I live in Quebec and it really bugs me when I hear or read that our health care is "free". It's not free. We just decided to socialize the costs. Each year, i pay more than 55% of my income in income taxes! That's not even counting our high sales tax (> 15% combined) on everything, municipal taxes, our very high "special" taxes on houses, gas, wine, etc., and so forth.
I pay these taxes gladly because I believe in paying our share for the society but, to be honest, if I compare what I paid during the past 10 years in income taxes alone compared to some other provinces or the States, I could easily have afforded more than 20 fresh ivf cycles out of pocket!
Sorry for the vent! :-)
Me: 39 DOR; DH: 42 no problem
TTC since Dec. 2010
IUI #1 - oct/nov. 2012. Stimulated IUI (with gonal-f and serophene). BFN
IUI #2 - nov/dec. 2012. Stimulated IUI (with gonal-f and serophene). BFN
IUI #3 - dec/jan. 2012-13. Stimulated IUI (with gonal-f and serophene). BFN
Break (3 months in Europe)
IUI #4 - May/june. 2013. Stimulated IUI (with gonal-f and serophene). BFN
IUI #5 - June. 2013. Stimulated IUI (with gonal-f and serophene). BFN
IUI #6 - July/aug. 2013. Stimulated IUI (with gonal-f and serophene).BFN
IVF #1 - sept. 2013. Antagonist protocol (gonal-f, Luveris, Cetrotide) - aborted on sept. 9th b/c not enough mature follies - converted into IUI. BFN
IUI #7 - sept/oct. 2013. Natural IUI (to give ovaries a break). BFN
IVF #2 - oct/nov. 2013. Antagonist protocol (gonal-f, Luveris, Cetrotide)
nov. 6 - ER: 6 eggs! (excited because doctor could only see 3 mature follies on 2D u/s and almost aborted the protocol).
nov. 11 - ET 1 5-day blast (+ 2 frosties)
10dp5dt - BFP on hpt (definitely not an hallucination)!! BFP
11dp5dt - beta = 232
14dp5dt - beta = 983 (my clinic only does 1 beta test but I asked for another b/c I was very nervous.
5w2d: went to the clinic b/c sharp pain on left side for past 18 hours. RE can't confirm uterine pregnancy on u/s b/c too early. Beta = 3800.
5w4d: 2nd u/s to try to rule out ectopic. RE can see a sac in my uterus! Beta = 6507.
Dec. 10 (6w6d): viability u/s. Saw hb (don't know heart rate) and bean measuring 6w5d and 0.78 cm.
Jan. 17 (12w2d): NT scan. Everything is good. NT is normal.
Jan. 28 (13w6d): Harmony test results excellent (risk < 1/10,000). We're having a girl!!
March 10 (19w5d): Anatomy scan. Everything looks perfect!
May 27 (30w6d): Monthly OB appointment. Fundal height at 27cm only (should be 31). Growth scan scheduled.
June 3 (31w6d): Growth scan. Everything looks normal but baby is small: all her measurements are in the 20th percentile or below.
June 25 (35w): OB appointment. Fundal height at 31cm.
July 14 2014 (37w5d): baby Ellie is born at 5 lbs 5 oz.
Trying for baby #2:
FET #1 - aug/sept. 2015 (estrace, aspirin and vibramycin)
sept. 18 - ET of a 5-day blast
sept. 29 - beta... BFN
FET #2 - nov/dec. 2015 (estrace, aspirin and vibramycin) - last frozen embryo
dec. 3 - ET of a 5-day blast
dec. 14 - beta... BFN
IVF #3 - april 2016 (gonal-f 450; luveris 150)
april 12 - cancelled cycle because only 1 growing follicle (converted into IUI)
april 15 - IUI... BFN
IVF #4 - july/aug. 2016 (Co-Q10 and DHEA until then)