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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyez View Post
    Hi Ladies,
    Firstly I'd like to thank everyone for all the sharing & advices;
    This thread has been very insightful and the support that you showed to one another is wonderful.

    I have been following this thread for about a year;
    this is my first time posting; would like to share my experience with Primary IVF Sydney; hoping it will be beneficial for others.

    My journey with IVF started around Dec 2015.
    I was 40 yo and DH was 38. None of us had any child/pregnant before.
    We had been trying naturally for almost a year, but had no result.
    I finally got a referral from my GP to see one of IVF Australia FS.
    I believe there are many great FS in IVF A, just this one that I went is very unique. I went to this FS by myself on the first consultation and as this is new to me, I had many questions about fertility.
    Firstly the FS was late for 1.5 hours and secondly he was short in answering my questions. He told me that due to my age, my chance of conceiving is only 40% and he asked me: 'why didn't you try to conceive earlier?'
    Well there is no straight answer to that question but i remembered I answered that 'I met my husband late and we settled down late'.
    He ordered some blood test for me and DH and asked me to return for a second consultation together with DH.

    On the second consultation, the FS kept us waiting for about an hour.
    He advised us to make a decision whether to go for IVF or IUI without giving any recommendation which is more appropriate for our circumstances.
    We had many questions about the process, the side effects and the costs.
    And again he answered shortly and asked DH 'Why did you try late?'
    We were speechless at that time.
    I left the clinic feeling so annoyed that a professional physician would ask such a personal question to his patients, wondering how would the answer matter at all to him. It's like he purposely made us feeling so guilty of trying late. Anyway we signed the consent form, however I was not feeling very comfortable with this FS.
    Besides, he was never on time.
    Both DH and I have a hectic work schedule; we took our lunch break to go for the consultations, we ended up returning to the office late and missed out some meetings.
    What I am trying to say is: the cost in IVF Australia (from consultation fee to each of IVF procedure) is very high; yet we received bad service from day 1.

    Since then I started to do some research on other options.
    As our workplaces are not far from the Townhall station; We often passed by the Pavillion Foodcourt and saw the 'Primary IVF' sign.
    One day I just walked in and chat with the Receptionist. She was very friendly despite how busy she was; she walked me through the process and the cost.
    At first I couldn't believe that the cost was much lower compared to IVF Australia.
    I began to google Primary IVF and found this forum and this thread, and have been reading it since.

    I had no complain since starting my journey with Primary IVF.
    Yes, I didn't receive red carpet treatment either but since the cost is low, I think Primary is AWESOME.
    My first egg transfer was in Feb 2016. After 3 fresh cycles and 4 BFNs, today I am 6 weeks pregnant.
    I had Beta test last week and the week before; HCG level was 215 on week 4 and 1130 last week.
    I am going to have my first scan next week.
    My GP adviced me not to be too happy first as anything could happen; She told me that her other patient had a mc on week 9.
    Oh Well.. after 4 BFNs, I had stopped hopping, stopped expecting, & trying to take one step at a time...any advice for me will be very much appreciated ...

    apologies for rambling,
    Just want to wish everyone a Successful cycle - and never give up !
    @Billie2, do you happen to know if we could change anytime from Crinone to Oripro ?
    I was advice to have Crinone twice a day, however Crinone makes me very depressed.
    I called and asked the nurse if I could change to Oripro, and she said since I've started with Crinone, I couldn't change it.
    This side effect of Crinone is almost unbearable.

    Happy New Year to everyone here - 2017 will be a much better year for ALL of us, stay positive !
    cheers
    Hi @Skyez, thanks for sharing and a very big congratulations! I know your GP was a bit of a downer, but I think it's fantastic news that you got your bfp! I'd be super excited about it too!!

    I have walked past the big blue neon sign at Town Hall often and wondered if Primary IVF were any good. Is it all free? And which FS did you see there? Would you be able to let me know? I'd love to make an appointment given your feedback as I am same age as you and so far 3 BFNs.

    I'm not sure about crinone to orpiro but some are on both so not sure why you can't switch over.. ?

    Wishing you a very happy new year and hoping all goes well and you meet your bundle of joy in 2017!

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    Wow @Skyez.. what a journey!! I wish you all the best in your journey and hope your little Bub continues to thrive

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    Default Cost$ incurred at Primary

    @warratag and @SimSam8 - Thank you !
    @warratag,
    with Primary, it's not all free, but the cost is very minimal presently.
    - not sure if they change it in the future.

    We had to start with GP appointment at Primary.
    The GP would make sure that we have all the required tests and S/He will record all the results before we see the FS. If you have existing result, bring it along.

    Both DH and I have to attend the appointments with the GP or the FS.
    Consultation fee is bulk billed on both our medicare.
    Most of blood tests and scans are free. AMH count is not free.
    if we require some vaccination, like Hep B or zoster, then we have to pay for the medicine.

    When all tests were completed and after the GP received all the result, we were then referred to the FS.
    When we made a GP appointment at Primary; there was no much of a delay,
    however the FS could be very busy- the waiting period could be up to 2-3 weeks before the next availability.

