Hi there, I've just done my first cycle, I did it with gyne-health in manchester, they use CRM in London for the ivf. It cost roughly £3,500 for the IVF and another £1400 for the meds. £400 for taking the embryos to blastocyst stage. Was also around £200 per consultation and about £100 a time for blood tests, £300 or so for DH's sperm analysis. We first went about 12 months ago but were advised to keep trying naturally for a bit, whilst having a few tests. From deciding to go ahead with ivf to starting the cycle was about 3/4 weeks but we had done all the tests before that including me having a hysteroscopy to check out my uterus which cost about £800 (that was the only bit that BUPA covered).
Hope that helps. It is an expensive business this infertility lark! We are unexplained, DH had great sperm so we didn't need ICSI which is about another £1000 on top of the ivf cost.
Assuming you've had all your prepwork done the core ivf cycle itself is about £5k all in (procedure + medications).
This may sound really ungrateful and I understand there are women out there who are unable to be in my position but I currently have 2 IVF NHS funded cycles, I did have 3 IUI's but cause the uterus lining was too thick I've stopped progressing with IUI and have switched to full blown IVF.
Anyway to cut a long story short, I need a Hysteroscopy (like yourself!) to check out the lining and I've been told I'd be on long protocol taking Prostap 12 weeks prior to IVF treatment. At this rate it means no IVF until october\november time and I've been TTC for 3 years. So I'm considering just paying private and speeding up the process, forget the NHS!!
Mentally I can't sit around waiting for each day to pass, I need something to help, so I'm now thinking about private. I might wait for the Hysto' on the NHS then see about moving (to help cut costs).
I know I need fixing but also need to keep my sanity....even if it does mean maxing out the credit card!
Could I ask a question about your BUPA plan, did you have to be under a specific cover type in order to qualify for the Hysto'?
Sounds like a good plan to get as far as you can under NHS. I think the waiting lists also vary greatly between PCTs. My BUPA is a standard policy, my private consultant said to tell them that I had heavy painful periods, which I did, and that it was to address that issue not for fertility reasons. BUPA didn't quite cover it all but most of it.
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