I don't keep an exact track as well. It bothers me to know how much we have spent. I am fine not knowing at this stage
How much have you spent on infertility to date?
Posted 14 December 2013 - 09:22 AM
We also did not keep track. Well not really. We had a rough idea of how much it would cost per cycle, but we never figured in gas, hotels, meals etc. and to be honest, it's a good thing we didn't. We are finally pregnant after 5 IVF cycles, 2 FETs and countless IUIs and the money spent really doesn't seem to matter anymore. We did some quick math just to see how much we did spend to get us to this point and we are one of the lucky few that are in the $100,000 plus range. I am not sure if we would have continued and continued and continued had we been keeping track of the money spent. I would like to say that we would have, but I'm really not sure. We paid for each cycle out of pocket while continuing to save for our future and enjoy the "normal" lifestyle we so desperately wanted.
I have not yet read the article, but i can tell you, most people have a very skewed perspective on infertility, the treatments, the costs and the success rates. Yes, we spent a lot of money, but that wasn't what took the toll on us. It was the emotional cost after each failed cycle, after each period showing up monthly, after each day we woke up to a quiet house.
Anyway, we consider ourselves very fortunate! Very fortunate that we both have amazing careers that have allowed us the opportunity to continue down the IF road, ver fortunate that our marriage strengthened with IF, very fortunate that we had such a huge support system through our 10 year journey and most of all, very fortunate for the bundle of perfection that is having a dance party in my belly as i type this.
Good luck to all of you no matter where you currently are in your journey!
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Me: 34 DH: 33 (only for another month and a half )
TTC since February 2004
4 failed IUIs
IVF Cycle #1 January 2011: 14 follicles, 4 eggs retrieved, 3 fertilized, 1 excellent transfered: BFN
IVF Cycle #2 April 2011: 15 follicles, 11 eggs retrieved, 9 fertilized, 2 excellent transfered, 5 snowbabies!
Beta #1 April 30: 67 = BFP!!! It's low, but my clinic is not concerned!!
Beta #2: going down Crap!!!! Now i have to wait to hit 0... Good-bye Mike and Ike
Bright side: 5 frosties waiting to be warmed up!!
FET #1 July 2011: 2 embryos transferred and now we wait... You can do it Mario and Luigi!! Burrow in and grow like crazy!!!
Beta 1: BFP!!!!! Now to sit and enjoy this!
Beta 2: declining FML! Good bye Mario and Luigi!!
FET #2: Transfer 2 embryos, make your self at home Betty and Veronica! 2 days later transferred 1 5 day morula, Archie is stopping by for a visit.
Beta 1: BFP!!!!! Grow, grow grow!!
Beta 2: things are going up!! Yippee!!!
Beta 3: This is really it, we are pregnant! The numbers are rising!!
Beta 4: Numbers not high enough, ultrasound is scheduled.
Ultrasound: sac and embryo with no fetal pole or heartbeat. Sad day for Riverdale. Good-bye Better, Veronica and Archie
IVF Cycle #3 December 2011 - Cancelled due to error at pharmacy with wrong dosage. 5 days of stimming wasted
IVF Cycle #4 November 2012: 11 eggs retrieved, 9 mature, 5 fertilized, 2 excellent quality, 3 didn't make it to day 5, nothing to freeze.
IVF Cycle #5: April 2013: New clinic
19 eggs retrieved, 18 eggs fertilized, 10 growing good. We are down the single digits...3 day transfer of 2 perfect quality embryos and 2 6 day blasts put on ice to become siblings later
HPT 10DP3DT BFP!!!!!!! Did another one just to make sure!
Beta #1 May 21... 432!!!!!!!!!! Beta #2 998 Beta #3 9635 Beta #4 30,685
Ultrasound: June 10
Posted 14 December 2013 - 11:30 AM
We have spent well over $200,000 on private adoption, two surrogacies and all of our treatments. We did not had help and no drug coverage. We did downsize for a few years and I took a short parental leave for the first two.
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Me 38 DH 40 TTC with Assistance 10 Years
We are soooooo blessed to have our 3 boys and 1 princess...... Connor Preston October 25, 2008 (private adoption) and Carter David October 23, 2010 (Traditional Surrogate with donor sperm) and Cooper Bradley & Chloe Marie October 12, 2012 (TS and donor sperm). We have done 33 cycles of IUI, IVF, Egg Donors, Sperm Donors, Embryo Donors, Gestational Surrogates and Traditional Surrogates and spent a gazllion dollars but it all so worth it!!
