Care with Chris

As a fertility and IVF specialist, I can provide the treatment and support you need to have a baby.

Most people consider IVF the ‘go-to’ fertility treatment, but I specialise in many fertility treatments and will arrange a tailored fertility plan that’s right for you, specific to your circumstances. This includes treatment for women with PCOS, endometriosis or recurrent miscarriage, men with an abnormal sperm count, couples with unexplained sub-fertility, and people who are single or in a same-sex relationship.

My expertise in women’s health conditions means that I can provide the high-level expertise these patients need when trying to become pregnant, and because I am also an obstetrician, you can rest assured knowing that I’ll continue to care for you throughout your pregnancy and delivery.

When should I see a fertility specialist?

Anyone who is concerned about their fertility should see a fertility specialist. It’s best to get an opinion sooner rather than later – waiting too long could reduce your chances of a successful pregnancy.

Who should see a fertility specialist?

There are many different circumstances where it helps to see a fertility specialist – if you have been struggling to conceive or have existing health conditions that may make it harder for you to become pregnant, you should book a consultation with me. See a more extensive list of situations where it is a good idea to come in for an assessment here.

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Patient journey

Here's what to expect on your journey with Chris.
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Referral information

Visit your GP to get a referral letter before scheduling an appointment with me.

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Make an appointment

Book an appointment at my main consulting suites at Epworth Freemasons Private Hospital in East Melbourne or at the Mercy Hospital for Women in Heidelberg.

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First appointment

This comprehensive consultation takes around 30 minutes and will involve a discussion and tests to help me investigate and diagnose the cause of your fertility problems. We’ll discuss your potential treatment options – in particular, the success rates, advantages and disadvantages – so that you can make an informed decision. There will be plenty of time for questions.

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Follow-up appointments

Further consultations will be scheduled according to your individual needs so that I can manage your treatment and support you as you try for a pregnancy.

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Treatments

Some treatments involve medications that are taken at home while other treatments are procedures performed at a hospital. All fertility procedures take place at Monash IVF where I am an accredited fertility specialist. Depending on your situation, you may have IVF, non-IVF treatments and/or fertility optimisation surgery. Ovulation induction with Clomid tablets or FSH injections and fertility ultrasounds are done at my rooms.

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Urgent care

For urgent matters, call my rooms on 9418 8299 during business hours or my paging service on 9387 1000 after hours. Patients undergoing IVF should call Sheila Forde on 9420 8214.

For emergencies, go to the emergency department at Epworth Richmond, the Mercy Hospital for Women in Heidelberg or Monash Medical Centre, Clayton.

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Polycystic ovary syndrome

PCOS is a common condition that may make it harder to become pregnant.

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Fertility treatment options

There are many different fertility treatments that can be used to help you start your family.

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The World Egg Bank

The World Egg Bank gives women access to donated eggs from overseas, and the chance of a dream pregnancy.

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Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition that affects women. It can cause pain in the lower part of the belly and trouble getting

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Ovulation calculator

Find out when you’re likely to ovulate – and increase your chances of getting pregnant!

Enter the first day of your last period and how long your cycle usually lasts. We’ll determine when you’re most likely to be fertile over the next few months.

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Fertility procedures

I perform fertility and IVF procedures at Monash IVF Hawthorn, located within Epworth Hawthorn. A world leader in live-birth success rates, Monash IVF employs gold standard laboratory techniques along with state-of-the-art technology.

Monash IVF Hawthorn

50 Burwood Road, Hawthorn VIC 3122

Egg pickup and embryo transfer
Day Surgery Unit, Level 1

Semen analysis
Andrology Lab, Level 2

Have a question on your mind?

You're not alone. Read up on some commonly asked questions.

How much does IVF cost?

The cost of IVF varies from clinic to clinic but is generally around $5,500 per cycle. Factors that increase the likelihood of a successful IVF cycle may also increase the cost, such as the fertility specialist’s experience and expertise, the technology used (e.g. vitrification), whether the embryos are grown to the blastocyst stage before implantation and whether preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) is undertaken.

What causes infertility?

There is no single cause of infertility. A person’s ability to have a baby will depend on their age and other factors such as their general health and lifestyle – this is true for both men and women. In cases of infertility, both men and women need assessment. During a consultation, I will assess what may be causing your fertility problems and recommend treatment or lifestyle changes to help you have a baby.

Can I get pregnant if I have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

Some women with PCOS may have difficulty getting pregnant but there are treatments available that will increase your chances of having a baby.

Find out more about PCOS and fertility here.

How long should I try to get pregnant before seeing a fertility specialist?

The general recommendation is to seek help after 12 months of trying for women 35 and younger, or 6 months of trying if you are older than 35. However, if you have concerns about your fertility, you should see a fertility specialist as soon as possible.

See this guide on when to see a fertility specialist.

Do you help same-sex couples who desire a pregnancy?

Yes. I am experienced in helping same-sex couples achieve their goals of starting or growing their family.

Find out more about fertility treatments for same-sex couples here.

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