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  #1  
December 20th, 2011, 12:41 PM
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Hello mommies to b -

I am looking into IUI in NYC -unfortunately pricing is not too clear to me. Let's start saying that my insurance doesn't cover anything, not even the office visit, nothing, nada, zero.
I am considering Cornell, RMA and NYU - Cornell estimated me $4600 for 1 IUI - which I consider a little excessive.
There is also a lab called REPROLAB NY that apparently does IUI's and they estimated about $400 for the IUI alone (blood work and sonograms are separate but not too expensive either) .Only problem is that I can't find any reviews or any people talking about going there to have IUI and so I don't know if I can trust them and it scares me although the price is so super great.
RMA is pretty reasonable too but I don't like their doctors.

NYU is a little more than RMA, still reasonable (way below $4600!!) but I like the doctor at Cornell ...

I am having such a hard time.

I need guidance, suggestions, a positive words, please help.

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December 20th, 2011, 01:44 PM
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Welcome! I'm Melissa (30) and DH and I have a 17 month old girl conceived thru IVF. I did 6 IUIs prior to IVF.

I know Cornell is pretty high as far as prices go, but $4600 seems outrageous for an IUI. Maybe they are including injectable meds in with that price?

My IUIs were $565 each, which included an ultrasound to check on my follicles, and then the sperm wash and actual IUI procedure. That did not include any bloodwork or medications.

In my opinion, you need to like and feel comfortable with your doctor wherever you go. This process is stressful enough without having to deal with people you don't like and/or don't trust!

I'd give Cornell a call and ask what that $4600 includes so you make sure you are comparing apples to apples.

Good luck!
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December 20th, 2011, 02:07 PM
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Hi Melissa, Thank you for your message. Congratulations on your little angel, I wish I'll be as lucky as you.

$565 sounds much more reasonable, that is what I expected, when Shanize (the Dr. Assistant) estimated $4600 I just got so depressed. $ For $565 I am totally good with it, I wish that is what she had told me but this is how she broke it down for me:
Office visit: $400 /each time - she said I'll need at least 10 office visits ($400 x 10 = $4000 + $350 (sperm wash) + $325 (Insemination)
I don't know why she would charge me $400 for the office visit and why I would need 10 office visits, I just wanted to cry when she estimated $4600.
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December 20th, 2011, 05:21 PM
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Hi Melissa!! I wrote you a reply but I believe it didn't go through.

Thank you for your reply - what you paid makes much more sense than what they estimated me.
I actually sent an email to my RE letting him know what his assistant told me, I doubt he knows anything about billing but I decided to write him anyway.
If it costs $565 I would do it right away - without thinking about it twice.
My doc, is doc Goldschlag, his assistant Shanize, gave the the estimate and when she came out with $4600 I couldn't believe it. This is how she broke it down:
$400 per visit, she said I'll need at least 10 visits, and right there we are spending $4000 just in visits, the rest is for the IUI itself.
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December 20th, 2011, 05:36 PM
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I really think that must be an IUI cycle with injectable medications. When you are using injectables, you have to be monitored really closely with ultrasounds and bloodwork, so you do have several appointments. I hope that they respond with an apology and a lower number
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December 20th, 2011, 05:43 PM
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Thank you KMH, I hope so!!!
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December 21st, 2011, 08:40 AM
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My IUI are 225 each. That includes the sperm was and the proceedure. They like to do two of them each cycle so 550.00 for two. Now that does not include the medicine. Medicine appears to be costing me about a min of 1000.00 for this cycle depending on how I react to the drugs. Could be as high as 2000.00

I hope that helps. My insurance doesn't pay for anything either. Like this isn't heartbreaking enough now I get to pay for it forever along with my student loans. lol
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Me (43) DH(33) 12 years together - ttc our first together-I have 14yr old DS
Cycles 1-6 = BFN
Cycle 7 SA results abnormal morphology 2%, 50 mg clomid = BFN
Cycle 8 sonogram normal 50 mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 9 SA results abnormal morphology and motility. Count 200 mill, 100mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 10 natural = BFN
Cycle 11 hsg tubes clear, natural + trigger+IUI = BFN
Cycle 12 repronex + trigger + 2 IUI = BFN
Cycle 13 natural ovaries to stimulated for more meds = BFN
Cycle 14-22 natural cycle with Acupuncture and planning ivf/icsi/DE = ALL BFN
Cycle 23 Clomid 50 mg & Progesterone = BFN
Cycle 24 Natural = BFN
Cycle 25 BCP, SA result 7% morphology = BFN
Cycle 26 BCP and Lupron preparing for IVF
Cycle 27 IVF Acupuncture, DE Retrieval April 7, Transfer April 12 =
7 eggs retrieved, 3 fertilized, 2 transferred - zero snow babies
BETA # 1 16DPO or 11dp5dt = 569
BETA # 2 19 DPO or 14dp5dt = 1078
BETA # 3 22DPO or 17dp5dt = 2414 TWINS!
BETA # 4 30DPO or 25dp5dt = 12,685 6weeks 3days 2 heartbeats! 114 & 116
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December 21st, 2011, 08:48 AM
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Hi Kayakr - thanks for your message. Where are you located? Unfortunately in NYC everything is so much more expensive - if you are in the NY area can I ask you where you went? Sounds like a pretty good deal. Hope it worked for you!!
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December 21st, 2011, 09:52 AM
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I am in Ohio. There are two RE's right across the street from eachother and I think they compete a little and it helps drive the prices down a little. IVF is 12,000.00-18,000.00 Gosh I hope this IUI works too so I don't even have to look at coming up with 18,000.00
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Me (43) DH(33) 12 years together - ttc our first together-I have 14yr old DS
Cycles 1-6 = BFN
Cycle 7 SA results abnormal morphology 2%, 50 mg clomid = BFN
Cycle 8 sonogram normal 50 mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 9 SA results abnormal morphology and motility. Count 200 mill, 100mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 10 natural = BFN
Cycle 11 hsg tubes clear, natural + trigger+IUI = BFN
Cycle 12 repronex + trigger + 2 IUI = BFN
Cycle 13 natural ovaries to stimulated for more meds = BFN
Cycle 14-22 natural cycle with Acupuncture and planning ivf/icsi/DE = ALL BFN
Cycle 23 Clomid 50 mg & Progesterone = BFN
Cycle 24 Natural = BFN
Cycle 25 BCP, SA result 7% morphology = BFN
Cycle 26 BCP and Lupron preparing for IVF
Cycle 27 IVF Acupuncture, DE Retrieval April 7, Transfer April 12 =
7 eggs retrieved, 3 fertilized, 2 transferred - zero snow babies
BETA # 1 16DPO or 11dp5dt = 569
BETA # 2 19 DPO or 14dp5dt = 1078
BETA # 3 22DPO or 17dp5dt = 2414 TWINS!
BETA # 4 30DPO or 25dp5dt = 12,685 6weeks 3days 2 heartbeats! 114 & 116
Clayton and Colton Born @ 34 weeks 11/22/13
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December 21st, 2011, 09:59 AM
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I wish you luck!!
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December 21st, 2011, 12:35 PM
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At my RE, each monitoring appt is $170, and then the actual IUI is $180(sperm wash is an additional $100, but we use pre-washed sperm from our bank). I know for my friend's last monitored cycle, she was doing high doses of follistim +lupron + trigger + hcg boosters and had lots of monitoring, and her cycle was about 3K, but that included meds. 4600 + meds per cycle is insane to me, and I'd probably skip injectibles at that price and go straight to IVF.

most clomid/femara cycles you only need one monitoring appt plus the IUI appt, so they should be much cheaper.
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