Turning Down a Shared Cycle

August 30th, 2013
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More and more fertility clinics are starting to offer shared-donor in-vitro fertilization cycles, where a woman agrees to donate some of her retrieved eggs to another patient in return for a reduced cost of her own IVF treatment. If the woman doesn’t yet have any children, or doesn’t have any biological children, this is a [...]

Don’t Go Cheap!

April 8th, 2010
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Infertility is not easily affordable. Most insurance companies will deny coverage of it and most people don’t have a few thousand sitting around when they find out that they can’t conceive. I found that a good amount of stress came from having to wait to save up enough money for a treatment and then having [...]

The Economy and Infertility

July 30th, 2009
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Historically when the economy is in shambles family size decreases and couples think more about the financial impact of having a child than they might when the economy is robust. I imagine that a down economy also affects people’s approach to infertility and fertility treatments. One of the biggest stresses for me when pursuing IVF [...]

The True Cost of IVF

May 26th, 2009
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I find it very appalling that in an industry that is largely self-pay there are many deceitful clinics that advertise false pricing for IVF. A friend of mine who was using my same clinic and just beginning her fertility treatments challenged me when I said that my husband and I had spent easily $15,000 on [...]

Shared Risk

April 21st, 2009
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In the very beginning stages of an IVF cycle you learn about success rates and (hopefully) what the expectation is for you. You learn about fees and can get an estimate of what your particular protocol will cost. You will also probably hear about, or get information on a shared risk program. To do or [...]

Categories: Challenges, Cost, IVF

Financing Fertility Treatments

April 20th, 2009
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When we began our IVF journey the list of things to stress about was very lengthy. At the top of the list was finances and trying to determine just how to pay for the treatments, none of which would be covered by insurance. If you live in a mandated state that requires insurance to cover [...]

The Initial Consultation

April 4th, 2009
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The decision to visit a Reproductive Endocrinologist (RE)is a big one. Once you take the step to delve deeper into your fertility issues by researching treatments and more advanced therapy and seeking the help of a fertility specialist, then you have had to come to the point of admitting to yourself that you may be [...]

How Many?

March 18th, 2009
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When people found out that we were about to try IVF we were asked many times if we were going to have multiple children, with more than one reference to us as Larry and Sheila plus 8. After my twins were born and a friend asked how we were doing, we honestly said that although [...]

Infertility: How Much Are You Willing to Invest?

January 7th, 2008
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If you are in the midst of going through fertility treatments, you might see your bank account rapidly depleting. Even with health insurance coverage, fertility treatments can be expensive. Have you decided when to stop investing money in the dream of conceiving a child? Many couples who are going through fertility procedures do not want [...]

Categories: Cost

Unsuccessful Fertility Treatments: Where’s My Refund?

December 27th, 2007
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Do you ever think about how much money you would have in the bank if fertility treatments came with refunds? Considering I paid for over 20 intrauterine inseminations (IUIs), three surgeries, and over two years worth of three different types of hormones, I probably do not even want to know the total cost. It might [...]

Categories: Cost