How much do infertility treatments cost?

money ppppInfertility testing and treatments can add up so quickly. I’ve kept track of all of our costs, just for informational purposes and just wanted to share….for those of you interested, and those of you that might be just starting out on  your journey, just as an idea of what to expect. We have decent insurance, and they’ve covered a decent bit of everything we’ve tried so far, but we’re still out of pocket a good bit Continue reading

How much does a Clomid IUI cost?

Just like anything (cars, houses, car insurance, etc) I’m sure that the cost of IUI differs based on location, and it will also differ in price based on the number of ultrasounds and type of medication(s) you’ll need. See below the cost breakdown of our first IUI. If you both have health insurance through work it is worth taking a look into your coverage. I had a friend who was on her husband’s insurance, but ended up switching over to hers b/c it paid 100% of IUI’s. Our insurance policy wasn’t supposed to cover any of our infertility treatments, but they have covered bits and pieces, and every little bit helps!! Continue reading

MFI is seriously NO JOKE!

pinataI found an excellent blog/website yesterday, hellobee. There are several different bloggers that make regular posts on the site about children, pregnancy and infertility. One in particular, Mrs. Pinata, also dealt with MFI. She and her husband adopted their first child after dealing with infertility and are now TTC#2. Earlier this week she posted about SA results, lots of stuff I had never heard before and I wanted to share a piece of the post I found extra interesting. The numbers are astonishing! Continue reading

CD14 Follicle Check

This morning I had my CD14 ultrasound and follicle check, and it went as well as can be expected. Based on my ultrasound my RE wants me to administer the HCG trigger shot tomorrow night at 10:00 pm and I’ll have the IUI Friday morning.

The Clomid for me has been doing its job, which is good to hear!! According to my RE the “goal” is to get as many follicles between a 16 & 20 without them getting too big before the trigger shot. And he estimates that by tomorrow (when I trigger) I’ll have 3 mature follicles and 1 almost mature (15, 16, 17, and 20).  He said he’s able to estimate this because after they reach size 12 they grow 2 mm per day. Also, he said the lining of my uterus looks good, it’s a good thickness to be able to get pregnant. So I seem to be in a good position for IUI#1 on Friday…..although the possibility of triplets scares me a LOT. I don’t think I’ll even mention this little tidbit to R, because he would DEFINITELY be freaked out! Since our problems are male factor we’re just “giving his sperm more of a target to shoot at”, so more follicles increases the odds that at least 1 will be fertilized. Continue reading

Clomid side effects?

Just finished my 5 days of Clomid last night. My only symptoms were cramping and I felt more emotional than normal. When I say cramping I don’t mean anything terrible, I guess it just felt like my body was working overtime maturing some follicles, as funny as that sounds….and I’m hoping that’s exactly what’s going on. may cause extreme sexinessI’m just thankful I didn’t experience any of the crazy side effects I had heard/read about like: headaches, nausea, hot flashes, hair loss, breast tenderness, etc…..although from other things I’ve read the “real side effects” of Clomid don’t kick in until a week after your last dose. If that’s true then I’m quite sure that this 2WW will be harder/worse than normal! Continue reading

R started Clomid

We decided to start with R taking Clomid to see if that would help increase his sperm count. He’s taking 25 mg/day (the normal dose when they prescribe it for women is 50, so he’s just taking 1/2 pill per day), which will cost us around $60/month. Something I should point out is that our insurance paid for 100% of our infertility testing to diagnose the problem, but anything after that is completely out of pocket. I also have him taking a One-a-Day multi-vitamin and Fertility Blend for men (an OTC medication that is said to help increase sperm count). Continue reading

First appointment with the RE

We had our first appointment with the RE this morning. In a nut shell, the doctor told us that “normal” sperm counts are around 250 million, anything under 20 million is considered “low”, and any sperm numbers under 10 million (ours is 9) puts your chances at conceiving naturally very low. Our doctor specifically told us that if we kept TTC without any help that we probably would NOT conceive in the next 5 years, which was a tough pill to swallow. He gave us a few options to think about and decide on….. Continue reading

My story

Thoughts of infertile womenI’m a planner, I like everything on the calendar, and I’m very organized. So when R & I started TTC last fall I assumed that in just a few short months I would be pregnant…no problems. Well each month I had what I thought were symptoms of being pregnant, and it’s almost like I had pregnancy/TTC amnesia every month. Near the end of my cycle I would be driving myself crazy on the internet trying to see if a pain in my underarm could be a pregnancy symptom. Continue reading