Reward dollars, here we come!

CHA-CHING! I just plopped down a huge chunk of change for IVF #2. Somehow giving your credit card number over the phone isn’t as fun as doing the ole swipe yourself. Thankfully I brought my lunch today, otherwise I’d feel like an asshole going out to eat after spending thousands of dollars after one quick phone call. So, I’m all paid up! Meds should be arriving next Tuesday. Lupron starts next Saturday. OMG! This is really happening!

I’ve noticed how well I’m doing squashing fearful thoughts as they come up. You know those ones. Pit in center of your gut. Will this work? What if… Maybe it’s the meditations. Maybe it’s the herbs. But I’m able to very quickly switch to positive, healthy, fertility-affirming thoughts. I know I keep saying this, but for anyone who’s on the fence between cycles after lots of BFNs, my advice is to take some time off. I can’t even put into words how wonderful this has been for me. I hated the thought of downtime but it has allowed for room to take some really (much needed) deep breaths.

Now that all of our testing came back normal — with the tiny exception of MTHFR — I think we will move forward with the embryo testing. Maybe we’ve had bad luck because our perfect embryos weren’t so perfect. Maybe all my work stress I endured in January (not to mention the stress of your very first IVF cycle) did something bad to my eggs. Maybe my eggs were kinda like me: pretty on the outside but hurting in the inside. Maybe all we need is another batch of eggs made under a much less stressful environment. Or maybe the extra Folic Acid, B6 and B12 will help. Just like a commenter noted on my last post, I’ve read lots of stories of women who go on to get and stay pregnant once diagnosed with MTHFR with Folgard and baby aspirin treatment. Even though my RE doesn’t think this is a big deal, could this be all I need?

But why not also throw in embryo testing for good measure? Maybe I am making more abnormal embryos than normal for my age. We won’t know for sure until we test. Maybe besides MTHFR, we’ll get one more piece to the puzzle. We have until next Wednesday to decide, and then pay another sizable chunk of change, but I think we’ll do it.

Knowing that we’re likely doing embryo testing, combined with the fact that we’re stimming a little slower/lower this time, we’ll most likely have fewer embryos to work with in the end. Fewer embryos means we might qualify for the 2-cycle plan at my clinic. It’s only about $4,500 more and we’d get free FETs from this cycle (if there are any embryos to freeze) as well as another IVF should we need it. The only stipulations of the 2-cycle plan are that you have to use all frozen embryos before you do the next IVF cycle, and everything has to be completed within 6 months. What’s that work out to? Two additional cycles at most if you count this IVF? That would work fine if we have fewer embryos to work with (like I think we will), but if we end up like last time (with a crapload of “perfect” embryos that don’t stick) then we’ll lose our extra money.

Hmmm, more decisions. We have until the day of ER to decide whether or not to upgrade to the 2-cycle plan, so we have time. By then we’ll also know how many follies are in play. But I won’t need this anyway, right? IVF #2 is gonna work, right from the get-go?

I am so excited that we’re getting closer!


8 responses to “Reward dollars, here we come!

  1. That’s pretty neat re: the two cycle plan. My RE always says that fewer embryos is better. Good luck w/ making a decision on the testing. All of these decisions seem so major…you never know which is going to be the one that impacts your fate.

  2. cgd

    My Re says the fewer the eggs the better too, quality over quantity. There are no right choices here. I would probably want the two cycle option myself. Wishing you the best of luck!!! When are you starting???

  3. Jessica

    As you know we are doing embryo testing also. I just wanted to let you know that there are few different labs that do the testing and some are a lot more expensive than the others. We are going with GSN (Gene Security Network) and they test all 24 chromosomes on Day 3 and the embryos are ready for a Day 5 transfer. I called around they are the 2nd cheapest at $3700 and that is for up to 24 embryos.


  4. I am excited for you! I hope that this cycle is it.

  5. silver

    wow you are doing every test they offer, they must love you 🙂 make sure you ask for lots of free meds. we did the super expensive 3-cycle money-back plan because i was so paranoid about paying for a BFN. but now we’re really happy that we overpaid like $8k. i am really excited for you to get started!

  6. I think you’re right that embryo testing is a good idea. Hopefully all of your embryos will look A+ awesome, and if that’s the case you will have one more piece of the puzzle. And if you have a bunch of bad embryos, you’ll still have one more piece of the puzzle. So either way you win!

  7. Jen

    This is my first time on your blog – found you on Stirrup Queens. I’ll be doing IVF #3 in Nov/Dec and I’m Homozygous MTHFR A1298C. I have done IVF #1/#2, FET #1/#2/#3 and 2 IUI’s in between. I’ve had 4 miscarriages and got preggo with my son from FET #1. I took Folgard & baby aspirin pre-pregnancy and took Folgard & Lovenox during pregnancy (lovenox until 3rd tri – if I remember correctly). Looking forward to following along with your IVF…best of luck!

  8. Wow, I’m so proud of you that you are managing to quash the negative thoughts so easily… care to share your secret? I try and try and try but I just can’t get rid of the black cloud over my head. Sometimes I wonder if it’s partly just self preservation and me trying to prepare myself for a fall.

    Anyways, it sounds like you have a few more answers going into this IVF and now that you have the MTHFR under control you may find this cycle goes wayyyyy better, I hope so.

    Thats really really REALLY good that you don’t have to make the decision about the 2 cycle plan till the day of ER. Similar plans that I’ve heard of over here you have to decide up front before any drugs are dispensed, makes it so much more of a gamble.

    Yay, getting excited for you!

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After nearly 3 years of TTC and the help of ART, we got pregnant on our 5th IVF/FET transfer after IVF #2. Our beautiful fraternal twin boys were born on 7/15/11 at 37w0d.

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