Yesterday we had our follow up appointment at our clinic. I admit that we found it a more positive experience than we’d thought it would be. Initially I was emotional as I had it in mind that not only should we have been there in different circumstances (7 week scan if the last round had worked or taking our baby to meet staff maybe) but also that it would probably be our last visit as we’ve been planning to go to a new clinic later in the year. However, chatting with a Doctor about our plans we were surprised to learn that our clinic only charges about a thousand more than the new one. Ok so a thousand pounds is still a lot of money but nowhere near as expensive as we thought. There are pros and cons to both clinics now, price being one factor but we do really like our clinic. They know us so well; everyone is so nice, we are comfortable there, they know my history, how I’ll respond to drugs and what protocol is best for me. They’ve changed the procedure for EC so that I would be “out of it” next time (last time I was awake). Time lapse imaging, embryo glue and culturing blastocysts onto day five is included in the overall price. They did suggest us giving pgs a thought as it’s the only thing we’ve never done but we are reluctant to commit to that as financially it’s all dependant on how many embryos you’re left with and it would be a freeze all cycle. Pgs, with a good number of embryos, could be potentially very expensive indeed. But that is assuming we get a good number of course... And of course Tommy’s widely believe our mmcs are due to lupus anticoagulant not genetics. The Doctor was keen to point out just how well we’d done, how well I’d responded to stims, what good numbers of blastocysts we’d had, what good grades they’d been.. And of course if we could find a way financially, there’s no waiting list! Our clinic statistically has the best results in the area. It’s white and clean and shiny. And I know it sounds petty but there’s no issues with parking at our clinic! OH needs a disabled bay and the new clinic is a nightmare for parking! On the other hand, staying here is more expensive. If we had to have a fet that is also more expensive. The clinic is further from home than the new one. We did not feel swayed or pressured in any way to stay with our clinic yesterday. We truly felt like they just wanted what was best for us.
The new clinic is cheaper. A fet is cheaper. A fresh perspective may be a good thing. A new approach might be a good thing. We can have a scratch and embryo glue and development to blastocyst stage, and still the price is overall a bit cheaper than where we are now. It is closer to home. Statistically it is consistent with the national average. Interestingly the Doctor we saw at our clinic yesterday had worked with the Doctor at the new clinic years before and highly recommended him. He seems very nice and competent. It is underneath the Tommy’s clinic so it’s possible our appointments can be combined. The downside of this new clinic is that there’s a waiting list. It’s an nhs clinic and looks a little tired. I don’t get the same feel for it. We’d have to get to know everyone all over again and vice versa. A new clinic is a scary prospect. They don’t offer time lapse imaging. Parking is a nightmare.
So, what would you do? Of course we have some time to make our decisions and we have to get the financial side in order so there’s no immediate rush, but after yesterday we just don’t know what to do; stay? Or go?