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#1 Stronger

Posted 11 January 2012 - 05:43 PM

Hi All
We are about to go down the IVF path due to a few issues we are having TTC #2 and my doctor has said to go away and research fertility clinics and then let her know which one we want to be referred to.

At the moment I am tossing up between Concept and Hollywood (in Perth) - when I do a search Concept generally seems to have the better reviews but some are also quite a few years old so would like some up to date info please.

Also, at these 2 clinics which are the best doctors to see please? I am interested in others experiences. I have seen one doc at Hollywood before which I just did not like so if we went to them it would not be with him! Don't want to say his name here!!

Any feedback on others going through this currently in Perth would be great!!

(Fertility North is too far as we are SOR so probably won't be going to them at all!!)

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#2 scorpio2010

Posted 12 January 2012 - 12:10 PM

Hi,

My question to you would be where do you work ...... fertility treatment unfortunatley can go on for some time - Concept is and has a good reputation but if your coming from south of the river then i would go that little bit furher and go to pivet, we have recently been told that they have released the sucess rate figures and that pivet is at the top.

good luck in finding the right one! biggrin.gif

#3 cathstash

Posted 12 January 2012 - 12:23 PM

hi raffi06,
we concieved ds with the help of fertility wa. they are located at bethesda hospital in claremont. i cannot recommend them highly enough! all staff are very professional, helpfull, understanding and friendly. we have actually gone back to them for our second bub. good luck on your journey, keep positive and i think the most important thing is to keep a sense of humour. biggrin.gif

#4 Lis79

Posted 12 January 2012 - 01:37 PM

We are now 2 for 2 attempts at Concept (Due July) but then everyone is different and just because the clinic has success doesnt mean it will be that easy for everyone.

It seems I can carry a pregnancy but just cant get pregnant without medical assistance.

The staff are just lovely (you feel like a friend rather than a patient) and I felt the doctors were realistic - we were given a 15-25% chance of falling pregnant.  I had spoken to women in the clinic who were IVF 1st then a natural then back for number 3.

Concept are actually now doing a study on womens stress levels and how that affects their hormones and their ability to get pregnant.

My advice would be to go where you would feel comfortable (because you are going to be there a lot of mornings for blood tests), is convenient to get to and even look at the OB's they may have on staff who attend the hospital you wish to give birth at.

If you are relaxed and open minded about the process I think it makes the journey easier

#5 pinkblue

Posted 12 January 2012 - 02:28 PM

Sorry to hijack your thread OP but I was wondering if people could PM me some Drs. names also?

We are going through Pivet and had our first appointment last month. The dr we saw was horrible, so insensitive and made me feel 100 times worse. We made a formal complaint and we have been referred to see a different dr next time. I'd just like some names so I can see if the dr we will be seeing next time is good. For our initial appointment we didn't have much of a wait at all to get in and now I know why because no one probably ever books in with that particular dr hence why we got in so quick!

#6 mountaintop

Posted 12 January 2012 - 06:55 PM

Raffi and Pinkblue- tried PM'ing you both but EB PM'ing is the pits.

Raffi - I know they aren't on your radar screen but you are SOR so wanted to throw in my two cents - go to one of the clinics NOR.  If you want more details, you can attempt to PM me.  I'm at Pivet and happy there.

PinkBlue - sorry about your bad experience.  I've been at Pivet for a long time.  Although we haven't had success, we are a very difficult case and they've been happy to work with us and haven't given up on us.  I find them to be quite progressive and when I did my research they use techniques used overseas that other clinics in Perth do not.  Hopefully your IVF journey will be a short one and it won't matter.  Anyway, I really like my doc there.  PM me if you want to know who it is.  I can't image he'd be the one that you had.

#7 mountaintop

Posted 12 January 2012 - 11:16 PM

Pinkblue - sent you another PM - in case you didn't get it, that is not my FS but I know someone who sees him and likes him so far.  I think you'll be in better hands this time around.  Good luck!

#8 Mrs Kelly78

Posted 13 January 2012 - 07:31 PM

Raffi & pinkblue - I just typed out a PM to you both but it wouldn't send.  Grrr.

