Frequently asked questions

We understand there can often feel like so many unknowns throughout this journey.

Here are some of our most commonly asked questions.

What is IVF?

IVF stands for ‘in vitro fertilisation’. It is one type of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) used to treat fertility problems and assist with conception of a child. Our focus is helping you fall pregnant and our expert team will plan the most effective treatment plan depending on your individual situation. It is important to remember that not all couples require IVF, which is just one of a number of treatment options:

Our treatment options are:

  • Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI)
  • In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI)
  • Frozen Embryo Transfers (FET)
  • You can read more about treatment options and our services here.

Alternatively, our doctors would be the best people to give you an in-depth insight on Fertility treatments, you could book in for a free consultation with one of our Fertility GPs by contacting your preferred clinic directly.

Does your low cost clinic equal low care?

We are proud to be one of the first providers of Bulk-Billed IVF services in Australia, removing a major barrier to many couples contemplating IVF. We also understand that you may have questions about whether the quality of patient care is different if you choose to have treatments from a clinic offering IVF services at a lower cost.

At Adora Fertility, our success rates are proof that it is possible to deliver high quality Fertility services (including IVF) at an affordable cost to patients. Our model of care, whilst not the same as some other providers has enabled us to deliver IVF as well as other Fertility services without significant and often poorly explained out-of-pocket costs.

In choosing to be treated at any one of our Adora Fertility clinics, you can be reassured of the following:

– Our team of Fertility specialists are supported by the vast network of healthcare services and facilities that enable us to deliver a high quality model of care at an affordable cost to you.

– You will receive a team-based approach to your IVF treatment with an experienced Fertility specialist at the centre of your care, supported by a Fertility GP, as well as an expert team of Fertility nurses and scientists involved in your treatment. You may not always be the patient of a single Specialist, but you will be a patient of the entire Adora Fertility team who are devoted to helping you through your journey.

– You will receive your care in facilities with modern treatment techniques & technology.

– You will receive a personalised approach, with treatment plans and medications sensitive to your individual needs. We do not subscribe to a ‘simplified and standardised approach to IVF treatment’ as a way of reducing the cost of delivering care.
All of our egg collection procedures are performed in an accredited day surgery under the care of an anaesthetist, which is considered safer and less painful than a procedure carried out under a local anaesthetic.

What is the treatment process?

Our Fertility treatment is sensitive to each of our patient’s unique Fertility needs. You can read all about the treatment process here.

Do I need a referral?

Yes, you do need a referral to make an appointment with a Fertility Specialist. You could either get a referral from your GP (valid for 12 months) or make an appointment with one of our Adora Fertility GPs, who will carry out a Fertility assessment (this will include various pathology & diagnostic imaging tests) before providing a referral to one of our Fertility specialists. The cost for this consultation and diagnostic tests will be covered by Medicare (i.e. they will be bulk-billed with no out-of-pocket cost to you.)

If you are seeking a referral from your own GP, you must ensure the referral includes both partners’ names. This will ensure you are both eligible for Medicare rebates. You can read more about IVF costs and bulk billing here.

To book in your free Fertility assessment and consultation with our Fertility GP, please contact your preferred clinic directly.

Do you have a donor or surrogacy program?

Adora Fertility is not currently licenced to provide donor or surrogacy services and is therefore not able to assist anyone needing donor sperm, eggs or embryos; or a surrogate to help them have a baby.

At Adora Fertility, our team is committed to delivering affordable and high quality Fertility services to couples eligible for funding under Medicare. Through our model of care, we have been able to deliver IVF as well as other Fertility services funded by Medicare without significant out-of-pocket costs, a major barrier for many Australians seeking Fertility treatment.

There are a number of Fertility treatment providers who are specifically licenced for and equipped with dedicated donor teams able to provide guidance and support to those seeking donor or surrogacy services.
If you would like information on this, our Fertility Clinic staff may be able to advise you of another clinic which does offer this service.

Is there an age limit for IVF?

