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One in six Australian couples will have a fertility issue at some point in their lives and one in 10 couples will have trouble conceiving their second child. You are not alone.
Don’t panic, your fertility journey doesn’t have to be an express service straight to IVF. Some simple changes can improve your chance of conceiving naturally.
Our team will work closely with you to design a personalised program to ensure the best possible chance.
With 40% of fertility issues being male related, it may be time to find out more.
We're dedicated to helping you achieve your dream - taking home a healthy baby. We offer a range of services - from Fertility Fit to IVF and genetic diagnosis of pre-implantation embryos - all with the aim of easing your journey to successful pregnancy.
Our intention, driven by 25 years of planning, compassion and research investment, is to put our words into action for you so that you can feel assured that there is no better care and no better chance of a healthy baby to be found. Anywhere.
Because of the care, technology and expertise we put into your care, you’ll have a better chance of taking home a baby.
At Genea we work with only the best specialists and science, resulting in leading success rates. Find the right specialist or the clinic that suits you today.
When In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) was first developed, people talked about test tube babies. But in vitro is Latin for “in glass” and the process involves bringing eggs and sperm together in a glass or plastic dish in a lab. Any procedure where conception takes place outside the body is a form of IVF.
IVF was originally devised to overcome infertility caused by blocked or absent fallopian tubes. Today, IVF is used to treat many more reproductive problems, including irregular ovulation, low sperm count or motility, and unexplained infertility.
Every month, follicles begin to develop in a woman’s ovaries. Depending on your age, anywhere between one and 30 follicles - known as recruits - will begin to develop in each menstrual cycle. Regardless of your age, only one of these developing follicles will dominate and ovulate at the level of the hormone FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) that a woman produces naturally.
During an IVF cycle, injections of a hormone known as FSH are used to encourage more of the follicles to develop mature eggs. These eggs are then collected under vaginal ultrasound guidance in a procedure called oocyte pick-up (OPU) or egg pick-up or retrieval.
The eggs are then fertilised in the lab with the sperm collected from your male partner. The developing embryos are monitored for five or six days, before one is transferred to your uterus. If there are additional embryos, they can be frozen and stored for later use.
The steps in an IVF cycle are:
An IVF cycle typically takes up to three weeks from the time of the first injections to egg collection. While around 50 per cent of people who come to Genea don’t require IVF, your Genea Fertility Specialist will decide with you if IVF is the right treatment for you and will be able to address any questions or concerns you might have.
Medicare covers the treatment of IVF for medical infertility for Australian citizens. If your Fertility Specialist assesses that your treatment is not for medical infertility, then you will not receive a rebate.
You can expect a couple will generally have an out-of-pocket IVF treatment costs of between $2,800 and $3,800* for a fresh cycle and subsequent frozen cycles cost much less. This IVF cost includes some medications, ultrasounds and blood tests, laboratory, scientist and administration fees. It also covers co-ordination of your cycle by your nursing team and counselling, as well as fertility specialist fees for procedures and local anaesthetic.
It’s important to remember though when you are comparing clinics that there are many more factors that you need to consider than costs and not all clinics are the same. After all what really matter is that you have the best chance of taking home a healthy baby sooner.
You can find more specific detail on the costs of IVF on our Costs and Payments page.
* Your particular circumstances will impact your final out-of-pocket expense. There will be added costs for day surgery if you have limited or no health cover.
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