C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)

Since I am trying to be as real and transparent as possible with this blog, lets talk about what I have spent (so far) on trying to put a baby in my uterus.  As many, many others have pointed out, it is so unfair that fertility treatments are only available to those who can afford it.  And with the exception of a few people who work in tech, I don’t know anyone who has an insurance plan that covers fertility.  My insurance is no different so anything “fertility” related is 100% out of pocket.


IUI’s and other medical procedures (Hysterscopy)                         $3200

Sperm and tank rental                                                                            $2410

Acupuncture                                                                                              $1375

IVF (retrieval and PGS testing) w/ 25% “low-income” discount   $15,564

IVF Medications                                                                                        $2,403

Sperm for IVF                                                                                            $1450

Co-pay for myectomy (to remove fibroids)                                         $1240

 TOTAL: $27,642

(not including) Upcoming FET                                                                $3,800


Going through the exercise of adding this up makes my stomach turn.  I’m sure there are more expenses I haven’t accounted for-like the hundreds of miles I have driven schlepping my sperm and myself around for appointments all over the Bay Area.   I am very, very, very, lucky to have received  help which paid for most of the above treatments.  But now I’m on my own (with 2 embryos to show for it).  I just applied for a medical loan for $5000 to cover my upcoming FET(frozen embryo transfer) and other (now unknown) medical expenses that I am sure will come up.  So here’s hoping the first one sticks! Oh and FUCK the U.S. health insurance system!!!




2 thoughts on “C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)

  1. Amen, sister. When you start to look at all of the things that women in other developed countries get (the healthcare coverage, the paid maternity leave, the subsidized childcare), it’s hard not to get infuriated at this country’s misogynistically hypocritical “family values” BS. Ugh.

    I’m rooting for you! I think I remember you from the TTC boards last summer, when we were briefly on there together. I’ll be following your journey here and sending you good vibes. You’re finally getting ready to have that transfer!


    1. Thanks for rooting for me! It really helps to get the support. Yup, I was on the TTC forum for a bit but took a bunch of time off to have a fibroid removed. I’m rooting for you too!!!


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