Are you struggling to fall pregnant or to carry a pregnancy full term? If so, couples in NSW can take advantage of a government rebate to help them try to understand the cause of their fertility problem.
The $500 rebate is part of a four-year initiative that helps subsidise out of pocket expenses for pre-IVF fertility testing.
The one-time payment can be claimed following a GP or specialists request for four key tests including: an Anti-Mullerian Hormone test (ovarian reserve); a pelvic ultrasound; an ovulation test; or semen analysis.
Here is a little more about what these tests are looking for in relation to your fertility:
- Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) test: This blood test is used to predict your ovarian (egg) reserve. The AMH is a hormone produced by the ovarian follicles that contain eggs. The amount of AMH gives an indication of the number of eggs being produced (or ovarian reserve).
- Pelvic Ultrasound Scan: This scan is performed to check the uterine cavity or pelvic anatomy in some cases. The ultrasound looks for any uterine abnormalities such as fibroids or polyps that may be affecting the menstrual cycle. Additionally, this scan also measures the woman’s ovarian reserve and any abnormalities of the ovaries such as ovarian cysts.
- Ovulation Test: this test is performed to determine if a woman is ovulating. This involves the review of a women’s hormone profile to establish this.
- Semen Analysis: A semen analysis evaluates the amount and quality of semen and sperm. Sometimes called a sperm count, it tests motility (movement), morphology (shape), count and vitality (ability to live and endure) of sperm. A sperm count is also often known as a Seminal Fluid Analysis.
The results of these tests may help you to understand the causes of your fertility issues (whether simple or complex) and help to set you on the right treatment path to achieving pregnancy success sooner rather than later.
The NSW Pre-IVF Fertility Testing rebate scheme commenced on 1st October last year and runs through until 30th June 2023.
For more information visit https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-pre-ivf-fertility-testing-rebate