Jump to content
New to AC ... What should I be doing?
1 reply to this topic
Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:52 PM
I'm new to this forum and haven't printed out my acronyms yet so I hope you forgive the 'longhand'.
I'm a 41 yr old mum to a gorgeous 5.5yr old son who was conceived naturally but was delivered by emergency C Section (I guess I should have used the letters CS? right)
I've been TTC (I saw this before) for 4 years unassisted and decided last month to see a doctor and get some tests done. I received my results today - sad news - my egg reserve is very low so my chances of conceiving naturally are almost non-existent (I guess my son is a miracle and boy he really is).
Anyway, I'm processing all of this information today and thought I should ask for your help, mainly because I have no idea what comes next. I'm not very good with medical procedures, so I have no concept of public and private (other than private is very very very expensive and public is very very very long waitlisted)
My GP said I should be referred to a fertility specialist... okay... what happens after that?
What should I be doing next? Do I call and make appointments? Do I get my GP to do it?
is it going to be a year before someone can see me and help me get a baby in my belly?
Does anyone have a bullet list of things for a rookie who is still reeling from sad news.
Your help, advice, hints are all welcome.
Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:06 AM
Its really quiet round here at the moment. Clinics are all closed for xmas break so no one is doing any cycles until Jan. Once you have your referral, you ring up and make an appt with the dr you have been referred to. Good if your referral is made out for indefinite rather than just 12 months, as you have to go back for a new one if it expires. Doesn't matter if its already been written, just a tip for next time.
Once you have an appt, you go in for initial consultation, probably have some tests of some description (has your ptr had a semen analysis?), decide on a treatment plan and then set the date to get going. Some of the bigger clinics have heap of admin paperwork to go thru and in Vic a police check (sucky legislation which no one agrees with).
You only need hospital admission for IVF egg collections, or if they want to knock you out to do a laproscopic check of your bits to check tubes are clear, check for endometriosis, uterus is normal etc. I haven't done any treatment without having private health insurance, so don't know what's available as a public patient or what the costs are to pay for private admission without insurance.
The bulk of your cost is paying the clinic for the cycle. Think I'm out of pocket $4600 for a stim cycle (eg. eggs collected, fertilised and transferred - any hospital costs would be on top of this) and $1700 for a FET cycle (transfer of frozen embryo in drs rooms - no hospital admission).
It wont be a long wait. The initial appt and any testing is the only delay. Once thats done, you can have an appt with your dr to decide on treatment plan and start a cycle when your next period arrives.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.
When Naomi Holly, a mother of three, noticed her eight-month-old daughter Nora, was having difficulty crawling and standing up as normal, she knew there was something wrong.
There's nothing more frustrating, or distressing to a parent than a sick child who can't - or won't got to sleep.
Perth mother Laurie Rushton Dyble was sitting on a recliner chair in her home holding her six-month-old son when her husband suddenly told her to get up and leave the room.
While no one wants their partner to miss their baby’s birth, it can happen. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in that situation.
The #motherhoodchallenge sounds harmless, doesn't it? Some women disagree.
Last year, it was "The Dress". This year, it is a family photo that is breaking the internet.
So who's with me? You know meditating is one of the best things you can possibly do for yourself.
An Italian woman could face up to six years in jail after her husband accused her of not doing enough cooking and cleaning at home.
While most expectant mums know to stop drinking when they’re pregnant, experts now warn women should stop drinking earlier than that. Is this necessary?
If there's less than a slim chance you'll find time to get out for a jog or to hit the gym today, take heart in knowing that household chores contribute to the calorie equation.
Why don't we talk about the fact that when everything goes right, we may still feel completely lost, and certain that we have failed?
A shocked father has shared his family's experience in a bid to warn other parents about the dangers of hair becoming entangled around a baby's toe.
Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.
It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.
Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.
It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.
One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.
Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.
Top 5 Articles
Labor frontbencher Penny Wong is used to to hearing arguments against same-sex marriage. But for Australia's most prominent gay politician, one hurts more than others.
Some things in life are inherently served with a big scoop of fun: balloons, bubbles, cupcakes to name but a few, but exercise?
She wanted a fresh colour for 2016, but instead she got chemical burns.
A Perth family has thanked US surfing "legend" Kelly Slater after the star saved a mother and a young toddler from "a freak wave" in Hawaii.
Tech giant instigates massive international recall of power point adapters due to risk of electric shock.
It's impossible not to share this little boy's excitement about the alphabet.
Like all tired parents, Monique and Kyle Ruppel were looking forward to the day their 15-month-old daughter Celia would start sleeping through the night.
An Australian mum who has shared the ups and downs of carrying quintuplets has welcomed her five babies into the world.
It was all too much excitement for this dad.
The way parents respond to their child's babbling can shape how their infants communicate.
The World Health Organization announced that it will convene an emergency meeting about Zika.
Baby Ebony was repeatedly failed by the agencies tasked with her protection before her horrific death at the hands of her father, South Australia's deputy coroner says.
Thirty-eight weeks or 39? Non-medical factors are pushing women to have elective caesareans earlier than official guidelines - and hospitals are playing along.
Two police officers delivered more than a traffic fine by the side of a busy Melbourne road yesterday.
One Direction's Louis Tomlinson has posted the first picture of his baby boy, Freddie, on social media.
Get your ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show - register online now!