Fertility & IVF FAQs | Life Fertility Clinic Brisbane (2023)

Considering fertility treatment

How long should we allow ourselves to fall pregnant naturally before considering fertility treatment?

If you have regular periods and are 35 years of age or younger, you should allow one year of trying naturally before undergoing any fertility investigations.

If you are over the age of 35 it may be reasonable to undertake some preliminary fertility testing sooner than this as your chance of falling pregnant, either naturally or with assisted reproductive technology, decreases with age.

If you have irregular menstrual cycles this can be a sign of irregular ovulation and it would be reasonable to have this investigated early on regardless of your age.

Do you have an age cut-off for IVF or IUI treatment?

Age is the single biggest factor affecting a woman’s ability to achieve a pregnancy and have a healthy baby – either naturally or through IVF.

IVF and IUI Treatment through our Bulk Billed Program is therefore only available to women who are 45 years of age or younger (at the time of egg collection).

However, if you are over 45, you may be suitable for IVF treatment through our Full-Service Fertility Program (you can see costs here). In which case we recommend you book in for a consultation with our Medical Director Dr Glenn Sterling in Brisbane or Dr Rachael Knight in Melbourne to find out what may be medically suitable for you.

Please be aware that there have been no known IVF births in women aged 47 years or older who have used their own eggs in treatment. We do however have Donor Egg and Surrogacy Programs associated with our Full Service Fertility Treatment Program, and we recommend an appointment with Dr Sterling if you would like to discuss these alternative options.

Do you have a BMI cutoff for IVF treatment?

Our Bulk Billed IVF and IUI programs have a BMI cut-off of 40 (we will treat patients who have a BMI up to and including 40).

However, we do not have a BMI restriction on our Full Service Program. You can find the costs of Full Service IVF here.

What is a ‘cycle’?

Your menstrual ‘cycle’ is the time between day one of one menstrual period until day one of your next period, usually around 28 days. If you are undergoing any type of fertility treatment your treatment cycle will be based around your menstrual cycle.

What is in vitro fertilisation?

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a procedure where eggs are removed from a woman’s ovaries and inseminated outside the body. Embryo(s) that result are then placed in the woman’s uterus where they may implant and grow.

How long does IVF treatment take?

Your treatment cycle is based around your menstrual cycle, so each treatment cycle takes roughly the same amount of time to complete. The procedure of collecting eggs takes approximately 30 minutes and is performed under sedation or local anaesthetic. The procedure of embryo transfer takes about 10 minutes and requires no anaesthetic and is performed at our clinic.

Do I need a referral to make an appointment with a fertility specialist?

Yes. A referral letter (provided by your GP) to your fertility specialist of choice is needed so that you can receive Medicare benefits for your appointments and any subsequent treatment.

Your Fertility Specialist will also provide updates to your GP.

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Is there a big difference in success between IVF clinics?

Yes – results do vary quite a lot. It can be difficult to compare though because success also depends on the average age of women who go to that clinic and whether the clinic takes on more challenging cases. Check the fine print behind any rates quoted – if the figure is for women under 35, for instance, the figure will be much higher than where all women are included. Life Fertility has good success rates by any measure due to our comprehensive diagnosis, advanced science and individualised treatment plans. Our goal is always to find you the shortest Pathways to Parenthood.

What are Life Fertility Clinic’s success rates?

We are happy to give you the most up-to-date Life Fertility pregnancy results and help you understand your chances of success when you discuss your individual history and treatment needs with our fertility specialist.

Are single women and men welcome?

Absolutely, we treat all patients equally regardless of their marital status or gender.

Treatment costs and success rates

How much does IVF cost in Brisbane?

Life Fertility Clinic has Queensland’s lowest out-of-pocket IVF and Insemination:

  • Bulk Billed Insemination (IUI) Program – Brisbane – costs can be found here
  • Bulk Billed IVF Program – Brisbane – costs can be found here
  • Brisbane Full Service IVF costs can be found here.

