We have been ttc no. 2 for two years now with 2 pregnancies and still no baby. I was planning on waiting until the beginning of next year and if still nothing then go and see a fertility specialist but I dont think I can hold out that long.
I'm just wondering how the process works.
Do you need a referal from your gp to see a fs?
How much does it cost?
What will they do?
Any advice from anyone who has gone through the process is appreciated.
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18-06-2014 08:28 #1
What happens when you see a fertility specialist?
18-06-2014 08:34 #2
Yes you need a referral from your GP. Try to get a recommendation for someone in your area if possible. Where do you live? Someone on here might know someone good.
My first visit was something like $250, claimed back around $100-150 I think, can't really remember. Then was referred to his clinic where all bloods and ultrasounds were bulk billing. I just paid for meds which weren't that much in my case and for a review with him back at his office in 3 months time which cost about $100. I was pregnant with my number two the next month so that was it for us. I had trouble second time around also.
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18-06-2014 08:35 #3
Also your GP might want to do some bloods first to check hormone levels etc, or if GP doesn't FS certainly will and maybe other tests like egg stores.
18-06-2014 08:39 #4
Thankyou for your reply that helps a lot. I'd be looking for someone in Qld in the Ipswich area. Any recommendations??
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13-09-2014 19:45 #5
Melimum, I'm in close location to you and unfortunately there don't seem to be any specialists based there. I travel to my specialist at Wickham Tce in Brisbane. There are lots of them in there at both City Fertility and Queensland Fertility Group. I think there are also FS at the Wesley and South Brisbane. Your best option closer to home may be the new medical hub at Brookwater? Chances are though it will be someone that visits occasionally from Brisbane rather than based there all the time. Good luck
13-09-2014 19:59 #6
Yes you need a GP referral and it's best to get it in both yours and DP name as it often means you can claim more back. GP might be able to do some blood tests beforehand or even send you for an U/S or pap-smear if you haven't had one in a while. FS will ask you questions about your TTC history and you health/lifestyle and prob send DH for a sperm test, you for more specific bloods such as hormones, thyroid and your AMH (ovarian reserve). When all the tests are done they will make suggestions to what might help your chances (eg weight loss, clomid, IUI, ivf etc) x
13-09-2014 20:16 #7
Yep gp referral in both your and dp's names is best. My gp ordered sperm tests and some blood tests for me (day 21 progesterone) to try and check ovulation. That was good as we then had more info to give the fs when we went. I can't remember how much the first appointment cost, but I guess similar to any specialist and probably in the $150-250 range. Most of the tests were bulk billed (amh for egg reserves was about $50).
As for what they will do, they will likely do an internal ultrasound to check ovaries and uterus and see if there are any obvious issues. They may monitor you for one natural cycle to see what your body is doing on its own (so a few blood tests to check hormone levels at different stages of your cycle, plus another internal ultrasound to check ovulation).
They'll discuss some of the options available and pros and cons etc. I found my first fs was a little hesitant to say "this is what you should do" he was more a "here's all the info, what do you want to do" type. Whereas my second was much more direct "that's a waste of time for you, you need to do this".
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25-09-2014 08:08 #8
Anyone know of a good FS in perth? I'm about to be referred after trying 4 rounds of Clomid and still not ovulating. I currently live in remote WA but about to move closer to the city so I can start IVF, so looking for opinions of the best ones! ☺️ Thanks
25-09-2014 08:27 #9
We had success with Pivet in leederville after a couple of failed rounds with Hollywood. I found them more progressive & thorough - they picked up things Hollywood had not & I believe this is why we got our BFP. Neither clinic is very personal, the pivet clinic in leederville is ridiculously busy, but they have a satellite clinic in Bunbury where I live for BT & US - the nurses there are amazing.
Good luck hope your IVF journey is very short!
25-09-2014 09:28 #10
Awesome thanks heaps, Bunbury is were I am moving too, so that'll be great! Any specific dr in Bunbury you would recommend? Thanks heaps for your advice 😉
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