Finally talked to the infertility pricing specialist today to get the down low on all the costs involved with treatments. The good news is that the basic first cycle (3 months) is “just” $1250 plus $150 for genetic testing, less than $100 for medication and any extra bloodwork required before the cycle begins. So all things considered, it if works, it really isn’t that bad. $2k for a kid is reasonable.
However, if that doesn’t work, that’s when costs start to add up. Mr. HECC needs to get tested. Then we have to try another cycle for another $2k. That may not work. Then we’re on to IVF…
Now, IVF is freaking expensive. There’s no way around that. It’s about $10k-$12k for “one cycle” BUT that doesn’t include medicine that is $4500. And you may need more than one cycle. So basically it’s going to be $16k for one try and if that doesn’t work hold your breath and your wallet because soon you’ll be broke.
After considering freezing my embryos, I’ve decided that is probably a bad plan because it’s so crazy expensive, and if Clomid works for $2k now then I guess I’ll just go ahead and have my second at 35 or 36 for another $2k and be done with building my family. One thing that could happen – though still unlikely – is that I end up with twins from Clomid. I’ve thought about it and it wouldn’t be the end of the world… it actually might be good. If I have to take the time off anyway to take care of my kids, it would be nice to have two the same age once they are old enough to entertain each other. I don’t want to get pregnant with triplets but twins would be ok. It’s still a very small chance, but there are def a lot of chances of multiples in clomid induced ovulation pregnancies.
So, the plan now is to start with Letrozole (which is a Clomid alternative) in January-ish. So cycle one would be Jan-March. We spend $2k and see if I can get pregnant and take it from there.
If we are going to need IVF, I may try to get a job at one of the companies around here that covers it – though they may require a year waiting period before you’re eligible, I’m not sure. Either way, might look into that. Or I’ll just pay tens of thousands of dollars because that’s what people do when they are infertile and want children. Right?