Today we found out we have a pleasantly unexpected extra cost. Here is what happened:
Last week we did retrieval two. Thirteen fertilized via ICSI. My RE called us today and told me that all 13 made it to day five blastocyst. Two of them are BBs, two are AB or BA, and the rest are AAs.
This is a different outcome than retrieval one which ended up with 4 blastocysts. We figured we would have 4 from retrieval 2 which would give us a total of 8. Genesis Genetics charges the same fee for up to 8 which is why we did two retrievals before testing.
We decided to biopsy all blastocysts from this retrieval except the 2 BBs. They were just frozen. The remaining 11 have been sent to Genesis. We now have a grand total of 15 ready for genetic testing.
Genesis charges $250 extra for each test over 8. That does not sound too bad but we now are paying that fee 7 times for a total extra cost of $1,750. Please know I am NOT complaining. I just did not expect this. I am really happy but right now I think I am a bit overwhelmed.
We could have decided to biopsy fewer ones from this cycle. Why did we not go that route? I do not want to sound over-dramatic but we have been fighting this unidentified monster called unexplained infertility for 5 years now. It has been really hard. I am tired. At this point, we are going to take advantage of all options to end this fight. Testing them all maximizes the number of eggs we have available to transfer. If we are not pregnant after all of this, we are done.
I also find it interesting how my 2 retrievals ended with such different numbers. We followed the same exact protocol including the same course of meds. It does not make any sense.
Also, I can officially say I am done with retrievals FOREVER!!!
I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving 🙂
* http://ivf.org/treatments/ivf/more-information-on-ivf/ (also hyperlinked).