Frequently Asked Questions

Our FAQ are sorted into sections below; please click to be taken to the area of your choice.

Admin FAQ

What if I need to have scans or blood tests with providers other than those used by Fertility Solutions?

We understand that sometimes, you will be away on holidays or away for work during the initial phase of treatment when you need to have scans and blood tests and the providers that Fertility Solutions uses are not accessible. As a result the nurses often get asked by patients, “Can I go to a different pathology company or have my scans outside the clinic?” The short answer to this is, “Yes, usually this can be accommodated,” however, there are a few things you will need to consider.

  1. Once your cycle begins, that is day 1 of your period in IUI and FET cycles or the day you start FSH injections in an IVF cycle, the clinic is billed by the provider for your pathology testing and scans. The clinic then pays these bills out of the Medicare Rebate that it receives for your cycle.
  2. The clinic has arranged corporate rates with specific pathology companies therefore, if you chose to go to another pathology company, you need to notify Fertility Solutions first, as there may be additional charges that you have to pay for this flexibility. Once you have notified us, we can discuss any price differences that you may encounter, as you will be responsible for any differences between the corporate rate that Fertility Solutions has negotiated with our normal service providers and the provider you choose to see.
  3. The situation discussed in point 2 also applies for your scans. During a treatment cycle, scans are provided on site at either the clinic by your nurses or in the rooms with your specialist. If, for some reason, you choose not to use the clinic or your specialist for your scans, you will have to pay any difference between what the clinic charges and what the other service provider charges. Please contact Fertility Solutions and have a discussion with them about this before making any decisions.

If I choose to use other service providers, how do I pay for this?

Once you have notified the clinic that you will be using a different pathology or radiology company to that used by Fertility Solutions, we will help you make arrangements with them and pay the account on your behalf. Fertility Solutions will then invoice you for any difference between what Fertility Solutions charges or pays and that charged by the other provider.

You must contact Fertility Solutions before changing providers, so we can provide you with a quote. If you do not contact the clinic, you will be liable for any cost differences. Please note the difference in these charges can be quite significant.

Can I claim the invoice from Fertility Solutions for outsourced pathology and radiology?

Unfortunately, the short answer to this is NO. Medicare has already paid Fertility Solutions for these tests and will not pay twice on the one item when you are having fertility treatment. The best thing to do to avoid unnecessary expenses and financial surprises is to call us first so we can discuss your specific circumstance.

Infertility FAQ

What is infertility?

Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after a year of regular unprotected intercourse, or the inability to carry pregnancies to a live birth. Learn more about infertility causes.

How much does IVF cost?

Fees for IVF and fertility treatments are rather complicated to explain and depend on your individual circumstances. To obtain an estimate of costs specifically tailored to your needs please come in for a free, private consultation.

Visit this page for a more detailed explanation of IVF cost, including tax deduction information.

How likely is it that I will get pregnant using IVF?

ANZARD is the reporting body that collects and reports on all assisted reproductive technology cycles in Australia and New Zealand. For 2011, their reported clinical pregnancy rate per fresh embryo transfer is: 39.5% for women under the age of 35 and 23.3% for women over the age of 35.

Success rates vary from clinic to clinic and are largely dependent upon your individual circumstances. View our success rates or read more on the factors that influence your ability to achieve a successful pregnancy.

Why can't I get pregnant - what are the reasons?

The main reasons are:

  • Advancing age, predominantly women
  • Fallopian tubes factors (blocked or damaged tubes, missing tubes)
  • Sperm problems: Semen quality / low sperm count
  • Ovulatory problems
  • Hormonal factors
  • Weight: Being overweight or underweight
  • Smoking
  • A condition known as Polycystic Ovaries (PCOs)
  • Endometriosis
Read more about the causes of infertility.

What is day one of my cycle?

The first day of full heavy bleeding before midday is day one of your cycle.

What is the fertile time?

This is dependent upon the length of cycle. In a 28 day cycle, ovulation should occur at day 14 and “fertile time” is approximately days 12 to 15 or 12 to 14 days before the expected date of the next period.

What effect does diet, lifestyle and smoking have on fertility?

A well balanced nutritional diet a minimum of 3-4 months prior to conception maximises your chance of conception and live birth. Folic acid taken daily reduces neural tube defects. Reducing stress improves ovulation and the chance of spontaneous conception. Recommended daily caffeine intake is 50mg per day. (Don’t forget caffeine is not only found in coffee, but also chocolate, tea, and some soft drinks to name just a few). More than the daily recommended caffeine intake has been show to decrease fertility.

