Our Journey Continues

It’s been pretty quiet here on the blog. Since our first failed attempt at IVF, we were forced to take a step back and consider several things. First, we had to consider if we wanted to try again. Second, we had to consider if we could afford to try again. Then, we had to consider what method we were going to use.

After quickly deciding on the first thing, it took a little while to determine if we could afford another try. My dad asked me, “Is it worth it?” to which I told him yes, but then had to actually ponder that question.

So, is it worth it? Is it worth almost maxing out our credit card in the hopes that this time will work? Is it worth holding our breaths through another round of IVF? Is it worth taking the chance that our dream may finally become a reality?

Yes, Yes, a resounding YES!

Now that we determined that we were going to continue our journey, we had to choose which route we were going to take. The doctor told us I would probably have the same low response to the stim drugs as I had the first time, so the option of using my eggs went out the window pretty quickly. We have been in communication with the same clinic about using donor eggs (see previous post). They gave us seven candidates that haven’t even gone through the screening process, so who knows if they will even become donors.

And that, my dear friends, leads us to today. I had submitted an inquiry to a clinic in Fort Worth to gain more information about their frozen egg bank. I got a call from the coordinator today, and had a great chat with her. I wanted to share what I learned, in case anyone else that is reading this is considering donor eggs.

Q: What is the overall cost of the program?

A: $500 non-refundable deposit to be allowed to review the registry. If we decide to do the program, the entire deposit will go towards the purchase of the eggs. To buy a set of frozen eggs, the cost is a flat $10,000. After that, procedures and ultrasounds average around $8,500. (NOTE: to do a fresh donor cycle at my home clinic, the cost is $27,500 plus around $300 in meds)

Q: How many eggs does $10,000 buy?

A: We would receive 6 high graded eggs.

Q: What is the fertilization rate of eggs that have been frozen (assuming no male factor) and what is the percentage of live births?

A: Most batches range from 80-100% fertilization (5-6). The Fort Worth Clinic has a higher than the national average (65%) of live births from frozen donor eggs.

Q: How many trips would I have to make to Fort Worth?

A: The program has been designed to make it to where I only have to do two visits to the Fort Worth Clinic: the initial consultation and work up, and the actual transfer. In order to keep it to two visits, the sperm will have to be frozen, which costs an additional $400 (I think one extra trip is not going to be a problem in order to save some money).

Q: How many donor profiles will I be able to review?

A: Instead of being restricted just to the local clinic’s registry of donors, we will be able to choose from a national registry.

Q: What is the website?

A: https://myeggbank.com/ (At the time of this post, the website was down for maitenance, but should be up by May 4.

And there you have it, folks, my conversation in a nutshell. It’s time to ramp up the good thoughts, prayers, and well-wishes!

❤ to you all,

Heather

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