Getting Started

Everyone deserves to experience
the joys of parenthood

We’ve tried to make the family-building process as simple as possible. But there are some important steps along the way.
Here’s a quick overview of the process:

1. Getting Started

The first step is to book an initial consultation with one of our accredited specialists. To do this, you’ll need to be referred from your GP.
You’ll be able to claim some of the consultation cost back through Medicare. To make things easier, you can download a Referral Form and hand it to your GP to fill in.

2. Medical Consultation

During your appointment with a Rainbow Fertility specialist, he or she will get to know you better and discuss some of the potential options available. You (and your partner if you have one) will be asked questions about your circumstances, known medical conditions and any previous attempts to conceive.
Following your initial consultation you’ll have a clear understanding of the process and the approach best-suited to your needs. We’ll also discuss any diagnostic tests that we may need to carry out.

3. Pathology Collection

You, and any partner involved in conception, will need to have a series of blood tests. These are required as part of the routine screening process before starting treatment and the results will be forwarded to your specialist.

4. Counselling

All women who are considering using donated sperm, and their partner, must attend a counselling session. Counselling provides the opportunity to discuss treatment on a more personal level, taking into account the emotional responsibilities of all parties involved.  It also enables patients to raise issues that are more private, such as individual concerns, relationship difficulties, or current life situations that may affect their experience of treatment. If you already have children, they may be invited to attend.
After the first session, there’s a “cooling off” period of at least 14 days, giving you time to reflect on what was discussed and all aspects of the donation program, before attending a second session where you’ll be asked if you wish to proceed with treatment.

5. Fertility Coordinator Information Session

If you’ve decided to go ahead, you’ll meet with a fertility coordinator, who’ll discuss your individual treatment plan devised by your treating specialist. They’ll take you through any necessary medications, possible side effects and discuss the day-to-day requirements of your treatment cycle. Consent forms are also provided for you and any partner to fill in and sign.

6. Final Review

Before treatment can begin, the specialist and the fertility coordinator will carry out a final review of counselling reports, blood tests and consent forms to ensure everything is ready.

7. Prepare for Treatment

Whichever plan you choose, a healthy lifestyle is recommended before and during treatment to maximise your chances of success.  You’ll be advised to stop smoking and restrict your alcohol consumption. You’ll also be advised on exercise and diet, usually recommending a healthy, balanced diet with adequate protein and carbohydrates.

8. When you are Ready, Treatment Begins

To request an appointment
At Rainbow Fertility, our specialists have extensive experience in helping create LGBTI families. Feel free to contact our friendly team to learn more about the fertility treatment options available to you.
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Please note:
  • The order and/or number of these steps/requirements may vary depending on your circumstances.
  • People wishing to have assisted reproductive treatment in Victoria must undergo a criminal records check and child protection order check. For further information please visit our page Legislative Requirements – Victoria.
  • All treatment procedures are carried out in our RTAC (Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee) accredited fertility clinics, where gametes (eggs/sperm) and embryos are also stored.
Current as at 01.02.2016
Rainbow Fertility has a responsibility to provide Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) based on relevant state or federal laws and guidelines. All individuals/couples are encouraged to obtain their own legal advice regarding the relevant legislation applying to their circumstances.