Smoking increases the incidence of infertility by 3 times and reduces the response to fertility drugs. Smoking also increases the risk of ectopic pregnancy and the miscarriage rate and has been associated with an increase in congenital abnormalities. There is no better reason to change your lifestyle – start today!

Visit “How To Judge IVF Success Rates” for more information.

Yes, absolutely! Ovulation can become infrequent or stop and periods can become irregular and/or heavy. Natural conception is reduced when you are overweight. Therapies to help ovulation are not as successful. There may be a higher chance of miscarriage. You may find our Fertility Diet Tips helpful.

I don't have a fertility specialist, who should I choose?

This is a very common question that we are often asked. To help you make a decision, refer to our page on on Fertility Doctors.

Surrogacy - what is Queensland's position?

Queensland is now able to legally offer altruistic surrogacy. Read more information about the Queensland Surrogacy Act 2010.

Surrogacy arrangements are very complex and as such Fertility Solutions has decided not to currently offer this treatment. There are clinics in Australia who do have extensive experience in surrogacy. If you think this is what you need, talk to your doctor for more information.

How long can I store my embryos?

Embryos are only be allowed to be stored for a maximum of 10 years. Read our Position Statement – Storage and Disposal of Embryos.

How long can I store my eggs and emryos?

Fertility Solutions provides gamete storage for 10 years with the option to renew consent for a further 5 years equating to a maximum of 15 years storage. Read our Position Statement – Storage of Sperm and Eggs.

Sperm Donation FAQ

Why are sperm donors needed?

Approximately one in eight couples with fertility issues requires donor sperm to assist them in becoming parents. For them to realise their dream of having a baby, the only option is often to access donated sperm. Sperm donors are urgently needed for the following reasons:

  • Donor sperm is currently in extremely short supply in Queensland. Adoption in Australia is difficult due to very few children being available for adoption. Some couples, of course, choose to remain childless.
  • Did you know that male infertility is responsible for about 30% of couples not being able to conceive? There are some males who do not produce any sperm and are not able to achieve a pregnancy with their partner. Male infertility has many causes including genetic, infections and trauma damage.
  • To assist patients who have already conceived children using donor sperm and are wishing to extend their family and provide their child with sibling/s.

Why become a sperm donor?

We all have something to give to our community, our time, our blood, our talents and for some men… the gift of life. Sperm donation can be one of the greatest gifts of all. Giving couples the chance of becoming a parent… an opportunity they may not have otherwise had.Many sperm donors already have children of their own and enjoy helping others experience the joys of parenthood. Other sperm donors have seen their friends or family members endure the frustration of fertility problems and want to be able to help.

We understand that you may not be ready or want a family of your own, but by entering a sperm donor program you can help make someone else’s dreams of parenthood become a reality.

Who can be a sperm donor?

Men of all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds can become sperm donors. This includes men of different heights, shapes and sizes, as long as you meet the few criteria below:

  • You are over 21 and under 41 years of age.
  • You are in good health and prepared to have regular blood tests
  • You have a low risk for sexually transmitted diseases such as Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS
  • You can provide a family medical history.
  • You are prepared to go through counselling (along with your partner if applicable)
  • You are ideally currently not going through fertility treatment yourself

Some people in the community may not be able to donate because their lifestyle puts them at risk of contracting diseases that could infect the women receiving the donor sperm and any children conceived. As part of being accepted as a donor, a lifestyle declaration must be signed.

What are the main benefits for the donor?

There are many reasons why men consider donating sperm, some of these reasons might include:

  1. To find out your own fertility status
  2. To help assist another couple realise their dream of becoming parents

Will I get paid?

While it is illegal in Australia to buy and sell human sperm (under the Human Tissue Act 1982), many fertility clinics are able to compensate the donor by way of a lump sum for any expenses you incur.

Please be assured that all services are provided in a completely discreet and confidential environment.

Thank you for reading this information and taking the time to consider becoming a sperm donor. You may not know it, but there are a lot of people that will be very grateful to you for just considering becoming a donor. Many individuals and couples would not be able to create a family without your help – so thank you. If you feel you have what it takes to be a sperm donor, we encourage you to contact us.

More Questions About Infertility or Sperm Donation? Get more info on becoming a sperm donor or feel free to call our office today on 1300 FERTILITY.