Treatment at Life Fertility Clinic is always tailored to your individual needs and costs may vary accordingly. We will always provide you with a detailed estimate of fees prior to your treatment.

How much does IVF cost in Melbourne?

Dr Rachael Knight at Life Fertility Clinic Melbourne, is one of the most competitively priced Full Service IVF clinics in Victoria.

You can find detailed costs here.

Does medicare cover the costs of IVF treatment?

Yes, Medicare covers some costs associated with IVF and fertility treatments (if you are eligible) but there will still be out-of-pocket costs.

However, for you to be eligible for Medicare Rebates for IVF treatment (or have your IVF treatment bulk billed), you will need to be diagnosed as medically infertile.

Your Fertility Specialist or Fertility Doctor will assess your fertility with the help of diagnostics tests and a thorough medical history. There are many factors which are assessed that can affect your fertility and may contribute to a diagnosis of medical infertility. These include:

– Unprotected intercourse for 12 months and no pregnancy – if you are female, 35 or under
– Unprotected intercourse for 6 months and no pregnancy – if you are female and over 35
– Polycystic ovarian disorder or syndrome (PCOD or PCOS)
– Endometriosis
– Low AMH relative to age
– Blocked fallopian tubes
– Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (previous history of STI’s)
– Male factor infertility
– History of failed fertility treatment

Do private health funds cover IVF and fertility treatments?

If you are in a private health fund and have the appropriate level of cover you may be eligible to claim a rebate for some medications, a portion of the fees for your treating doctor when treated in hospital, hospital accommodation, anaesthetist and theatre fees. Please contact your private health insurer to confirm the benefits that would be available to you.

What are successful pregnancy chances with IVF?

It really does depend on so many individual factors that it is impossible to give an answer without knowing your details. We give you the best chances through our comprehensive diagnosis and advanced procedures and there are hundreds of Life Fertility babies to prove to prove it. Please book a consultation to discuss your individual chances in more detail.

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How does age impact on fertility?

A woman’s age is the biggest single factor in determining a woman’s fertility and chance of getting pregnant. Quality and quantity of eggs start to decline after 30 and your best chances of conceiving are before age 35. By the time you reach 40, your chances of a naturally occurring pregnancy have diminished very significantly and IVF success rates are also not as high as they are for younger women.

There have been no known IVF births in women aged 47 years or older who have used their own eggs in treatment.

We do however have Donor Egg and Surrogacy Programs associated with our Full Service Fertility Treatment Program. If you want to consider these alternative options, and find out if they are medically suitable for you, we recommend a consultation with our Medical Director Dr Glenn Sterling.

I’m a healthy woman in her early 40s and I’ve never conceived. Is it too late for me to try IVF?

The chance of a successful pregnancy, using your own eggs with in-vitro fertilisation, is small if you are over 42 years of age. In our experience, a successful pregnancy using IVF in women between 40 and 42 years of age happens in only around 5-10% of cases.

If you are over 40, you can improve your chance of a successful pregnancy by using donor eggs from a woman younger than 35 as the success rate is then almost the same as for women of that age group.

About Life Fertility

What makes Life Fertility different?

The Life Fertility difference is about the knowledge and expertise of our Fertility Specialists and scientific team, our best-practice procedures – including a comprehensive pre-treatment diagnosis – and our values. It is important to us to welcome the diversity of potential parents, to see every person as an individual, to give really honest advice and to work with determination to explore all possible avenues for your success. Also, our billing structure can make IVF more accessible for many people as you only pay the gap between our fee and the Medicare rebate up front.

Can I choose my own specialist?

Yes, ask your GP for a referral to the specialist of your choice. See Our Team page for details of our specialists. If you would prefer to be treated by a female fertility specialist, Dr Megan Castner is highly skilled in supporting you during your fertility treatment.

Where is Life Fertility Clinic located?

Life Fertility Clinichas 2 clinics, one located in Bowen Hills (central Brisbane), the other at North Lakes on Brisbane’s northside.

