So I discovered last night that a stim/ICSI cycle is going up by almost $1000 at the end of March. We had initially factored into our budget a cycle every 2 months until the years end, at which time its time to reassess if we intend to go on. An extra thousand per cycle means we will go from cycling every 2 months, to every 3, and thereby reduce things from 5 this year to 3 or 4 if lucky.. (talking fresh cycles). So I am a bit bummed, but I remind myself that a few years ago, we couldn't have dreamed of doing IVF at all, and that compared to other countries, we have it bloody good here in Australia. And even further to that, our clinic only charges the part we are responsible for, and bills medicare their element directly, so we only need to find a portion if the true upfront fee at the beginning of a cycle. I know we are lucky, but its still a disappointment that plans change, and waiting time increases. It makes me feel a little like I really have to hope this cycle we are due to begin next week works, before the new fees kick in March 31. No pressure or anything.
I was making a list recently, of books and resources that I have found helpful in relation to IVF and Infertility. I thought I would copy it over here. Please feel free to add any you are aware of or have found helpful in your journey via the comments. These are largely Australian and some international resources.
* Infertility Books website (American)
* Why Me? The Real-Life Guide to Infertility by Loraine Brown. (1998, Simon & Schuster, Sydney).
* The Psychological Impact of Infertility: A comparison with Patients with Other Medical Conditions, by A.D. Domar, P.C. Zuttermeister and R. Friedman (1993). A medical study.
* So Close: Infertile and Addicted to Hope by Tertia Albertyn
* Getting Pregnant The Hard Way: A Husbands Tale by Mikael Svanstrom. A mans perspective of IVF
* Sex at 6pm: A Personal Journey Through IVF by Annarosa Berman (2006).New Holland Publishers.
* The Couple's Guide to In Vitro Fertilization: Everything you need to know to maximise your chances of success" by Liza Charlesworth. (There is nothing amazing in there, just a good intro if its all unfamiliar).
* Inconceivable by Ben Elton (humourous, not for all).
* Baby Steps: A Bloke's Eye View of IVF by Jason Davies
* The Baby Trail by Sinead Moriarty (Humour)
* A Perfect Match by Sinead Moriarty (Humour, sequel)
* A Few Good Eggs: Two Chicks Dish on Overcoming the Insanity of Infertility by Julie Vargo and Maureen Regan
* Battles with the Baby Gods: Infertility: Stories of Hope by Amanda Hampson
* The Infertility Handbook - A Guide to Making Babies by Jacqueline Tomlins
* The Lost and Found Connections Abound Blogroll
* Making Babies by Theresa Miller
* Conception Chronicles: The Uncensored Truth about Sex, Love and Marriage when you are trying to get pregnant By Patty Doyle Debano and Courtney Menzal
* The Stork Club: One Womans Journey to the Front Line of Fertility Treatment by Imogen Edwards-Jones
* IVF Shoot 'Em Up
* International Infertility Film Festival
* Expecting Miracles: On the Path of Hope from Infertility to Parenthood by Christo Zouves, MD
* IVF & Ever After: The Emotional Needs of Families by Nichola Bedos - Personally, I am skeptical of this one. Its a privately practicing counsellor drumming up business by mentioning the many difficulties IVF patients suffer not only during treatment but as parents etc.. This article makes me think that, it sounds so negative, and neglects to mention she is a counsellor. Maybe I am just cynical!