Photo mosaic mural at the clinic

IVF Diary Part 7: Day 7 Ultrasound, Tests, and More Drugs

This is Part 7 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.   Can’t believe we’re already at the 7th chapter of this journey! Let’s get right to it!   The Clinic We had our first appointment at the clinic this past Monday. The clinic is located in the city center, in Prague’s Old Town neighborhood, and is easily reached by public transportation….

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IVF Diary Part 6: Day 1 to Day 6, Travel and Injections

This is Part 6 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.   We’re finally starting the more exciting part of this journey! I’m sure you were just as bored as I was, reading about the pretreatment scans and all of the back and forth I had with the clinic. No more! We’re talking hardcore IVF stuff today. Gory injections with long sharp…

Cost of a pelvic ultrasound at the doctor's office.

IVF Diary Part 5: The Pre-treatment ultrasound

This is Part 5 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.   The… what cam? Before flying over to Europe and start treatment, the doctors at my fertility center in Prague need to know if there are any cysts, polyps, or fibroids in my ovaries or uterus. A pelvic ultrasound is the method of choice. Doesn’t ring a bell? It’s also called a…

IVF Diary Part 4: Ordering IVF Meds Online

This is Part 4 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. Getting IVF treatment abroad brings its own set of challenges, one of them being the fact that you can’t just pop into your local CVS to pick up your meds. But, life would be boring without its fair share of challenges, right? (#keepfoolingyourselfgirl).   Obtaining IVF Meds With a Foreign Prescription…

IVF Diary Part 3: The protocol

This is Part 3 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 talked about our initial consult in the previous post where I laid out that the doctor mentioned I should expect my protocol in about a week. I know they’re in a different time zone over in the Czech Republic, but about a week should be about a week, give or…

IVF Diary Part 2: The Initial Consultation

This is Part 2 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.   After contacting the clinic 2.5 weeks ago, we patiently waited for our Skype handle to be called for our IVF consultation. Naturally, when our phone didn’t ring at exactly 8.30 AM, we flipped out and cursed their names like any rational person would do. Finally, 3 whole minutes past our…

IVF Diary Part 1: Contacting the IVF clinic

This is Part 1 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.   The First Email A couple of weeks ago, after doing some research, we decided which clinic to go to. We initiated contact with Gennet in Prague. The Contact Us form was short and sweet, asking for the woman’s first and last name (men are not allowed to contact them, or…

The Cost of IVF Treatment in the US

LONG before we started trying to conceive. Hell, long before we were even thinking of starting a family, we knew that (out of pocket) medical costs can reach a-stro-no-mi-cal levels. You might hear: “I don’t have insurance and now I’m out $1,000 for a few simple blood tests”, or more in line with our personal situation: “Shit, does insurance even cover this? And if it does… “I still have that $6,000 deductible!”. Infertility treatment is just one of those things health insurance companies don’t have to cover, and since they don’t…

The Depressing Reality of IVF Success Rates

A friend recently told me that I should feel more optimistic about my chances of success with IVF. After all, she said, I was still young, and age is one of the most important predictors of success. While certainly true, the chance of having an actual baby to take home after a round of IVF is still far less than 50%. I used to think that needing IVF to get pregnant was a worst-case scenario, “well if I can’t get pregnant naturally, I’ll still be able to get pregnant using IVF”….

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