We also have Fertility Specialists available for consultations at Everton Park and South Brisbane.

What accommodation options are available near Life Fertility Clinic?

There are a number of hotels close to the clinic offering a range of accommodation options. Click here to learn more about the accommodation partners we are affiliated with. A Life Fertility staff member can assist with booking accommodation if you need.

Donor and Surrogacy Program

Does Life Fertility Clinic offer treatment using donor sperm/donor eggs?

Yes. Our nurse coordinators will be able to help you with the process of using a sperm or egg donor.

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Does Life Fertility Clinic offer treatment involving surrogacy?

Life Fertility Clinic does treat patients who wish to use a surrogate, however, the arrangement must be altruistic and comply with current Queensland law. If you are considering undergoing fertility treatment using a surrogate our nurse coordinators will be able to assist you in understanding the arrangements that need to be in place before treatment can begin. Click here to learn more.

How do I find an egg donor?

Egg donors cannot be paid in Australia so donation must be altruistic and usually involves a friend or relative. If you need donor eggs, we recommend you find your own donor due to the limited number of egg donors available in Australia. If this is not an option, you may add your name to our waiting list, however it could be a couple of years before a donor becomes available. Another alternative is to advertise and, if the recipient does not wish to be known to the donor, our IVF nurses can act as go-between.

Planning your Life Fertility treatment

I am from out of town, how long would I need to be in Brisbane for my treatment?

Generally speaking, you will need to be in Brisbane for approximately two weeks during the active phase of the IVF treatment. Sometimes it is possible for some aspects of your treatment to be carried out elsewhere so you should talk to your fertility specialist and nurse coordinator about this.

How do I book a Skype consultation?

We support our patients living in remote regions, by offering teleconsultations via skype or video link. At the time of booking your consultation, simply advise the Life Fertility receptionist that you require this service and the necessary arrangements will be made. Our receptionist can also check your eligibility for a Medicare Rebate for this service for you.

How long will my ovarian stimulation process take?

The ovarian stimulation phase of your treatment cycle usually takes around two weeks although the exact amount of time varies depending on how your body responds to the medications you are given.

What’s normal during treatment?

Will I feel bloated and have breast tenderness during this process?

Some bloating and breast tenderness is common during a treatment cycle. If you are concerned about any of these symptoms please contact your nurse coordinator.

Should I still be in pain the day after my egg collection?

Some cramping and discomfort is normal following egg collection. This should be reasonably mild and improve in the days following your egg collection. If you are at all concerned about any of the symptoms you are experiencing please contact your nurse coordinator.

Should I still be bleeding the day after egg collection?

It is normal to experience some bleeding following your egg collection and it is normal for the bleeding to persist the day after. If you are concerned about the amount of blood loss please contact your nurse coordinator.

Why didn’t all of my eggs fertilise?

It is quite normal to have some eggs that do not fertilise, regardless of which method of fertilisation is used. There are a variety of reasons for why this happens and these can vary between patients and/or treatment cycles. We suggest you discuss any concerns regarding your fertilisation results with one of our embryologists or your fertility specialist.

How many embryos are transferred in a treatment cycle?

We typically transfer one embryo per treatment cycle. However, the number of embryos transferred in a treatment cycle will depend on a number of factors including the age of the female partner and whether or not you have had any previous success with any type of fertility treatment. You should be aware that Life Fertility Clinic is required to follow specific guidelines from our licensing authority regarding the maximum number of embryos that can be transferred in a given treatment cycle and these are based on the age of the female that the egg came from.

What if I have spotting/bleeding in the two weeks after the embryo transfer?

It is best to contact your nurse coordinator if you experience any spotting or bleeding while you are waiting for your pregnancy test following embryo transfer. Spotting or bleeding during this phase of your treatment cycle can have a number of causes but can potentially be due to the embryo implanting in the lining of your uterus.

