We know the issues and have been given our chances of success to naturally have a child, the odds are not good. Single digits. Derrian is broken 3 different ways, and CKnight 2. 🙁 We are given a couple of options. IUI, basically white washing the sperm and putting only the best back in. The cost is about $4000 a time for that. And our best chance is up to 6 months after the surgery. We are still in single digits for a percentage of success with this.
Or we can try IVF, take both the egg and sperm out and put them together, then put them back in. Cost here runs about $12000-$15000 per try with a 50% chance of success.
IVF costs more, but the higher chances means that our money is better spent here. That is what we decided to try.
We find and attend an IVF seminar at the CRM clinic here in Minnesota. It is a full house when we arrive. Everyone is different, we come from different life styles and background. All different shapes, colors, and sizes. A gathering like that lets us know that we are not alone, which is a bit comforting and a bit scary at the same time.
There is lots of information passed, stories told, and some creepy videos that made us cringe a little. The the knowledge gain by going to the gathering is of high value.
Knowledge is power after all.
(Not to mention the mountain of paperwork we left with to read later)