Still waiting to start IVF #2

Since my last post, I was able to gather my new insurance information and get it over to the financial rep at my RE’s office. She called me back last week with incredible news:  My cycle has been authorized and will be covered by my insurance. I’m still waiting to see exactly what the details are, but based on the letters I received from my provider in the mail, PGS and ICSI may be covered too. It is very possible we will be responsible only for biopsy, shipping and freezing fees, plus my deductible.

I absolutely cannot believe our good fortune. I know how expensive fertility treatments are, and I feel so grateful to have had 1, possibly 2, retrievals and 1 FET covered so far.  Even with all of that coverage, we still spent $20,000 out of pocket last year, so my heart goes out to those who have no coverage whatsoever.

We are fortunate in that we live comfortably and can afford to keep doing IVF even after the insurance coverage runs out, but we also know there is realistic possibility we will be shelling out 6 figures for a gestational carrier at some point, and so we want to minimize all costs as much as possible up until that point, as that will be a life-changing expense.

As for right now, I am about halfway through a 10 day course of Prometrium, so I am expecting I will have my baseline in the next 1.5 to 2 weeks. I did get confirmation today that all of my meds have been ordered, so we are well on our way to starting the cycle. I am definitely not excited, because IVF doesn’t hold that “we’re so close to being pregnant” feeling for me since it has failed a few times already.  But I do also know that it gets me closer than not trying at all, and I am still holding out hope for a miracle.





Happy New Year!

I’ve taken a little bit of a break from blogging lately.  I haven’t had much going on as far as IVF/TTC goes, and the holiday season has been really hard this year so I’ve tried to limit my time online with forums, blogging, etc.

It was hard to realize that this was the third Christmas we have spent with empty arms. We forwent most of the Christmas celebrations with our extended family this year, mostly for my benefit as it was just too hard. (I didn’t want another repeat of last year’s Christmas Eve where I had to run out of the church sobbing).

But, in the end, we made it through another holiday season and now it is officially 2016 and time to get ready for IVF #2. We’ve been on a TTC break since November when my IUI failed, and we still have a little bit more waiting to do.  As soon as my new insurance kicks in (hopefully in the next few weeks), I have to send the information to my RE’s office.  We are going to see if the change in insurance will allow us to get another cycle authorized.

We are probably looking at late January/early February to start stims. I am so incredibly nervous to go through this process again, especially the part where we wait to find out how many blasts we get and how many test PGS normal. I am terrified that last time was a fluke with 3 normal embryos and that we won’t be able to get any this time around.

I’m trying to take it one step at a time though. For now I am going to desperately try and lose the 5+lbs I gained while eating my feelings away the past 6 months.