i will probably never go through ivf again (Lord willing that this round is a go) since i will be 46 when this one(s) is/are born. that should pretty well eat my lunch for a season.
but i would find a discussion of clincs very fascinating. i chose my clinic due to a donor--but found them to be pretty affordable and with a good success rate. They are also a very advanced clinic doing pgd for many years (which i didnt need). They are the fertility center of sarasota, dr. pabon. I am in virginia--so i travelled to them as did my dh--but we only went once--and coordinated all the US and bloodwork through a local clinic. if you google search them--their rates are on their website. They dont do a "baby guarantee" they just do one cycle at a time. We knew we did not want to go through multiple cycles--win lose or draw--we were willing to do a fresh and whatever frozen resulted and call it quits if we werent successful. very personal decisions!
Most of the clincs in my area (DC--Northern VA) do the "baby guarantee" where you are going to pay 50-60K for 6 cycles (plus meds, donor fees, freezing, etc.) and at the end you would get back a portion if you are not successful.
I have looked a bit at the program in the Czech Republic and it looks SO much more affordable. I know we have someone on our list using them as well.
I am looking forward to hearing about differnt programs. There is quite a variance in cost and success rates. i know it's hard to compare in some ways--but they all must get women with certain challenges and AMA...?
ALSO--KELLY! I have been meaning to respond to your suggestion about starting over with our stories so that all of us new to the list could become more familiar with each other. I would love that--it would help me to get a better grip on everyone and to pray more.
Thanks all! Spring is here in Virginia!