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#1 annaelle

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 11:34 AM

Hi,
Im only two daya in to this process and overwhelmed is an understatement. Hoping some kind soul can help me out :)

I have a med list from my dr which says E2 patch /200 + 150/ Ant

Gonal f 900 iu 3 pens
Menopur 75iu 25 vials

I dont exactly understand what this means but was hoping to pay the least possible price for the meds as its all out of pocket. I am currently not in north america and trying to figure out if i should purchase the meds here as i was quoted $3000 here vs $6000 in canada. I havent checked us prices yet.

So my question is, does anyone know off hand how much these meds typically cost at the clinics pharmacy? In US or Canada?
Also, if theres a dosage change does that mean i wont be able to use the meds i already purchased or does getting the multi dose allow for the dosage change?

Thanks in advance!

#2 schlepp

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 12:13 PM

In Canada:

Gonal f is about $1 CAD per iu. So 1 900iu pen will be over $900. I've seen them listed for $1000+

Menopur is about $80 per 75iu vial.

Estrogen patches around around $75 for 16 ( I think but I am not sure on dosage. That was what I paid for mine but I don't know if they were the same dosage)

 

Medications are almost always cheaper abroad. I saved 30% by buying online from a foreign pharmacy but it was a nightmare to get delivered to Canada. If you can buy abroad, I would and would bring back with you for personal use.

 

Also, if you can get the gonal f in 300iu pens, rather than 900iu, they are a better deal as they have around 75iu of overfill in each pen, no matter the size. Makes it even cheaper.


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#3 schlepp

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 12:15 PM

Oh, and if the dosage changes you may need more or less but the pens are easy. You just dial in the dose. Again, better to get the 300iu pens as one you use part of one, it is only good for 28 days. If you end up with more medication that you need, you might have a couple of unused pens that will then last until their expiration date. But not the end of the world if you don't get the 300iu. 


(age 38) June 2016 IVF #1 antagonist, 13 mature eggs, 4 fertilized, 1 blast frozen

October 2016 FET #1 cancelled, thin lining

Changed clinics

(age 39) April 2017 FET #1.1 BFN

July 2017 partner has vasectomy reversal

Feb & March 2018 - Medicated IUI x2 - BFN (even with 7 mature follicles on the 2nd IUI)

(age 40) May 2018 IVF#2, lupron flare, 7 mature eggs, 5 fertilized, 1 blast & 1 morula fresh transfer, BFN. 1 low quality blast frozen

June 2018 IVF#3 mini stim, 1 egg, immature

Sept/Oct 2018 IVF#4 antagonist with HGH - CANCELLED due to high estrogen/29mm cyst

Oct 2018 IVF#4.1 antagonist with HGH - 7 eggs, all mature, 6 fertilized, 2 blasts on day 6, PGS tested/euploid

November 2018 FET #2 w/immune protocol and 1 PGS tested -  BFN

Locus Medicus testing for virus, bacteria and immune issues. Husband treated.

(age 41) April 2019 IVF#5 converted to IUI#3 due to follicle growth. BFP 12 day post IUI. Di/Di twins.

Dec 17 2019 - Baby boy and girl born at 36 weeks + 2 days. Everyone very healthy. 

 

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#4 annaelle

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 02:02 PM

Thanks so much schlepp, this was so helpful. Safe to assume that US will be even more expensive then? Also, there is no difference between the 300 and 900 right? (minus the 600 difference that is :) like I wouldn't get to the clinic and they'd say I was supposed to get 900 for any reason? At this point i'd prefer to find any way to make this all cheaper, it's all 100% out of pocket for me. Thanks again!



#5 schlepp

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 02:55 PM

For gonal f, the 900 iu is just the amount of medication in the pen. Not the strength. But you would obviously need to buy 3 300 iu pens for each 900 iu you were supposed to buy.

From what Ive read, the US is just as expensive as Canada.

(age 38) June 2016 IVF #1 antagonist, 13 mature eggs, 4 fertilized, 1 blast frozen

October 2016 FET #1 cancelled, thin lining

Changed clinics

(age 39) April 2017 FET #1.1 BFN

July 2017 partner has vasectomy reversal

Feb & March 2018 - Medicated IUI x2 - BFN (even with 7 mature follicles on the 2nd IUI)

(age 40) May 2018 IVF#2, lupron flare, 7 mature eggs, 5 fertilized, 1 blast & 1 morula fresh transfer, BFN. 1 low quality blast frozen

June 2018 IVF#3 mini stim, 1 egg, immature

Sept/Oct 2018 IVF#4 antagonist with HGH - CANCELLED due to high estrogen/29mm cyst

Oct 2018 IVF#4.1 antagonist with HGH - 7 eggs, all mature, 6 fertilized, 2 blasts on day 6, PGS tested/euploid

November 2018 FET #2 w/immune protocol and 1 PGS tested -  BFN

Locus Medicus testing for virus, bacteria and immune issues. Husband treated.

(age 41) April 2019 IVF#5 converted to IUI#3 due to follicle growth. BFP 12 day post IUI. Di/Di twins.

Dec 17 2019 - Baby boy and girl born at 36 weeks + 2 days. Everyone very healthy. 

 

See my 'about me' page for more detail on my treatment history.


#6 annaelle

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 03:30 PM

Ok thank you!