Financial Investment

We knew making a baby wasn’t going to be an inexpensive venture. We decided to keep a running tally of out-of-pocket costs below for other people considering venturing on this journey. Note that we do NOT have any sort of infertility coverage as part of my insurance.

Preliminary Expenses

Initial Consultation: $35 Insurance Co-Pay

Lab-Work: $0 (covered in full by insurance)

First Follow-up Appointment in preparation for our first IUI: $35 Insurance Co-pay

Attempt #1 Expenses

Prescription for 5mg of Letrozole (Femara) to be taken for CD 2-6: $4.81 (covered by insurance since Letrozole only has FDA approval to be used as a cancer treatment and not for fertility)

Clearblue Digital Ovulation Prediction Kit: $32.99 for 20 test sticks

Donor Sperm: $665 (includes 1 vial of unwashed sperm and shipping)

Attempt #2 Expenses

Prescription for 5mg of Letrozole: $4.81

Donor Sperm: $0 (since the sperm from last month wasn’t used)

Day 10 Ultrasound / Blood work: $30 Insurance co-pay

Day 14 Ultrasound / Blood work: $30 Insurance co-pay

Day 16 Ultrasound / Blood work: $30 Insurance co-pay

Day 18 Ultrasound /Blood work:  $30 Insurance co-pay

Attempt #3 Expenses

Prescription for 100mg of Clomid: $29

Prescription for 300iu of Follistim: $0 (received a manufacturer’s sample from the RE’s office)

Donor Sperm: $0 (since the sperm from last month wasn’t used)

Preliminary Appointment with Dr. M: $65 Insurance co-pay

Day 3 Ultrasound/Blood work:  $0 (I managed to have a $30 credit somehow)

Day 10 Ultrasound / Blood work: $30 Insurance co-pay

Day 13 Ultrasound / Blood work: $30 Insurance co-pay

Day 15 Ultrasound / Blood work: $30 Insurance co-pay

Day 17 Ultrasound / Blood work:  $30 Insurance co-pay

Prescription for Pregnyl:  $0 (received through the RE’s office & we are hoping my insurance will cover this)

Sperm wash, Semen Analysis, Insemination:  $324

IUI Nurse’s Fee:  $26

Total Cost to Date: $1,461.61 (as of 28 July 2013)

2 thoughts on “Financial Investment

  1. Wow, you guys are spending a lot less than we are!! My partner and I have been trying for a year and we have spent 12,000 so far…7 IUI’s total.

    • I’m fortunate that Blue Cross Blue Shield has covered all of my lab work and monitoring even though I have no fertility coverage as part of my policy. The most expensive thing for us is donor sperm. And we’ve only had one IUI so far. My next cycle will be more expensive thanks to the addition of injectables.

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