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    Well-we have a plan! And honestly, that's enough for me to be excited at this point. I'm starting BCP with my June period, and will likely undergo ER/ET in late July. It was a ton of information, but the good thing was due to all of our previous testing the only things I had to do were a blood test for HIV and/or Hep. (my hubby too) and they measured my uterus via ultrasound. We have an IVF class in two weeks and then it's just a waiting game for the June period. That will seem like the longest month ever! Kind of bummed out b/c we could have started with my period this month but my RE's office is closed for two weeks around the time we would be doing our ER due to a National IVF conference so we have to wait. Oh well.

    Now to start calling my prescription carrier. Oddly, my insurance doesn't cover IVF, but the drugs ARE covered, so trying to get a handle on what we will be paying for those....
    --Erin

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    August 2011: After 6 months of trying, all tests including HSG come back great.
    January 2012: Diagnosed with Stage III endometriosis--cleared during surgery
    March 14, 2012: Clomid/IUI #1--BFN
    April 2012: Clomid/IUI #2 --BFN
    June 27, 2012: Start IVF cycle




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    That is great that the drugs are covered. That is a huge part of IVF expense. Congrats. You'll have to let us know what protocol they are going to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neoncandle View Post
    That is great that the drugs are covered. That is a huge part of IVF expense. Congrats. You'll have to let us know what protocol they are going to do.
    He said "normal Lupron" and then described it as BCP for two weeks, then one week of Lupron BCP overlap, then on to stims (Follistim and Repronex I believe) for 8 days, and assuming everything is where it should be ER after that. He does a 5 day transfer. I don't know for certain the drugs are covered--I'm waiting on a call back. They are on the list of meds available on my Rx plan, so they will be covered in *some* form, I just don't know what that is. So, fingers crossed b/c it will save us a TON!

    I see you had 6 make it to 3 days--YIPPEE!! Good luck with everything!
    --Erin

    Age: 35
    TTC #1 since 2/2011
    August 2011: After 6 months of trying, all tests including HSG come back great.
    January 2012: Diagnosed with Stage III endometriosis--cleared during surgery
    March 14, 2012: Clomid/IUI #1--BFN
    April 2012: Clomid/IUI #2 --BFN
    June 27, 2012: Start IVF cycle




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    Welcome! That's the same procotol we used this last time. Good luck with everything.
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    We used a long lupron protocol... was a month of shots... so annoying. And things are going well, but the MD was hoping for more follicles. In reading, looks like I was "over suppressed." Such a fine line they have to walk between being over-suppressed and dealing with OHSS. It will be here before you know it.

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    Glad you have a plan. The waiting is tough once you decide to go forward. That helps a lot that insurance will pay for the drugs. The difference for me was about $6000 vs. $300. Good luck, keep us posted!
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    Anything is exciting once you get to the point of starting IVF. Things will move along quickly for you and ER will be here before you know. It's nice that you don't have to do much more testing since that's already been done. I agree, meds are the biggest expense of IVF, so it's nice that they are covered for you.

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    Ugh! I hate insurance. And I WORK in insurance!!

    Anyway, after multiple phone calls I was advised that yes, fertility drugs are part of our prescription benefit plan, but because my health insurance policy doesn't cover infertility they won't "sponsor" the drugs. When I asked what that means they said "well, it means you can get the drugs under your benefit policy with a 100% co-pay." I asked if that was a nice way of saying "out of pocket" and she said yes. Grrrrrrr.
    --Erin

    Age: 35
    TTC #1 since 2/2011
    August 2011: After 6 months of trying, all tests including HSG come back great.
    January 2012: Diagnosed with Stage III endometriosis--cleared during surgery
    March 14, 2012: Clomid/IUI #1--BFN
    April 2012: Clomid/IUI #2 --BFN
    June 27, 2012: Start IVF cycle




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    100% co-pay? It's nice how they try to sugar coat things.

    I got my meds for my 1st cycle from the hospital pharmacy at the hospital DH works at. It was cheaper than getting them at other pharmacies. For my 2nd and 3rd cycles I got them online and they were much cheaper, like $1000-$2000 cheaper. The clinic you are going to will try to get you to get your meds from a local mom and pop pharmacy in DSM. They say they've "worked out a deal with them" but the online place is much cheaper. After I figured out how much cheaper my micro-dose lupron was online I was shocked, even though they guarenteed it would be the cheapest at the pharmacy. I think I got charged $80/vial at the pharmacy and it was a small vial. Online it was a larger vial and only $10. I think the RE clinic must get a kick back from the pharmacy. The RE office acted inconvenienced by having to fax the orders to the online place and asked me if it was really worth the savings for more stress. Hello? The amount I was saving probably was the nurse's monthly salary. So yes, it was worth saving a couple thousand dollars.

    Did you see the story on the news channel 13 last night about the lady donating her embryos from Grimes?

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    IVF #1-cancelled d/t embryos arresting before transfer (3/09)
    IVF #2-BFP 9wks-7/30/09 (6/09)
    IVF #3-BFN (5/10)

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    I know what pharmacy you're talking about! I didn't see the story (I get up at 4:30 in the morning to work out so I NEVER make it to 10:00 pm!) but saw the preview and was completely intrigued.

    Would you mind PM'ing me the pharmacy you used? At this point I will be doing whatever I can to save money!
    --Erin

    Age: 35
    TTC #1 since 2/2011
    August 2011: After 6 months of trying, all tests including HSG come back great.
    January 2012: Diagnosed with Stage III endometriosis--cleared during surgery
    March 14, 2012: Clomid/IUI #1--BFN
    April 2012: Clomid/IUI #2 --BFN
    June 27, 2012: Start IVF cycle




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