DIUI#24 Cycle 34 August 27 2013 BFN DIUI#25 Cycle 35 November 12th 2013 BFN DIUI#26 December 2013 BFN DIUI#27 CYCLE 37 Jan 2014 BFN DIUI*28 Cycle 38 Feb 2014 BFN Back on the adoption train as youngest kiddos are now 18 months!! May-June 2014 Updated homestudy July 5th 2014 - Renewed our Wedding vows for our 10 year anniversary. We've had one crazy ride and are so thankful for everything!! Just waiting for our police checks and updating our profile book which should be mid July and off we go! Hoping and praying we are chosen to parent again!
Posted 15 December 2013 - 09:26 PM
Just wondering if anyone did the Alan Beer Immune testing (from the States) from their IVF clinic here in Canada. I'm just wondering if this expense can be used towards our income taxes at the end of the year? Since the lab work was done in the states and cost in USD, not sure if I can submit this medical expense at the end of the year....
Any response is greatly appreciated!
Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:46 AM
Hi Kristen, we submitted all of our AEB stuff for our taxes and had no problems. Good luck!
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TTC #1: starting in Feb 2005 "unexplained" (immune issues, elevated NK cells, 2 heterozygous MTHFR and 2 heterozygous thrombophilias - Factor XIII and PAI-1 mutations)
me-42, DH-42, married since 1995!
Tried: Naturopath, Chinese herbs, Acupuncture, Homeopathy
4 un-medicated IUI's BFN
IVF # 1 18 eggs retrieved, 16 mature, 8 out of 16 fertilized (1/2 ICSI, half IVF), 5 made it to day 5 blast, transferred two, froze 3
first ever BFP m/c
FET #1 medicated, transferred two, started spotting 2 days later, full blown AF 5 days later (decided I don't react well to Estrace, will do natural frozen next time) BFN
FET #2 natural (but still with progesterone (crinone) support, transferred last blast from IVF #1 BFN
IVF #2 16 eggs retrieved, decided not to do ICSI this time since cycle #1 showed eggs could fertilize on their own, only 3 fertilized! None made it to blast for transfer no transfer! Disaster!
IVF #3 decided to add some repronex to the stims and do all ICSI. 18 eggs, 17 mature and 15 fertilized, 8 made it to day 5 blast. Transferred two blasts, froze 6 BFN
FET#3 added 3 HCG booster shots and doubled up on the crinone to prevent me from spotting early (as I often do), transferred 2 blasts, no spotting but a BFN anyway
FET #4- added ovidral just before my natural ovulation so they could pin point it more accurately with the 36 hour window, HCG shots again, plus double crinone BFN
January 2009 Consult with new RE in Markham - he finds a small septum, resected April 29, 09 - tells me to now try my last two frozen blasts
FET #5 - ET scheduled for June 15 (natural cycle with trigger, HCG booster and crinone) - BFN
On to Plan B- Switch clinic to Markham for
#4 Fresh IVF with IVIg, exploring immune testing - start BCP Sept 20. ER around week of Oct. 25
9 eggs retrieved, 1 immature, 1 fractured. 7 to work with. 4 out of 7 fertilized (Day 3: 1 8 cell grade 1, 2 8 cell grade 2 and 1 morula). Day 5 transferred 1 great blast and 1 morula (1 morula and 1 10 cell did not make it to freezing).
Beta Nov. 11 - BFP! (550) I am in shock!
Issues with spotting, Nov 20, second beta 11,000 and early ultrasound: saw gestational sac and yolk sac in the right place but concern about a cyst or possible ectopic near my ovary as well, 4 more ultrasounds over a 10 day period, last ultrasound on Dec. 2 'cyst' has not grown and baby measuring on target at 7wks, 1day with a heart beat of 153bpm.
Now taking Lovenox due to 2 heterozygous thrombophilias
Ultrasound on Dec. 18 (9 weeks, 5 days) baby on track, hb 167
Ultrasound on Dec. 22 due to extra heavy spotting, baby still measuring on track, hb 167 and dancing
Ultrasound on Jan. 8 (12 weeks, 5 days) baby on track, hb 160, baby doing crunches!
18 week anatomy scan scheduled for Feb. 16 - they lost my blood work for the second part of the IPS so no results for that today (they took blood again) but the 18 week scan went great, baby looked awesome and even gave us a little wave in between sucking her thumb and inspecting her toes. Yes, I said "her" - it's a little girl!
20 week ultrasound at Mt. Sinai and they agree, so far so good.
IPS results are in and they are excellent!
EDD: July 19, 2010
Baby girl arrived at 39 weeks, 2 days! July 14, 2010 3:12 am, weighing 7 pounds even.