Unfortunately, female age is one infertility factor we cannot change. Research and statistics on IVF in older women as shown in the Australian & New Zealand Assisted Reproduction Database 2015 (ANZARD), indicate that the rate of live deliveries based on a woman’s age between 40-44 years was 8.9% and for those women aged 45 years or older, the rate was 0.7%. This data was based on fresh cycles that occurred in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

Based on medical evidence Adora Fertility does not offer IVF treatments to women over 44 years of age.
It’s best not to delay Fertility treatment. In your best interest, we recommend that you have your Fertility health checked to see if you need Fertility treatment.

Our Fertility GP’s conduct an initial consultation and will coordinate a comprehensive set of medical tests to determine your suitability for Fertility treatment, including IVF. For more information click here or book in for a free fertility consultation with our Fertility GP by contacting your preferred clinic directly.

Does my weight affect fertility?

A woman’s weight or BMI > 34 affects her fertility. Scientifically, both extremes of weight in women have been a cause for disruption in the normal ovulation process. It’s best that you speak to one of our Fertility experts about why and how weight can impact fertility and treatment.

Our Fertility GP’s conduct an initial consultation and provide a comprehensive set of medical tests to determine your suitability for Fertility treatment. You could book in for a free Fertility consultation with our Fertility GPs by contacting your preferred clinic directly.

What is mandatory pre-treatment counselling?

The journey towards falling pregnant and thereafter may be stressful and in such situation in addition to family, friends and medical support, you may benefit from seeking counselling.

In Victoria, State Government legislation requires all couples to see a Counsellor prior to starting any IVF treatment. This service is offered through Adora Fertility in Victoria.

What are the most common causes for infertility in women?

Apart from a women’s age, conditions like PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome and Endometriosis) may predispose a female to infertility problems. Every scenario is unique, and keeping that in mind, our FERTILITY GPs conduct an initial consultation and provide a comprehensive set of medical tests to determine your suitability for Fertility treatment, including IVF. For more information click here or book in for a free Fertility consultation with our Fertility GP by contacting your preferred clinic directly.

Can I choose the gender of my baby?

Unfortunately, we are unable to choose or determine the gender of your baby through our treatments.

Do you do PGD/PGS testing?

Unfortunately, we do not currently offer PGD/PGS testing. However, if you require complex genetic testing our Adora Fertility GPs would be happy to recommend clinics who can provide this service for you.

What does a Fertility Assessment include?

Every scenario is unique, and keeping that in mind, our Fertility GPs conduct an initial consultation and provide a comprehensive set of medical tests to determine your suitability for Fertility Treatment. For more information click here or book in for a free Fertility IVF consultation with our IVF Fertility GP by contacting your preferred clinic directly.

To give you an idea, Fertility Assessment tests may include:

For women:

  • Ovulation testing
  • Pelvic Ultrasound
  • Ovarian reserve testing
  • Hormone Testing
  • Viral screening tests

For men:

  • General physical examination
  • Semen Analysis
  • Hormone testing (if required)
  • Viral screening tests
What lifestyle changes could help improve my fertility health?
  • Healthy diet, maintain a healthy BMI
  • Take folic acid
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco
Will I have the same doctor throughout my fertility journey?

During your first consultation you’ll meet with one of our Specialist Fertility GPs. Some initial tests will be ordered and the results will be reviewed. You will then be referred to an Adora Fertility Specialist who will continue to see you throughout your treatment.

If you’ve already been through fertility treatment or the initial workup has been completed by your GP or previous Specialist, you’ll be referred immediately to your Fertility Specialist. At your first appointment, they’ll work with you to ensure your fertility health is at its best before treatment can begin. You’ll receive a customised fertility management plan and your treatment cycle will be personally managed by your own Specialist. Each Fertility Specialist performs the procedures (Egg Collection, Embryo Transfer, Surgical Sperm Retrievals) on an allocated day of the week so you may not have your own Specialist for your procedures as timings depend on when the eggs are ready. All procedures at Adora Fertility are performed by a Fertility Specialist. Your Fertility Specialist will work closely with a team of nurses and scientists so that you’re always up to date with your treatment progress.

Do you store embryos and what is the cost?

At Adora Fertility, we store embryos that are suitable to be frozen, where applicable there are costs up to $600 associated with storage.

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