Basically, I second what Mountaintop said -
1. Don't go SOR
2. I would highly recommend Pivet - I have seen two different doctors there (one is my FS and other did my lap/hyst, so I saw him for pre & post appts) and I've been very happy with them both.  I'm currently 5 days into a HRT FET cycle and I'm very happy with how proactive they have been in finding answers and covering all bases.

If you want more details, perhaps you can try to PM me and I'll reply.

#9 Stronger

Posted 17 January 2012 - 07:09 PM

Thanks everyone!

scorpio2010 - I only work 2 days a week in Cannington...but live near Armadale way...I know that it will be a long trek for me but i have heard that some clinics do blood tests at other locations around Perth that may be closer so then I just need to go in for scans and appt's. I have heard about Pivet too my SIL went there (didn't do IVF though) but have heard it is the most expensive and unfortunately cost is a factor. Thanks for the best wishes!

cathstash - thanks for that - yes I did consider them too but then read somewhere they didn't have as much success rate? Glad they have been great for you though!!

Lis79 - yes that seems to be my problem too - I fell and carried my DD fine but have some adhesions since having her which they think is preventing me falling again but given the right environment etc docs feel we should have success and carry no problem...glad it has worked for you and Concept have been good! Do Concept have other locations around the suburbs for doing blood tests?

Pinkblue - that is ok! Sorry to hear you had a bad experience - would be interested to hear which Dr it was...can you pls PM me the name so I know who to maybe avoid? thanks and hope you have some success soon!

Mountaintop and Mrs Kelly78 - will try to PM you - how annoying the PM hasn't worked!

Thanks again everyone!! Hope we all have some success soon!
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#10 Stronger

Posted 18 January 2012 - 11:21 PM

Thanks so much for the PM's I have received....I have been doing some reading and research and based on what my doctor has said and my history it pretty much seems I have endometriosis so would ideally like a specialist with knowledge in this area - I have come across Dr Krish Karthigasu as being the man in Perth who knows a lot about this - but he is at FSS....I know some of you ladies haven't had great experiences there but has anybody had this doctor specifically and how did you find him? PM's welcome of course to keep within EB rules.

many thanks!! :-)

PS - I have called Concept today and they are sending an info pack out and will do the same tomorrow with Pivet and now maybe FSS?

#11 Jalex

Posted 18 January 2012 - 11:37 PM

I went through Pivet and saw a number of drs there throughout my journey. there was only one Dr that I didn't like and I only saw them once. I don't have any other clinic experience to compare them with. I live in Baldivis, so was a trek, but worth it in the end :-)

I did a fresh IVF/ICSI cycle and a frozen HRT cycle both resulting in success.

Good luck on with your IVF journey :-)

Edited by Jalex, 18 January 2012 - 11:38 PM.


#12 April2608

Posted 24 January 2012 - 10:54 AM

Hi
I'm with FSS, and love them.
I have not dealt with the Dr you mentioned, but the nurses there are fab.
Although I have nothing to compare it with as I have only been to this clinic no others.

I have had 1 BFP on ICSI (miscarriage at week 7)
and 1 BFN,
fingers crossed this time.

April



#13 *kat*

Posted 28 January 2012 - 01:34 AM

I cant recommend Fertility Specialist at Bethesda highly enough. I would avoid Pivot and Concept, I have had friends have issues at both.

The doctors there are excellent, and the embryologist is awesome.

What was great , I could go get blood tests locally, and only went in there when I needed the scans.

My first stim cycle = my 4 year old DD, my first FET was my 2nd DD (lost at 19 weeks)
3rd stim =BFN, 4th stim = my 1 year DS.

I have had excellent results and I do feel it is due to the clinic. I originally went to Concept, but was told by a DR there that my chances were very low with the issues I had !  mad.gif  Glad I didnt listen and moved on...

Good luck with your journey...

kat

#14 MsConception

Posted 07 February 2012 - 12:53 PM

I've been at Concept since 2010, now in my first IVF cycle. They were quick to diagnose unexplained infertility, I felt they could have investigated it a bit further. The only other negative thing I'd have to say about them is that their communication lines aren't very good. You're forever filling out the same forms, correcting your details, filling them out again. And they forget to follow up your questions for you.

However, dealing with each of the nurses individually has been positive. They're very friendly and patient with you. The facilities are also lovely.

Concept is also one of the cheapest clinics and you don't have to pay upfront fees.

