To do or not to do
Thank you guys so much for all of your support in my last entry. I too was hoping that this last cycle would be it and that I would be writing about pregnancy right now. It really sucks that it did not work and I am still sad about it. But, I feel like I’m doing really well with trying to move on and embrace what I have to do. I still have my moments, but I am trying to be strong and awesome.
When I talked to the nurse on the phone yesterday about what I was going to do this cycle I was thinking that I would just do a repeat of last cycle. 53 or so shots of lupron, low dose hcg, and follistim. She also mentioned the clinical trial they are doing. As I thought about it, I started thinking about the clinical trial. If I am going to do 53 shots again should I suck it up and just go with the big guns that has more of a chance for success so I won’t have to be sitting here in a month or two thinking about having to do it again for ivf? For those that don’t remember what the clinical trial was, it’s basiaclly ivf, but they free.ze the egg before they fertilize it, then unfre.eze it, do ICSI on it and then do normal IVF things. I was first thinking about it because of the discounted price since I would be paying out of pocket. Half price, with a free ivf if it doesn’t work. I talked to the husband and my mother about it. Husband had some questions that he wanted answered before we made any decisions and I agreed with that. My mother told me not to think about this in a financial way – if I needed help paying for the normal ivf she would help, that this was my potential children I was thinking about and not to do something that would make them have issues. I can’t help but not think of the financial aspect though and saving money though. An no, I would not have my mother pay for the whole thing. We have some money saved up.
So last night I did a bunch of research and came up with a bunch of questions. Today after running around a lot I called into my RE’s office and talked to one of the IVF patient coordinator’s and asked all my questions. Here is what I learned.
An out of pocket IVF would normlly cost me $11,500 while this clinical trial which they are about 75% through the process would cost $5,775 with an additional $650 for anesthesia and more for the drugs. There are a variety of drugs associated with it, but it depends on the personal protocol I would be put on. Drugs would probably be follistim, low dose hcg, lupron, medrol (a steroid), doxy something (an antibiotic), PIO (I’m scared about this), and estrace. They are really good at the freezing process, the part they are trying to perfect is the unfreezing process. They would freeze all my eggs and then unfreeze them an hour or two later. There is some genetic testing available, but it’s an additional $2,000. The free IVF doesn’t come into play until I use up all my eggs through a transfer and a FET, but I guess they are all FET’s lol.
I would be on birth control for a month before hand. While on birth control I would have an ivf consult, a mock transfer, do my consent and pay, have ivf orientation, and then have my baseline ultrasound. Once I start my drugs I would go in for monitoring every single day (usually about 13 days) until I’m ready for egg retrieval. They like to do 5 day transfers so that they can pick the best eggies. What are mock transfers like? The lady I talked to said they are like sono’s with more cramping. However, when I read about them on the net people were saying they were quick and easy, even easier than an iui. Which one is it? She said that if I do decide to do it I can pick from two start dates. I would have to be on birth control by either Oct 5 or Oct 26 and start meds on either Nov 5 or Nov 26th. If I did a cycle that’s not ivf like last time, I would only be on birth control in two weeks.
That is definiltey a lot of good information. I am going to talk to my mom again and go over everything with my husband. He most of the time leaves most of the big decisions up to me since it’s my body and I’m going through it. I’m not sure though. Am I ready for IVF? I feel like when I came in to my RE’s office I was scared of everything and slowly I mastered everything such as injectables, pap, sono, and iui. This would be one of the last things to conquer though it sucks I arrived at the big guns. Should I just stick to the cycle I know I did well with like last time and see if I can get pregnant that way or up the percentage of me getting pregnant? Should I participate in a clinical trial where they aren’t 100% sure with how things will turn out, though I guess they are never 100% sure. The coordinator I talked to said that she doesn’t know the numbers and it’s new, but she thinks it won’t cause an increased risk of genetic abnormalities. Should I put my potential children through that? I’m just not sure. What do you guys think? Have any of you guys done anything experimental and how did it work out? Thanks for listening to me ramble about everything! I am hoping to make a decision by sunday when I would start taking the birth control pills if I was going to do a cycle like last time and only be on them for two weeks. But then again, I also have to check the calendar and see how it would work out with our busy November.
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