For this reason it is very important to continue with your medications until you are advised otherwise by your fertility specialist or nurse coordinator.

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Why weren’t all of my spare embryos all frozen?

At Life Fertility Clinic the most common stage that we freeze embryos for our patients is the blastocyst stage, this usually occurs on day 5 or 6 following insemination. We know that an embryo must form a blastocyst in order to go on to form a pregnancy, however, not all embryos are destined to reach the blastocyst stage. This is quite normal and is the reason why most patients find that not all of their excess embryos are suitable for freezing. If you are concerned about the number of embryos you have had frozen we suggest you discuss this with one of our embryologists or your fertility specialist.

Do I need to have a break between cycles?

It is best to check with your fertility specialist or nurse coordinator but as a general rule it is not usually necessary to have a break between cycles.

Health, wellbeing and alternate therapies

Can stress impact the likelihood that my treatment will be successful?

There is no clear scientific evidence that increased stress will negatively impact fertility treatment. However, at Life Fertility we believe that your fertility treatment is both a physical and emotional journey. Therefore, we offer continuous support as well as actual resources to help you deal with the stresses of fertility investigations and treatment through our health and wellness program.

Can I exercise as usual during my fertility treatment?

We suggest that you avoid strenuous exercise while undergoing fertility treatment, although gentle exercise may be fine. If you are considering exercising during your fertility treatment we recommend discussing this with your fertility specialist or nurse coordinator first.

Is it safe to take herbal products during my fertility treatment?

It really depends on the type of herbal product and your individual treatment plan. Many medications, including herbal medications, can have powerful biological effects and some may influence the safety and/or outcome of your fertility treatment. For this reason it is important for your fertility specialist to know about all of the medications you are taking (including herbal medications) so that your treatment can be planned with these in mind.

Can I continue to have acupuncture while on a treatment cycle?

It is completely fine to continue having acupuncture during your treatment cycle; in fact some studies have suggested that acupuncture may be beneficial for fertility patients both in terms of how they feel during treatment and the outcome.

Can I have intercourse during my treatment cycle?

Yes you can have intercourse during your treatment cycle, however we do advise you abstain from intercourse for a minimum of two days prior to your egg collection and also for two days post egg collection. We also advise you to abstain from intercourse for 2 days after your embryo transfer. Your fertility specialist or nurse coordinator will discuss this with you.

Do I have any lifestyle or diet restrictions during this process?

A healthy lifestyle is recommended prior to and during pregnancy. It is also important to maintain a suitable diet and exercise program to optimise your reproductive health. We recommend discussing your own circumstances with your fertility specialist or nurse coordinator but there are some recommendations that apply to most patients:

  • Start a folic acid dose of at least 500mcgs daily a minimum of a month before your treatment cycle and continue it for the first three months of pregnancy.
  • Start taking a supplement with Iodine (150mcg). When you become pregnant your need for Iodine increases. It is helpful in regulating your thyroid and metabolic processes, and is an essential nutrient for the growth and development of the brain and nervous system for babies.
  • We recommend that both partners abstain from alcohol while trying to conceive and that the woman doesn’t drink alcohol at all during pregnancy.
  • We strongly discourage cigarette smoking for both partners as it has a negative effect on your ability to achieve and maintain a pregnancy.
  • We recommend that women limit caffeine intake to 200mgs (one cup) a day.

I feel like I need to talk with someone about the way I’m feeling. What are my options?

We understand that this can be a difficult and stressful time. We offer a range of options – see our health and wellness page. Contact your nurse coordinator to begin with and she will be able to advise the best course of action for you.


Which IVF clinic has the highest success rate Australia? ›

News Corp analysis of Yourivfsuccess.com.au data shows the most successful IVF clinics Australia-wide are Genea's Newcastle, Wollongong and Canberra clinics. Among women aged under 35 success rates are 64.79 per cent, 60 per cent and 59.42 per cent at these clinics.

