I have written in a while… 16 months to be exact.
A lot has happened in the past 16 months. We moved into my in-law’s basement, which was a nice slice of humble pie for us in our early 30’s. After all we don’t want to be THOSE millennials. We’re both grown adults with degrees and full-time career jobs. But nevertheless, they offered, and we felt good about it.
Our main goal moving-in was to pay off all our debt and save up enough $$$ to pay for our first round of IVF. We estimated that this would take us approximately 15 months. It’s been 12 so far, since moving in.
We have all of my husband’s student loans paid off. Mine have been reduced significantly. We bought my car so I would have something reliable and economical to drive for the next 5-10 years, which set us behind on our money saving goal. But the good news is that we found a new fertility doctor who has given us a lower quote for IVF!
We are looking at $16,000- $17,000 without genetic testing, and around $25,000 with genetic testing. But we find out in a week if we need it or not. This will solely be based off of whether or not I am a carrier of the gene for CF, Cystic Fibrosis. If I am a carrier, our children will have a 50% chance of having CF. If we do genetic screening, we can find out which embryos are not affected so that we implant only healthy embryos.
But genetic screening is an additional $7,000-$9,000. Super expensive! So, fingers crossed that I’m in the clear. The good news is that my odds are low: 1.5%.
Other good news…
My blood work came back for all of my hormone levels, and everything looks great and in the normal, healthy zones. Also, I’ve now had an ultrasound and a water ultrasound. The regular ultrasound was to see if I had any cysts, polyps or abnormalities on the outside of my uterus, and I was scotch clean.
Today I had a water ultrasound to measure all of those things, but on the inside of my uterus. And while this was possibly the most painful feeling Ive ever had in my nether regions, the doctor did not find a single problem! Yay! So, my body is ready for babies!
In a week and a half my husband gets TESE surgery, where they will knock him out with an IV and extract sperm with needles. Sounds lovely right? We’ll be picking up some heavy pain killers for the poor guy. We’re excited to find out how the little guys are: motility, quality, health. If all is well, they’ll be frozen and hubby will be done!!!
Lucky man. And that would be the completion of all our preliminary testing. After that our plan is to save up the rest of the money and go through our first cycle at the end of July/beginning of August!
I can’t believe our time is coming. It feels so good to finally be making some real progress and getting closer and closer to growing our little family.