The Rx list
I’ve been on birth control for the last 7 weeks and will continue on for another 3 weeks or so. Like I’ve said before, it’s a total oxymoron to be taking birth control in preparation for conceiving a baby. But, I guess when it’s not being done naturally and you have modern medicine intervening then it makes sense…..right?
Hubby and I have been in island paradise recently and haven’t had to think about the IVF too much or actually deal with everything that comes with IVF-including big charges to our credit card.
Well, back to reality……….we got our med list and had to make our payment this month so that next month we can pay for the actual IVF procedures (I won’t even tell you how much that will be yet!).
Here is the list:
Eeek! About half way down that list is the Follistim “pen” kit…..$2540! I would have needed smelling salts if I hadn’t been forwarned by friends who have gone through fertility treatments and been semi-prepared for the shock of how expensive IVF meds are. My protocol calls for 375 IU of the Follistim, as you can see above the pens are only 300 IU, but my nurse clarified that they are usually overfilled, thank goodness! Otherwise, we’d need 2 more pens. But, luckily we saved about $500 and we can sock it away for the next hit!
We are going to participate in the Attain Refund program through our fertility clinic (SRM), so we are going to buy a package deal for 3 fresh cycles and 3 frozen cycles. Unfortunately, this package does not include meds, so that $3613.63 is only for one round!!!
As much as I’m complaining about the high cost of IVF, we will be overjoyed to get pregnant and have a healthy, happy baby or babies! The outcome will be priceless.