Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who does treatment apply to?
2. Is IVF the only option?
3. What are my chances of success?
Variable factors like egg and sperm quality, and individual variations that occur during the cycle will also have an effect. Dr Swift’s success rates per age group are considered industry best and are published quarterly for the clinic.
4. Is there an age limit to treatment?
Success rates approach zero at a maternal age of 44 and thereafter, donor eggs or embryos may be required to achieve success.
Female age is therefore critical to success in conceiving both naturally and with artificial reproductive treatment.
I encourage couples over the age of 30 who are experiencing difficulties to seek help sooner rather than later.
5. Does weight affect conception?
A healthy lifestyle and good diet is encouraged prior and throughout their treatment.
6. Is there a greater risk of having twins or triplets with treatment?
7. Will I need time off work?
We open at 7.30am, and most patients can visit on their way to work. There will be times when you will need more time.
The following is a guide:
- Initial doctors consultation – 1 hour
- Nurse interview ideally both partners – 1- ½ hours
- Blood tests – ½ hour
- Blood tests and scans – ½ to ¾ hour
- Egg collection – day off (may need 2 days)
- Embryo transfer – 1-2 hours (ideally day off)
- Insemination – 1-2 hours.
8. Does IVF involve lots of needles and blood tests?
Dr Swift’s experienced nursing staff will teach both you and your partner how to use and administer all drugs and are always available to assist you with any concerns.
Blood tests assessing hormone levels are an important tool in the successful management of fertility treatment. The number of blood tests required will be kept to a minimum as best possible. My team are all highly experienced and will support even the most nervous patient through each visit.
9. Will I feel unwell during my treatment?
10. Does my partner need to attend the first consultation?
11. How much does IVF cost?
Today, treatment for infertility remains more affordable than ever before. Medicare rebates, Medicare safety net refunds and private health insurance provide substantial financial support for people requiring treatment.
Treatments related to Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) attract rebates under The Extended Medicare Safety Net (EMSN) scheme.
12. What is the Medicare Safety Net?
For IVF patients this provides significant financial support. Safety net accrual commences in January each year once the relevant threshold is reached. From 1 January 2010 Medicare will pay up to an additional capped amount in respect of each initial and subsequent cycle in a calendar year.
In order to claim this benefit, couples and families must be registered with Medicare. It is important to check with Medicare that you are registered before commencing any fertility treatment.
In order to understand these capped amounts and how they will affect your ultimate out of pocket expense, your level of treatment must first be determined.