We met with our Dr. at Nashville Fertility Center today. We discussed my health since surgery and everything checked out great. With that being said, we are starting another IVF cycle. We are hopeful that this round will be successful. I am currently on CD (cycle day) 4 and will begin Desogen birth control pills tonight. I should receive the plan for the remainder of the cycle in the next few days, which will outline the injection dosages and tentative dates for monitoring appointments, egg retrieval & transfer.
Because I became so hyperstimulated during my last fresh cycle, he will tweak our medication protocol for this round. He will utilize FSH and HMG, with the goal that the combination of the two drugs will result in "average" egg production (12-15 versus 36 like before) and increase egg quality.
We left the clinic with excitement but also with a bill for $10,250. They do not offer financing, so this is completely out-of-pocket. Sadly, this isn't our total cost. Our medication charges are separate from the facility fees and will add another $2,000-3,000. We do have a little bit of a break with an unused cartridge of Follistim left over from a previous cycle. So, we've got a $900 "credit" sitting in our fridge. Every little bit helps, for sure.
Bring on the shots! Let's get this party started!
(Note: By shots, I mean big, nasty needles)