Tuesday, May 6, 2014

IVF Protocol

Things yesterday went better and worse than I had planned.

The hysteroscopy caused some major cramping which hurt, but it was kinda cool getting to see what the inside of my uterus looks like. According to the Dr everything looks perfect there. That's a small relief. I wasn't really expecting anything to be wrong, but it's good to know that everything's fine there. Since they fill your uterus with saline solution you kinda feel like your peeing yourself for a few minutes. I imagine that might be what it feels like when your water breaks.  Maybe I'll find out one day.

Dr. B said that he feels my best bet would be IVF since there appears to be a problem with sperm meeting egg. I completely agree. Otherwise, I'd be pregnant with multiples right now. He has basically told me that he knows I'm going to overstim and get OHSS so he wants to do a "Day 5 Freeze All" and do an FET the following month. He says they have better results with that than doing an ET with OHSS.

We can basically start whenever we want. The hard part will be figuring out how we're going to pay for it. He hasn't told me what meds I'll need for the FET, just the ER, and I have the pricing for everything else. I've applied for assistance for paying for the follistim, but I'm not sure that I'll get it.

The Day 5 Freeze All is $7,300 plus $525 for the general anesthesia and then $200 per sono (4-5) and $90 per estradiol blood test (3-4). I'm hoping my insurance might cover part of the sonos and blood work, but I'm not counting on it. If they have to do assisted hatching it's another $900. If we get more that 8 eggs we have to pay an additional $100 per egg to freeze and store them up to 2 years.  The follistim, lupron, and hcg will be about $1900 if we don't get financial assistance with that. So for just this part we are looking at about $11,000 if we only have 8 or less eggs.

For the FET the cost is $3200, but I don't know about any meds I will need to take. I hope we get plenty of good quality eggs the first time around so all we will need to do after that is an FET or 2 to get our baby.

Once we are ready to get rolling I have to call at the start of my cycle (or while I'm taking provera if I have to go that route) then we'll schedule a mock transfer, an SA for DH, and meds training.

It's kinda exciting, but also very daunting trying to figure out the best way to pay for everything.

I'm curious to know how others have handled the financial end of IVF.

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