Two research studies released at the 2012 ASRM convention compared the cost effectiveness and success of IVF compared to low-tech IUI, concluding that IVF tends to be most efficient.
We all know how difficult it is to decide whether to trust a relatively new fertility doctor when he or she wants to tell us bad news about success rates for treatment options.
I always enjoy Dawn Davenport’s interviews on behalf of the alternative family-building community. Recently she talked with a doctor and I about insemination — in a clinic and at home.
A newcomer on our Choice Moms Over 40 discussion board did 12 cycles of IUI before her clinic noticed that she had "fallen through the cracks" and suggested she try IVF instead. Unfortunately, this does happen. When women find their ChoiceMoms.org peers, it becomes easier to learn what to ask doctors in order to achieve motherhood.
For many of us, simply having sex with someone we love to produce a child is a great idea. But life being what it is today, women like us, busy with goals and options, have many more choices than we used to. We can delay child-bearing a few more years, generally into our 30s, sometimes into our early 40s. But when things don’t go as easily as we would like, and we see the many options to motherhood available to us, how do we choose?
It took me over a year to decide to become a single mom. Once the year was over, the biggest concern for me was the financial aspect. I considered the cost of becoming a mother, being a mother, having a sick child.