Sunday, May 3, 2009

Paid My Clinic $27K without Final Donor Approval

Hurry Up! Now Wait....
After accepting our egg donor, we had 2 days to "hurry up" and make the big fat full payment. Or, the donor would be released back into the donor pool. (If I had a dollar for every time we heard that.....). So, the credit card got the hit for $27,000. Yikes! It was a painful payment but for the opportunity to have a baby; worth every penny.
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Following payment, our donor had to complete a series of final tests and blood work for ultimate "Final Approval" to start the cycle. We were required to "hurry up" and pay before she started, but suffered through the waiting process of getting the results of the donor's final panel of testing. Some of these tests included fragile x and other genetic testing like, Cystic Fibrosis (CF) (the most common congenital disease; the child's lungs and intestines and pancreas become clogged with thick mucus; caused by defect in a single gene; no cure is known (from Since my DH tested positive recessive for (CF), the donor's CF results were critical. For several reasons, the donor and DH cannot both test positive for this: 1. increases chances of having a baby with Cystic Fibrosis and 2: Effectively cancels the cycle.

Why am I telling you this? These tests are extremely important and we almost made a terrible mistake. Because my DH doesn’t have medical insurance, our clinic suggested that we could save some money by signing docs waiving DH’s genetic blood tests for CF. If we did this, we would have never known he was positive, therefore putting our future child at risk for possible CF.

Cycle Tip: If your donor is NOT proven and has no previous genetic testing - your DH, Sperm donor, or partner’s Genetic Testing is Critical. This is not an area to save $$$. After 3 weeks, we received the news: donor was negative for Cystic Fibrosis. Final donor screening came back perfect! Waiting was difficult but an important part of the process.

Please look out for a future post on the importance of genetic testing.

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