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    Question Bipolar II, Medicare and oocyte retrieval

    Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,

    I'm a long term lurker and 1st-time poster. I have scanned through and not found much guidance on my upcoming questions.

    A bit of background. I am 27 and wasn't planning on having babies with my husband of 1 year for at least five years while I finish my PhD. I got my AMH checked just in case, and it came back as 5pmol/L. I have a new diagnosis of Bipolar 2 and am gratefully on a new medication which after 10 years of stuggle, has all but cured me.

    I saw my doctor and we discussed that trying for a pregnancy soon is not a good ideaa as I want an extended period of stability on my medication before the pressure of a) getting pregnant and b) beging pregant then c) being sleep deprived (Major trigger for the disorder spectrum). He is in complete aggreeance and is very supportive in reassurning me that my future pregancy will be managed carefully by experts to watch the hormonal implication on mood stability and the medication implications (especially if I need to stop during pregancy).

    I was beifly told that because we need to put it abck for an existing medical issues and the AMH is low, that it is likely that I will be heavily rebated for oocyte retrival and storage. Who has had this experience and can you give me some cost break downs?

    Thank you

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    I don't have an answer to your question sorry but I just wanted to wish you all the best. I am coming to the end of my PhD part time and have been ttc at the same time which has been a challenge. I also wanted to give you another tip and that is to make sure that you talk to an ivf specialist about the pros and cons of storing oocytes vs embryos particularly where you have a low AMH. You may find you need more than one retrieval in order to obtain enough eggs to be confident you will achieve a pregnancy. I'm not 100% sure but I think they like you to store 20 eggs for a good chance of 1 pregnancy. Chances are higher with frozen embryos but there are implications with this for example if one partner was to change their mind down the track. Just a few things to think about to make an informed decision. Best of luck!

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    Default Embryo and oocyte

    Thanks for your message!

    Yes I did think that embryos are preferred, I asked my FS about this he said the method used now have employed the thawing process so eggs are just as likely to do well. I will speak within about it in detail after I go through my initial counselling and medicals. My DH and I spoke and decided a half an half approach may be preferable.

    Good luck with your PhD. I've just hopped into bed after a full 10 hours writting my lit review.

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    Your situation sounds so similar to mine! I was 29 when I found my amh was 3, I also have bipolar 1 and am doing a PhD.

    We ttc despite the risks with bipolar (and also following severe post natal depression/psychosis with my first child) and to cut a long story short I fell pregnant without IVF on a ovulation induction cycle. My mental health was monitored very closely throughout my horrendous pregnancy (hospitalisations, bed rest, preterm labour threat) and following the birth. I was fine

    Our IVF cycle that we never did was quoted around 7k out of pocket but a lot (maybe half?) we were to get back through Medicare. It has been a while so I hope I am remembering the cost correctly.

    Sorry I'm not really answering your questions but just wanted but couldn't read and run. Good luck with everything!


 

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