I met with my IVF nurse yesterday for my meds in-service, and to get my IVF calendar. There is still a part of me that cannot believe we are doing this. I just never thought we would have to go this route, but I guess no one really does. The nurse was wonderful. She answered all my questions beautifully, and was so patient with me throughout the entire appointment.
Although our timeline is subject to change, we should know whether we are pregnant or not one month from today! We did my saline sonogram and baseline today. I will take my last birth control pill Thursday, and Andrew and I began taking our antibiotic this morning, and I also started taking baby Aspirin this morning. Of course, I am also taking a pre-natal vitamin.(The vitamins I take also contain probiotics, which I love!) I will start Follistim on August 5th, and eventually add Menopur and Ganirelix. Then, of course, there is the HcG 10,000, and finally, progesterone via injection. These are only the meds I am taking via injection, and they are the most expensive. The other meds are taken orally, and are much less costly, so I will get those from my regular pharmacy.
I called many pharmacies, and here are the best prices I was able to find:
- 1, 900 of Follistim- $839.88
- Menopur, 10 vials- $75.90 per vial
- Ganirelix, 240 mcg, 4- $116.99 each
- HcG 10,000- $75.90
- Progesterone, 2 vials- $34.50
That brings our running total for medications to $2,211.74. This, of course, is not everything that I will be taking, so the price will only climb from here.
If you are like me, and not expecting your insurance to pay for IVF or meds, you may want to look into some savings programs for self-paying patients, like this one. I also recently found out about a scholarship program for people whose insurance does not cover IVF. I wish I had known about this sooner!
My frequent visits will begin on August 8th. My nurse told me to plan on being at the office every day between the 8th, and the day of the retrieval (which is tentatively scheduled for the 16th, but this is subject to change).
So… here we go!!!