Our first Follistim + IUI cycle is coming up in just 4 months, and while that may look like a long ways away on paper, it’s really not that far off. On Monday, I had my consult with my doctor to discuss what my first Follistim cycle will look like. We still have a few things to figure out, like whether I’ll need to go on birth control temporarily to reset my body (shoot me now), or whether we’ll just skip it and see what my body does on its own leading up to that cycle. I’d rather leave it be, but I also know it’s common practice to do a couple of months of birth control to prep the body to be more receptive to treatment.
Again, shoot me now. If any of you remember how I bled for a few months the last time I was on birth control, you know how I despise it. But, I digress… moving on… stepping off the soap box… kicking and screaming just a bit.
Planning for a Follistim cycle means I’m also digging around the internet for the cheapest prices on the meds. My insurance will not cover a single penny of infertility treatment, so we’re on our own. There are a few discount programs out there, but their version of “discount” isn’t always good enough for the headache of paperwork you’re expected to fill out. Can I get an Amen?! Why is this all so expensive?
One positive is I may not need to buy a Follistim pen – I think my doctor might have one on hand that was donated, unopened, along with 300 IU, and she’s saving it all for me. That should get me 4 doses to get started (75 IU per shot).
I wanted to share with you all some of the prices I found online and locally for Follistim, and I hope to get your thoughts on purchasing as well!
This is a free app I downloaded on my iPhone to help my mom get better discounts on her meds since she doesn’t have any insurance at all. All you have to do is search for the med you need, and it will pull up all the local pharmacies in your area with the discount price list. It gives you a special code the pharmacist will enter in the system, and so far we have found it’s pretty close to accurate. It helped my mom get a medication that would have cost her $108 for just $21. The app said it should cost about $16, so we were thrilled it was that close. That said, these prices are probably close to what they would be locally:
- 300 IU: $548.85
- 600 IU: $1,101
- 900 IU: $1,630
No shipping required, and I have no idea if I’d have to special order the pen as the app does not price it for me. My guess is yes.
Not a great discount – in fact, almost looks like one of the most expensive places to get Follistim, and yet it’s one of the most common places recommended to me in infertility support groups.
- 300 IU: $369.60
- 600IU: $1,279.20
- 900 IU: $1,918.80
I couldn’t find the price for the Follistim pen, unless it’s included in the original price, but I’m pretty sure that most of the time the pen is not included. Shipping is free.
The 2nd cheapest place to get Follistim that I have found, but is lacking pertinent information on their website and they don’t make it easy to find the info you need. They primarily ship from Europe.
- 300 IU: $175
- 600 IU: $350
- 900 IU: $525
Follistim pen is not included, and could not find a price on it. Shipping is $69 for standard, $99 for rush to the U.S. (FYI: apparently Europe has a cap on what pharmaceutical companies can charge on medications, hence the drastic price difference). For those who don’t know, standard international shipping can run 4 weeks to arrive… just sayin’. So if you choose this company, you’ll need to pay for rush shipping.
Pretty much the cheapest place to get Follistim that I have found, and it’s also the most convenient because I didn’t have to dig very deep for pricing or information. [Note: When I first wrote this post, the meds were slightly more expensive than IVFmeds.com, but adding shipping in, it ended up cheaper, or the same depending on the dosage. As of 10/21/15, they are cheaper! Updated pricing reflected below!] They have a better shipping rate and better delivery promise.
- 300 IU: $160
- 600 IU: $320
- 900 IU: $490
- Pen: $15
Shipping is a flat $25 from Europe to the U.S. in 5-7 days, no matter how many medications you order. Seems fair enough, especially for those of you getting ready to go through IVF. I am very familiar with how shipping works, and I know that the $25 flat rate for 5-7 days international means this company has a killer deal negotiated with their shipping agent and they’re not marking it up. IVFmeds.com is definitely marking theirs up – where they lose money on the cost of the meds, they gain on marking up shipping. Just sayin’.
**UPDATE: I placed my order with IVFpharmacy.com on 10/9/15 and it arrived to my post office on 10/16/15! Shipping was quick and they were quick to respond via email!**
There are other options out there for purchasing meds here in the U.S., like through WINfertility.com (the fertility specific pharmacy partnered with Walgreens), but I am struggling to find anything nearly as cheap as some of these websites out of Europe. Locally, I’m going to end up paying double or three times more than I could if I ordered through IVFpharmacy.com.
If you know of a better pharmacy option, or have experience with any of these (good or bad), pleeeease share your experience in the comments! I have about 3 months before I need to settle on where I am going to purchase the meds and start moving forward.