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Endometriosis and Fertility

Endometriosis is a common condition that can affect fertility. Laparoscopic surgery can successfully treat this condition, and also improve your chance of conceiving with IVF.  

IVF after Endometriosis

Paul is 40 and Gina is 37, and they have been trying for 12 months to conceive. Gina has endometriosis and four months ago underwent a laparoscopy to resolve this. Because of her age and medical history, and the length of time she has been trying to conceive, her GP advised her to see a fertility specialist. 

The GP referred Paul and Gina to a fertility specialist at IVFAustralia who specialises in endometriosis, and he recommended they undergo IVF. This involves collecting Gina’s eggs and Paul’s sperm, and creating an embryo that will then be placed back into Gina’s uterus in a procedure called embryo transfer.

Fertility Treatment Considerations

Given Paul and Gina’s age, and her history of endometriosis, the specialist explains that with IVF treatment they could expect an 20% to 40% chance of falling pregnant within a three month period using both their fresh and frozen embryos.

He orders an AMH (anti-mullerian hormone test) to determine the appropriate dose of IVF stimulation hormone to administer in their IVF cycle, and performs an ultrasound to check that Gina doesn’t have any ovarian cysts, or endometrial polyps. He also orders a semen analysis for Paul, which comes back as normal.

In their first IVF cycle, four eggs are fertilised to create four embryos. One is transferred, and three are frozen. The chosen embryo is placed into Gina’s uterus. It’s a simple procedure performed by her Fertility Specialist.

Two weeks later, Gina has a blood test at her nearest clinic and the result is positive. As her fertility specialist also provides obstetric care, she decides to continue with him throughout her pregnancy.

Typical Costs for IVF

This scenario typically costs $3,360 for one treatment cycle with private health insurance. Those without private health insurance can expect to pay an extra $2,000 (approximately) for hospital and anaesthetist fees charges.

Gina and Paul decide to use the ‘no upfront fees’ option and pay by credit card, so by the time their bill is due they have received their Medicare and private health rebates.

This cost includes the IVF treatment itself, including the daily visits for monitoring, the day hospital visits, and all the medications required.

Your costs will vary, depending on your treatment plan, the Medicare safety net and your health insurance fund. If you’d like to find out more, speak with our experienced team by calling 1800 111 483.

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