The Wrong Side of Luck

Well, it’s been about 10 days since we got our first ever positive pregnancy test. It was still a very faint line at that point but it had been getting darker every day. At 14 days past ovulation (DPO) I tested with a digital test and it really put some of the doubt to rest at that point, I was pregnant! The lines continued getting a little bit darker on day 15, but I started to worry. Most people have a test line that is at least as dark as the…

Plot Twists and Change of Plans

I figured it was time for another diary post update. We were planning on going back to Prague for our frozen embryo transfer in March. I ordered the meds last week and, according to the tracking number, they are due to arrive any day now. But there’s been a change of plans. We’re not going to Prague in March. Hopefully, we’re not going to Prague for a long time… Do you see where this is going yet? Maybe if I stop adding all those Enters and just spit it out….

Frugalcrib our cost of IVF treatment abroad one fresh cycle

What We Spent On IVF Treatment

Just a quick one today! One of the most frequently asked questions about IVF abroad is “how much does it really cost?” We already looked at the average cost of IVF in different countries as well as the cost of different clinics in the Czech Republic in this post. But how much did we actually end up spending? Does it jive with what the clinic has on their website? Let’s take a look:   In total, we spent close to $4,000 on one fresh IVF cycle including meds, the vitrification, and storage…

Prauge frugalcrib spending

Two Weeks in Prague: The Frugalcrib Spending Report

It’s time to take a look at the financial side of our trip to Prague. How much did we spend on our 16 days there? As you know, we didn’t just visit Prague to have a good time walking around Old Town. It wasn’t a “fun” trip in the normal sense of the word. We went to Europe for affordable IVF treatments. But, of course, it doesn’t make much sense to save money on the IVF treatment itself, if we spend a fortune staying there for a few weeks. But, I’m…

Plane route

IVF Diary Part 13: Pregnancy Test Results

This is Part 13 of the IVF Diary series. I’ll be keeping a diary of all important IVF days, starting from when we first chose to undergo infertility treatment in Prague. Click here to read all other IVF diary posts.   It’s been 10 days since our little embryo was transferred and it’s time to update you on how things have been going. Going back home There aren’t any contraindications to flying after an embryo transfer so we booked our flights for the day after. The great part about flying after…

Is America ‘better’ at IVF than Europe?

Maybe you’re aware, maybe you’re not aware. Either way, I’ll let out a little secret: American infertility doctors are much better than European infertility doctors. There. I said it. Now let’s start a chant: USA! USA! USA! Wait… Didn’t we explicitly look for treatment in Europe? That seems like a pretty dumb thing to do, with this newfound knowledge of ours. Let’s investigate a little further: are American infertility specialists simply better? Do they have higher success rates? My momma always told me to listen to what the science says….

my room at the IVF clinic

IVF Diary Part 12: Embryo Transfer

This is Part 12 of the IVF Diary series. I’ll be keeping a diary of all important IVF days, starting from when we first chose to undergo infertility treatment in Prague. Click here to read all other IVF diary posts. I’m very happy to let you know that we successfully transferred an embryo into my uterus today! Well, the doctor should get some of the credit, I guess, since he did most of the work 😉   Embryo Updates I was nervous all weekend. I was relieved for 5 whole minutes on Saturday…

IVF Diary Part 11: Embryo updates

This is Part 11 of the IVF Diary series. I’ll be keeping a diary of all important IVF days, starting from when we first chose to undergo infertility treatment in Prague. Click here to read all other IVF diary posts. I just wanted to give you a quick update on how the little embryos are doing so far. The clinic updates us every day with how many are still alive, how many cells each of them have, and what grade they are. All embryos have their own unique number so we…

IVF Diary Part 10: Egg Retrieval and Fertilization

This is Part 10 of the IVF Diary series. I’ll be keeping a diary of all important IVF days, starting from when we first chose to undergo infertility treatment in Prague. Click here to read all other IVF diary posts. I made it through egg retrieval! After 12 days of follicle stimulating meds, I’m no longer growing follicles. They’re gone. Out of my body, out of my hands. So let’s walk through the process.   Day 16: Egg Retrieval It goes without saying that I barely slept the day before egg retrieval….

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