Infertility is caused by issues with the female’s reproductive system in 30 per cent of cases. Another 30 per cent of cases are due to male infertility. 30% of cases are a combination of both male and female factors and 10 per cent of cases are unexplained.
You can assess your fertility health through pre-conception testing and diagnosis. You can also preserve your fertility by freezing your eggs and sperm.
Simply by understanding your body and knowing your reproductive health sooner rather than later, you can increase your chance of having a baby.
If you’re in NSW, you can receive a $500 government rebate to cover your costs for fertility testing, ask your specialist how.
At your initial appointment, your fertility specialist will start with a review of your general health and medical history, before deciding on which routine test or procedures are appropriate to check your fertility health.
Everybody’s fertility journey is different. You may have already had some tests with your GP or referring doctor. If so, bring them with you and your fertility specialist can review your results with you.
If you haven’t had any tests yet, we can help.
For females, the common initial tests may include:
- Pelvic ultrasound
- Ultrasounds are a great way to check for things like ovarian cysts, PCOS, fibroids and polyps which can all affect your cycle. Ideally, organise your internal scan with an imaging service that specialises in women’s health like Sydney Ultrasound for Women.
- Your fertility specialist will usually request the following blood tests: Day 2-4 FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone), LH (luteinizing hormone), E2 (oestrogen), PROG (progesterone), PRL (prolactin), TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone). Blood tests can help to determine if your hormone levels are in the right range or may be causing some ovulation concerns. These blood tests need to be completed in the first week of your period.
You will also need to have a second blood test to see whether ovulation has occurred, usually in the second half of your menstrual cycle, about a week before your next period.
- Also known as the AMH test (Anti-Mullerian Hormone). This is a simple blood test used to measure your ovarian reserve, knowing your AMH level along with your age, gives a good indication of your fertility.
- A simple blood test can check for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, rubella, varicella and syphilis.
For males, common initial tests may include:
- Semen analysis and antibody test
- A semen analysis allows doctors to assess the number and quality of sperm. This test provides information regarding the motility (movement), morphology (shape), count and vitality of sperm.
- A simple blood test can check for HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.
Your follow up appointment with your Fertility Specialist is vital, they will take the time discuss your results and make recommendations on what you can do.
Sometimes, simply by having these fertility checks gives you the confidence to keep trying when you know, the routine tests have come back normal.
Eligible NSW residents can receive $500 back for any out-of-pocket expenses for fertility testing, speak to a Monash IVF nurse for more information 1800 628 533.
Why not check your fertility health today.
Step 1 – Get a referral from your GP to see a Monash IVF Fertility Specialist (if you’re unsure which doctors you want to see, you can get a referral to see “Monash IVF”.
Step 2 – Make an appointment with a Monash IVF Fertility Specialist.
If you’re not sure, our fertility nurses can help choose the best specialist for you.
You can view all Monash IVF fertility doctor profiles here.
Step 3 – At your initial appointment, your doctor will review your general health and medical history, they will recommend the best fertility checks for your case. Remember to take any relevant tests with you that you may have had previously.
Step 4 – Once your Fertility tests have been completed, you will need a follow up appointment with your Specialist to discuss your results. Your Specialist will take the time to go through the results with you, answer any questions you plus assist you with taking the next steps.
Step 5 – You now know your body better and have a greater understanding about your fertility health.
Claim your $500 rebate
The rebate will cover your out-of-pocket expenses relating to Pre-IVF Fertility testing, such as:
- An AMH Test (anti-mullerian hormone Test)
- A pelvic ultrasound
- An ovulation test
- Semen analysis
Who is eligible?
Any resident of NSW is eligible for the rebate, as long as you are confirmed by your Monash IVF Fertility Specialist to have:
a) A fertility issue and;
b) An out-of-pocket expense that relates to fertility testing
A fertility specialist can confirm these requirements by completing the rebate form.
The rebate is available for any out-of-pocket fertility testing expense which has occurred since 1st October 2019.
Your $500 rebate is accessible via Service NSW, to access your rebate you will need to apply online via Service NSW.
You will need the following to complete your application:
- A Service NSW Account – You can create an account here
- Your Medicare Card
- Your rebate form signed by your Fertility Specialist
- Receipt for your out-of-pocket expenses as paid by you already for fertility testing
- Your bank account details
Please note: Fertility testing includes tests for women and men, however, only women can lodge the claim through Service NSW for the rebate. The rebate is only available once. The fertility testing receipt you provide when claiming the rebate must show the out-of-pocket cost incurred.