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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Now What

So after what Cathi and I consider three lost children (The first time we thought there were twins and then the chemical pregnancy) we decided to see a specialist. We sat down and discussed options about what we could be doing as far as fertility treatments. We knew that Cathi could not get pregnant on her own, so we needed something that was effective, but due to our financial situation, also affordable. The doctor explained to us that long-term continued use of fertility drugs actually reduced the chances of us having a successful pregnancy. I guess you can only do so many cycles of the drugs we were using. It would have been great if someone would have told us that! Now we at least knew that the drugs were no longer an option. We then began discussing IVF (invitro-fertilization). While discussing this, we knew there would be a substantial financial hurtle to overcome in order to make it happen. After the doctor explained the procedure, we explained our concern about the cost. The doctor paused for a moment and then told us there was a study happening and if we got in, it cut the cost almost five times. Normally the process is about $15,000, but if we were part of the study it would only cost us $3,000. My wife and I looked at each other and didn't even need to discuss it. We knew this was our only chance now for a successful pregnancy.

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