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A few notes about the cost of IUI all directly from my experience:
My old fertility clinic charged $275 per IUI, that included preparing the sperm.
I had two IUIs per cycle, they also charged a handling fee for receiving the frozen sperm from the bank. That was $100 per time, it didn't matter if I had two vials shipped or ten. I did it cycle by cycle, because I was pursuing short term treatment.
Sperm was $700 for two vials of unwashed per cycle. I also received up to ten ultrasounds and bloodwork visits each cycle, each of which would have cost up to $400.
Point being, even "just" an IUI cycle with monitoring, frozen donor sperm, at a fertility clinic can run $3,000+.
That was in Canada, and three or so years ago.
My US OB charges based on visit costs, so I think my IUIs including sperm prep have been under $200 (my insurance paid). I also had 3-4 ultrasounds, but no bloodwork that cycle.
I also had one IUI with a CNM midwife who works with an OB, and I think that IUI was similarly billed.
Some midwives also have a commitment to helping people get pregnant regardless of the cost, so you may find a midwife who could do simply the IUI for a reasonable cost if you did the monitoring at home with OPKs and such.
Finally, I'm going to go directly against the advice you've gotten up top. Do not let anyone tell you that if you cannot afford the treatment you need to get pregnant that you cannot afford to have a child.
Especially if you need thousands of dollars worth of sperm and drugs and procedures, I simply don't think that's fair.
I've spent $20-25,000 of my own and other people's money trying to get pregnant (insurance, money from my union) over the past three years. If I was doing it all out of my own pocket, there's no way I could ever afford to get knocked up.
I will, however, be able to afford to provide my children with the things that I consider important.
That does not mean my kids will live at the same standards as other people's children. I will not be buying every must-have product or signing them up for every must-do activity, or private schooling, or grand vacations abroad. I will be setting up an education fund, since that is a priority for me, but my kids will wear hand-me-downs and we'll drive an old car, and ride an old bike, and we'll do it for a whole lot less than most affluent folks believe is possible.
SPBC Finally a Papa! Elise Ember Soleil - 10/3/10 - 4:09 AM - 6 lbs 8 oz My daughter eats donor milk! Human milk for human babies!