Saturday, April 30, 2011
I'm probably just delaying the inevitable, but after talking with my husband & RE I've decided to do one last IUI before moving onto IVF. I know, I know; if the previous 6 have not worked why do I think this would? Well, all of my previous IUIs were before I had my endo removed. Granted, it was a small amount of endo, but still, maybe this was the reason why I always responded well to stims but never got a BFP. I'm also about 35 lbs lighter than when we had our last IUI about a year ago & they say losing just 10% of body weight can affect your fertility.
Our OOP expense (we are lucky to have 80% coverage) for IUIs is about $500 between meds, monitoring & the IUI itself. I have about $2000 left on my pre-tax medical for this year, which runs from July 1 - June 30. Another $500 I will be using for new glasses as I've been putting off getting them for the better part of the year & they are on the verge of falling apart. Being blind as a bat, I really cannot put this off any longer. The remaining $1000 will go towards putting a deposit down on the IVF if we need it.
I put in the maximum allowed of $2500 every year; that amount will cover an IVF if we need it & most of an FET if the IVF doesn't work. Unfortunately, Vid's employer does not offer the pre-tax medical, but they do offer child care plans, which we obviously don't need. Since our insurance doesn't cover freezing, we'll be OOP for that & have set aside a good chunk of our tax refund for this. As we don't make a lot of money (we both have Masters degrees yet make well below 6-figures combined & we live in a high COL area) this has taken a lot of forethought.
So right now I'm in what I think is my 2WW. I believe I O'd a couple of days ago based on pains I had in the area of my left ovary as well as some fertile CM which I never get. And yes we did make sure to have sex just in case because apparently people have been able to get pregnant that way. Who knew?
I'm calling this our "Hail Mary" IUI, like the "Hail Mary pass in football, which is basically something done in desperation with only a small chance of success. It'll also be our 7th IUI. Lucky IUI #7? Ha!