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02/10/2013 at 10:34
Hi, I am new to this forum and looking for some advice and feedback from those of you that have already had IVF or are going through it. I have been denied IVF on the nhs so am having to look privately.
I have been to HSFC and although I like them, I have a few doubts and so does my husband. I cannot find anyone who has had treatment there for feedback on the place. I have had all my tests with them and the treatment route of IVF that they are recommending will push our costs up from the basic £5k to £7.5k - a huge difference. I guess I am thinking I should go for a second opinion. The thought of Clexane, Intralipid drips and Prednisolone along with the 'regular' injections has me a little freaked out.
I have had a few other places recommended to me includung CRGH, ARGC and Lister. ARGC IVF starts at £2500 which seems to be the most reasonable but I have noticed everyone saying it's the most expensive. Is this because their meds are a lot more ? I have also heard they are very aggressive which I am not sure is good for me - I am a very bad patient lol !!
Any advice would be greatfully received
05/10/2013 at 15:20
Hi Naidy, I had IUI at The Lister and moved to ARGC for IVF which was converted to ICSI on the day. Thanks to ARGC, my 15 month old DD is wreaking havoc around my house this afternoon.
I found The Lister very good in terms of environment, staff and the whole experience. I was able to email my consultant and get an answer back from him within 24 hours and to see the same sonographer for all my scans. The reason I did not have IVF there was because I had unexplained infertility but only wanted to go through IVF once so we moved to ARGC as we decided to have immunes testing which they specialise in and to have our only IVF with the clinic with the best results.
It was a massively difference experience to The Lister; old and totally unhospital-like building, paper records, lots of waiting around and seemingly very disorganised. Treatment was intense, I liken it to a bootcamp, with blood tests twice a day in the second week of stimming. My immunes treatment was very expensive (I had high natural killer cells) but it's also all the extra monitoring and tests which they use to determine your tailor-made drug regime to give you the best possible outcome that also cost ... so I spent in excess of £20,000 for one cycle but it was worth it. I have two frosties and have just got the ball rolling to go back there to have FET early next year.
Would I recommend either of these? Yes, I would recommend both. They both have good success rates.
I would say that ARGC is very full on and stressful and you have to be ready to do as they say and prepared to spend a lot of money (perhaps not quite as much as me ... other ladies I've talked to spent less than me). However, I have no regrets about our decision.
Would I recommend either of these? Yes, I would recommend both. They both have grear success rates.
05/10/2013 at 15:38
On another note, have you tried he fertilityfriends forums? Very informative and there are some dedicated clinic boards, too?
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