Getting started

Assisted fertility is a complex area of medicine, but at Hollywood Fertility Centre, it’s simple to find out more about the treatment options we offer that might help you have the baby you want.

Step One: Make an appointment with Hollywood Fertility Centre

The first step in starting fertility treatment is to make an appointment with a Hollywood Fertility Centre specialist. This can be done prior to obtaining a referral from your doctor. If you’re not sure about which of our experts to see, we can provide a list of all our accredited specialists. Just contact us on 08 9389 4200 to book an appointment.

Step Two: Get a referral to the Hollywood Fertility Centre for yourself and your partner

Referrals from a GP last for 12 months or longer, while a referral from a specialist is current for only 3 months. Your referral must be current in order to claim from Medicare. See one of our focused Fertility GPs who can help get you started.

Step Three: Meet a Hollywood Fertility Centre fertility expert

At your first meeting, your Hollywood Fertility Centre specialist can organise any particular tests that could be needed in your situation and give you advice about the choices that are available and most suitable for your treatment. If you have already had some tests done, or have had treatment somewhere else, it would be helpful if you bring along any information that you have.

Step Four: Meet with a Hollywood Fertility Centre nurse coordinator

Once you’ve decided to go ahead with treatment, the next step is a meeting with a Hollywood Fertility Centre nurse coordinator, who will explain in detail what to expect, what needs to be done, and what your treatment ‘cycle’ involves (we talk about one round of treatment coinciding, more or less, with a menstrual cycle). It is another opportunity to ask questions as well as to tour the Hollywood Fertility Centre.

Part of this important meeting involves a careful explanation of the costs involved with your treatment, including particulars about Medicare, rebates and out-of-pocket expenses.

Your treatment can then begin as soon as you’re ready. The Hollywood Fertility Centre doctors will oversee your care, in addition to the ongoing personal support you’ll get from a small team of appointed nurse coordinators throughout your time with us.

Looking after you: Counselling and coping

With all the best science and care in the world, sadly in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and other fertility treatments don’t always work, and pregnancies that get started sometimes fail.

Assisted conception can take quite an emotional toll and at Hollywood Fertility Centre we do our best to help you cope with the stresses and strains that come hand in hand with trying to conceive. Our nurses are experienced and approachable to discuss any aspect of your care. We can also provide you with opportunities for more specialised counselling throughout your treatment. Two sessions with our counsellors are available free before or during your treatment cycle, so please use this resource if you feel it may help.

There is no ‘right’ way to cope with infertility and infertility treatment, because different people have different emotional responses.

One thing that many people find helpful is to work through feelings and anxieties by writing down thoughts and experiences in a journal.

Read more about coping strategies and our counselling services.

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