What fertility clinic has the highest success rate UK? ›

The ARGC clinic is one of the world's leading IVF clinics, delivering the UK's highest success rates 'per treatment cycle started' for IVF and ICSI every year since 1995 (as published by HFEA).

How many free rounds of IVF do you get on the NHS? ›

Although NICE recommend up to 3 cycles of IVF should be offered on the NHS, some ICBs only offer 1 cycle, or only offer NHS-funded IVF in exceptional circumstances. Ask your GP or contact your local integrated care board (ICB) to find out whether NHS-funded IVF treatment is available in your area.

Can foreigner get IVF in Australia? ›

International patients at IVFAustralia. If you live outside Australia, you can still access IVFAustralia's leading assisted reproductive technologies, such as IVF (in vitro fertilisation) and ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm injection), through our international program.

What age is IVF most successful? ›

Studies show that women in their 20s and 30s have the most success when getting pregnant through IVF and other reproductive technologies. According to the CDC, the average percentages of assisted reproductive technology (ART) cycles that lead to a live birth are: 31% in women younger than 35 years of age.

What percentage of IVF is successful first time? ›

The national average for women younger than 35 able to become pregnant by in-vitro fertilization (IVF) on the first try (meaning, the first egg retrieval) is 55%. However, that number drops steadily as the woman ages.

How long is the NHS waiting list for fertility treatment? ›

You can generally expect to have a wait time of up to or around 4 months, if you've been able to receive funding for IVF on the NHS. The Human Fertility & Embryology Authority (HFEA) suggests that how long you wait for treatment really depends on your local area - and its Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

How can I make my first IVF successful? ›

How to Increase Your Chances of IVF Success
  1. Maintain a healthy weight. ...
  2. Optimize sperm health. ...
  3. Partner with an excellent doctor and embryology laboratory. ...
  4. Reduce your stress. ...
  5. Quit smoking. ...
  6. Look into taking supplements. ...
  7. Ensure you have adequate levels of vitamin D. ...
  8. Focus on persistence and patience.

What increases chances of IVF success? ›

Egg and Embryo Quality – The quality of eggs and embryos depends on some of the other items in this list, such as age, ovarian reserve, stimulation protocol and sperm quality. The higher quality eggs and embryos, the better likelihood IVF treatment will be successful.

How much does 3 cycles of IVF cost in UK? ›

If you are looking for treatment from a private UK clinic, the average cost for IVF treatment will vary, depending on which treatment centre you choose. In most cases the price will range between £1,500 and £5,000 per cycle (treatment fee, excluding drugs and optional extras).

What is the cut off age for IVF on NHS? ›

Am I in the right age to have the NHS funded IVF treatment? NHS funded IVF treatment is available for the women in the age group of 24 yrs to 42 years. Women between 40- 42 are eligible for treatment if they do not have any previous IVF attempt.

How many eggs is good for IVF? ›

As a rule of thumb, however, having about ten to 12 mature eggs after egg retrieval (not all eggs retrieved will be developed or mature enough to fertilize) is a good number of eggs and will give a woman a good chance of having at least one normal embryo, which gives a woman a 65 percent chance of pregnancy.

How much is IVF in Queensland? ›

IVF Costs & Treatment Costs Queensland
TreatmentApproximate Out of Pocket Cost*
Initial IVF Cycle$5,078.65
Subsequent IVF Cycle$4,526.20
Initial IVF w/ICSI Cycle$5,490.50
Subsequent IVF w/ICSI$4,938.05
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Is IVF expensive in Australia? ›

IVF costs vary considerably, depending on your individual circumstances, what services and treatments you require, whether or not you have private health insurance, and what coverage is available from Medicare. According to Canstar Research, one IVF cycle can cost over $8,000 on average.

Is there an age limit for IVF in Australia? ›

IVF Treatment through our Bulk Billed Program is therefore only available to women who are 45 years of age or younger (at the time of egg collection). However, if you are over 45, you may be suitable for IVF treatment through our Full-Service Fertility Program (you can see costs here).

