What package did you pick?

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What package did you pick?
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Thu, 10-06-2011 - 5:35pm

I was going to post this under the November cyclers thread but I decided to post it this way to possibly get more responses. I know that I am asking the age old question.

I am still debating which package I want to pick for my first IVF. I am on BCP and my last pill is Oct 31st then my baseline U/S is Nov 1st which is the day that payment is due. Gulp!

My stats:
Me: 36 (37 on Nov 23rd), DH 42.
Categorized as unexplained infertility.
Been trying for #1 since 2006, got pregnant on first IUI but that ended in ectopic. I did 5 other IUIs after which were BFN. The only fertility medicine was Femara.
Antral Follicle Count: 20 (10 each side)

I told the financial person at my clinic that we will do the 1 fresh and

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Registered: 08-07-2007
Thu, 10-06-2011 - 8:57pm
We opted for the 2 fresh 2 frozen for &18K+meds. We agonized over the decision, but after years of trying we know to expect a few negatives. We like having the peace of mind.
When I spoke to a IRL friend about "what if we spend that much and get lucky right away?" Her response was : when you hold your pink bundle in your arms would it be worth $18K?
Chouli, 34; DH 45 Lilypie Pregnancy tickers
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Registered: 05-16-2009
Thu, 10-06-2011 - 10:12pm
Pros to multi- cycle:As Chouli said, if you "waste" the money by getting pregnant right away you will be so happy you won't care. The other thing to remember (don't know how it is at your clinic) but a lot of them won't let you do multi-cycle or shared risk plans after you've already had a failure, so you may be stuck paying one cycle at a time.
Cons: Obviously it costs more money upfront, and you may not be able to use the frozen anyway (if you don't have enough embryos).

I think your chances for pregnancy are good, so this is a tough decision to make. I was lucky to have some insurance coverage but if not would have probably done a single cycle payment and regretted it (with no embies for FET) I went on to success in my second cycle. If you can swing it financially the multi cycle plan would likely save you stress.
Sarah, 25 *IVF*First Cycle Canceled. Second Cycle Chemical Pregnancy. *Third Cycle Successful 3 weeks hospital for Pre-E. E&E born July 2010 via emergency cesarean at 34 weeks. NICU for a month. Now home & healthy. *FET with embies from cycle 3- BFN
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Registered: 08-27-2008
Fri, 10-07-2011 - 10:48am
We opted for the shared risk program, 3 fresh + 3 frozen with 70% money back if it didn't work. It was $28k w/o meds *YIKES* Ours worked on the first fresh cycle so our clinic clearly got the better side of the deal money wise. We don't regret a single $0.01 spent and it really did make my cycle much more serene since I wasn't putting all my hopes (and fears) into that one cycle knowing we had another shot or two at fresh cycles. GL with your decision, I know it's SOO tough!

Caryn
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Registered: 12-07-2008
Fri, 10-07-2011 - 8:45pm

We did two fresh, two frozen, and though we got pregnant on our first time, we are thrilled. I figure that because we chose that instead of the one fresh, one frozen, we were ensuring a pregnancy on our first time! Total (including the package, the meds -- though I got that grant coverage for most, the MESA/TESE, and the post-postive test care at the clinic -- for 10 weeks of my pregnancy) we spent was 33,000! And trust me, for us, that is A LOT! But it is all worth it! We are so excited to welcome our little guy in December/January.

About me: Sheri 35, DH 42, happily married 16 years, 3 furbabies TTC#1 since forever, MFI (complications from Type 1 Diabetes) December, February IUIs cancelled. One thing after another. March IVF stopped for uterine polyps (my turn to have something
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Mon, 10-10-2011 - 10:07am

Thanks everyone. I still kinda wanted to do the 2 and 2 but hubby really wanted to do the 1 and 1. If that doesn't work, we will need another 1 and 1 or another FET depending on if we have any frozen embies. He "thinks" that it will work right away even though I'm not all that convinced. The clinic sent the contract in the mail for the 1 and 1 and will are doing it.

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Registered: 04-23-2007
Mon, 10-10-2011 - 4:49pm

I do not go to a clinic that offers packages, so I can't give advice there. I have been through a few cycles though, and my doctor told me something that has given me so much peace of mind through out. He told me that the cost of 1 IVF cycle is what he estimates it costs to raise a child for 1 year. I pay almost $10000 per cycle , which does not include meds. I have been trying for a baby for more than 10 years, and that equals $100000, if I had a child 10 years ago!! So when my DH has tried to complain about the cost, I quickly remind him of this.Good luck to you!

Daana

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Tue, 10-11-2011 - 9:39am
Daana - That is a good point! :)
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