May 2013 - The IVF Journey continues...one last try to see if a sibling is in the cards...
Did LIT, IVIg, Lovenox and low dose aspirin. 5 eggs retrieved, 1 immature, 1 fractured, 3 to work with, 2 fertilized with ICSI.
June 5, day 3 transfer of 2 8 cell grade 2 embryos.BFN
April 2014, one very last try - natural IVF with intralipids this time, 2! dominant follicles, 2 mature eggs retrieved, both fertilize with ICSI, day 3 transfer scheduled for April 13, transferred 1 8-cell grade one and 1 6-cell grade one (also using Lovenox and low dose ASA) -BFN, we are really done, not sure if it is now my immune system, or old eggs now too.
Posted 31 January 2014 - 04:35 PM
We're between $10,000-$20,000 to date, although we're moving forward with another IVF cycle so that will go into the $20,000-$30,000, which is nothing compared to some.
Posted 01 February 2014 - 06:41 PM
We are just starting down this path... do any of you know if any portion of fertility tests, meds or IVF cycles are Income Tax deductable for unblocked tubes? I'm just not sure where to find this information about.. so direction on where or any info would be most appreciated.
See full journey details on my profile:
Me: 38 yrs old, very high AMH levels with a high follicle count "PCOS-like ovaries"; on Metformin for this
DH: 37 yrs old; low testosterone; very low sperm count; on Clomid for testosterone
IVF Cycle #2: Project Sibling (2016)
- SD 1-4: 150 units of Puregon + 75 units of Menopur
- SD 5-10 same as above + 250 units of Orgalutran gets added
- RE decided on 5,000 units of hCG trigger instead of Lupron trigger; freeze all ('high responder' so at very high risk for OHSS)
Oct. 18: CD3= SD1: start stims at night: Puregon 150 + Menopur 75 8PM; baseline blood work and u/s (over 12 follicles on each side); Estradiol 96 pmol/L, FSH 5.4, LH 4.7, Prolactin 6.5, TSH 2.42, Progesterone 0.4.
Oct. 22: CD7= SD5: Puregon dropped to 100 + Menopur 75 8PM + 250 mcg of Orgalutran got added (12PM); blood work & u/s done (12+ follies 8-11mm); Estradiol 1398 pmol/L, LH 1.3
Oct. 27: SD10: Puregon dropped to 50 + Menopur 75 8PM + hCG 1/2 dose (5,000 units) trigger at 10:30PM (retrieval Sat. Oct. 29); blood work & u/s done (R side: 9 follicles 17, 2 @ 18, 5 @ 19, 21mm....L side: 6 follicles: 3 @ 18, 17, 2 @ 20mm); Estradiol 10, 858 pmol/L
Oct. 28: Doxycyliine 2x daily for 4 days gets added
Oct. 29: Retrieval - 23 eggs retrieved; will be a freeze all
Oct. 30: Day 1 report: out of 23 eggs 11 were mature and icsi'ed and 10 fertilized
Oct. 31: Day 2 report: 10 embryos still going; all grade 2 quality; 7 are 4 cells, 2 are 5 cells and 1 is 3 cells
Nov. 1: Day 3 report: 10 embryos still going; all grade 2 quality; 6 are 10 cells, 1 is 9 cells, 2 are 8 cells and 1 is 7 cells; no report until day 6 to see how many made it to day 5 or 6 blasts.
Nov. 2: Dostinex 0.5mg every other day for a total of 8 days has started to alleviate OHSS
Nov. 4: Day 6 report: 5 embryos on ice... yay! 4 day-5s (4AA and 3 are 4BC quality) and 1 day-6 (5BC quality)
Nov. 8: started Dostinex 0.5mg every other day to reduce OHSS
FET #1 - Non-medicated cycle (2017)
Hoping for a February transfer
IVF Cycle #1: (2014)
- Antagonist protocol
- SD 1-4: 150 units of Bravelle + 75 units of Menopur
- SD 5-10: Same as above (though may get decreased) + 250 mcg of Orgalutran gets added
- Lupron trigger and freeze all
- Endometrin 3x daily until we knew for sure it was a freeze all
- Retrieval: 22 eggs retrieved; 8 injected (ICSI); 6 fertilized (the rest were either premature or had already degenerated); 4 embryos divided - 2 embryos are 4 cell grade 1, 1 embryo is 5 cell grade 2, and 1 embryo is 8 cell grade 2
FET #1 - medicated cycle (2014)
- two day-3s transferred: one 10 cell grade 1 and one 12 cell grade 2 ; Estrace dropped to 2xdaily
- Beta: BFN; approved to do a natural FET next time
FET #2 - Non-medicated cycle (2014)
Oct 6: CD1
-Teva-Doxycycline 100mg (antibiotic) started one day before procedure: 1 tab 2xdaily until finished)
- transferred two day-3 embies (1 is 10 cell grade 2 and 1 is 12 cell grade 2); took 1 tab of Apo-Diazepam (valium) 5mg 45mins before FET
- HPT =
- Welcomed our little in summer of 2015
Posted 01 February 2014 - 07:03 PM
I'm definitely claiming my IVF costs and the portion of my medication that wasn't covered by my insurance coverage at work.