What are the disadvantages of IVF? ›

Risks of IVF include:
  • Multiple births. IVF increases the risk of multiple births if more than one embryo is transferred to your uterus. ...
  • Premature delivery and low birth weight. ...
  • Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. ...
  • Miscarriage. ...
  • Egg-retrieval procedure complications. ...
  • Ectopic pregnancy. ...
  • Birth defects. ...
  • Cancer.
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At what age is IVF not recommended? ›

There isn't a standard maximum age for IVF. It can and has been performed on women in their late 40s and 50s. With that said, success rates decrease with patient age and the risk of pregnancy complications increases. As a result, the general upper age limit for IVF is somewhere between the early to mid-40s.

How many rounds of IVF is average? ›

Most couples have to undergo that previously mentioned three IVF rounds or more. The process takes its toll on mental and emotional health, and infertility/fertility treatments also take their toll on relationships.

What foods should you avoid during IVF? ›

Foods to Avoid During the Treatment
  • Eggs in raw form. Raw form of eggs are used in many food products like mayonnaise, biscuit cream, and salad dressing. ...
  • Artificial sweeteners. Avoid consuming food that comes with artificial sweeteners. ...
  • Refined sugars. ...
  • Seafood. ...
  • Alcohol. ...
  • Caffeine. ...
  • Cheese.

How many times should you try IVF before giving up? ›

How Many IVF Cycles Should You Try Before Stopping. In the past, most doctors discourage woman from continuing in treatment using their own eggs after about 3 to 4 failed IVF cycles. They are particularly discouraging for women who do not produce any eggs — or produce just two or fewer — with each cycle.

What happens if first IVF fails? ›

The first thing that should happen after a failed IVF attempt is for the IVF specialist physician to review the cycle carefully to possibly learn something from the results of the IVF ovarian stimulation process, or from any issues with egg retrieval, egg quality and/or quantity, fertilization results, embryo ...

How long does a referral to fertility clinic take UK? ›

This means that you should be able to begin fertility treatment within 18 weeks of your GP referral.

How long is the IVF process from start to finish UK? ›

It can take up to six weeks to complete a cycle of IVF from start to finish, as once your embryo transfer is completed you also have to factor in the 'two week wait' before you can take a pregnancy test and know the outcome of your IVF cycle.

How long does a referral for IVF take? ›

Making a referral

It usually takes up to 6 weeks for the funding application process. All people referred by a GP or hospital will be assessed for NHS funding once an initial registration questionnaire has been returned.

What does the pineapple mean in IVF? ›

“Women are celebrating their fertility journeys and connecting with others who are on the same journey with them,” said Kati Magnauck, 33, a mother of one, who runs the apparel brand IVF Got This. “Because it's become this symbol, whenever you see a pineapple you get excited. It represents hope.”

How do you sleep during IVF stimulation? ›

Schedule sleep by blocking out at least eight hours each night and planning the rest of your day around it, not the other way around. Maintain a healthy sleep environment.

How many days rest after egg retrieval? ›

Preparation for egg retrieval is can be intense and physically taxing. Plan to rest comfortably for a day or two afterwards. Some cramping and bloating is to be expected, and perhaps even some light spotting. You'll also need to limit physical activity for up to three days after transfer.

What are signs of poor egg quality? ›

There aren't many obvious symptoms of low egg reserve, so our fertility experts ask you about:
  • Absent or late periods.
  • Shorter-than-average menstrual cycles.
  • Irregular periods with a heavy or light flow.
  • History of miscarriage.

