I’m not much of a betting person, or at least I didn’t think I was. But yesterday, as my broker and I were sitting down drinking meeting over benefit renewal data, we got to talking about the impending IVF. I was discussing the relative expense to success ratio, and he goes on to equate it to Roulette.  Not only a game of chance, but one with terrible odds. Thanks. A LOT!

I’ve been inside a casino twice. Once near Morgan City, Louisiana, to get to this restaurant that was embedded within; and another time, in Lake Tahoe, NV because the snow was too wet to ski on and going to a casino seemed like the right thing to do. That day, I learned how to play Craps and Blackjack. Craps was easy, until people started playing at the same table. Then it was all very fast and felt like when you accidentally hit the forward button three times on the DVR instead of just once and suddenly you’re watching the credits roll when in fact you really wanted to relish in the drama of Ryan finally saying “Sanjaya, you’re going home.” 

Blackjack was easier. Except for the losing part.  At some point I was up $200, but my heart was racing so fast I could hear thunder in my ears and steam was coming out of my eyes and I had to get out of the game. I’m just averse to that kind of anxiety. 

So it comes as a surprise to me that this whole IVF thing is so much like gambling.  Not that I didn’t think it was a gamble before, I had just thought in terms of statistics like Percentage of Transfers Resulting In Live Births (53.4%), and Percentage of Pregnancies With Twins (40.3%).  “Gambling” makes it seem so dirty and scary.  And without the benefit of great room rates or a Cirque Del Soleil show nearby. 

I read up on Roulette and learned that the object is to guess where the roulette ball, spinning on the roulette wheel with 36 slots, will land. Um…Okaaaaaayyye.  There are several inside bets that you can make. You can bet a number straight up or straddle the line between numbers to select a combination of numbers. You can also place outside bets, any of the bets made in the boxes surrounding the numbers. Each bet carries different odds.

So here we go. We’ll be sitting at a high-limit table (those of you who know the costs of IVF know EXACTLY what I’m talking about), on ONE SPIN of the wheel. On the Inside, we’re placing a Split Bet, straddling 1 and 2.  On the Outside, we’re going even money on Red.  The house edge is 50%.  But for the prospect of being parents, we’ll take our chances.