It is no secret that infertility is expensive. And don't get me started on how brutally unfair that is. Or how unfair it is that most employers don't provide insurance coverage for infertility treatments.
Ethan's insurance covers $1000 of infertility treatment or testing (after diagnosis) per LIFETIME. We used that up in one blood test, so now we have no.coverage.
Our doctor has made it perfectly clear that our only chance at me carrying a baby is through in vitro fertilization (IVF) with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)... THE most expensive treatment option. My daddy always said I have expensive taste. ;-)
One cycle is going to cost in the ballpark of $15k, not including the drugs. And we have NO.GUARANTEES that that cycle will work. Or, we can use a program offered by Attain Fertility, where we pay a slightly higher price for four tries (2 fresh, 2 frozen)... or the shared-risk program where we pay quite a bit more for six cycles and a money-back guarantee. Whichever way we go, we're going to need to be able to save a LOT of money. And we're still paying rent AND mortgage, so saving is going to be really tough for a while.
We've toyed with the idea of fundraising, and currently I have a line in all of my etsy listings stating that all proceeds are going to our IVF fund. I'm thinking about a silent auction of my jewelry and baked goods, and maybe some other handmade things friends and family donate.
But, I think my best idea so far is a kissing booth.
Charley is even cuter than this pup! I think he could earn enough to get a baby brother or sister for himself!