Egg Donation and IVF
Two years ago my husband and I married and wanted to start a family right away. I was 35, the perfect age in my opinion. I threw out the birth-control pill and we started having fun. A few months passed and I decided to research how to make it happen faster. I started OPKs and taking my basal body temperature. Another three months and I started complaining to my friend about how hard it was. She told me about her friend who was traveling to her home country of Brazil to do IVF because it was less than $10,000. I immediately said I would never travel to another country for IVF, that it was too scary (I pictured a folding table and a dirty knife).
So I continued to try new things. I went to a RE, got tested, and found out I had high FSH and low AMH. Not much I could do about it except go for the highest chance of success at 18% with IVF. When I saw the price tag of over $20,000 (for an 18% chance!!) I said no way. My luck would be better in Vegas betting on red. So instead, we tried the obligatory cheaper IUIs in hopes that our 3-6% chance would land us the jackpot.
Almost 2 years later, after spending thousands on IUIs, acupuncture, herbs, crazy diets, and fertility drugs such as Clomid, we decided that we had to pull out the big guns. However, we could NOT afford IVF. We would have to borrow the money and I couldn’t bring myself to do that with only an 18% chance. So we started to consider donor eggs. At least with that price tag we had a higher than 50% chance. I was more willing to do that. But to my dismay, the cost of DE was well over $40,000 at most places. I researched shared cycles, regular cycles, and guaranteed programs and all of them were too expensive. I looked at donor embryos, which was very affordable, but my husband wanted the genetic connection. I could care less, which is why we were back to our only logical choice: donor eggs. But how?
By chance, I met a girl who went to the Czech Republic for donor eggs and she was pregnant from it. I had been reading about women who go there on the Resolve website, but it was still too daunting. But hearing from someone who actually lived and walked in my state, gave me the curiosity to look into it more. I talked to my husband about how cheap it was, only $6000-$8000 dollars for a donor egg cycle, and he immediately said, let’s do it! So now I am proud to say that I am embarking on my first IVF cycle with donor eggs in Prague, Czech Republic.