It can be hard to put a price on having a baby, but each year thousands of patients will spend a small fortune on IVF treatment.
For most patients, IVF is an emotional and physical rollercoaster.
Choosing a fertility clinic is another daunting decision but is that all about to change for patients in in Australia?
Thee Australian Government has funded a Your IVF Success, a new website that provides independent information on all fertility clinics.
IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies have helped hundreds of thousands of Australians experience the joy of becoming parents. Until now, there has not been an easy way for consumers to find and compare fertility clinics or to estimate their individual chance of success.
Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said that one in six Australian couples face difficulty trying to start a family.
“For a range of reasons, sometimes starting a family is not straightforward and this can be a confusing and distressing time,” Minister Hunt said.
“The Your IVF Success website will help people estimate their chances of success through this treatment so that they can make the decisions which are right for them.”
“It allows people to access information based on real world statistical information collected from patients who have undergone IVF treatment.
“The website also includes an IVF Success Estimator so those thinking about starting or continuing IVF can make informed decisions.
“In addition, the new website will provide independent and impartial information about all fertility clinics in Australia, including the clinic’s success rates.”
Senator for South Australia, Stirling Griff, whose advocacy prompted the website’s development, said the new website fills a gap in the information people need if they choose to start a family through IVF or continue with assisted reproductive treatment.
“This important project will help people navigate the difficult and often complex world of IVF,” Senator Griff said.
“The website means infertile Australians will no longer be flying blind when they choose a clinic; they can use it to research and view the performance of each fertility clinic, to understand their own prospects of success, and to make an informed choice.
“I want to thank the expert working party, UNSW Sydney, Access Australia, and the IVF Directors group representing the IVF clinics for their considerable efforts to make this online tool a reality.”
The Your IVF Success website is part of a $4.6 million Medical Research Future Fund grant over four years from 2019-20 to UNSW Sydney.
The website can be viewed at www.yourivfsuccess.com.au.