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Fertility

shutterstock_96294323-smallCouples may have difficulty in falling pregnant for a variety of reasons. We provide clinical services for both male and female fertility problems.

A referral in both partners’ names is required. Referrals from a GP are valid for 12 months, specialist referrals are valid for 3 months.

Fertility Analyses
At your initial appointment a variety of laboratory tests and investigations (such as semen analyses or hormone analyses) will be ordered in order to determine the reason for your fertility problems

Fertility Medications
We give medications for ovulation inductions. These may be oral medications or injection therapy.

Cycle tracking with timed intercourse
Blood tests are taken to measure hormonal levels and intercourse is advised at the appropriate time.

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
This involves the use of a semen sample that is placed into the uterus at the time of ovulation. This may be either from the male partner or using a donor.

The sperm used in this procedure is prepared to ensure that it is healthy and at the correct concentration for fertilization. It is placed into the uterine cavity by the use of a very soft, thin catheter and feels similar to having a pap smear.

IUI requires that the cycle be monitored via blood tests. It may be performed as part of a ‘natural’ cycle or using fertility drugs such as Clomid or FSH/LH injections.

Sperm Donation
Donor sperm can be used as part of an IUI procedure.

This may be from an unknown donor via our on site sperm bank or from someone that you know. All sperm donors are screened for health and genetic conditions.

If you request it, you may be given non-identifying information about your donor. We hold multiple samples from the same donor so that there is a possibility for your child to have full siblings.

To use donated sperm you must undergo a counseling process so you understand the long term repercussions of using a sperm donor. Current legislation enables the child, at 16 years of age, access to identifying information about the donor if the donation occurred after November 2004.  The child must be counselled by an RTC approved counsellor prior to accessing identifying information about the Donor.

Surrogacy
We are able to offer traditional surrogacy using the egg of the birth mother and the sperm of the arranged father. This is not an IVF procedure and is similar to donor insemination. Couples interested in surrogacy will need to find their own surrogate, receive independent legal advice, medical reviews and counselling by an approved counsellor.

A patient information form is available.

The Keogh Institute has a Surrogacy Coordinator who is responsible for coordinating surrogacy applications. You can contact the surrogacy coordinator on 6457 2008 or by emailing institute@kimr.org.

 

Costs
The cost of fertility treatment varies depending on the exact treatment that is required. Government rebates are available for some treatments. A cost sheet is available.