Have you considered freezing embryos instead of just eggs? I have 6 frosties (what IVFers call frozen embryos) waiting for me. You just have to either find a sperm donor or pay for a vial of already donated sperm.
The egg retrieval process is no picnic. You have to give yourself multiple injections every night to stop your body from ovulating while at the same time making your ovaries produce multiple eggs. The injections aren’t so bad, but for me the actual egg retrieval was not pleasant. You’re put to sleep, of course, but afterwards there’s a lot of bloating and cramps, which last for about 3 days.
As far as the cost, I’m assuming it would probably be the same as any IVF cost, except you wouldn’t have to pay for the embryo transfer, which might knock off a couple grand.
All told, I think we spent in the neighborhood of $10-12,000, which includes the medication and procedures.
To answers your specific questions:
You name it, we were asked. Everything from how long we’d been trying to conceive to past drug use to how many abortions you’ve had. The question portion of our first consultation lasted about 2 hours. Go prepared to tell your entire life story.
We were given a blood test for every STD ever invented. You can also opt to have your DNA tested for any diseases you might be a carrier for, but we opted not to do that.
I was 30.
We wanted a baby and couldn’t do it on our own. This answer probably doesn’t help you because the decision to be a single mom will be better answered by someone who actually is.
See above. There’s also a storage fee every year to keep the embryos frozen (~$200 at my clinic).
I cannot have any more children myself because I had complications after the delivery of my daughter that led to an emergency hysterectomy. We are saving our frosties for use with a surrogate someday. But I have several friends who have successfully conceived using frozen embryos.