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    Does anyone know if there is a cost to go to the SOFT clinic in London, and if so, what it is?
    I started Clomid Tuesday through my OB/GYN, but the more I read about it, they talk about needing to do bloodwork and some sort of ultrasound to check for follicles.
    So, I am kind of worried about not getting the "full" amount of care...
    Maybe I am just paranoid!!

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    I am still just learning about Clomid - and I have never heard of the SOFT clinic- so I am of no help....
    But it sounds like a good step in aiding fertility and for sure you would want the fullest care! Did your OB advise you on what to do in terms of monitoring?

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    The maintenance, evaluation, and monitoring services at SOFT are included in your provincial health coverage with your health card. So you will get u/s, consultations, and bloodwork, etc., free of charge, and they don't skimp on care at all. As for some of the "higher end" work, such as sperm washing, IVF, etc...I'm not familiar with them myself, but have heard that there is a cost associated with some of the procedures and medications...depending on your drug plan. But that is something that you can discuss with SOFT. The staff and techs and nurses, and of course Dr. Martin are wonderful...the best in the business. They will definitely look after you well.

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    All is covered until you get to the IUI stage. IUI is $200/cy. Not sure about IVF costs or anything but as far as I know no other costs. Of corse there is the med costs but no bloodwork/us/appointment costs.
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    My doctor didn't tell me to do any monitoring - he just kind of handed me the pills and told me to call him if it doesn't work after 3 months... They said it was pretty precise with the day you ovulate, so he said just keep trying.
    He is an AMAZING OB/GYN and many of my friends have had him deliver babies, and I have seen him for years for abnormal paps. But I just don't think he is really that thorough in the Fertility department....

    I am just worried about subjecting myself to all the side effects, without proper monitoring! So far it hasn't been to bad.

    I have to see him on Feb.17th for a regular physical, so I may ask about the monitoring and stuff then, especially if there is no cost to SOFT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by princess2808 View Post
    All is covered until you get to the IUI stage. IUI is $200/cy. Not sure about IVF costs or anything but as far as I know no other costs. Of corse there is the med costs but no bloodwork/us/appointment costs.

    I was going to send you a message Carly, but didn't see you online!! lol...

    I know IVF is REALLY expensive - depending on your reason for needing it, OHIP covers up to 3 cycles of IVF. But you need to cover the medication yourself, which can range from $2000-$6000 per month.

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    We had our fertility treatments through the Fertility Clinic at UH but my sister-in-law went through SOFT and I think they are pretty much the same. Almost everything was covered by OHIP (blood tests, ultra-sounds, IUI) the only thing we had to pay for was sperm washing/count and of course the drugs (which were mostly covered by our drug plan). Early on, we even had one month where they did IVF instead of IUI (for no charge) because the doses of my drugs were too high and I had "too many" eggs (too high a risk of quadruptlets,quintuplets etc). Because they never actually found any real physical reason we couldn't conceive, I think if we had decided to do IVF we would have had to pay for it.

    I was never on Clomid (due to my age, we went straight to the Pergonal/HCG shots) but from my understanding, the bloodwork and utra-sound monitoring for follicles is only done when you will be doing IUI or IVF so they can time the egg retrieval and/or inseminations perfectly with the release of the eggs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladyweim View Post

    I was never on Clomid (due to my age, we went straight to the Pergonal/HCG shots) but from my understanding, the bloodwork and utra-sound monitoring for follicles is only done when you will be doing IUI or IVF so they can time the egg retrieval and/or inseminations perfectly with the release of the eggs.
    How often do the shots need to be done through one month?

    Maybe because the sites I read are US, maybe they do things different regarding the ultra sounds?

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    I am a firm believer in going to a specialist from the start. GO FOR IT! [That's why I asked in your previous thread about clomid if they were monitoring you to make sure you ovulate.] There is no cost to enter an REI clinic, and do testing. Clomid protocol shouldn't have any costs. Once you get to other protocols, there are costs.

    Dr. Jackie Hollett-Caines at UH is awesome!!! She's young and has great knowledge, very "current" with new treatments, etc.

    I've heard mixed reviews on SOFT, mostly good.

    You'll need a referral from your OB to get into either clinic. Then the clinic will do a whole host of testing before they decide on a protocol [clomid or otherwise]. Which means more waiting, which I'm sure you've had enough with already, right? Wait to ovulate, wait to test, wait to try again, oh that darn waiting game!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adoptive Mommy View Post
    I am a firm believer in going to a specialist from the start. GO FOR IT! [That's why I asked in your previous thread about clomid if they were monitoring you to make sure you ovulate.] There is no cost to enter an REI clinic, and do testing. Clomid protocol shouldn't have any costs. Once you get to other protocols, there are costs.

