Given the prices of an hsg and then injectable cycle ( especially given the less than stellar odds for women in my age group) IVF isn't that much more expensive, as I have no coverage for anything even remotely fertility related.
Did you do anything different between tries?
congrats on your long awaited BFP!
Thanks. I never did the HSG, although I *might* have if several IUI's at the doctor had not worked. As it turned out, 2 out of 2 worked - the first was a chemical, but that made me pretty sure that my tubes were not blocked. Plus, I read a study about the HSG test that called it the most over-prescribed test in Western medicine, because such a minute percentage of them come back with anything blocked. Plus, I don't have a history of pelvic inflammatory disease or STD's.
Anyway, I was stubborn about not wanting to get pregnant in a doctor's office, so we tried 8 times at home. We would try for a few times in a row and it would make me mental, so we would take a significant break where I never charted or temped or thought about anything related to my fertility. Finally I felt like future me 10 years from now was going to be really mad at me right now at this age if I didn't get more aggressive, so I went to the RE. It turns out that my cervix is almost impossible to navigate for an IUI, so we suspect the sperm was never getting where it was supposed to be in our prior attempts. Definitely would have been MUCH less expensive to start at the doctor. I'm 34, FWIW (I don't know your age), and was 31 when we started trying. Also, I added it up and this pregnancy cost us around $7,000 out of pocket (we have no coverage either), so way less than IVF.
TTC was a miserable experience for me. I never felt like myself, I felt obsessed and unhappy, it was really awful. Towards the end, I felt like I had made peace and could be happy with any outcome - adoption, getting pregnant, or not. I could think of pros for each scenario, and I think that made me calm down. You have my warmest wishes for a swift and happy ending to your journey.