- In our part of London, fertility treatment is not on the NHS if you already have a child. It is free if you leave your partner and try with someone new.
- Sometimes a clinic with lower success rates can be better for you if it means they accept patients with problems; and have experience dealing with infertility issues (rather than just producing designer babies).
- A person I ‘know’ on a fertility forum paid over £20,000 for one (successful) IVF cycle.
- One clinic offered us treatment costing £2,000 and another clinic offered £7,000 treatment – based on exactly the same test results.
- Apparently, one cycle can cost clinics as little as £700.
- Your Doctor doesn’t always know best, for example:
6.1 My GP didn’t tell me about the crucial date to have one of the tests – causing a life-changing test result to be completely incorrect.
6.2 My clinic missed my ovulation over a Bank Holiday weekend despite monitoring my ovaries more closely than MI5 watches Snowden.
- One Consultant told me there’s an epidemic of women in their late thirties with low AMH. My pop science reason for this – earlier in life: too much partying and too much work stress. Another person in the trade told me fertility treatment turns usually strong professional women into little wallflowers who allow themselves to be fleeced. What we should be doing is using our skills and research to tell our Consultants what to do. Simply compare how long they spend on our files (ten minutes?) and how long we spend on our research (ten hours?)