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Episode 397

The Cost of Fertility Treatment with Dr Violet Kieu

The Cost of Fertility Treatment with Dr Violet Kieu, consultant gynaecologist specialising in fertility, reproductive endocrinology, and fertility preservation.

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Planning a pregnancy is one thing, successfully conceiving is another. One in six Australian couples will seek fertility treatment, for both medical and/or social infertility. In this episode I chat to highly regarded fertility specialist, Dr Violet Kieu about infertility, recommended lifestyle changes and what you can expect from the intrauterine insemination (IUI) and invitro fertilisation (IVF) process. The financial costs are significant, especially if treatment is ongoing. However, it’s really difficult to give exact figures considering every person’s infertility experience is different, as are the investigations, tests and procedures that are recommended. If we’re talking ballpark figures, you can expect to pay $1500 for IUI after a Medicare rebate and roughly $5500 for each round of IVF. There are also publicly-funded fertility clinics and while the waitlists are long (and often time is something you don’t want to waste), they do make both IUI and IVF significantly more affordable. Consider this episode a thorough guide to your fertility treatment options.

In this episode Dr Violet Kieu discusses:

  • when you should seek fertility guidance
  • lifestyle habits to improve fertility
  • what’s involved in ovulation
  • preliminary investigations
  • semen analysis
  • pre and post-test counselling
  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) process
  • Invitro Fertilisation (IVF) process
  • risks of IVF
  • Australia’s fertility treatment success rates

Topics Discussed

Fertility, fertility preservation, gynaecologist, improve fertility, IUI, IVF, reproductive endocrinology, semen analysis

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