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#1 wannabeamama

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 11:13 AM

In your opinion which is the best province to do IVF in? Why?


Me: 37 DH: 36

 

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IVF #1: November 2016

ER: Retrieved 5 eggs, 5 fertilized, ended up with 4 five day blasts

 

Fresh ET Nov 2016: BFN

FET w/ ICSI #1         Feb 2017: BFP,  M/C Apr (Lost at 7 weeks, found out at 14, had D&C)

FET  w/ ICSI #2       June 2017: BFP,  M/C Sept (Lost at 9 weeks, found out at almost 13 weeks, had D&C)

FET w/ ICSI #3        April 2018: BFN

 

IVF # 2: January 2020

ER: Retrieved 15 eggs, 10 fertilized, ended up with 7 five day blasts

 

Fresh ET Jan 2020: BFN

 


#2 CdnHockeyGal

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 02:36 PM

IMO it depends on the diagnosis and what's important to you as a couple. It might be a good idea to schedule consults with a few clinics to get a sense of where the best fit for you might be.

Anectodlly as a MB gal I've had many friends find success at VFC, Olive, Mount Sinai & CrEate. A few of us drove across the line and cycled at Sanford in Fargo. (Satellite monitoring in GF.)

You can typically self refer for a number of consults. I see in your "About Me" that your dx is "unexplained." VFC might be a great p,ace to start. There's a thread on this site called "Manitobans Who Transferred"...totally worth a read.

As you venture down your path if you should decide to venture out of province please feel free to PM me for some practical implementation tips. :). It's scary to think of when you start out... but TONS of support here from those who have done this before.

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#3 wannabeamama

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 10:05 PM

I guess I should clarify, I'm thinking from a financial perspective. 

For example I see that Ontario does government funded cycles, but maybe the wait lists are long?  NB has a $5000 grant I guess? MB has the tax credit.

 

I'm asking because Dh may have some say in a job transfer, so we are looking at the pros/cons of moving to different places.  I doubt that we'd ever be in the financial position to do satellite monitoring here and go to a clinic as far away as VFC. Those who are able to do that are very lucky!


Me: 37 DH: 36

 

TTC since 2014

 

IVF #1: November 2016

ER: Retrieved 5 eggs, 5 fertilized, ended up with 4 five day blasts

 

Fresh ET Nov 2016: BFN

FET w/ ICSI #1         Feb 2017: BFP,  M/C Apr (Lost at 7 weeks, found out at 14, had D&C)

FET  w/ ICSI #2       June 2017: BFP,  M/C Sept (Lost at 9 weeks, found out at almost 13 weeks, had D&C)

FET w/ ICSI #3        April 2018: BFN

 

IVF # 2: January 2020

ER: Retrieved 15 eggs, 10 fertilized, ended up with 7 five day blasts

 

Fresh ET Jan 2020: BFN

 


#4 choicemom2be

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Posted 21 April 2018 - 11:03 PM

I'm in Ontario and am currently doing a funded cycle. I was told the wait at my clinic was over a year and I got in in 8mnths. each clinic has it's own waitlist so times may vary. The good thing about the funded cycle is all blast you get from your retrieval are covered. The only thing you do have to pay is storage of your embryos. I did however pay extra for PGS and ERA testing which are not included. Although I feel there are a few tweaks that could be made I still think it's a great program. I can't compare it to any other province though because I have no experience to draw from.
IUI #1 Dec 2016 ~ BFN
IUI #2 Jan 2017 ~ BFN
IUI #3 Mar 2017 ~ BFN
IUI #4 Aug 2017 ~ BFN
IVF#1 ER ~ DEC 2017 (11 follicles, 9 fertilized 7blasts frozen)
Dec 2017 ~ PGS testing (3 normal) (Day 5 5BC, Day 6 5BB & 6BB)
FET #1 Jan 2018 ~ BFN (6BB)
ERA Mar 2018 ~ pre-receptive by 1 day
FET #2 May 2018~ BFP! (5BB) ~miscarriage @6weeks

#5 kayte1

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 08:27 AM

I didnt listen when people initially recommended this to me but flying overseas for a massively reduced cycle and drug costs is definitely the most cost-effective way to pursue IVF. I thought this sounded wild and complicated and way too overwhelming to consider and organize when I was already beyond stressed trying to wrap my brain around IVF locally.

Airfare and hotel doesnt compare to an additional $10 000 and the clinics and their service were above and beyond any of the 4 big clinics I went to in Ontario. I wish Id listened!

I can recommend the websites ivftraveler and frugalcrib. They detail European options and costs. Frugalcrib has an amazing breakdown of their IVF cycle in Prague. They are from the States and limited by finances. They did a bunch of research and didnt even try pursuing ART locally. They breakdown their entire costs and organization there.

Just an idea! 🙂
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#6 ewok

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 09:56 AM

You can also compare various clinics price online. Even without coverage, it varies a lot. My fresh cycle was 6000$ + 1000$ for freezing + meds. We don't need extras like sperm retrieval or ICSI. Not so bad, but certainly not as good as a free cycle in Ontario.

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#7 SunshineTTC

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 10:01 AM

FYI (I realize it's not really your question now) it might be worth comparing prices, VFC's prices tend to be a bit lower than average, in my experience and that of others I've spoken to, flying out to VFC doesn't end up that much more than local clinic. Personally I've never paid for satellite monitoring -- blood tests are free, and I've usually been able to get baseline and lining check ultrasounds for free though I've had to pay for a couple. I think MB might be a bit more difficult than SK for this though.

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#8 wannabeamama

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 12:45 PM

Thanks for the ideas.  Unfortunately all of our family lives on the other side of Canada, so we usually need to save air miles/funds to go there once a year.  Doing IVF in the same province we choose to live in would be so much easier.

 

Ontario sounds interesting, does anyone recommend a particular clinic there? Are most of them self referral? 


Me: 37 DH: 36

 

TTC since 2014

 

IVF #1: November 2016

ER: Retrieved 5 eggs, 5 fertilized, ended up with 4 five day blasts

 

Fresh ET Nov 2016: BFN

FET w/ ICSI #1         Feb 2017: BFP,  M/C Apr (Lost at 7 weeks, found out at 14, had D&C)

FET  w/ ICSI #2       June 2017: BFP,  M/C Sept (Lost at 9 weeks, found out at almost 13 weeks, had D&C)

FET w/ ICSI #3        April 2018: BFN

 

IVF # 2: January 2020

ER: Retrieved 15 eggs, 10 fertilized, ended up with 7 five day blasts

 

Fresh ET Jan 2020: BFN