Originally Posted by momnmidwife
I am not sure if she was ever told her options other than IVF...which they can't afford.
I think IVF would be a great option for her. My baby who is 8m.o. was conceived through IVF. I have only one tube, but it leads to a lazy ovary and my second ovary is just fine, but has no tube. So, that was a good option for me. We of course could try to stimulate my ovaries to work like crazy in hope that the lazy one will throw an egg once in a while, but it could take years to conceive like that and I just didn't want to screw up my health completely and totally with all the tons of hormones. After all, we figured my health was so much more important than money!
Now, about IVF prices. She needs to have a good research done because IVF prices are SO different in different places! When we were choosing a clinic I was amazed about the difference. Some clinics would ask for $20,000 (!!!), some for $10,000. The one that we went with was asking for only $6,500 (just the procedure) and for people who want to save money (which we did) they advised ordering hormones not in the US (here it would costs another $2,000-$3,000), but from Europe through the internet (which was under $700).
Also they require some blood work done. But if you do it through an infertility clinic, insurance most likely won’t cover it, however, if they just write you what needs to be done and you go to a regular lab, most of it will be covered.
So, it’s not so simple about IVF. If one is willing to invest some thoughts and time into it, IVF can be definitely the best and sometimes even the most economical way to go. Some people would undergo the whole bunch of expressive tests to find out what is wrong with them and end up spending even more money and still having no clue about the cause of their infertility. So, it’s not so simple.