What helps eggs grow during IVF? ›

How to improve egg quality for pregnancy & IVF
  • Improve your blood flow. Oxygen-rich blood flow to the ovaries is essential for the health of the eggs. ...
  • Eat a healthy diet. ...
  • Incorporate fertility supplements. ...
  • Stop smoking. ...
  • Maintain a healthy weight. ...
  • De-stress.
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How do I prepare my body for IVF? ›

How to Prepare for IVF
  1. Eat a healthy, well balanced diet.
  2. Start taking prenatal vitamins.
  3. Maintain a healthy weight.
  4. Stop smoking, drinking alcohol and recreational drugs.
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Can you ask for twins with IVF UK? ›

Most doctors in the UK and around the world are opposed to trying for twins through IVF because of the potential risks it poses. Likewise, UK guidelines advise that only a single embryo should be transferred wherever possible.

Can you choose gender with IVF? ›

Intended Parents can determine gender through PGD/PGS/PGT-A during an IVF journey. Given a fertility doctor's ability to identify XX or XY chromosomes in the embryo with PGD tests, the gender selection process is almost 100% accurate.

Is IVF free in Canada? ›

Ontario: Provincial Healthcare covers one IVF cycle per lifetime for all female patients under the age of 43 who are in need of fertility treatment. To be eligible, you must also hold a valid Ontario health card.

Is 37 too old for IVF? ›

The Argument for Allowing IVF for Older Patients

Most fertility clinics set an age limit, often between 42 and 45 years old, for a woman to use her own eggs. However, the ASRM committee opinion concludes that "limited treatment may be provided after a process of explicit education and examination of values."

How many times can you do IVF in a year? ›

The research suggests most couples will need approximately 6 embryo transfers before they achieve a pregnancy! There are no limits to the number of IVF cycles you can have. This decision is entirely up to you and the fertility specialists.

Can IVF work on a 45 year old? ›

Women have “perfect” eggs below the age 30, but then egg quality starts to decline, which explains declining fertility. Over the age of 45, almost all the eggs which fertilise will create chromosomally abnormal embryos and therefore the chance of healthy, ongoing pregnancy is close to zero.

What should I do the night before egg retrieval? ›

You will be asked not to have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before the egg retrieval. If you are taking medications for any other reason, talk to your MD or RN about taking medication prior to retrieval.

Does IVF increase weight? ›

Gaining weight during IVF is common, but not every woman experiences this. Bloating does explain some of this weight gain, but fortunately, this settles with time. Changes in activity levels are the likely reason that some women gain weight. Stress and mood changes can be a trigger for over-eating during IVF treatment.

What can you not do after egg retrieval? ›

On the day after your retrieval, it is important to protect your ovaries: – Do not do any heavy exercise or high-impact activities such as running. – You may walk or do other light activities that you usually do. For 2 weeks after your retrieval, do not have sexual intercourse.

Is IVF free in Brisbane? ›


IVF treatment cycle costs are not free in Queensland, although costs depend on the level of coverage from your private health insurance and your Medicare threshold.

Is IVF covered by Medicare in Qld? ›

The majority of fertility treatment costs are covered by Medicare, and if you have private health insurance your out of pocket costs may be further reduced.

Can you choose gender with IVF in Australia? ›

Sex selection in IVF is not legally allowed in Australia for reasons of family balancing.

Who is eligible for IVF in Australia? ›

IVF and fertility treatments

Infertility is the term used when couples have not been able to conceive after 12 months of regular unprotected sex when the woman is under 35 years of age. Or, when the couple has not been able to conceive after 6 months of regular unprotected sex when the woman is 35 years of age or over.

Is IVF covered by Medicare in Australia? ›

IVF and fertility

If your doctor refers you for fertility treatments, you can claim some money back from us. There is no limit on the number of treatment rounds you can have. Most people will still have to pay some of the costs themselves.

Can foreigners do IVF in Australia? ›

International patients at IVFAustralia

If you live outside Australia, you can still access IVFAustralia's leading assisted reproductive technologies, such as IVF (in vitro fertilisation) and ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm injection), through our international program.

What age is it too late to have a baby? ›

A woman's peak reproductive years are between the late teens and late 20s. By age 30, fertility (the ability to get pregnant) starts to decline. This decline becomes more rapid once you reach your mid-30s. By 45, fertility has declined so much that getting pregnant naturally is unlikely for most women.

