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    Default IVF clinic's in Melbourne

    Just wanted to get opinions on IVF clinics in Melbourne.

    My partner and I have had one cycle with Monash IVF and they were terrible. Felt like an IVF factory and got no support throughout. The contact was amazing right up until we signed the paperwork and then the service was non-existent during such a stressful time.

    Will never go through Monash IVF again and wanting to get feedback on other IVF clinics in Melbourne for our second cycle please?

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    We used to be with Monash and noticed some cracks appearing and have switched to Melbourne. I am yet to actually do a cycle with Melbourne but have found their customer service better. They are the same price as Monash, maybe a few hundred dollars cheaper. There are also low cost clinics in Melbourne and hopefully someone will come along and update you about them.

    Melbourne work a bit differently in that your specialist is your main point of contact so more personal. Your specialist will do your scans and your egg collection. We are doing PGS and the day after collection, the lab will call to say how many fertilised and then we won't hear from them till day 7 to hear how many they biopsied. Our FS will call us with results of the testing about 5 - 10 working days later. If none make it to testing, your fs will call you with the bad news. Monash leave everything up to the nurses, lab and genetics counsellor.

    Good luck and I wish you all the best next cycle with whomever you go with.

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    I actually switched from city fertility to Monash purely because I wanted to see Lynn Burmeister. The main difference in my opinion was that with city fertility your fertility specialist is more contactable e.g mine would respond to my emails directly (even on Sunday nights!) and he also performed the transfer, did my scans in his rooms etc. At Monash I was practically only dealing with the nurses or receptionists (besides the appointment) which was frustrating and lynn didn't perform the transfer or do my scans. City fertility nurses would always call me to debrief after any appointment with my specialist.. I found this too much but I understand that some people would prefer this type of support.

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    Hi i did my first cycle with melbourne ivf. Thats right in Mivf ur FS do ur egg collection and tranfer its sort of more personalized than monash. Nurses are ok and comparatively cheaper than Monash. But i changed to Monash because of Dr lynn burmeister. My GP told me she is the best in this field. Even though she didn't do my egg collection and transfer. She did test fo Nk cells which was positive and she changed my protocol after that. Melbourne ivf only did basic tests. I m on my tww. Will update.

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    Many thanks to all the replies. We will not be going through Monash IVF again and will contact others for further info.

    We had to take out a loan for our first cycle and because Monash IVF stuffed up their administration, we still haven't got our Medicare rebate. It's been almost 2 months after egg retrieval and no invoice or claim sent to Medicare. I rang Monash and they said they had made a mistake and had not sent the claim / invoices to Medicare.
    It's not enough that they don't provide any support through such a stressful time but they contribute to the financial stress as well.
    My advice to anybody is avoid Monash IVF at Richmond.
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    I did my cycle with primary IVF. It's a bulk bill clinic but was happy with all the service and got my first BFP with them after switching from MelbIVF.

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    Default IVF clinic's in Melbourne

    Hey there,
    My RE has now recommended I start ivf .. I am at least an hour away from the Richmond clinic and worried about taking so much time off work for bloods /scans. It will be worth it but anyone any advice on starting ivf?
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    hi ladies, just wondering how everyone is going with the clinics they are at. personally i used sunshine for my first icsi cycle, absolutly loved the clinic and all the staff, second cycle starting soon and i have had to change to another location, definatlu not happy already with the clinic...its crazy how diffrent the two locations (same company) can be

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    Quote Originally Posted by col82 View Post
    Hey there,
    My RE has now recommended I start ivf .. I am at least an hour away from the Richmond clinic and worried about taking so much time off work for bloods /scans. It will be worth it but anyone any advice on starting ivf?
    Hi, I've done 4 full stim IVF cycles & 1 frozen embryo transfer cycle with Monash Richmond, and honestly I have had barely any time off work. I was originally living about 45 minutes from Richmond (more in peak hour traffic!). Am a bit closer now but peak hour still can increase travel times back to my work.

    At the most, during each stim cycle I've only ever had to have 2 sick days on the day of egg pick up & the day after. I've done the cycles spaced out over 2 years bcos things sort of move a bit slow in IVF I've found, sometimes it's waiting for blood tests to come back, investigating this or that.. at times you need a break for both your body & mental health, so even though u want to race thru it, I've found that mostly it can't been rushed. and so bcos those few days off have been spaced out, sometimes 6 months apart, I haven't even had to tell my work. For frozen transfers you don't really even need a day off technically- but it's easier if u DO have the transfer day free.

    I've always tried to get the earliest ultrasound scan appts at like 7am, & on the odd occasion that I couldn't, I've just made up a story about being stuck in traffic (or something else more creative if you like! ) to explain being a bit late for work.

    I think generally before starting IVF you think it's going to be extremely disruptive to the rest of your life, but all in all it really hasn't been. Most people in our lives wouldn't even have a clue we've been doing IVF if we hadn't told them.

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    Hi Lindai,
    Here's our update;

    After our terrible experience with Monash IVF (Richmond) we chose City Fertility in St.Kilda Road.
    The difference was evident immediately. The staff were fantastic and unlike Monash, actually listened to us.
    Our first cycle with them was unfortunately a BFN but we had continual contact from the City Fertility staff throughout the dissapointment, as they actually cared.
    On the other hand, after our negative result from Monash we never heard from them again - not even a follow up call to see how we were coping with the dissapointment.
    The Monash IVF Medicare refund took almost 2 months after taking payment where as City Fertility processed the refund on the same day as payment - fantastic.

    Our second cycle with City Fertility has just been completed - result BFP!
    Thank you to City Fertility and in particular David Wilkinson, our fertility specialist. Highly recommend to all.


 

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