Heading into the weekend, I thought I'd throw out a nice, light topic that fills all of us with joy--financial considerations. Has a nice lilt to it. You can almost sing it when your heart is completely brimming with love and gratefulness towards insurance companies.
Unless you are a billionaire who drops $20,000 without blinking an eye, finances have probably guided some of your protocal decisions. Infertility is expensive and the financial strain is one of the many salts on the wound. As if it's not enough that you're giving yourself injections into your stomach or "depositing a donation," you also have to make huge monetary sacrifices. Many times, when people are faced with infertility, they can't even afford to get started building their family due to the astronomical costs involved with fertility treatments, adoption or surrogacy.
The question: how much did finances coming into play in your decision-making process? Did you forego attempting fertility treatments in order to have the financial means for adoption? Did you do many extra IUIs because you couldn't afford IVF? How would your treatment schedule be different if money wasn't an option and insurance was covering costs (or adoption was easily affordable)?
Of course, answers will probably differ if you are in the throes of primary IF vs. secondary IF. But how far were you willing to go financially to build your family and how did money figure into your decision-making process?