    Our FS is Dr Lukic. She is great. We read good review about her.
    She may not have the most personable personality but she knows what she is doing. With her, both DH and I could rest assure that we are in good hands.
    She was quite punctual in our morning appointments; not so punctual for afternoon appointments, but no complain since it doesn't cost us anything.

    The series of medication (Gonal-F, Olgautran and the Trigger) costs about $145.
    We could make a free nurse appointment to walk us through the process and the instruction.
    Before egg collection I had some blood tests and scans - all free of charge;
    I did the blood tests in Laverty clinics and the scans in the same premises.
    They could be very busy in some days, the line were very long

    The nurse would text me to give instructions when to start injecting what or when to have egg collection. I had the procedure in Darlinghurst Day Surgery.
    There will be an Operating Theater cost - which is covered by Private Health Insurance (depending on your Private Insurance plan).
    Otherwise it would be around $600(I guess).
    And for the first egg collection I was charged for anaesthesia cost; that was about $400 but could get some back from Medicare.
    So far it was only once off; as subsequent egg collections didn't incure that $400 anymore.
    The last $ is the Progesterone. If we have a fresh cycle, somehow the crinone gel is partly subsidised, hence I paid about $90 for 2 boxes.
    Otherwise it's about $180 per box.
    However when I had FET, it was not subsidised, hence Oripro is a cheaper option.

    Ladies, did I miss out anything ? feel free to add/edit.

    Hope that helps @warratag. should you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask any of us.


    cheers

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    Yes I was able to change to Oripro. I demanded it. But I have had 4 miscarriages so I had history to support my change. Be strong. You may be off prog support soon enough though with a healthy preg.

    Best of luck to you xxx

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    Thank you Billie2, hope you are doing well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Billie2 View Post
    Yes I was able to change to Oripro. I demanded it. But I have had 4 miscarriages so I had history to support my change. Be strong. You may be off prog support soon enough though with a healthy preg.
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    Best of luck to you xxx

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    NEED HELP WITH BABY NAMES...PLEASE

    Hi Primary IVF friends,

    I need help with Baby Names..am nearly 5 months and need some tips. ..could you please give me your short list of beautiful names that are not too popular.

    Thanks

    Butterfly x

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    Hi Ladies

    I haven't read through everything (there are a lot of posts re: Primary IVF )

    My husband (29) and I (32) have previously been seeing Dr Kroon at QFG Spring Hill.

    Unfortunately we have had 2 unsuccessful attempts with IUI and have decided to take the next step for IVF.

    I've made an initial consult appt at Primary IVF Oxley.

    Just looking for any advice on what we should expect?

    Do we need to contact QFG and get a copy of all of our tests to take? If they've been done in the last 12 months will we need to re do them all?

    Do they have a strict BMI limit? According to the handy calculator google led me to I am 29 on the BMI scale and 'By classification of the WHO, you are overweight' - thanks for that


    What are the top 2 questions you would ask at your appt?

    Thanks in advance everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JNC_B2012 View Post
    Hi Ladies

    I haven't read through everything (there are a lot of posts re: Primary IVF )

    My husband (29) and I (32) have previously been seeing Dr Kroon at QFG Spring Hill.

    Unfortunately we have had 2 unsuccessful attempts with IUI and have decided to take the next step for IVF.

    I've made an initial consult appt at Primary IVF Oxley.

    Just looking for any advice on what we should expect?

    Do we need to contact QFG and get a copy of all of our tests to take? If they've been done in the last 12 months will we need to re do them all?

    Do they have a strict BMI limit? According to the handy calculator google led me to I am 29 on the BMI scale and 'By classification of the WHO, you are overweight' - thanks for that


    What are the top 2 questions you would ask at your appt?

    Thanks in advance everyone!

    ___

    Hi there,
    Welcome to this amazing thread.
    We are in a similar position to you with a few differences.

    me 29, dh 34, ivf with QFG Mackay 1st cycle resulted in our almost 2 year old daughter. We have 2 frosties with QFG.
    We live in Ballina, NSW and have our initial consultation with Primary IVF Oxley tomorrow at 830am.

    We have been trying since our daughters 1st birthday last February with no luck. DH works 7/7 roster mix that with my unreliable body due to PCOS and Endomentriosis it makes this rather limited and difficult. My BMI too is about 29 but I believe the cut off for Primary is 34 however, have heard they don't simply turn you away- they refer you on to dietitians to assist.

    I think the appointment is expected to go for about 30-40mins with normal history taking and referrals for updated test results as they like them to be no more than 12 months old and some will probably request them to be more current than that again.
    I rang QFG to get any test results and our IVF cycle protocol sent to Primary IVF prior to the appointment however, they told me that I would have to wait until I'm with Primary IVF and fill out a request from their office.
    Our results are over two years old so we are prepared to have to get them all redone.

    When is your appointment?

    I am hoping we have a pathology and ultrasound place here in Ballina that is approved for BB with Primary IVF to save the trip up the coast.

