A patient-centred approach to infertility and IVF
Dr Turner has long held a passionate interest in fertility and how couples may be assisted to achieve their goal of starting a family. Dr Turner’s experience working at Professor Craft’s London Fertility Clinic and the Walsgrave Conception Unit has given him valuable knowledge and experience in infertility.
Dr Turner approaches infertility as an issue that concerns a couple, rather than an individual. He takes great care to ensure that where a couple is concerned, both are kept fully informed about all relevant aspects of the process.
Imagine undertaking entire process of IVF with an experienced, caring obstetrician.
Dr Turner has helped many couples through the difficulties of infertility and IVF treatment. Understanding your history, your lifestyles and details about your relationship helps Dr Turner diagnose the cause of your delay in conceiving. With a total view of his patients, Dr Turner is able to provide relevant, personalised treatment plans for couples.
A full range of fertility treatments are at your disposal when you work with Dr Turner, including ovulation induction, intrauterine insemination, IVF and fertility preservation. With experience treating same-sex couples and single women, Dr Turner is able to provide solutions including sperm and egg donors.
Consultation and information-sharing is key to how Dr Turner works. He will provide you with guidance throughout the entire process of addressing infertility and ensure that you understand everything that may affect you. You will have all the information you require and Dr Turner is comfortable to go through any medication or treatment plans to ensure you are empowered throughout the process.
Fertility care you can trust.
Dr Turner is experienced in treating same sex couples and single women. Through Monash IVF, he has access to a comprehensive range of sperm and egg donors.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The costs of IVF vary widely depending on the organisation you use, the number of cycles, and any extra requirements needed to assist in treating infertility. Many patients require fertility testing for both partners, multiple consultations, and many other tests and possibly consultations with third parties.
Costs are further complicated by the fact that for some patients, and providers allow for a Medicare rebate to be applied to fees, while others do not. Broadly speaking, an IVF Cycle may cost approximately $5000 out of pocket if eligible for Medicare rebates. Private health insurance only covers the hospital admission for an egg pick up if required. Prices may be different if the cycle also requires additional procedures such as Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). Monash IVF gives a detailed cost of a cycle including everything except anaesthetic fees and the patient’s extras charged to them by the hospital.
An IVF cycle involves extracting mature eggs from ovaries and fertilising them before transferring the embryo into a recipient uterus. Prior to collection, follicles are “stimulated” via an injection of hormones, to recruit multiple follicles and ensure that the follicles reach the final stage of maturation. Once the follicles are of a mature size, ovulation is induced with a separate injection and thirty-six hours later, eggs are aspirated out of the follicle using a transvaginal scan and needle which can be done under a local anaesthetic or a general anaesthetic. From there, they’ll be examined in a lab and fertilised the same day.
The next day, they will be inspected to see if fertilisation has occurred. The fertilised eggs will now be cultured for five to six days to the blastocyst stage of development. On the fifth day post EPU, one blastocyst will be transferred into the uterus (like having a pap smear) and the other embryos will be frozen for later use. Two weeks later, you will have a blood test to see if you are pregnant.
The entire process including stimulation, extraction, fertilisation and transfer, usually takes approximately three to four weeks.
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) is a common addition to standard IVF services. The process involves collecting and injecting a single sperm cell into an egg. This is used when the sperm quality is considered inadequate to allow normal fertilization or if there has been poor fertilization in previous cycles, when doing pre-implantation diagnosis or using frozen eggs.
During an IVF cycle, you will undergo a blood test to check whether you are pregnant. This usually occurs around two weeks after embryo transfer. If you are unable to become pregnant during that cycle, you may be required to undergo a second cycle. The chances of becoming pregnant in any given cycle is determined by many factors but mainly the maternal age. If under 30 years of age, the chance of a pregnancy is 40-50% whilst over 40 years of age drops to 20%. The success rate is cumulative so with three to four stimulated cycles (including the transfer of frozen embryos) there is a high chance in achieving a pregnancy.
IVF is usually recommended for couples who have undergone other fertility treatments or plans. Many patients are encouraged to continue trying to conceive for a period of several months before pursuing IVF. However, fertility and infertility varies so significantly from person to person that it is impossible to determine whether IVF is the right choice for you without a thorough understanding of medical history, current lifestyle and relationship status.