Posted 25 February 2019 - 02:22 PM
If you can afford the extra costs of travel, hotel etc. I highly recommend VFC in Victoria. I live in Northern Alberta and the closest clinic to me is PCRM in Edmonton. Unfortunately when the provincial government stopped funding the Women’s Fertility clinic and Regional health center at the Royal Alex in Edmonton in 2017 all of the IVF patients were sent to PCRM (myself included). I called a few clinics and did a lot of research into my options and eliminated RFP in Calgary. Many women commented about the inability to actually talk to someone when you have a problem, terrible follow through and rotating doctors which wasn’t what I wanted.
I ended up getting a referral to PCRM from my doctor in Edmonton and a referral to VFC from my GP in May of 2018. I called both and was put on a waiting list for a consult at both clinics. My consultation with VFC (which was my first choice) happened in June, I started my first cycle in late September and when PCRM finally called me it was to schedule my initial consult in November. If timing is an issue, think carefully about where you want to go.
At VFC, Dr. Hudson prepared and knew my entire medical history when he spoke to us during the consult. He asked several questions and made sure to include my husband in the whole process by asking him about his thoughts etc. After our consult was done, he emailed a summarized history, his recommendations for treatment and the risks. I have _never_ had a doctor as thorough as he is.
Since then I’ve completed 3 retrievals with the clinic for embryo banking. There is always a number to call if you have questions, the staff are absolutely fantastic and they regularly check in with me to make sure I’m doing ok after a procedure. Phone calls and messages are returned (usually) within a half hour to an hour which is really great when you’re investing so much and have a question.
The costs for the clinic itself are pretty comparable to others and they have a banking plan that is very reasonable (if not cheaper than most). The only downside is the location itself. Victoria is a beautiful summer tourist town where hotels are booked months in advance in high season. Price wise, reasonable options like the Howard Johnson can still run $200/nt on average in the summer and you will need to be in Victoria for 8 days when cycling. There are cheaper options like b&b’s and apartments but you’ll need to research those - hotels and food can add a huge tab.
Personally, I wouldn’t go anywhere else since the clinic is amazing, but if you don’t live in Victoria the extra expenses can really add up.
Me: 39, DH: 46 TTC: 2.5 yrs (Femara)
BFP (natural) Nov 2017, Stillborn Apr 2017 @ 23 wks due to IC 😢
IVF ER #1 - Aug 2018. Antagonist - 300iu Puregon, 75iu Repronex, 250mcg Orgalutran, 2x Decapeptyl trigger.
Ret. 20 eggs, 17 mature. Fertilized 5/6 with ICSI
, 5/11 IVF.
Day 3 - still have 10. 😊
Day 5 - 7 frosties on ice.
IVF ER #2 - Sept 2018. Antagonist - 300iu Puregon, 75iu Repronex, 250mcg Orgalutran, 2x Decapeptyl trigger.
Left ovary too high for safe retrieval, crossing fingers for the right.
Devastated! Right ovary way too high as well, couldnt push them down. Ret. 4 eggs, only 2 made it, 2 more frosties.
IVF ER #3 - Feb 2019. Antagonist - 225iu Puregon, 75iu Repronex, 250mcg Orgalutran, 3x Decapeptyl trigger.
Left ovary too high again! Ret 19 eggs from right, 17 mature. Fertilized 12/17 with ICSI
and 5/17 naturally.
Day 3 - still have 17.