    Our appointment is at 830am tomorrow (6th Jan) will let you know how it all goes

    I'm a little nervous but we won't be able to start until April/May financially but needed to get the ball rolling as with our IVF cycle with QFG I had a very long down regulation protocol - was on the pill for almost 4 months straight.

    I'm so glad to have a lady on here that is going to the same place and is in a similar situation.

    x

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bundysmiles View Post
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    Hi there,
    Welcome to this amazing thread.
    We are in a similar position to you with a few differences.

    me 29, dh 34, ivf with QFG Mackay 1st cycle resulted in our almost 2 year old daughter. We have 2 frosties with QFG.
    We live in Ballina, NSW and have our initial consultation with Primary IVF Oxley tomorrow at 830am.

    We have been trying since our daughters 1st birthday last February with no luck. DH works 7/7 roster mix that with my unreliable body due to PCOS and Endomentriosis it makes this rather limited and difficult. My BMI too is about 29 but I believe the cut off for Primary is 34 however, have heard they don't simply turn you away- they refer you on to dietitians to assist.

    I think the appointment is expected to go for about 30-40mins with normal history taking and referrals for updated test results as they like them to be no more than 12 months old and some will probably request them to be more current than that again.
    I rang QFG to get any test results and our IVF cycle protocol sent to Primary IVF prior to the appointment however, they told me that I would have to wait until I'm with Primary IVF and fill out a request from their office.
    Our results are over two years old so we are prepared to have to get them all redone.

    When is your appointment?

    I am hoping we have a pathology and ultrasound place here in Ballina that is approved for BB with Primary IVF to save the trip up the coast.

    Our appointment is at 830am tomorrow (6th Jan) will let you know how it all goes

    I'm a little nervous but we won't be able to start until April/May financially but needed to get the ball rolling as with our IVF cycle with QFG I had a very long down regulation protocol - was on the pill for almost 4 months straight.

    I'm so glad to have a lady on here that is going to the same place and is in a similar situation.

    x
    We have been trying since September 2014 with no luck. All of our tests have come back with no issues and they're just calling it "unexplained secondary infertility"

    Our appt isn't until 24 Jan as DH works shift work and this was the first week we could get a time that suited everyone.

    Good luck with your appt this morning. Keen to hear how it all goes!

    We haven't told any friends or family that we are going down this route so its nice to have a whole bunch of ladies to bounce things off in here

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    @JNC_B2012 good luck with your appointment on 24 January.

    We have just returned home from our appointment 6.5 hour round trip. And I can not praise the service enough. They (the two ladies at the desk and the GP) were so lovely and welcoming.

    Very stress-free appointment. When we arrived we filled out a small form each for medicare and Primary IVF, and had our photo as the hospital they use for their procedures isn't a part of the complex so it's a security thing they do to ensure they have the right people via photo id for procedures. We then went in and met the GP Dr Tembar (from Zimbawe) who was very welcoming and intelligent. Was professional, knowledgeable and friendly.

    He took my details first healthy history, how long we'd been trying, how often for DTD, previous fertility treatments, blood pressure, weight and height. Then gave me three referrals for tests- as I'm day 15 currently my order is : day 21 Bloods (Blood Group and Group Abs, 2 x EDTA; CHl + Gono NAT- first pass urine; Glucose- fasting, serum; Hb Electrophoresis, EDTA; Hep B s Ag; Hep C serology; HIV Ab + Ag, 2 x SST; Insulin, serum; Oestradiol, serum; Progesterone, serum **All bulk billed** and AMH (which incurs about a $60 fee).
    Second lot of bloods are to be done days 2-5 (told to go day 3): FBE, EDTA;FSH,serum; Iron studies, serum; LH, serum; Oestradiol, serum; Prolactin, serum; Rubella IgG (immunity); SHBG,serum; Syphilis, serology; Testosterone, total, serum; TSH (+/- FT4 if TSH abnormal); Varicella Zoster IgG (immunity).
    Final test is a pelvic scan for follicular count on days 5-8.

    He then took hubby's health history and gave him two test referrals for pathology.

    Semen analysis- has to abstain for min 3 days max 7 days. This is the one we have to check with our QML if they do accept the samples as some don't.
    Second test he can do whenever is Chl +Gono NAT- first pass urine; Hep B s Ag; Hep C serology; HIV Ab + Ag, 2 x SST; Syphilis serology.

    We were very luck and can do all pathology tests with QML (who bulk bill- just check that they do all the tests that are listed) and we were giving a page to go to check radiology places to do our scan at which we were again lucky enough to have one here in Ballina that is approved and bulk bills (Wave Radiology).

    We can then book our next appointment past day 11 of my next cycle. They were kind enough as we are travelling interstate to offer to book our 2nd GP appointment, Fertility Specialist and Nurse (if needed) on the same day next time.

    Feeling really positive. We wont be booking until mid next month (February) for the next lot of appointments to allow for my cycle to turn up and to take into account hubby's work roster. Hoping we can start April at latest.

    Hope that helps you.

    x

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