Are you trying intrauterine insemination this month? Or have some questions about IUI? This is the place for you!
Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:19 pm
Hello! I think we will be moving onto injectibles soon, so i was wondering what type/cost you had. Are some easier to use then other (less painful, more eggs?).
I have insurance and some are covered at a percentage- bravelle and repronex are covered at 80% ($60 out of pocket max, but i dont know if that is per month?), but what is the original cost of bravelle? Are there any generics of any of these?
follitism and gonal f are only covered at 50% with no max...do these work better??
Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:33 pm
I have only done follistim and clomid. Clomid gave me 2 to 3 follicles each cycle but never got pregnant. Follistim worked much better for me. You will probably be on a low dose (if you choose follistim) since you are so young. A 300 iu catridge of follistim is $240. However I get 425 iu out of a 300 iu cartridge since they are overfilled.
Tue Mar 22, 2011 3:46 pm
That's great that you have some coverage for medications. I didn't really like Repronex b/c my RE made me administer it intramuscularly (ouch!). It was about $50/vial for me and I was using 2 vials per day. I think that this was kind of a high dose since I didn't respond to oral medications by themselves. I definitely preferred using Follistim b/c it's given subcutaneously with a pen that uses a tiny needle. I could hardly feel it! Good luck with whatever you end up using.
Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:07 pm
Hi Becky! My Bravelle was also 80% covered. I had to pay about $120 for a 5-vial box. I needed 2 boxes that month.
I am using Follistim+Menopur this cycle, and my insurance also covered 80% of these. The follistim ran me $215 for a 600iu cartridge. The menopur (which is half LH, half FSH) was $210. I believe these will last me this whole cycle. I sure hope they do, anyway.
With Bravelle, my first cycle I started out @ 150iu, but was dropped down to 75 after too many follies cropped up. That cycle I ended up with 2 mature eggs. My second cycle of Bravelle I started out @ 75 and stayed on that dose the whole 9 days or whatever it was. I ended up with 1 definite mature follicle, and another that may or may not have released.
Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:49 pm
Thanks girls! Im always a little nervous to see how much the bill will come to
kara- that was really helpful with the bravelle, so it must be $60/box for me (it used to be no max, but this year they made the max $60 out of pocket, which is great). was the bravelle painful??
Hawkey- thanks for the info, i rememeberd one of them was really painful, so good to know! i want the easy ones like the trigger shot
fitt- was the one thing of follistism enough for the whole cycle? was that full price or did your insurance pay a percentage?
I have done 3 cycles of Clomid (50) and 2 cycles of Femara (5mg)..I always O on it, and get decent progesterone- but i need more eggs damnit, this isnt working!
Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:04 pm
Unfortunately I needed 1600 iu so one box did not cover it. My meds ran about $1300 a cycle. You are so fortunate to have insurance that covers meds. Mine will not cover anything infertility related and we have great insurance coverage! Mostly everyone in CA that I know is cash pay patients when it comes to infertility. AND I thought we were a progressive state...LOL
Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:10 am
My ins doesn't cover it. I pay a little under $1 per iu. So for one dose of 75 menopur it was about $70.
Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:19 am
Becky - The Bravelle was not painful at all! Like Hawkeye mentioned, it is injected subcutaneously, which just means under the skin. So you can do the Bravelle in your belly and it's really easy. I've never done an intramuscular injection, and I've heard those are quite painful! This cycle, I've noticed that the Menopur is burning when I inject it. I never had that with straight FSH.
Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:55 am
Hi Becky -
That is awesome that your insurance covers meds. I used Repronex and my last cycle, I was on the maximum dose of 6 vials/day! I had 2 IM shots each day - 1 in the morning and 1 in the evening. At my pharmacy in town, the vials run $80/each! I ordered meds from overseas (which my RE recommended) and paid $18/vial. So my last cycle, I spent about $600 on meds, but much better than if I had to get meds from here.
GL to you!!
Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:39 am
My insurance covered Follistim. I paid $66 for Follistim and the booster shot
Thu Mar 31, 2011 3:16 pm
Fittblonde, sounds like we're in the same boat. No med. coverage here, so I just shelled out 850 dollars for 6 doses of 150ui menopur and an ovidrel thing. My doc uses Walgreen's specialty pharmacy, which is actually here out of the Dallas area. They have basically a frequent flier program, where you pay 10 bucks registration fee and it gives you "discounted rate" on the meds, so they said it would've been 970, but I "saved" about a hundred dollars.
I don't want to be negative, but DAMN. How the heck am I going to afford this if it goes on for a while? I put it on a CC, one with a no-interest period.
Whew. This is pretty much my biggest worry. How can we afford this?
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