presumed IVF worked for us... boy was I wrong. We did another 3 cycles and over 10 embryo transfers and nothing... that is when we ended our IVF journey. I secretly pray every month that we may get a miracle but here I am 5 years later still waiting.

    I think all the clinics are pretty good. Just stick with the one you are with. Chances are it's nothing they are doing or not doing that contributes to the success or failure of your cycle and I'm sure you are in good hands. It's all odds and time and a little bit luck. My good friend went through 10 cycles and over 3 years before she finally got her BFP. She actually tried chinese herbal medicine for her last few cycles. Maybe you could look into that as well.

    Good luck with your journey. Hugs xx


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