If you are under the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for at least 12 months, or over 35 and trying to conceive for at least 6 months, it is recommended that you seek assistance.
Taking the first step can be very overwhelming and emotional but we are committed to helping you on your journey. It is sometimes useful to hear first hand from patients in the same situation, that is why we have set up a support group that you can join to further help you on your journey to new life. Click here to join our Closed IVF Support Group on Facebook page.
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to start your fertility journey:
STEP 1: Arrange a Free Fertility Consultation
The first step in starting your fertility journey is to phone us on 1300 337 845 to schedule a free 30-minute appointment with one of our fertility nurse specialists. To make access easier for you, this appointment with a nurse specialist can be face to face, over the phone, or via skype, the choice is yours.
This consultation allows us to gain some information about your fertility difficulties and provide you with information on what your next step should be. Our fertility nurse specialists are empathetic to your situation and will take the time to listen to your story.
Your first consultation is free. Simply call us on 1300 337 845 or click here to request your free 30 minute initial consultation or register for an upcoming free information evening.
If you decide to proceed with treatment, your personal fertility nurse will provide you with information on our Fertility Specialists so you can make an appointment. The Fertility Specialist will then organise the relevant screening tests for you and your partner
STEP 2: Arrange a GP Referral
In order to see one of our Fertility Doctors, you will need two referrals from your GP/local doctor. One referral is for the female partner and the other for the male partner (if applicable). The male partner may need a referral to Fertility Solutions, enabling us to perform a semen analysis and sperm antibodies test. We will forward a copy of your results to your GP as well as your chosen Fertility Doctor. Ask your GP for an “indefinite referral” which will stay current throughout your entire fertility treatment journey. If you don’t ask for an indefinite referral you will be required to see your GP every year to request a new referral. Please note that if you get a referral from another specialist, this is only current for three months. Your referral must be current in order to claim from Medicare. If you’re not sure which of our Fertility Doctors to see, please refer to our Fertility Doctors page.
To make the referral process easy, following your meet and greet appointment with a nurse, we provide your GP with information regarding the required tests and scans needed to assist your fertility specialist when you have your appointment with them.
STEP 3: Specialist Appointment (Perform Screening Tests & Semen Analysis prior)
We recommend that you and your partner both attend the initial meeting with your Fertility Solutions Doctor. At this meeting, a thorough history will be taken and a number of screening tests will be requested by your doctor if you have not already had them. Results from these tests will allow our fertility team to tailor your treatment to give you the best possible chance of success.
Test results can take up to 6 weeks to be performed and a cycle cannot commence until you and your partner have seen your Fertility Doctor to review these results. To ensure your initial appointment with your specialist is as informative as possible we recommend that you have all your screening test done and reported prior to your appointment. This will help reduce costs of requiring a second appointment sometimes and will help fast track you starting treatment sooner.
At this meeting, a cycle plan for your upcoming treatment will be created and sent to your personal fertility nurse specialist. You will also be required to complete relevant treatment consents with your Doctor. If you have any questions or concerns after this consultation, please feel free to contact your fertility doctor or nurse for clarification.
Your Specialist will provide you with information and advice about the treatment choices available and suggest the one most suitable for your situation. If you have already had relevant tests done, or have had treatment elsewhere, it would be helpful if you brought along any information that you have.
Not all couples will need to proceed directly to intensive, high-tech treatments such as IVF. Your Fertility Solutions Doctor may recommend that you begin with a more gentle approach, such as Ovulation Induction (OI) or Intra Uterine Insemination cycles (IUI). The treatment most suitable for you will be determined by the cause of your fertility issue(s).
STEP 4: See Your Fertility Nurse
Once your Fertility Solutions Doctor has had discussions with you and your partner and together you have determined the most appropriate treatment option, you will need to make an appointment to see a Fertility Nurse Specialist at Fertility Solutions. This nurse will become your primary nurse and work with you during your journey. At this appointment, your nurse will provide you with in-depth information on what you can expect from your treatments as well as providing you with a plan of what needs to happen when.
During your treatment, you will have access to ongoing personal medical attention including your Fertility Solutions Doctor, who will oversee your care; your own nurse, as well a scientist who will be involved with your treatment. You can communicate directly with anyone in your healthcare team should you have any questions.
We understand that when you work full-time, it’s not easy to get time off work to attend appointments and have tests, so for your convenience, we offer After Hours Initial Interviews and weekend Semen Analysis appointments. Call now as appointments are limited.
We look forward to being able to Share Your Journey for Life – thank you for choosing Fertility Solutions. Schedule your free fertility consultation with one of our fertility nurse specialists.