    Dr. Jackie Hollett-Caines at UH is awesome!!! She's young and has great knowledge, very "current" with new treatments, etc.

    I've heard mixed reviews on SOFT, mostly good.

    You'll need a referral from your OB to get into either clinic. Then the clinic will do a whole host of testing before they decide on a protocol [clomid or otherwise]. Which means more waiting, which I'm sure you've had enough with already, right? Wait to ovulate, wait to test, wait to try again, oh that darn waiting game!!!!

    I have done a bunch of blood work already - I sooo don't want to do it all again!! lol.

    I will ask him Feb.17th. I didn't get a lot of answers with the prescription, literally he handed me a prescription and a sheet that said take it day 5-9, try on day 18, get period day 32-35 or test on day 40. Start again on Day 5 if needed.

    My problem is that I have MAYBE 3-4 cycles a year. My doctor said just by that and the blood work, I won't be ovulating without regular cycles.

    Yes, the waiting game sucks! We have been TTC for 3.5 years "unofficially". We started keeping track 2 years ago, and went to see a doctor just over a year ago. I have abnormal cells, so my OBGYN wanted me to get that under control before he would let me do any fertility treatments. I just got the green light in November that everythng was ok and we could go ahead.

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    Feel free to pm me if you have any questions. We were patients at SOFT from Jan 2000 to June 2007. I highly recommend them ... the staff is amazing.

    I also highly suggest monitoring with clomid as I posted before. I had severe side effects from the lowest dose .. I have PCOS and apparently that caused my ovaries to be very sensitive to fertility meds.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ladyweim View Post
    I was never on Clomid (due to my age, we went straight to the Pergonal/HCG shots) but from my understanding, the bloodwork and utra-sound monitoring for follicles is only done when you will be doing IUI or IVF so they can time the egg retrieval and/or inseminations perfectly with the release of the eggs.
    We did end up doing IUI after I still m/c'd with meds and monitoring but initially we were doing timed intercourse and they still monitored our cycles at SOFT with u/s's and blood work and called the day of the LH surge to let us know we should have as much sex as possible for a few days. DH was a little embarrassed the first time he got that call instead of me.
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    I bet part of the doctors hesitation to send you for monitoring right away is the distance. Since you are in Stratford you would either have to go to KW or London every am for blood work for part of your cy. I was annoyed just driving across London for it!
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    Yeah, feel free to PM if if you would like more details as well.

    My partner and I went to SOFT for our fertility treatments.

    You do need a doctor's referral to get in and you won't likely start any sort of "treatment" until you have your initial consultation with Dr. Martin.

    The bloodwork part was a bit of pain...You have to go get tested EVERYDAY so they could pin point your ovulation. We had to get up early in the morning because they do not take appts for this as its first come first served basis thing, so it can get fairly busy in that office! All the bloodwork and ultrasound monitoring is done on the premises so the results come in fairly quickly.

    Clomid is not covered by OHIP and my drug plan did not cover it either (my drug plan does not cover infertility treatments).

    You do most of the stuff at their clinic on Southdale Ave. My partner had to go to Victoria Hosp for a test to see if she had any blockage of her tubes an Dr. Martin was there to perform the test. Our IUI insemination was performed at the clinic as well. But I think I overheard Dr. Martin say that IVF is done offsite, but I'm not sure where since we did not require that route.

    The staff at SOFT is very friendly and very helpful. They make you feel very welcomed. I highly recommend them!

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    I went to the fertility clinic at UH and I was under the care of Dr Steve Power, excellant experience!!! I had drugs to increase my egg supply covered by drug plan, early morning blood work, covered by ohip, transvaginal ultrasound monitoring, sperm wash covered, and IUI covered by ohip. I did 3 sessions of this and finally on the 3rd I became pregnant! My daughter is turning 4 this year...hard to believe, any other questions just ask...I am sure this is a stressful time for you, lots of questions and such a strong desire to be pregnant...I have been there.

    I would definately suggest getting a referral and having a consultation to have some questions answered.

    I was not given the clomid option due to my age and my hubby is 10 years older than me, we had also been trying for 3 years and my GP felt it was best to refer me.

    I hope we are helping with answering some of your questions

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