It’s been two and a half years since we’ve been trying to conceive and my period (AF) never misses a chance to let me know she is punctual and consistent. Hubby, our parents, friends and relatives are now asking questions and casting glances our way in a not so subtle way to know exactly what is going on and what steps we have taken.
So I’ve gone through the following in my quest to conceive and nothing has worked so far:
Clomid + Parlodel - 3 cycles (Bcos my prolactin level was high)
HSG - where it was discovered one of the tubes is blocked.
Flushing - to clear the tube
IUI - to enhance fertilization
IFI - to enhance fertilization
The last two most recent tests were the IUI and IFI and none was successful. I must say it was really disappointing and traumatizing because I really had my hopes very high. To add to this, my gynae recommended IVF because one of the tubes is blocked, but I wasn’t so agreeable with this and that was in May.
So after all these, hubby and I decided to look at IVF as our third year anniversary is actually closer than we think. In my journey to get an affordable, and credible IVF programme that can guarantee a successful pregnancy, I decided to research on four different popular IVF centres: St Ives (mostly because they are currently offering a 50% discount), The Georges, The Bridges and Nordica.
So here it is:
My first contact was St Ives and majorly to know what their discount look like and their success rate. But honestly I was a bit disappointed, out of three numbers listed on the ad, only the last one went through and the person on the line was was sounding tired and reluctant. She was able to respond to my basic enquiry but other than that not even friendly enough to ask me to come for a consultation. The discounted cost was close to a million and not inclusive of cost of the procedure itself.
My hubby and I decided on this based on survey and few testimonials from others from different forums and my first contact was friendly, sounded like a medical personnel or better still knows the right questions and responses to give. Not to pushy to invite me for consultation and was very helpful I must say. At different times, I’ve called and spoken to three different people who answered my questions and advised I come for consultation and mentioned the cost for this as well as for the procedure itself depending on your age.
The Bridge Clinic
The customer support person was just typing away after I insisted I only want to know the fees for their IVF and I feel she was kinda insensitive in asking some questions (my thought) and very mechanical in her responses after I insisted I can’t decide if I’ll be using them or not. Apparently, there is a template she was just copying and pasting from and on and on se continued and I was almost typing… Hey! are you a robot??. Well, they seem to know what they are doing but a more human touch will be good for the customer support.
The customer support person was able to answer some of my questions but was insistent I come in for a free consultation. Not that I don’t want a free medical consultation but also, I want to know if I can afford your fees as well as the success rate. I really don’t want to waste mine or their time making unnecessary appointments if you can’t meet my needs. So the convo was going well until I realized they are hidden costs not well spelt out. I believe couples looking to consider IVF wants to know an estimate of what it will cost to help them make informed decisions. By the way, she took my details and did a follow up to confirm if she can still schedule me for the free consultation. But I think I may have lost the interest in using them. I may be wrong, but this is just my own opinion.
Please mamas in the house, most of these clinics have hidden costs which will not be mentioned but it’s always good to ask questions and know what you are really going into. As well as research on their success rates, what stage of fertilization do they reach before transferring the embryo and follow up rate. It helps to make the decision.
I will keep you updated on this journey.
Please I encourage you to share you thoughts and encounter so other mamas can learn from it. We are here to help and support one another every way we can.
Baby dust to us all.