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
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
(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!!!