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    Default Assisted Conception through Public System at RWH Melbourne

    Hi,
    Our gynecologist referred us to Royal Women's in Melbourne for IVF and I am looking for some suggestions on the possibilities regarding public systems other than Royal Women's? What are the pros and cons? Any ideas about recent waiting periods in Royal Women's Hospital?
    Also, any idea as to what happens with frozen embryos during an ivf cycle with public hospitals? If we are successful,we are looking to have more children soon after the first born.
    Any advice, experience, opinion, feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


    Background Story: Lucky enough to have been ovulating on my own. My gynecologist did laparoscopy to find out both tubes blocked. Luckily she was able to unblock one by pushing through the dye. But she found the ovary on unblocked side is stuck behind something and she declared that there is a very rare chance to get pregnant naturally. DH has good sperm count and morphology with low motility. He is getting tested again after following diet and vitamin routine to improve motility. We are trying for about 3 years and never been pregnant. Laparoscopy was back in May 2017.

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    Hi Koki,

    I am just starting out IVF through royal womens. Just had a consent appointment last week and will be doing a nursing appointment in december, before starting hopefully early next year. Have you started IVF through there yet? or did you go with another clinic? Just wondering to see what your experience has been like. We have seen FS there a few times (different every appointment) and have found them all very informative and friendly. I am hoping the IVF experience will be similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luckybaby View Post
    Hi Koki,

    I am just starting out IVF through royal womens. Just had a consent appointment last week and will be doing a nursing appointment in december, before starting hopefully early next year. Have you started IVF through there yet? or did you go with another clinic? Just wondering to see what your experience has been like. We have seen FS there a few times (different every appointment) and have found them all very informative and friendly. I am hoping the IVF experience will be similar.
    Hi Luckybaby,
    We have our initial appointment with FS at royal womens in December. Once I see the Doctor, I would be able to know the process. So far that's where we are. No other clinics yet. When did you start the process? And how long did it take you to get to the consent and nurse appointment? Hopefully the process moves faster for both of us. And best of luck for starting IVF soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koki View Post
    Hi Luckybaby,
    We have our initial appointment with FS at royal womens in December. Once I see the Doctor, I would be able to know the process. So far that's where we are. No other clinics yet. When did you start the process? And how long did it take you to get to the consent and nurse appointment? Hopefully the process moves faster for both of us. And best of luck for starting IVF soon.
    Hi Koki,
    Weve been seeing FS since early this year and had a laparoscopy/hysteroscopy done with Royal Womens. As soon as we decided to go with IVF option appointments were organised. I think its a longer wait than having a private specialist but we had a consent appointment organised in Nov and then a month later (coming up in dec) we have a counselling/nurse appointment and i assume we can start IVF any time we want after this. Just call the nurse on day 1 of the cycle you want to start. I guess I will know more at the nursing appointment mid dec.
    Let me know what you think of the womens FS. We have found them all helpful and nice to have that having someone different everytime great as you get differing opinions and different explanations.
    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luckybaby View Post
    Hi Koki,
    Weve been seeing FS since early this year and had a laparoscopy/hysteroscopy done with Royal Womens. As soon as we decided to go with IVF option appointments were organised. I think its a longer wait than having a private specialist but we had a consent appointment organised in Nov and then a month later (coming up in dec) we have a counselling/nurse appointment and i assume we can start IVF any time we want after this. Just call the nurse on day 1 of the cycle you want to start. I guess I will know more at the nursing appointment mid dec.
    Let me know what you think of the womens FS. We have found them all helpful and nice to have that having someone different everytime great as you get differing opinions and different explanations.
    Good luck
    I wish you best of luck for IVF. Hoping that's it for you. I will definitely keep you posted about FS. I agree with seeing multiple FS because they all have different opinions and options. While I was seeing gynecologist, I had a great experience seeing multiple. That way I know alot more about my options.
    I already had a diagnostic laparoscopy done by the Gynecologist in May this year. So I would hope FS would skip that step unless a corrective laparoscopy is needed. Just hoping that its not a long wait for us. It is devastating some times.
    BTW, what are the costs like for IVF with public system? And what is the procedure for frozen embryos and future IVFs like? Sorry for too many questions. I am just starting to get impatient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koki View Post
    I wish you best of luck for IVF. Hoping that's it for you. I will definitely keep you posted about FS. I agree with seeing multiple FS because they all have different opinions and options. While I was seeing gynecologist, I had a great experience seeing multiple. That way I know alot more about my options.
    I already had a diagnostic laparoscopy done by the Gynecologist in May this year. So I would hope FS would skip that step unless a corrective laparoscopy is needed. Just hoping that its not a long wait for us. It is devastating some times.
    BTW, what are the costs like for IVF with public system? And what is the procedure for frozen embryos and future IVFs like? Sorry for too many questions. I am just starting to get impatient.
    It sounds like they will probably discuss IVF with you then if you have had lap done already. Its not too long of a wait for the appointments. The cost is the same as private IVF but you are not paying to see the one FS or any hospital and anaesthetic procedure fees. So you're saving there. I havent actually started IVF so Im not sure about the embryo freezing but it seems to be same as any other MIVF practice. What I see the only difference going public is that you dont get the same FS every appointment and you dont pay hospital fees for the egg collection and transfers. Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luckybaby View Post
    It sounds like they will probably discuss IVF with you then if you have had lap done already. Its not too long of a wait for the appointments. The cost is the same as private IVF but you are not paying to see the one FS or any hospital and anaesthetic procedure fees. So you're saving there. I havent actually started IVF so Im not sure about the embryo freezing but it seems to be same as any other MIVF practice. What I see the only difference going public is that you dont get the same FS every appointment and you dont pay hospital fees for the egg collection and transfers. Good Luck
    Thank you. That's great help. Haven't been to private IVF and the way they state the costs is very confusing for me but we'll see. Its just medication and any extra testing that would cost and lab procedures I would think. Let me know how your nursing appointment go. I have heard it takes a while to get your child protection check back. Have you applied for that yet?

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    Default How did you get on?

    @Luckybaby and @koki how did you guys get on with your treatment?
    I currently work at the women's, and we have been notified that the treatment for those coming to the women's to do IVF dropped to just $1500 out of pocket!!!!! This price include stimulated cycles, IUIs and frozen cycles. (and you get the first 6 months of the storage of embryos free!!! If couples need donor gametes or embryos, unfortunately the price would be as other clinics. They don't do egg freezing for social reasons, only for medical reasons...
    This price was from 1st June 2018, and they are ensuring that waiting lists to see an FS are not super long... pass on the message!!!


 

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