Our miracle RAINBOW BABY BOY arrived 8/2018

1st IVF = BFN
2nd IVF = Baby A, born May 2015
3rd IVF = Miscarriage at 14 weeks
4th IVF = BFN
After we paid for 5th IVF, positive pregnancy without IVF!

Because the important moments in life just don’t fit in a status update! I started this blog when I was training for my first ½ Ironman, (70.3 miles) to record what I hoped would be growth and progress but ended up being a huge learning experience. Although fitness is one of the key ingredients to a happy life, it certainly isn't the only ingredient. My blog has evolved to document growth, progress and setbacks in other areas too. From my surprise proposal in Rome and wedding in the fall of 2013, to Mom's devastating stage IV cancer diagnosis and death 2 weeks after I found out I was pregnant. Who knows what shape it will take, but thanks for being along for the ride.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

IVF for only $3,500!? Yes, please!

It's hard for me to contain my excitement right now. At the earliest, we were hoping to come up with the cost of another round of IVF ($17,000) by December. Now, we may be able to next month! We found a clinical trial (thanks Sarah!) that gives a complete IVF cycle for only $3,500 including medication, operating room fees and even cryopreservation! Hard to believe, this is a savings of over $13,000!

It's called The Ivy Study. While it's offered nationwide, there is only one clinic in all of California accepting participants. And it happens within driving distance for me, 120 miles round trip. So far, it seems like I meet all of the requirements, and I am in communication with the person in charge of the study at this location. It's being offered through HRC, a center we had a consultation at for our last round and really loved.

Patients Wanted For New Clinical Study at HRC Encino! IVF Cycle Offered for $3,500!

Posted on in News and Events
New $3,500 IVF Clinical Study
HRC Fertility Encino has recently initiated screening in a new industry-sponsored clinical research study called the Ivy Study. This study is testing a new follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) treatment called AFOLIA comparing it to the US approved Gonal-f.  We are the only site in Los Angeles County conducting this study.
Each patient in this study would be participating in an ovarian stimulation cycle, similar to a standard  IVF cycle. This study requires frequent visits to the doctor’s office involving procedures such as having blood drawn, pelvic ultrasounds, self-injected medications and egg retrieval to remove eggs for fertilization and embryo transfer. Each patient will receive the same medical care and oversight throughout the study. Each patient may be eligible to complete up to three IVF cycles.
Other more detailed inclusion and exclusion criteria  apply, but to qualify, participants must:
  • Be between the ages of 35-42 with an FSH of <15mIU/ml
  • Have 10-20 Basal Antral Follicles
  • Have regular menstrual cycles
  • Be in good general health
  • Have not completed three of more fresh IVF cycles
The study drug is free of charge for all participants and the IVF procedure is offered at a lower cost than other options. Patients will be charged $3500 per cycle for operating room fees, anesthesia and one year of cryopreservation. The stimulation medication will be covered by the sponsor which is the vast majority of the expense of IVF cycle medications. The remainder of the medications such as Lupron, ovidrel and crinone need to be purchased by the patient.   Thus the study being sponsored is at a significantly reduced cost to the patient. You can read more detail about the study at www.clinicaltrials.gov
If you are aware of patients that may qualify for this study please contact our study coordinator Samantha at 818-788-7288 x 244 or email her at samanthav@havingbabies.com
Of course I will feel better once I sign the consent and am officially accepted into the study, which could be as early as next week.

To find a participating clinic near you, click here.


  1. Megan, I hope you get accepted to this study! What a great opportunity.

  2. Hi Megan! I just finished an IVF cycle with this study! Email me if you have any questions! Best of luck to you!

    1. Hi there! I am pursuing doing this study and was wondering how often you have to go to the clinic? I am about seven hours away from nearest clinic....

    2. It is so worth it! I honestly would have traveled out of state or even out of the country for this price. I our 2 embryos transferred yesterday and had the most appointments the week prior: 5. So, I guess you may need to stay near clinic. But before that, it was only once or twice peer week. Good Luck and baby dust to you! xo

  3. I'm going to try and call today to apply, we qualify on paper but I hope we get accepted cause this could be the chance we've been waiting on

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