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Posted 11 March 2014 - 10:06 PM
We have spent over 100k in the last 13 years and that does not include this previous months treatment or travel, or acupuncture costs.
We to date have had 10 pregnancies all ended in losses from 8 weeks till 26 weeks. We are doing another fresh in June since our Feb. cycle got us our first BFN. Still hoping for our miracle baby. Time is running out. Hubby and I just had to put our cottage ownership on hold. We are fortunate to have a good job and have never had to charge any of our payments, but that being said, there were still a lot of sacrifices made. Hopefully none of us will have to endure this ride much longer.
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9 ivf/4fet cycles and several rounds of clomid.
Posted 11 March 2014 - 11:35 PM
I try to not to think about how much I've spent - its too depressing
All the IUI's, IVF's, accupuncture, chinese meds, fertility meds, travel costs, supplements (that I woudn't otherwise take) probably add up to an amount I don't want to know. As well as that, what about the quality of life IF consumes. All those times where instead of a vacation, I saved up for fertility treatments. Instead of going out or attending functions/gathering, I opted to stay home. All the times I couldn't bring myself to spend "fertility" money on buying myself something or going out for dinner or a movie. Really depressing actually, I feel that what was supposed to be the best time of my life was consumed with infertility (financially and emotionally) and I wasn't able to enjoy life.
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1993 - started ttc, Aug 97-1st IVF BFN, Nov 97 FET BFN, Aug 98 - 2nd IVF BFN, Nov 98 FET BFN, 1999-2000 - several IUI's - all BFN's, 2002 - 3rd IVF BFN, FET BFN, 2004 - 4th IVF - cancelled for poor response, 5th IVF with known donor (poor response) BFN
June 2006 - ***** BFP (naturally)****** 2007 *****DS was born
2008 - TTC again, 2010- started peri-menopause, 2013 - full menopause , 2014 -exploring donor egg
Nov 2014 - transfer 2 5 day embryos Dec 2014 - BFP
Posted 21 March 2014 - 12:06 PM
We haven't spent too much money yet (relatively speaking) but we are about to endure a big expense as we move forward with DE...I prefer not to think too much about it. We make choices (I don't like to call it sacrifices) b/c a family is what we really want and if it costs money to make that happen so be it, I feel fortunate that we are even able to make that choice, my heart hurts for those who cannot make their dream a reality b/c of cost.
37 38 DOR
39 40 (swimmers perfect)
TTC December 2010
Nautral cycle with clomid - too many to count 2012
Cancelled IUI - July 2012 (cysts)
September 2012 IUI mt Sinai BFN
Switched clinics January 2013 to Hannam
ER July 2013 - 4 follies 1 egg
ET July 2013 - transferred 1 embryo grade 2 7 cell
Sept 2013 Told IVF with my OE is not going to work ...time to move onto to Plan B.
2015 Plan B donor eggs
Posted 21 March 2014 - 02:59 PM
Madison arrives on July 17 2015 at 37 weeks 2 days! 10 fingers and 10 toes...perfect in every way.
Posted 25 March 2014 - 12:11 PM
We are doing DE, and in San Diego (we're from Toronto). First fresh cycle failed, so have to go back for FET soon (although we pay no clinic costs, just the drugs that aren't covered since I'm on a success guarantee program). All in all, probably spent around 70k, all cash, out of pocket (includes medication and travel costs). Good thing my husband and I make good money and can save a bunch every month with this all being paid off within 7-8 months. So I take it we're very lucky to be able to afford this procedure without any financial stress on us.
April 2012 - DS born @ 38 weeks, 6lbs 14oz.
August 2012 - Due to a rare genetic condition, our beautiful son passed away. Always our little guardian angel.
April 2013 - Starting the journey to use donor eggs... Looking forward to giving our little angel brothers and sisters.
