The high cost of fertility treatments

Andrea Syrtash of pregnantish shares her $100K infertility journey and Glamour magazine's Sam Barry shares tips to get the most out of your insurance.
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Moving on to our series for national infertility week, broke for baby. And this morning we're looking at how you can tackle the high cost of fertility treatments and juju Chang is here with us now. Good morning. Well, you know, we all know that children are priceless but there can be a huge price tag for fertility treatments, it can be both emotionally and financially draining. The couple you're about to meet spent nearly a decade enduring 18 fertility treatments in their quest to become parents. When I was 14 I was diagnosed with endometriosis and I remember a doctor saying, you may have fertility issues later. Reporter: For Andrea and husband Michael the road to having a baby was long, expensive and paved with heartache. When I got married I told my husband it may take us a year or two. It didn't occur it could fake as long as it did. When did you guide, we got to Two or three years in I went to an ob who referred to me a specialist. The news wasn't good. She had massive fibroid tumors covering her tubes and ovaries and physically couldn't get pregnant. I needed to have open stomach surgery in 2012 to remove that. You're thinking, all right, pathway is clear but it didn't. It didn't. Reporter: In 2013 she tried iui. I got pregnant in September 2013 and I thought that's the answer. That's what we needed. We lost that pregnancy at around 10 weeks. Reporter: Across eight years of often heartbreaking setbacks the couple spent upwards of 100 grand on failed treatments including full cycles of ivf. Did you ever feel like is this worth it? How much is too much when it comes to trying. I think anyone what's gone through fertility treatments ask themselves that question constantly. How much is too much financially. Infertility affects you financially, physically, emotionally, spiritually and hits you an every level and pursued surrogacy. That's extremely expensive and signed up with an agency and over two years we were being matched entwo dropped out on us. Rock bottom. We just thought maybe we're not meant to be parents. Reporter: Then an unexpected message from ler cousin Alana changed everything. I got a text from her that said have you ever thought of a family member to help? And I was shaking when I read it. You were like, ding. I knew right away this was an answer. Reporter: After offering to be their surrogate her cousin gave birth to Andrea and her husband's biological child, baby Ariel in December. How have the early weeks been like? I'm so offjoyed and so grateful and not taking a second for granted. Congratulations to the family, of course, in the midst of all her painful struggles she launched pregnant-ish to help others deal with pregnant loss and infertility. The best thing you can say is I'm here, I'm sorry and listen. Try not to give advice. That is good advice, thank you. Joining us to talk about navigating the cost of this is Sam Barry, editor in chief of "Glamour." I know you guys have been covering national infertility awareness week on glamour.com. How do you know if freezing your eggs is right for you. Fertility and planning for the future we care about at "Glamour." If they're choosing to them it's later in life whether for circumstances and egg freezing is a much more popular option. What you need to know beforehand is the cost and it is a chuck of change. The average cost of an it is anything from $30,000 to $40,000. 90% of the women that freeze their eggs don't end up using emthis. Lots go on to conceive naturally and many pursue not to pursue it. We don't have crystal balls but if you're going to do it are there ways to save costs, to save money? In there are -- I think a lot more of the clinics are providing financial planning where they can break the cost down week by week but again if you're going into that much of a commitment of money figure out what it's going to cost at the end. The reality is a lot of women will have to go through two rounds of egg retrieval to get the number they need which is around 20. Average it's 30 to 40 and some people will have to go more if they want a substantial number of eggs work for them. What about insurance to help you. More women are making K. Digs of going to friendly companies and talked to a lot of women and 60% would choose a company that was more fertility friendly over one that wasn't. I think first of all understanding what does your company give in terms of fertility coverage, whether it's ivf or egg freezing or even leave. Figure out what it is. Monster, glassdoor, a lot of fertility sites can tell you which are more friendly than others and honestly sometimes you'll have to be your own advocate. If the company or who you're working for does not give you the fertility or parental leave you want, ask. We have more tips on infertile and how to tackle the cost on our website.

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