So I pretty much have came to the conclusion that some form of fund raising is necessary to afford IVF. We've been saving and we'll probably use most of our tax return, but it still won't be enough. This is stressful, frustrating, and I think I'm a little heartbroken that it will probably come to this.
A few thing I have done today will check a couple things off the previous list. I called attainivf.com. Which of course isn't available in Michigan, but also if you want 3 cycles, you must pay for all 3 cycles even if the 1st one works. So I called ARC, and their program is very similar.
I also called Dr. M to find out cost and set up an IVF consultation appointment. The front desk nurse said that the cost of egg retrieval and transfer (minus medication, lab work & monitoring ultrasounds) is $7,980. So it is $8,000 + $2,000 (medication) + $1500 (monitoring, lab work) which brings the grand total to somewhere in the woods of $11,500 per cycle. Holyschmoly! PER CYCLE guys!!!
So I also made another IVF consultation with Dr. M in Southfield who is with Wayne State University's infertility clinic (they are the only clinic in the state to accept ARC's refund program) on the same day.
I think this way we'll hear 2 options for the best outcome. I really don't want to be patronized at the appointment. I know how IVF works! I just want to be able to afford it and more than once if necessary.
This might come down to a spaghetti dinner/bottle drive/whoknowswhatsit-please-give us-your-spare-change to be able to afford this which makes me even more sad.
Sometimes I just gotta wonder WHY.