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    Default Newbie with Monash IVF clayton

    Hi all, little about us, hubby and are 41 and 40 and ttc our first. We've been trying for 16 months and had a mmc and a chemical so far, but no sticky bean.

    I've been seeing a fertility acupuncturist for 3 months and we are about to start our IVF journey.

    I'm really nervous...

    We have met with prof Luk Rombauts of Monash IVF and have now done ALL... The paperwork that it takes to register.
    We've got 2 more blood tests and a 2nd SA for hubby next week to get comparison readings.
    Then we are having our compulsory counselling the week after and also seeing Luk again that same day to set up our plan and go over all of our results again.

    We also wanted to meet our IVF nurse that day but monash request we have a cooling off period in between our counselling and seeing the nurse! I think it is ridiculous that they think we need cooling off just to get the drugs to start 3 weeks later.

    I'm trying to reduce how many days I take off work so far and can't understand why they have an issue. Anyone else been forced to have a cooling off?

    Had anyone else seen monash IVF and Luk ? Really keen to hear how you went and if you had success.

    In terms of our fertility, hubby's SA was good last time 163million, 73%motility, 63% progressive motility and 4% morphology.

    All my blood tests are within normal except AMH, it is 3 which could be normal for my age but it worries me. I ovulate most months I think and when I've had day 21 tests, progesterone is around 68.

    I cannot work out why we have not had luck and I hope we have success with IVF with these stats.

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    I got a bit excited reading your post as it took me back to the time we were in your position, obviously it was super stressful and gut renching but also the anticipation and hope was magical.

    We started seeing Prof Rombauts in April 2016, had lots of tests, very high AMH indicating I wasn’t ovulating and SA was slightly low morph & count but not impossible to conceive naturally Prof said.
    Prof started me on Clomid, had 9 months of trying clomid, I think I ovulated every second cycle but no BFP.

    I remember the counselling and monashivf procedures/paperwork did take time.
    Really important decisions like what to do with any leftover eggs and embryos etc
    Once we had done 3 IUIs (unsuccessful) no extra paperwork etc was needed to proceed to IVF and then our most recent SA indicated need for ICSI.
    But at the time, just having appointments and dates to go by were helpful, knowing there was a plan instead of just waiting month to month hoping to ovulate (for the past few years).
    Our first 5-day blastocyte (?is that the right word) transfer took and now DS1 is 6 months
    We have 1 blastocyte leftover. I remember the lab staff showing me a printed image of the blastocyte that they were going to transfer on that day and it was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.
    Goodluck and I can’t wait to hear how things go, what an exciting time for you and your partner.

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    Oh wow @Gf2018 thanks for your message, I'm so thrilled you got your miracle.

    How did you find prof Rombauts? I've only met him once and found him alright. His resume reads incredibly well and that is why I selected him. My friend saw him and didn't really like him said he was very dry, which he is but that doesn't bother me as long as he has a clear plan for us.

    So your first IVF cycle (after the IUI cycles) was successful?

    Will you be trying again with your 2nd blastocyst?

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    Can I also ask-how do IVF costs work? Do we pay all upfront and then claim our Medicare rebate at the time of payment?

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    Don’t quote me but I think we paid the upfront amount of about 10k before any of the egg retrieval etc etc, then within a few weeks we got the rebate from Medicare...
    but prior to that we had spent about 5-6k on the 3 IUIs.
    The appt with the finance lady at Monashivf was very easy to follow, I remember she gave me an info sheet with all the figures, including what you get back if a procedure is cancelled for e.g.

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    Hi! I was referred to Prof Rombauts by my endocrinologist (who I was seeing as my thyroid hormones were abnormal and i hadn’t fallen pregnant for 2 years of trying, endocrinologist ran lots of hormone tests including AMH which was very high hence the referral).
    Yes his resume is impressive, everything he said to me started with ‘up to date research tells us...’ which I liked as I have a health background and I had researched everything myself anyway as I’m very interested in health and medicine, all of his reasoning made sense to me so even though I wanted to go to ivf, i was happy to do the IUIs first. I find specialist appointments a bit intimidating and anxiety provoking so I’m happy to get in and out with as minimal conversation as possible lol but it has taken me a few years to find my voice in such situations, go into the appointment with any questions written down and quickly ask for clarification if unsure.
    Yes fortunately our first blastocyte transfer was successful, I’m so thankful everyday.
    We think we will try naturally for a few years, no meds or anything, then maybe in my late 30’s we’ll transfer our last blastocyte and see what happens.
    If we could afford to we’d have 10 kids but I think 1-2 is good as we could comfortably afford it and if one of my partner or I couldn’t work or got sick, we’d still manage easily.
    I can’t wait to hear your progress please keep me posted!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gf2018 View Post
    Hi! I was referred to Prof Rombauts by my endocrinologist (who I was seeing as my thyroid hormones were abnormal and i hadn’t fallen pregnant for 2 years of trying, endocrinologist ran lots of hormone tests including AMH which was very high hence the referral).
    Yes his resume is impressive, everything he said to me started with ‘up to date research tells us...’ which I liked as I have a health background and I had researched everything myself anyway as I’m very interested in health and medicine, all of his reasoning made sense to me so even though I wanted to go to ivf, i was happy to do the IUIs first. I find specialist appointments a bit intimidating and anxiety provoking so I’m happy to get in and out with as minimal conversation as possible lol but it has taken me a few years to find my voice in such situations, go into the appointment with any questions written down and quickly ask for clarification if unsure.
    Yes fortunately our first blastocyte transfer was successful, I’m so thankful everyday.
    We think we will try naturally for a few years, no meds or anything, then maybe in my late 30’s we’ll transfer our last blastocyte and see what happens.
    If we could afford to we’d have 10 kids but I think 1-2 is good as we could comfortably afford it and if one of my partner or I couldn’t work or got sick, we’d still manage easily.
    I can’t wait to hear your progress please keep me posted!!

    Sent from my iPhone
    I sure will. Thanks

    I have everything crossed for you for falling pg naturally.

    It's an emotional journey but I can't wait to have my happy ending already!


 

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