Treatment waiting times
The publicly funded IVF and ICSI treatment waiting list is a single list managed in chronological order.
Patients added to the IVF and ICSI treatment waiting list in August 2022 should have commenced their treatment (subject to individual menstrual patterns) by the end of February 2023 (approximately six months).
Some patients may be waiting for a therapeutic surgical procedure (for example, removal of polyp) before fertility treatment. When this procedure is completed, the patient will be placed on the fertility treatment waiting list and backdated.
This does not include diagnostic procedures such as hysterosalpingograms (HSGs), diagnostic laparoscopy or hysteroscopy.
Our capacity to provide fertility treatment is generally stable throughout the year. However, external pressures, for example another surge of Covid-19, could alter this significantly.
The approximate waiting time for publicly and privately funded frozen embryo transfer (FET) is four months (until treatment starts).
Treatment times are subject to individual menstrual patterns.
Ovulation induction (OI), intrauterine insemination (IUI) and donor intrauterine insemination (DIUI) are treatments made up of cycles, starting each month with the patient’s menstrual cycle.
A course of OI treatment is six completed cycles. IUI and DIUI treatment requires four completed cycles.
A completed cycle means the patient has reached the ovulation stage in the cycle. Sometimes a monthly treatment cycle may be stopped before this if the patient is over or under-responding to their drugs. An individual patient may therefore take longer to complete their full treatment course.
When a patient achieves a positive pregnancy test before they have completed their full treatment course, another patient can begin treatment.
A limited number of patients can be managed in each treatment cycle at any one time. One patient has to complete their treatment course before another patient begins.
Treatment waiting times can therefore change depending on the responses and outcomes of patients in treatment.
The current approximate waiting times for treatment are:
- 2 months for OI
- 26 months for IUI or DIUI
These estimated waiting times will be updated if there are significant changes.