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cost to go private - totally shocked!

i've been fortunate to have one fresh & one frozen cycle paid for by PCT. both failed.

we had follow up appt this morning & were strongly advised to have further self funded FET as i have 6 decent blasts frozen & theres no apparent reason for my cycles to have failed. i was also advised to have a scratch as we are "ideal candidates" having had 2 unexplained failed cycles?!

my hospital is linked to a private clinic which carried out all my lab work & where my EC & ET took place. the consultants at hospital also work at private clinic, so there's interest on their part in patients continuing to self fund.

on receiving their price list i am shocked at cost & also feeling a little cynical. if it hasn't worked so far, why would it work this time? it's such a huge amount of money & i can't help but wonder if we can justify it.

£4605 seems astronomical, but in fairness i haven't shopped around.

any thoughts greatly appreciated. i am so f'ing over all this 🙄

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Hi -noodles-. I would definitely shop around. That's a huge price for FET. www'hfea.gov.uk and find a better deal. remember you can transfer any frozen embryos wherever. Price natural cycle transfer too. Good luck! Diane

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I would say that this seems super expensive, as Diane said maybe shop around to a few other clinics and get some prices! The private sector is a bit of a p!ss take but this seems ridiculous! Good luck!xx

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thanks lovelies 😘😘 i actually felt dizzy reading the break down. i don't know how people afford it. will defo shop around.

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Hello, yes, I agree with you that it`s a big price.

Have you tried to look to other countries at their price list?

Hugs.

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Does that price maybe also include a fresh egg collection as does sound way too much for a FET? We unfortunately were not able to have our IVF on the NHS due to my age as the cut off is 42 which I am just over so had to fund ourselves and so far has cost just over £6000!!! Unfortunately we didn't have any embryos left to freeze but if we had we could of frozen them for a future FET and cost was £600 to freeze and store up to a year and then £1350 for the actual transfer. I'm not sure where you live but try The London Women's Clinic as at least will be a comparison. Good luck to you and all your frosties xx

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thanks nickie - that's defo just frozen, i checked, insane! am in london so will check women's clinic, thank you for recommendation.

good luck to you on your journey - sending love & positive vibes ✨✨✨✨✨

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Wow!!! Ours with donor gametes will only cost £2600!!! We shopped around though as our first clinic we were with wanted £7k privately! We figured travelling was fine, we'd still save money even with a train and B&B!

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Cor wish I'd known about your clinic - is that with donor eggs? X

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Sperm

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I think that's a lot cheaper than eggs cos the process for sperm donation is much more straightforward. x

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Our clinic is under 2k for FET excluding drugs. But you might need to pay the freezing fee to them on top of that if you transferred your Frosties. Our freezing fee is quite high. I think other places are cheaper. Definitely worth shopping around or maybe finding a better price elsewhere and seeing if your place will match it xx

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For a fet?! Ours cost about £1800 all in! Good luck with your search xx

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Hiya that does sound crazy money for an fet...its the same cost as a fresh cycle of normal ivf at my clinic! 😨 I've shopped around in the past and generally seen prices range from £1300-£2k for a fet xxx

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That sounds crazy money!! For our FET we are currently undergoing treatment for, it costs 1500 plus £175 costs for drugs. Can I just ask are you not entitled to anymore tries which are NHS funded? I know it depends on the area in which you live. Think we are extremely lucky where we live as we can have 3 rounds on the NHS we are only having to pay now as we had a successful FET nearly 3 years ago. I agree with previous advice and ship around xx

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hi, no we're only entitled to 1 fresh & 1 frozen in our borough. we're not obliged to go with clinic affiliated with hospital, just thought it easier, but now i hear what other clinics charge, i'm having a rethink.

good luck to you ✨✨✨✨

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I hate the fact it all depends on your postcode it just seems so unfair. Yeah I think researching other clinics may be best.

Lots of luck in your journey 💕

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i think in bedfordshire 6 rounds are available & in other areas, frozen transfers don't even count as "a round" - no point getting wound up, just life!

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We've just signed up for a 3 cycle 100%refund programme for £8500 with meds on top.

That is a lot of money for a FET hope you find somewhere cheaper x

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that sounds like money well spent - will look into something similar. all the best to you ✨

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I thought it sounded too good to be true at 1st as it includes any FETs too.

If it works on 1st cycle I don't see it as lost money, I will have my baby after all so to us it was a no brainer. I know from the beginning that I don't have to find the money for another attempt.

Good luck on what route you try next xx

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Look into fertility finance package. We purchased a multi cycle package in the end but there are also refund programmes. There are ways to make it more "affordable"

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Thats similar to the price of a fresh full cycle of ivf where i'm from.

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