In addition to the emotional roller-coaster that infertility involves, there is a huge financial burden when seeking treatment both in the US and India. Many insurance plans do not cover anything more than the basics for procedures - almost all of them do not cover fertility medications. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to finance your dream of having a child. 1. ( If you live in the US/Canada ) Check your insurance policies. Find out what is covered, if there are lifetime maximums and what your deductibles and co pays will be if there is coverage. Some companies will cover diagnosis but not infertility treatment. Under some plans you need to get procedures pre-certified. 2. ( If you live in the US/Canada ) Find out about the Flexible Spending Account. Contribute maximum amount towards FSA with both your and your spouse's employer. Note of caution - FSA is based on "use it or lose it". So some planning is needed based on when you will go for costly treatment. You can set aside a maximum of $5000. Ask me questions if you have any here. 2. Create a budget for infertility. As soon as you suspect you might have trouble conceiving, start saving in a separate account designated for financing infertility treatments. 3. The cost of medicines is significant when taking fertility treatment. While Clomid and other oral medicines are cheap, almost all injectables are expensive. There are several things you can do to reduce this cost: a. Although medicines like Menopur are very expensive in the US, Ferring makes the same medicine in Europe under a different brand name which is almost 50% less. You can buy this over the web, but be sure to use a credit card so you can dispute the transaction if necessary. Beware of scams, and order a small quantity first to see if it really works. Google to see if others have had favorable or unfavorable experience. Post on IL so others can benefit. b. You can buy surplus medication from people who get pregnant and have extra left over. Here is the address of a buy/sell U.S. site where you can find medicines at more than 50% discount.(http://www.freegaragesale.com/medical.htm) I sold all of my leftover medicine at 1/4th of the price after I became pregnant. (Just make sure they are all sealed and unopened). In most cases these are genuine. 4. Also, contact some of the other patients at your doctor's clinic or your other friends who have successfully completed their treatment and consider buying their leftover medicine. They will be too glad to sell them at cheaper prices, and some of them even donate them for free to the clinic. While you are in the waiting room in the doctor's office waiting to be called for the blood/(U/S) tests, try to connect with other patients around. That way, you will get to know the success rates, the treatment protocols that are being followed for other women, and if you get to be the successful one first, you can even sell your leftover meds to them or vice-versa. 5. Once you are in the stage where you are ordering your medications on a regular basis, order only what you need for this cycle rather than order them all at once. This can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars because if your doctor changes your medications mid-cycle or changes the dosage, you could be stuck with meds you will not be using, and the pharmacy will not take them back.Besides, you don't get any discounts for ordering medicines in bulk. 6. Travel to India for IVF. If your doctors say that in vitro fertilization is your best option for conceiving, consider traveling to India where the costs are much lower. Standard disclaimers apply - choose a safe, effective facility. Ask others for experiences with the facility. 7. Consider package deals. There is an institute in Chicago called Advanced Fertility institute which will guarantees a live child or you get your money back. They do 4 IVFs and if you don't get the desired result, you get your $20K (approx) fee back. This may be a better alternative to doing two unsuccessful IVFs at full cost ( around 12K each ). http://www.advancedfertility.com/ivfriskshare.htm Added later - I have some more cost information but I will wait to post this till we cover more ground in our series. In our series we have only gone till IUI - the road is only half-travelled at this point. Fortitude and perseverance are needed to reach the final destination !