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.
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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.
The #1 piece of advice our patients pass on to people trying to conceive is to ask for help earlier. Genea's Fertility Specialists are experts in helping people conceive and seeing one is not a fast track to IVF - in fact we help more than 50% our patients have a baby with fertility treatments other than IVF.
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 for a fresh cycle. Subsequent cycles in a calendar year 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 matters is that you're maximising your potential of having a 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.
In the mid-nineties Genea’s research and technologies virtually doubled IVF success rates for patients and our constant search for innovations and breakthroughs continues to improve outcomes today. In fact, Genea’s science,and technology have helped create approximately 800,000 babies around the world over the past 30 years.
In this time, we have come to realise many people will delay seeking help with their fertility for an average of two years. The sad truth is this delay could be affecting outcomes - even with IVF.
Whilst Genea's success rates are high, after the age of 35, the potential of a pregnancy declines. Use the IVF Success Calculator below to see Genea success rates for women who had their first IVF cycle at Genea after the age of 35 and how that success rate declines two years later*.
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If you have no known medical issues, we recommend you try to conceive for a total of six months before speaking to our fertility advisor.
Based on the amount of time you have been trying to conceive, we recommend that you speak to our fertility advisor.
Irrespective of the result you get, it’s important to remember that it is never too early to arm yourself with information. The more you know, the more easily you can make educated decisions about your family plans before it potentially becomes a problem down the track.
Speak with Genea’s Fertility Advisor about your next steps to make sure you don’t waste valuable time.
If you are looking into your options, we would also encourage you to learn how a simple blood test could help you and your partner identify any latent genetic issues and plan for the health of your future family. Ask us about our genetic tests.
* Data based on patients who started a treatment cycle using their own oocytes for their first OPU at Genea in 2010 or 2011
Excluding patients with the intent to have PGD
Patients were followed up for live birth details for treatment cycles commencing up to 30 June 2013
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