If you're concerned about your "diagnosis" and want further investigation, I've heard Pivet is really good with treating you for your specific needs, as opposed to sticking to mainstream treatments.

I live out Armadale way too, but work in the city so blood tests and appointments are convenient for me. They've just recently cut down on blood collection centres outside of the city. I think the closest ones are probably Kelmscot/Gosnells, Murdoch or Kardinya (not exactly sure now). For weekends, it's easier to go in to Concept to do your bloods. Don't do Murdoch on a Saturday...waaay too busy, ended up driving in to Concept anyway.

#15 Stronger

Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:28 PM

For anyone who is searching for this topic just thought I would provide an update....

Well we ended up choosing Hollywood FC to go to and for the last year they have been great! We did 3 fresh cycles with a BFN each time but then they decided to do a laparoscopy on me and found a huge amount of bad endometriosis! I wish I had had the lap first up instead of wasting time and money on 3 cycles that were never going to work, but now i am recovered and from our 3rd fresh cycle we got 2 frosties. I am now about a week away from having one of those put back in so now with my endo removed it is fingers crossed that we get a BFP finally!

I have found Hollywood to be great and the staff lovely - please PM if you want to know more!

Best of luck to all of those who are trying!

#16 FlipPhillippa

Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:19 AM

Hi Bokbok,
I am just interested to know how the IVF cycle went for you? We're you given a reduced chance of success due to having endo? What was the extent of your endo? Is there a chance that the fertility treatments will cause it to return? I also have endo with blocked tubes and am in Perth too. Just gathering info! Hope it went well original.gif

#17 Gordo's Girl

Posted 14 February 2013 - 03:36 PM

I have experience with both Concept and Hollywood.  Happy to provide anyone with details on either if you want to PM me.

#18 Stronger

Posted 14 February 2013 - 03:48 PM

HI FlipPhillippa

Our last IVF cycle which was a FET (frozen embryo transfer) was a big success and we got our BFP! I am now 7 weeks pregnant. I was never given a reduced chance - in fact I was told my chances had greatly improved since having endo removed and well obviously they were!!

I have been told there is a 20% chance it could return but nothing about fertility treatment being a cause of that. That is just general odds I think.

I would highly recommend seeing a particular doctor at Hollywood - PM me if you would like his name...Hollywood have been great at monitoring me too once I got my BFP.

Hope you have some luck soon!!

#19 blen

Posted 14 February 2013 - 05:07 PM

QUOTE (bokbok @ 14/02/2013, 01:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
HI FlipPhillippa

Our last IVF cycle which was a FET (frozen embryo transfer) was a big success and we got our BFP! I am now 7 weeks pregnant. I was never given a reduced chance - in fact I was told my chances had greatly improved since having endo removed and well obviously they were!!

I have been told there is a 20% chance it could return but nothing about fertility treatment being a cause of that. That is just general odds I think.

I would highly recommend seeing a particular doctor at Hollywood - PM me if you would like his name...Hollywood have been great at monitoring me too once I got my BFP.

Hope you have some luck soon!!



Hi Bokbok

could you send me a PM of the doctor, tried PM-ing you but unable to send it.

Your recommendation is greatly appreciated.

#20 SuburbnJournalista

Posted 09 April 2013 - 02:31 AM

I've been to Fertility WA and Pivet.

Would recommend Pivet.

Two things I would strongly recommend:

1. Manage your own case.

2. Be prepared for b!tchy nurses, there is always one in every place

#21 MJ3

Posted 26 April 2013 - 02:45 PM

Hello all,
I'm jumping into this late in chat and very new to this IVF thing. I'm looking to start at a clinic in perth and get ball rolling for first time with assisted fertility. Was tossing up between Hollywood, concept and fertility north. Any advice you an give will be priceless, even if PM mr about it.
Thanks in advance
mJ

#22 b_cooray

Posted 28 August 2013 - 04:09 PM

Hi Bokbok (and all other ladies, of course!)

We're heading to Perth early October to have consultations with both Fertility North and Hollywood (we're remote so just looking for best service, really). Have been using clinic in Darwin - 2 failed attempts - and so because of some dissatisfaction with that clinic, we've decided to change.

I hear both are good, though I'm leaning towards Hollywood, so I would love to know the name of the doctor that treated you. Would you be able to PM me his name please?

Thanks

B


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