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Can anyone give me any tips? Im in my twenties and I want to make sure Im financially stable.......about how much does 1 round of IUI cost (estimate). I think that I will chart my temp for a yr before trying to make sure I know my body. Also any advice on making sure I will be successful as far as what foods to eat, vitamins, etc.
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Can anyone give me any tips? Im in my twenties and I want to make sure Im financially stable.......about how much does 1 round of IUI cost (estimate). I think that I will chart my temp for a yr before trying to make sure I know my body. Also any advice on making sure I will be successful as far as what foods to eat, vitamins, etc.
Hey there,

For us, its around 1000$ a month if you count 2 IUI's two days in a row plus frozen sperm... that is what is considered One round at our clinic.

As far as getting ready, the basics are simple : take folic acid (1000mg a day), you can also take a vitamin B complexe supplement (only just found out about that one...) or a prenatal vitamin (contains the folic acid), eat right, lose weight if necessary, stop smoking, stop caffein and reduce sugar intake... and start charting your signs. You can use the help of charting websites made for that purpose, a good one is fertilityfriend.com... it makes it really easy.

You can get some more info (Because there is so much more info out there lol) in a book called The Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth

Good luck and welcome in our little queer baby-making corner of the web Feel free to join us in the january TTC (trying to conceive) thread. Thats where we gather to talk

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If you are doing an unmedicated IUI, the actual IUI procedure can range from $190 if you go to your midwife to $350 if your Obgyn to $450-$550 if you go to an RE.

Then, if you are using frozen donor sperm, you can add another $300 - $600 on one vial of sperm. This does not include the cost of shipping, $100-$200.

Then you will need some OPK's (ovulation predictor kits). You should also start taking some prenatals or at the very least folic acid.

I also second PP on getting some books to educate yourself.

Good luck!

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Another great book is The Infertility Cure by Randine Lewis. Even if you don't anticipate having trouble getting pregnant, I think the advice in this book is quite helpful. I took clomid to conceive my twins (wasn't ovulating at the time w/out it), but was able to conceive our third son without fertility drugs thanks to this book and acupuncture.

Re: cost, I do think it's noteworthy to mention that being able to afford ttc with sperm bank donor sperm is indicative of being able to afford having a baby/child . . . although there is government assistance available once you are pregnant. Especially for someone who is planning to be a single parent, I think the more relevant questions would be about the cost of childcare if it will be necessary for you to go back to work right away. For us, it also cost about $1,000 per cycle (sperm plus IUI) when we were TTC. We got pregnant for the first time when I was 22 and I hadn't really thought through the finances AT ALL. We had saved about $5,000 which I hoped would mean that I could stay home for the first year . I had vague ideas about doing childcare with my baby and someone else's similar aged baby. But then I had twins and a) absolutely could not afford childcare for them (it would have cost as much as my salary, were I working) and b) didn't feel like adding a third baby to my day (one who I would be getting paid to take care of) would be a good idea. It ended up working out eventually . . . we pretty much ran out of money and then my grandparents decided to help us out financially. When the twins were 2, my wife got a much better job and things felt much more stable. But we were very naive about how much it costs to have a kid (or, in our case, two), even when you are minimalists.

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Hi Destany,

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.

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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.
Assuming you meant my advice, I did not intend for that to be my message (that if you cannot afford the treatment required to get pregnant, you can't afford a child). Rather, I just meant to point out that when thinking about financial stability and having babies, the real $$$ issues to look at are those that occur post-baby. Especially for a single parent who has to go back to work and needs to pay for childcare (of course some single-parents-by-choice can also manage to be stay-at-home parents or have friends/family who are willing to provide childcare for free). Decent full-time childcare for an infant where we live generally runs about $1,000/month. For us, because we got pregnant right away and got the bonus "two for the price of one" baby, parenting our babies cost way more than conceiving them (mainly in the loss of my income since I became a Stay At Home Mom, and in unexpected costs like our heating bill went up because we were keeping the house warmer during the day (since I was home)).

But I never advocate that families wait for "financial stability" before having babies since, really, I'm an advocate of having babies when your HEART tells you to. And I think that things work out in the end, even if expenses are higher than you anticipated they would be. I have no regrets about having babies when I did (young and without much stability of any kind). And if we had run out of TTC money while we were trying, we likely would have just looked that much harder for a known donor and TTC for free.

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A couple of points from my perspective...

We spent at least $30,000 to concieve our twins (DD1 and DD2). That included 10 monitored IUI cycles, some injectable cycles, and finally IVF x 3. My insurance paid an additional approx $10,000. We were able to pay those costs off within about 3 years.

For this pregnancy we went right back to IVF, it was a $26,000 flat fee (we had to use an egg donor). We were fortunate to have really good credit and a lot of open credit card space. Some people would say we're idiots for spending so much money to have our children, but we examined very closely all of our options and for us the debt was not the issue. We would rather have these kids than a big house or fancy cars.

So when I was doing the IUI cycles several years ago, my cost ranged from $450 - $1000 per cycle depending on the level of monitoring.

Lex - you're totally right. We spend about $12,000 a year on childcare for our twins, and that is only for 3 days a week. Anyone can tell you that kids bring expenses into your life that you wouldn't have otherwise. I waited until I was in my 30's to start TTC, and ended up with horrific medical bills and procedures. I often wonder whether that would have happened had I started in my 20's. But I put it off b/c I was waiting for more financial stability. Therefore, I don't advocate waiting, either. DP and I know that we are never going to be monetarily rich, but our lives are so much more rich thanks to our kids. I wouldn't change anything.

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find out if your insurance covers anything first. unfortunately mine didn't cover anything. You will first need to go to a specialist to determine what, or if, there is a reason. I had my first IUI done monday. We had to use donor sperm and it was like $435 a vial. My actual procedure was $595. Included my ultrasounds, the actual procedure, thawing and storing of the sperm. If you are unsure about what exactly your insurance covers, check out this website. www.fertilitylifelines.com You can fill out a form and fax them, and they will get all the information you need to know. You guys cross your fingers for me! Im in my TTW now! I had about 5 follicles but only 1 was mature before i got my trigger shot. It was just under 19 and the other was 14. the rest were too small. I'm a little worried b/c I've read alot of people saying they waited 36 hrs after trigger, and i only waited 24 hrs. I don't think I O'ed til several hrs after my IUI. but i'm going to think positive!
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There's figures really sting!!!

I estimate we spent $10,000 for DS and my current pregnancy cost about $1,500.

The only real costs though, were: sperm, shipping, storage, paying out of pocket for clomid (cheap), acupuncture, and opks. My midwife did all IUIs at no cost. That's the policy of the office. Now if I were straight and my insurance would have covered it, then they would have billed and I would have to pay my co-pay.

We used ID release frozen sperm which was about $480/vial last time we bough, which was in winter 2007. We pay $37/month to store our vials. A months supply of clomid was $29. Acupuncture was $75/hour.

I think it's good advice to also factor in the cost of supporting a child but as I think most seem to agree here, I don't think you're ever ready: financially, emotionally, etc. (I suppose some people are, but the vast majority of us are not independently wealthy.) We have made huge sacrifices to permit me to stay home and we really can't afford this next one, but we also can't afford for me to stay home forever so we decided to go ahead and have them close in age so I can get back to work sooner than if we really waited.

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