After 10-years of trying, we went through IVF and it cost around $25K. The cycle failed and our options are another cycle or donor eggs.
After viewing IVF success rates carefully at various clinics, I believe that people must plan for at least 2 or 3 cycles before they are going to have a high probability of success. At this rate, we're looking at $75K+ for expenses!
My questions to everyone out there: Are most of you paying for all this yourselves or is insurance paying for this? I can understanding doing 3 cycles if insurance is paying for it, but for 90% of the people out there, coming up with this kind of cash is very difficult.
Also, having gone through an IVF now, I believe that it is (for the most part) a cook-book process. For example, you have three options as far as the cycle, then you have some choices for the fertilization etc. Has anyone thought to ask WHY is this so expensive? Because looking at it logically, there is nothing that seems so earth-shattering new, especially 30-years later after the first IVF. Or, is this the case of the doctor's just milking it for what they can?
My only comparison is when vision corrective surgery came out, it was very expensive. Now, you can get it for about $2K per eye! Besides the lower equipment costs, the majority of costs in these procedures are doctor's fees, which inevitably go down as the number of doctors who perform these procedures increase. Based on this, my only conclusion is that IVF will drop in cost in the next 5-10 years as the number of doctors who perform this procedure increase--unless of course the doctors figure out a way to limit the number of doctors (competitors) that will do this. Once again, it's the AMA controlling costs by controlling supply.
Anyway, we're thinking about what to do next, and going abroad to a reputable clinic seems to be a good option for getting IVF done at a fraction of the cost ($7,500), which seems very reasonable. The cost of the medicine is about the same, but the doctor fees are A LOT less, and at this point, it just seems like a probability game.
Just my few thoughts...looking forward to others' ideas.