What your patients should know before starting IVF

Dr Karin Hammarberg

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Dr Karin Hammarberg

Senior Research Fellow, Global and Women’s Health, School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Monash University

 

Fertility treatment is booming. IVF clinics say the pandemic is driving more people through their doors enquiring about egg freezing and treatments to have a baby.

Independent data backs this up. The Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority’s 2021 annual report reveals a 20 per cent surge in the number of people receiving treatment in Victoria last year, and a 27 per cent jump in cycles. So, more women are having more cycles.

So, what should your patients know about fertility preservation and treatment when they ask you for a referral? Here are three things you can tell them to help manage their expectations and prepare them for what’s to come.

 

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