Thursday, October 28, 2010

♫ It's been one week (since you looked at me)

Today is 7dpIUI#2

I have been doing quite a bit of thinking these past 7 days about the next steps. I am pretty convinced this IUI didn't work. I will be able to do IUI#3 in November, but I'll be traveling in December so I'll have to skip that month. I have been doing a lot of thinking about IVF which will cost me one of the following options:

Single cycle - $8,900
Pregnancy guarantee (4 cycles) - $19,500
3 cycles - $15,500

I think I've decided that the 3 cycles for $15,500 is the way to go for me if I do it. I would be totally annoyed if I paid the $19,500 for the guarantee and it take only one or two tries, and I think my chances are really good for it to work in one or two tries (but then there's the TWINS panic). I had considered paying for a cycle at a time, but at that cost, 2 cycles will cost more than the 3 cycle deal. I'm not totally convinced that I want to go the IVF route though. I hate the idea of having the equivalent to another car payment for the first few years of my kid's life. Especially at a time when money will be tight with full time daycare (not to mention all the other stuff like diapers and probably formula).

I just hate dropping the $1,000 every month for the IUIs which seem to have terrible success rates. Then there's planning for siblings. I originally bought 6 vials of sperm, and I really don't feel like buying any more. The benefit to doing IVF is that it (usually) only takes one vial and I will likely have some embryos to freeze for siblings, thereby eliminating the need to purchase and store sperm, and fork over a bunch of money for more IUIs in a few years when I'm in the "high risk" age-group. If the IUI's don't seem to be working for me now (at least after a decent amount of time), they sure as hell aren't going to get any better over time.

Gah, what to do, what to do.


  1. Breathe... you don't have to figure it out all right now. You have lots of info (more than I do right now on IVF costs) so you can make an informed decision, if need be. I hope you are wrong about this cycle. You're only 1/2 way in... it could still come out positive!

  2. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for this cycle! Also, I would look into your clinics success rates (and multiples)- maybe that would help make a decision about what has the best chances and is the best financial decision. Best of luck :)

  3. Add me to the "thinking positive for this cycle" group!

    Having spent all morning thinking about money, I feel your pain. And this is probably a good thing to obsess over during the second half of the 2ww, if it keeps you busy, then it's a good thing, right? :)

  4. Oh decisions decisions! I'm in the staying positive for this cycle group too. If you're seriously considering IVF sooner rather than later, it may be better to save money you'd spend on IUIs to go towards your IVF. Plus your point of siblings is a good one.

    thinking positive sticky baby thoughts for you!

  5. BTW - I now have that song stuck in my head, and it just occurred to me that you're to blame. LOL Thanks! :)