Friday, July 18, 2008

Reproductive Endocrinologist

We had an early morning appointment with the RE today.  For those not in the know, a reproductive endocrinologist (say that five times fast) is the person who works with infertile (or just broken people) couples to achieve a pregnancy via IVF.  OK, so that was simplified, but hell, whatever works you know.  The RE, Dr. H  was very kind.  The office is kind.  The staff is kind.  It is all you could want from a place that will take a lot of your money and hopefully get you a baby in the end.

We will be doing IVF with ICSI with a GC.  What that means is that we will do a stimulation of my system to harvest enough follicles with ova in them to inseminate them via intra cellular sperm injection to create embryos.  Those embryos will be grown to 3-5 days age at which point 1-2 will be transferred to a gestational carrier.  Hopefully 1 or 2 will implant into her uterus and a baby or two will result.  The chance of twins is between 30 and 50%.  

The cost is between $20,000 and $70,000.  If we can find a GC who will do this out of the kindness of her heart it will be towards the lower end.  If not, well there's no way we can afford 70K.

1 comment:

Becky said...

Wow you are bringing back memories here. We did 2 rounds of IVF with no insurance coverage. I still cringe at how many vacations that could have been. Or new hardwood floors and a hottub. Or a pool in the yard. Ha. But I had to try it, even if, for me, the odds were slim to none. :-) Good luck to you guys!!!