For those of you who were wondering about the picture in my last post, as far as I know, it’s the lining of the uterus. Again, I apologize if you were offended by that.
Thank you for your patience with the timeline! I’ve been updating it and realized that it wasn’t linked to my posts or blog. Oops!
Ok, getting back to the topic!! Before doing all of this, I didn’t realize that there would be so much medication. Since I knew, from previous invoices, how much the medication costs I wondered how much it would cost for me. We estimated, based on the invoices, that it may cost a few hundred dollars upwards of a thousand. The invoices I’m referring to are the ones we received from Dr. Frattarelli’s office. It showed the total cost, minus the insurance coverage, and the balance for us to pay. So, based on the cost Dr. Fratterelli’s office was charging my insurance company, we thought…this could get expensive! Good thing it was affordable!
But, just to give you an idea of how much it cost…here’s the break down. Keep in mind that without insurance you would probably pay the total value of each prescription.
I added #s to the picture I used in my previous post to make it easier to follow! 🙂
1. Needles – I believe this is self-explanatory. If you need an explanation for this, please let me know via a comment. 24 -30G 1/2 (0.30mm x 13mm). I can’t remember individual the cost for this. The needles and syringes combined, cost me $4.80.
2. Menopur – The purpose of this medication, according to the insert included in every box, is to “help your ovaries to make eggs.” It also says that Menopur contains 2 hormones, FSH (Follicle-stimulating hormone) & LH (luteinizing hormone). This may sound gross but here it is…”Menopur is a preparation of gonadotrophins, extracted from the urine of postmenopausal women, which has undergone additional steps for purification.” Menopur is reconstituted in water and then injected subcutaneously.
Value: $665.05 for 12 vials or 2 boxes + 2 vials, including water solution & Q-caps. I PAID: $15.00
3. Ganirelix – This injection is prefilled and individually boxed. It’s a clear concentrated injection. All you need to do is remove the cap (on the left side of the picture), push the air out, and clean the skin with an alcohol prep before injecting it. When you open it up it looks like this: Sorry about the glare!
The insert for this product gives quite a complex description and explanation. It states, “Ganirelix Acetate Injection is a synthetic decapeptide with high antagonistic activity against naturally occurring gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH).” SERIOUSLY? They don’t have to confuse people! Lol. Basically, Ganirelix stops or prevents ovulation.
Value: $563.60 for 4 pre-filled 0.5mL injections. I PAID: $15.00
4. Crinone Gel 8% – The instructions say for vaginal use only. Crinone is a white gel that contains individual dosages of progesterone to help sustain pregnancy. If you’ve ever had a yeast infection and had to insert medication into the vagina, the idea is somewhat similar.
Value: $937.00 for 56 individually packaged doses. I PAID: $30.00
5. Bravelle – “Bravelle contains a hormone that helps stimulate eggs to grow and mature.” The insert also states, “Bravelle is a product containing a highly purified preparation of human follicle stimulating hormone (hFSH) extracted from the urine of postmenopausal women.” I know, it sounds just like Menopur, huh? It’s made by the same company. Bravelle, like Menopur comes in powder form. It’s reconstituted in water and injected subcutaneously. I’ve talked about Bravelle in a previous post, when addressing injections and gonadotrophins.
Value: $3,257.15 for 60 vials or 5 boxes, including water solution & Q-caps. I PAID: $15.00
6. Syringes – The syringes are also self-explanatory. 24 – 3ml syringe with 22G x 1 1/2 (0.7mm x 40mm) needle.
7. Novarel – I believe I’ve talked about this too. The purpose of this injection is to make you ovulate. It’s given at a specific time, 36 hours before an IUI or egg retrieval. Just like Bravelle and Menopur, Novarel is a powder, which is reconstituted in water before being injected.
Value: $181.70 for 1 vial or dosage. I PAID: $15.00
Other medicines, not pictured are: All are pills
I think I’ve mentioned medicines previously…
- Doxycycline – Antibiotic
Value: $9.30 for 14 pale pink pills. I PAID: $9.30
- Estradiol (Generic form of Estrace) – This is a hormone, I think it’s estrogen. It’s usually given as a supplement to reduce symptoms of menopause.
Value: $13.50 for 60 small light blue pills. I PAID: $13.50
- Methylprednisolone (Generic form of Medrol) – According to handout I received with my medicine, it says, “This medication is a corticosteroid used to treat severe allergies, arthritis, asthma, and skin conditions.” It helps to reduce pain, among other things. I’ll ask about it, for sure. Sometimes the handouts and insert that come with the medicines don’t adequately explain your purpose for it.
Value: $24.25 for 14 small white oval pills. I PAID: $15.00
- Desogen…aka Birth control pill. So, because I took it continuously for 7 1/2 weeks, I needed 3 packs at $31.70 each.
Value: $190.20 ($63.40 each pack) I PAID: $95.10
- Aspirin – OTC pain relief. 81mg, 120 tablets. I PAID: $2.01
PHEW! SO, all our IVF costs included, we’ve paid a whopping $3,229.71! I hope I did the math right! 🙂 So, if we didn’t have insurance, just the medications and copayment ($3,000) would cost $8,658.36!! Although, I’m sure the copay would be more than $3,000 if we didn’t have coverage or if we did IVF a second time. In Hawaii, insurance covers one try at IVF! (I’ve heard that there are ways to get around that.) A huge chunk of the costs associated with IVF are for the medications!
I had everything I needed…It was time to get started!
Next post: Ready, Set, Go!
(I like white roses!! Just thought I’d share.)