June 2013 - Found donor, cancelled cycle door to poor response to meds and not producing any eggs
July/August 2013 - Round 2 with donor; cancelled due to her grandmother's death
September 2013 - Found new proven donor; last time she is willing to donate
November @ SDFC: 32 eggs retrieved, 28 fertilized, 13 good enough to freeze
November 4 - Transfer of 1 perfect blast at San Diego Fertility Clinic, 12 blasts on ice.
November 13th - POAS (one of many) - Positive
November 15th - Beta #1 - 332 - Pregnant
November 19th - Beta #2 - 1600
December 2nd - Ultrasound #1 - 1 little bean with HB 117 & EDD July 22, 2014
Poor baby, missed miscarriage. Now planning for FET in several months...
1st - 6th FET: All failed
Onto finding a new donor, Egg Helpers.
Donor #2: did a cycle, but no embryos resulted
Donor #3: cycle successful, 13 embryos resulted, 2 transferred
Currently pregnant with twins.
Posted 26 April 2014 - 01:18 PM
Just updated my spreadsheet... We're over $80,000 now and just doing the retrieval for surrogacy on Monday.
It's funny how I won't buy something if it's overpriced by a dollar, but fertility numbers don't seem to be 'real' money in my brain.
We've used all our savings, my parents have helped a bit, and now into lines of credit. We have decided to go thr surrogacy route, so we are giving it three tries. If we aren't successful after that, then we are moving onto adoption. The choice has less to do with money and more to do with our sanity.
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Me: 27 DH: 29
February 2013- IUI #1
Ended w/ 166 Puregon & microdose of hCG
45 Cycle Days but finally one good follie!
IUI April 4, 2013
... BFN April 18th.
April 26 - IUI #2
No AF after 25po, Docs don't know why, but lining is thin again so switching to Menopur.
75 > 112.5 > 150 > 187.5 > 225 > 263.5 of Menopur > 263.5 of Menopur & 200 of Puregon
CD 30- Cancelled my cycle, but then call me and estrogen surges. Cycle back on.
CD 32- 8 follicles
CD 33- 19 follicles... Surprise! Switching to IVF?!! Add in Orgalutron.
CD 36- 29 follicles and so sore... Trigger shot.
June 1- Retrieval- Sedation didn't work and went through the most painful hour of my life. Left ovary blocked by bowel, so only right retrieved. OHSS... 8 Eggs, 6 mature- ICSI for all 6.
June 4- Transfer 2 Grade 4 embryos, 4 frozen (3 Grade 4s and 1 Grade 3) More OHSS.
... BFN June 15th
July 26- FET #1
After a 6 week break, my body is somewhat back to normal.
4 > 6 > 8 > 16mg of Estrace
CD 16 - Add in Endometrin x3 Daily
August 15 Trasfer- 2 Embryos; One Grade 4 Morula & a 3-Cell Grade 4 (most cells died in the thaw)
... BFN August 26th AF finally arrived after 2.5 years!
September 3 - FET #2
12 mg of Estrace and began Acupuncture
CD 18- Finally @ 8mm begin Progesterone
CD 23- Transfer day- 1 Morula & a 3 cell! Acupunture before and after.
... BFN October 7th
Clinic approves us for a gestational carrier in late November!
December - February Medical and pysch testing and approvals
March- Finished legal
April 9, 2014 - IVF (Gestational Carrier)
GC- CD 1: Starts on Superfact and BC
Me- CD 3: 75 Puregon and 75 Menopur
CD 8: Me 100 Puregon and 75 Menopur, GC starts Estrace
CD 22: Me 250 Puregon, 75 Menopur, x2 Orgalutron - 22 Follicles!
April 28- Egg Retrieval, GC starts Progesterone - 14 Retrieved. 11 Mature and 11 Fertilized.
April 30- Down to 9 embryos and decide to grow to Day 5
May 2- Transferred one 4BB blastocyst into our Surrogate. 5 more growing to blasts (until Day 6)
May 3- 4 of the 5 Embryos arrested.... only 1 left to freeze (3BC)
... BFN... again. May 15th
May 21st- WTF appointment and next steps.
Posted 10 June 2014 - 09:00 AM
We are going to be above thirty with our next cycle... I think to date we are at about 20K, including 15 for IVF, and then other drugs we've used prior to that, or with trying to sustain a pregnancy... Our next cycle will run about 13k including travel, all of which we will be claiming. thankfully our drug costs are covered if prescribed and dispensed in Canada, so that has saved us about 10k total... But, with our drug plan, we still have to cover them up front, and then submit for reimbursement.
See about me page.
Posted 29 January 2016 - 08:53 PM
I absolutely refuse to tally it up. Too depressing.
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