I’ve been through 2 fresh cycles and 1 frozen IVF cycle; I’m now pregnant with twins as a result from the frozen transfer.
Was in expensive? Not really. We live in MA where fertility coverage is mandated. My husband’s company’s insurance plan is excellent, we also used my husband’s health saving’s account for many of the medical expenses. We paid about 2k total out of pocket for our 3 cycles.
My experience: The first cycle was a complete bust. We had a very bad fertilization rate after the egg retrieval and we didn’t even end up with an embryo transfer. The second cycle was MUCH better because we used ICSI and we had an excellent fertilization rate and got 8 perfect embryos from that cycle. The transfer ended up being cancelled because of my rising progesterone levels, so we did a frozen embryo transfer about a month later and ended up pregnant!
Yes it worked for me- we got pregnant after the first transfer! We elected to transfer 2 embryos, which obvioulsy both stuck.
I didn’t find IVF very painful. Honestly i think the most discomfort came from the vaginal ultrasounds! I never got used to those and I must have had like 30 of them by now. I’m fine with needles and did all of my own shots. It wans’t really a big deal at all. My recovery after the egg retrieval was uneventful and it was nice to take 2 days off from work haha. If you have a needle phobia, you can always have your husband do your shots for you, but I found it much quicker and efficient to just do everything myself!
I had a really easy time getting an appt with an RE. My husband and I researched clinics in our area and selected ours based off of their success rate, proximity, & reviews. I emailed the clinic about getting an intake appointment and heard back the next day. My first appointment was scheduled within 2 weeks and then I began all of my preliminary fertility testing including CD 3 blood work and a HSG, and I think a few other things but I can’t remember. Then it was just a matter of time of waiting for insurance to approve our cycle, which took about a week, and then I started the BC pill as soon as my period came. Then the cycle started and I had my first retrieval 10 days after starting the injections. (After being in the pill for 3 weeks) It was soooo much faster than I imagined.
It didn’t affect our marriage at all, because we knew we were in this together and we just trusted God with the outcome. There were certainly some low points during the cycles- especially when we got the news that we had only 1 embryo manage to fertilize after the first egg retrieval, which later ended up arresting. That was rough- but my husband was amazing and took great care of me! I’m sure yours will too.
I was honestly under the impression that IVF took ages to complete before starting. Those cycles go by FAST and before you know it, you’re going in for an embryo transfer and then a pregnancy test. We started everything in late April and after 3 cycles total, I finally fell pregnant the beginning of August from the frozen cycle. If the first cycle worked, I would have found out if I was pregnant mid-May!