A few weeks after attending the Baby Expo, I received an invoice in the mail. It wasn’t something I was expecting but I knew why I received it and had forgotten about it. It was an invoice from Fertility Institute of Hawaii regarding our 5 embryos.
No, I had not informed Fertility Institute of Hawaii that I was pregnant. No one called to follow up with me and I didn’t feel the need to tell them I was pregnant. It’s not a big deal to me, that’s just how it happened.
Anyways! The invoice was to preserve the 5 frozen embryos for a year. This cost $628.27 ($600 + 4.712% tax) to be exact. Seems like a lot of money for something that can’t be see with the naked eye. Lol. Well, that’s how much it costs and here are our options:
1. Pay the $600+ to preserve our embryos
2. Not pay the invoice and choose to discard or donate our embryos
Oddly enough, this decision was much harder than we thought. My initial thought was that we would discard the embryos. Paying the more than $600 was not appealing to me and it wasn’t a decision I really wanted to make while I was pregnant.
It’s not any easy decision to make but it had to be done. In discussion with my husband, we talked about the pros and cons of both options available to us. It took us 2-3 weeks during various times, to finally make a choice. In the end, we decided on option #1 and paid to preserve our embryos for a year. That will take us to May 2014 and we would go from there. I know there’s no guarantee that we would have an easy time becoming pregnant again. I suppose the best option for us at this time is to keep our options open, thus preserving our embryos.
I understand that this option is not available to everyone nor does it mean that anything will come of this decision. We may be able to conceive on our own again or we may need to rely on assistance through IVF. But since we paid the invoice to preserve our embryos, we have the option available to us. We will have to see how it goes.
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