As promised my nurse ordered my IVF medications for me. I had to get them through my insurance companies fertility pharmacy. They gave me a call in mid-June and asked when I needed the medication. Knowing I only had this insurance until June 30th, I requested to have them delivered June 28th.
They then wanted to go over all of the medications with me. When they started talking I realized I had next to no idea about most of the medications. All I knew is that it sounded like a lot. There were 2 different pills, at least 5 different medications, 1 suppository, 3 different needle sizes, a red sharps container, alcohol swabs, and more. To say I was overwhelmed would be an understatement.
Since I knew my nurse ordered me what I needed I said ok. They told me that they didn’t know my total yet but if I wanted to give them a credit card and set a limit, they would only call me if it was over that limit. I wasn’t sure what to say, but I hoped insurance was paying for most and gave them a $350 limit. They thanked me and hung up. I never received a call so I figured the amount was less then that.
My insurance came through before the actual medications did. In total, my bill was over $5,000 for the medications. I also threw up….seriously. With insurance my balance was only about $200, which was great, but I was still sick by the fact that I would have to put $5,000 worth of medication in my body in a very short amount of time.
When the medications arrived on the promised day I simply stared at them. My husband asked what the package was and when I told him he didn’t say a word. We both just stared at the box. Finally I unpacked it onto my table. Are you wondering what $5,000 in medication looks like? It looks like this.
Are you wondering exactly what I received? I’ll be happy to list it for you along with how much it cost.
1 bottle of 10,000 units of Novarel (Trigger shot)-$88.90
6 packages of Gonal-F with 450 IU’s and 5 syringes -$444.00/each
20 vials of Menopur 75 IU’s-$73.90/5 vials
5 Ganirelix 250 mcg shots -$144.90/each
15- 3ml 22G 1 1/2″ syringes
15 -30G 1/2″ needles
1-3ml 22G 1 1/2″ needle and syringe
1 hospital sharps container
100 alcohol swabs
2 Azithromycin 500mg tablets (antibiotic for retrieval)
60 Estradiol 2mg tablets (for after retrieval)
3 boxes of Endometrin 100mg suppositories (60 per box)-$5.39/box
1 (14 day) Lupron kit-$149.99
So yeah. If you are getting ready to go through IVF don’t panic. It’s a lot of medications and as I said before I hate shots, but it looked like I was going to be giving myself multiple shots per day. In order to prepare, my husband and I looked over the info we received from the RE and then started watching the training videos online. We were doing this. It was real. IVF was now our only shot.