Low-cost fertility treatment

The Women’s Reproductive Service assists people of all genders who have been trying unsuccessfully to conceive or who have issues which may prevent or impair fertility or safe conception.

Our Low-cost Fertility Service provides Victorians with access to a comprehensive, world-class fertility service at a low-cost.

We also operate a Public fertility service, which may be more suitable to some people’s needs. 

We conduct an assessment of women and men’s fertility, provide strategies and options to achieve safe and successful pregnancy now or in the future, and offer treatments within the setting of a specialised and sophisticated fertility unit with a multidisciplinary support team. 

What we do

At the clinic, we will start by taking a full fertility history from you (and your partner if relevant). We may order blood tests and ultrasounds to assess your fertility, including pre-pregnancy screens, reproductive hormone assessments, ovulation status and tests to assess the function of your reproductive organs, including the tubes, the uterus and the ovaries. A semen analysis will be requested if appropriate. We also perform a health assessment to ensure that you are in the best possible condition to safely have a baby.

We will then work with you to decide which treatment is appropriate. We might assist with assisting your ovulation, with focus on timings, or through a process known as ovulation induction if required. Other strategies will include artificial insemination or even IVF if required. Some people may be offered a lifestyle assessment and weight management strategy to reduce the impact of excess weight on fertility. A counselling session will be organized before commencing any IVF/IUI treatment.

Our clerical staff and patient liaison administrators will coordinate your future appointments.

Treatment options

After your initial consultation(s) and assessments have been completed, and a plan has been developed for your personalised treatment program, you will have further discussion with staff from our multidisciplinary team about tailored treatment options such as those listed below. 

Treatment options (select links for more information):

The first steps you need to take

Your first step is to ask your GP or specialist to order relevant tests and investigations. A list of the tests needed is provided in the Referral information section below.

Once your GP or specialist has undertaken these tests, ask them to refer you to the public fertility service at the Women’s or Monash Health.

Your GP or specialist will need to include the results of your tests and investigations in their referral. Referrals can be faxed to the Women's at (03) 8345 3036.


You will need a GP or specialist referral to this clinic. Your referral will be valid for 12 months.

Note: If you are part of a couple who has been trying to conceive naturally, your GP or specialist can refer you if:

  • the woman is aged under 35 years and has tried to become pregnant for one year or more and has not become pregnant
  • the woman is aged 35 or older and has tried to become pregnant for six months or more and has not become pregnant.

Required tests your GP or specialist needs to order and send with your referral

Primary patient investigations

  • Hepatitis B & C
  • HIV
  • Cervical screening test (CST) 
  • Rubella
  • Varicella
  • Syphilis
  • FBE 
  • Blood group & antibodies
  • FSH
  • LH
  • Prolactin
  • Ferritin
  • Progesterone (day 21 for regular cycles and adjusted for irregular cycles)
  • TSH
  • Estradoil (E2)
  • Free testosterone
  • Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
  • Chlamydia/Gonorrhoea urine or endocervical PCR (if appropriate)
  • Pelvic ultrasound (trans-vaginal if possible)
  • Karyotype (Please note: if the patient declines this test, please still send through the referral, noting this test has been declined).  

Partner tests (if you are accessing our service with a partner):

  • Hepatitis B & C
  • HIV
  • Karyotype (Please note: if the patient declines this test, please still send through the referral, noting this test has been declined).  
  • Male hormones (if appropriate)
  • Semen analysis (if appropriate)
  • Semen antibodies (if appropriate)

What to bring to your appointment at the Women’s

  • A letter from the Women’s confirming your appointment
  • Your Medicare card, Health Care Card and/or Pension Card*
  • Details of any current medications*
  • Photo identification (Australian Driver Licence or Passport)*
  • Supporting documentation if you are an asylum seeker*.

*If you are using our service with a partner, your partner should also bring these documents to your first appointment.

Your first appointment

After you have been referred to the clinic by a doctor, you will receive a letter from the Women’s with an appointment time and date. This appointment will be with one of our medical specialist team which includes consultants and specialist fellows in reproductive medicine.

If you are unable to attend your appointment, or need to change the time, please call to make a cancellation and re-book. You can also email a cancellation.