Scheduled to get a Gynefix Mini at Willow Women's Clinic in Canada!
I've been a lurker for a long time and now I finally get to post something!
I am 21, nulliparous, and next month I will be traveling from Philadelphia, PA (USA) to Vancouver, BC (Canada) to get a Gynefix Mini IUD inserted by Dr. Wiebe at the Willow Women's Clinic.
Medical History: I've been taking a low hormone birth control pill for four years, but hormones have always made me very emotional and I have trouble remembering to take a pill every day, even with an alarm. I also have long and heavy periods, so I thought Paraguard wouldn't be a good choice for me. My local doctor told me that Mirena generally keeps hormones localized to the uterus, so I made an appointment last year to get a Mirena inserted. Unfortunately, I was measured and ultrasound'ed and my uterus was too small for a Mirena (or a Paraguard, which is the same size).
After some reasearch, I decided that the Gynefix Mini was the best choice for me. It's smaller, no hormones, and I heard that there is less bleeding than a Paraguard.
My main question is for those who have travelled from the US to Canada to get their Gynefix's: how do I keep the costs down?
I am traveling alone for three days.
IUD and procedure: ~ $300
Roundtrip flight: ~ $600
Two nights at a hotel: ~ $200 (there's a hotel in walking distance of the clinic, which I thought was best)
Shuttle to and from local airport: $120 (my dad won't drive me to the airport even though he's available, I don't know why, I'm trying to persuade him otherwise)
I'm not sure how to get from Vancouver International Airport to the hotel, which is about twenty to thirty minutes away. I also want to bring my own food for three days in my carry-on bag, is that allowed through airport security?
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep costs down?
Thanks so much!