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    Default If you had free access to a fertility specialist, what would you ask them?

    Hi everyone, I'm arranging some information sessions for prospective IVF parents and would love your input on what you would like our specialists to talk about.

    Please post your suggestions here, nothing is off-limits!

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    The obvious things
    - the roller coaster ride (be prepared for the hormones, the failures, expectations, how hard it is)
    - what support is offered from the specialist - is it nurse focus care ? Contact with the specialist
    - expected investigations - bloods, laps, etc, and at what point you choose to do these and why
    - the overall journey from start to finish
    - basic physiology, relevant hormones and why -- this goes with the overview

    Is this what you are after?

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    Default If you had free access to a fertility specialist, what would you ask them?

    What are the statistics of my likely chances of success?
    Do you do donor sperm/ donor eggs/ donor embryos if needed?
    How many embryos can I put back at once?
    What's involved in a frozen embryo transfer?
    How long will my embryos last in the freezer?
    What is AMH and is the number accurate/important ?
    What do I do when things don't go to plan eg. Missed an injection, early bleeding on a Sunday etc

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    Default If you had free access to a fertility specialist, what would you ask them?

    I am one of those women who cycled with a fertility specialist who used protocols that never worked for me, but once I changed fertility specialists using a different protocol. The first fertility specialist told me that the protocol was not important and I would need to go down the path of donor eggs whereas the second specialist told me that the protocol did matter. Does the IVF protocol make a difference or not? It seemed to make a big difference for me.
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    I guess if you are addressing people that are about to embark on IVF, then as other posters have said, you need to go through a cycle

    Differences between antagonist and down reg
    When you are expected for scans and blood tests
    Who does scans/blood tests
    EPU procedure (e.g. are you awake or knocked out)
    What happens on days between epu and transfer (people may expect updates on every day and need to know this isn't the case)
    What happens during a transfer

    Maybe you should also tailor it for age groups and most importantly, discuss success rates. There is no point talking to a 40 year old and a 20 year old at the same time and expect them to have the same journey. A 40 year old may also want to hear what percentage of embryos will be abnormal and how PGS can cut down transferring embryos that won't implant or miscarry. As someone who has had a miscarriage, with a PGS embryo, I guess also point out that PGS doesn't guarantee an embryo has the metabolism to get there.

    I feel being upfront about success rates is important. A clinic may feel this will put people off but it won't. People still take that chance, no matter how small but I feel it also needs to be pointed out, that sometimes the dragon wins.

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    Post If you had free access to a fertility specialist, what would you ask them?

    Thanks Wild Rose, Butterflycandle, bel2466 & anotherway for your responses. It never ceases to amaze me how knowledgeable IVF M&Ds are. Stay tuned for details on information sessions.

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    Who do I call in the middle of the night when I remembered I didn't take my medication and I'm in rural nsw. So no ivf clinic nearby.

    I like the idea of tailoring session nights to age.

    I also think that FS need to be blunt! As to the chances of success. Tell people the stats of having a take home baby not pregnancy. Tell the ladies that refuse to listen that donor eggs are your best chance when it is in their best interests.

    My question is why is IVF so expensive? We were told it's to help pay for research. How much research is done and on what and how much does the research cost?

    Cause I sometimes feel like we are paying for someone Beamer.

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    Default If you had free access to a fertility specialist, what would you ask them?

    @MysticFalls, are you suggesting ladies should be forced into donor eggs too? It's a very personal decision whether to use donor eggs or not. I was repeatedly told to use donor eggs and that my chances of falling pregnant were 8%.. Donor eggs was not an option for me or DH. We ended up changing clinics and got our bfp along with some frozen embryos. Not everyone is open to donor eggs and I don't think it's fair for you to accuse women of not listening that they should be somewhat pressured into donor eggs - that's certainly how I read it. If women have the financial means and are not perturbed emotionally, then it's their decision to keep going with their own eggs, not your decision. If women choose to continue despite being given the donor talk, then that's a matter for them, not a matter for you. If you're having a hard time with your decision to use a donor egg, then that's your problem, stop trying to make women who "refuse to listen" feel bad.
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    MysticFalls, ivf clinics do have stats on the success, pregnancy vs take home etc.
    I wouldn't ask any questions. My fertility clinic was fantastic. My specialist was very up front and honest about everything and any questions/concerns or anything I wanted to know I asked

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    As someone who has had 12 cycles with Monash without success I think more information on what to do when IVF fails. Perhaps a checklist of investigations that should be undertaken prior to commencing IVF and a list of further investigations after repeated failure (however that is defined - 3 cycles maybe). Also the presumption that all those who undertake IVF become parents and the associated language really irks me. I am not an IVF M&D but that does not make me less knowledgable about the process. I would suggest that after 12 cycles I am possibly more knowledgeable than the parents that are lucky on their first or second attempt.

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