Which IVF clinic has the highest success rate? ›

PFCLA's success rates are among the top in the nation, with a 53.1% live birth rate per embryo transfer than the U.S. average of 37.8%. That means intended parents coming to PFCLA have a 40% higher chance of taking home a baby than the national average.

What is the success rate of IVF in Australia? ›

In women aged 35–39, the live birth rate per cycle went from 19% to 23% in the past decade, while the live birth rate for women aged 40–44 increased to 10% overall – a rise of 27%.
IVF success rate increasing in Australia.
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Which IVF clinic in Sydney has the highest success rate? ›

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  • Genea.
  • Fertility First.
  • City Fertility Sydney.
  • Westmead Fertility Centre.
  • IVFAustralia.
  • Demeter Fertility.
  • Adora Fertility.
  • Monash IVF.
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Is IVF pregnancy considered high risk Australia? ›

As long as a woman starts off with a good bill of health and has no other serious medical conditions, the pregnancy being conceived via IVF per se doesn't mean that it's going to be a high risk pregnancy. It's generally treated as other pregnancies that were conceived naturally.

How can I increase my IVF success rate? ›

How to Increase Your Chances of IVF Success
  1. Maintain a healthy weight. ...
  2. Optimize sperm health. ...
  3. Partner with an excellent doctor and embryology laboratory. ...
  4. Reduce your stress. ...
  5. Quit smoking. ...
  6. Look into taking supplements. ...
  7. Ensure you have adequate levels of vitamin D. ...
  8. Focus on persistence and patience.
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What is the most critical step in IVF? ›

Embryo transfer is arguably the most critical step in the IVF process. On the surface, it seems like a relatively simple procedure. The embryos are loaded in a catheter and the physician deposits them through the cervical canal into the uterine cavity.

What should I avoid during IVF? ›

Foods to Avoid During the Treatment
  • Eggs in raw form. Raw form of eggs are used in many food products like mayonnaise, biscuit cream, and salad dressing. ...
  • Artificial sweeteners. Avoid consuming food that comes with artificial sweeteners. ...
  • Refined sugars. ...
  • Seafood. ...
  • Alcohol. ...
  • Caffeine. ...
  • Cheese.

Why does IVF fail the first time? ›

Most fertility specialists believe that in more than 95% of IVF failures it is due to arrest of the embryos. Embryonic arrest is quite often due to chromosomal or other genetic abnormalities in those embryos that made them too “weak” to continue normal development and sustained implantation.

What is the IVF success rate in the UK? ›

Below 3540 - 42 years
National Average37%17%
Boston Place55%35%
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How many IVF babies are successful? ›

Women under 30 have a 44% chance of a live birth in their first IVF cycle. Women under 30 have a live-birth rate of between 69% and 92% after seven cycles. Women aged 40-44 have an 11% chance of a live birth in their first IVF cycle. Women aged 40-44 have a live-birth rate of between 21-37% after eight cycles.

How many times can IVF be successful? ›

Studies examining the likelihood of pregnancy after multiple IVF attempts show varied results, with some suggesting that three rounds is the optimal number, given the emotional and financial strain that IVF can cause. Financial limitations aside, it actually may be worth continuing beyond three cycles.

What is the average cost of IVF in Australia? ›

2. IVF treatment cycle costs
Treatment Costs correct at 1st November 2022Cycle paymentEstimated out of pocket costs subsequent cycles in a calendar year (safety net reached)
ICSI cycle$11,332$5,259
Frozen embryo transfer (FET)$3,930$2,356*
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)$2,676$1,977*
Ovulation Induction (OI)$950$319*
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Do IVF babies look like their parents? ›

It is important to note that in both traditional and gestational surrogacies, it is possible for the baby to look like the father or one of the fathers, as their sperm can be combined with an egg via IVF. However, it is only possible for the baby to look like their intended mother with gestational surrogacy.


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