Surely someone else has been here? I just read a few bad reviews on another forum and now I'm freaking out. I know it's probably best I just go to the appointment and find out for myself if they're any good but I was hoping to hear a few more good reviews to make me feel a bit more comfortable. I would have thought since it took so long to get in to them that a lot of people have used them. I'm hoping by skimping on costs that we don't end up spending more because they are no good with their success rates. So depressed tonight. Haven't even started yet and it's getting me down. Argh. Think I might go to bed.
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06-05-2013 21:10 #11
10-06-2013 20:09 #12
The Fertility Centre
Hubby and I started treatment at The Fertility Centre (TFC) Dandenong in late Feb. We had undertaken all of the prelimenary tests at Melbourne IVF a year earlier but had not started treatment due to the costs. Fortunately we made contact with TFC soon after the clinic had opened and didn't have to wait too long to attend compulsary appointments and start treatment. As they are affiliated with Melbourne IVF, they were able to retrieve all of the test results so we did not have to do them again.
Although we have not had success with IVF yet, I am very happy with the clinic so far. The team are friendly and experienced, and you are not made to feel like just a number. So far I have had contact with five different IVF doctors, but they are all experienced Melbourne IVF consultants (not "trainees", for example) so although they may slightly different techniques, I feel I am in good hands. By coincidence, I had my FET and 2nd egg collection performed by the fertility specialist we were referred to originally with Melbourne IVF!
In terms of costs, so far we have spent half of what we would have paid at a private clinic. As someone else has mentioned, there's a 60:40 payment option which helps, and you get the rebate approx 4 weeks after payment.
As for success rates, I believe they are the same as Melbourne IVF as the procedures and lab conditions are the same. TFC have not been around long enough to have any statistics.
In general, I would recommend TFC, unless you want to choose your specialist, or need to undertake PGT or other specialties. I've also heard they do not accept women over the age of 45.
Good luck with whoever you choose and all the best with your IVF journey!
10-06-2013 20:21 #13
In response to your question about pharmaceutical costs, it is all inclusive, regardless of the dose you are prescribed. Your day surgery bed is at The Royal Women's Hospital and is also included. We paid approx $2,200 out of pocket with IVF/ICSI for our first round, $1,100 for the FET and $1,500 for our second stimulated cycle as we had reached the safety net.
12-06-2013 09:43 #14
Thank you for your response and answering all my queries Croffy, really appreciate it
We had our first appointment 24th May and I must say, I loved the place!! Everyone was soooo nice. I felt really comfortable there. We go back on June 28th to get second lot of test results and then make our counsellor appointment. Fx we should be cycling by August/September.
Best of luck with this cycle! Fx this cycle is the one for you x
27-06-2013 15:02 #15
I have used this clinic and found them wonderful nothing was too much trouble no question too silly
From first appointment to start of cycle it was only a month as we had done all the preliminary tests elsewhere
Also I wasn't told about a bmi cut off I'm also in the above 30 range for bmi
hth you all
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27-06-2013 22:28 #16
Thanks Miffy! We have our second appointment there tomorrow and hoping to book our counselor appointment. The first appointment went really well though. No mention of my BMI yet so Im hoping it doesnt become a problem at any stage. Ive lost almost 6 kilos now but still 14 to go to get to BMI of 35.
27-10-2013 12:21 #17
Bumping this thread. Anyone had any success in getting pregnant, using the fertility centre?
Love too hear feedback from anyone who's had IVF done there.
30-10-2013 07:20 #18
30-12-2013 13:35 #19Junior Member
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Why The Fertility Centre Is Cheaper
I know this thread is old but still wanted to add informtion for anyone else who sees this site and would like more information on The Fertility Centre (TFC). Dandenong.
I chose TFC purely based on cost. The receptionist is lovely every time I go there and the nurse ALWAYS follows up any questions I have so the staff are fantastic, but after three failed cycles we moved onto Monash IVF, I can see the difference and want to point this out so others can make their own decision:
They have a standard protocol that they start everyone on. I assume this is because they have only one doctor and one nurse and don't have time to individually assess everyone. I never had an AFC done at the start of my IVF to know that I was a poor responder and would need a more aggressive protocol. I have since read of others having this done prior to their first IVF and learning of their low AFC and then knowing they had to have an aggressive IVF protocol. It made me a bit frustrated that I had to waste thousands on my first IVF to know that I don't respond well before changing protocols for a second go.
Don't do daily blood monitoring as other clinics do. Again, I assume this is because they can't do this daily on every patient with only one dr and one nurse. After I learned about optimal estrogen growth rates improving IVF success, I had regular blood tests with my own doctor and adjusted my own medication dose accordingly. This resulted in a much better embryo quality.
Do not have an egg maturation program or the proper media in place for any meiosis stage one (slightly immature) eggs that can be left in culture and allowed to mature. Last IVF, I had several eggs collected but half were thrown away as they were immature, where as I have read of other clinics having the facilities to culture them.
They don't do ultrasound guided embryo transfer. I also had a trainee doing my embryo transfer. I have since read studies about the importance of precise embryo placement and the tube not being allowed to touch the uterine lining and I don't know how this can happen without ultrasound guidance. I had an excellent embryo yet still got a negative, and wonder if this is the reason. Monash IVF has this extra service. I then changed to Monash IVF. It costs more but one carefully monitored successful cycle at Monash is much cheaper than my previous three failed cycles at TFC.
Not meaning to sound critical of TFC - as I said, the staff are lovely. Just want to make others aware of these techical differences so that you can make up your own mind what is best for you.
22-01-2014 10:14 #20
I just realised I never came back and posted my review on here!! After reading Shelsters review I feel compelled to offer my side too.
My experience with them was absolutely fantastic! We didn't have a single complaint from start to finish. They were kind, caring and willing to answer all my questions. We did have a great cycle with them which probably did help. My very first cycle resulted in 19 eggs collected, 12 fertilised, one 2 day embie transferred and 5 6 day embies frozen. I got my BFP on my very first cycle and I had a trainee do my embryo transfer (No ultrasound guided transfer). The whole time I felt cared for and they made it feel easy for us. DH felt really comfortable with the doctor and the nurse (We had previously seen someone at Monash that made my DH feel terrible about his low morph).
In saying all that, they do make it clear they offer basic, straight forward IVF. If you have further difficulties or a complex case they will usually refer you on to someone else.
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