Well, we met our new RE yesterday, and we both liked him a lot. He is very easy to discuss things with, obviously very experienced and knowledgeable, but also very professional. He agreed that IVF looked to be our most likely chance at success. He offered us opportunities to pursue the cause(s) of our infertility more if we wished to but was also very open to skipping it and heading right for treatment.
The plan is to do an IVF cycle in February with January being a cycle for bloodwork, testing, sonohystogram, mock transfer, and bcp’s to begin my system’s suppression. February will be the month for the actual IVF: stimulation, egg retrieval (ER), and embryo transfer (ET) and the infamous 2ww. We also need to have Steve do another S/A to determine if we will need ICSI or not. The Doc thinks it likely that we will. I have been hoping we could avoid it. I guess we’ll see what the S/A shows under Kruger Strict Criteria for morphology (KSM).
The Doc ordered a slew of bloodwork, some of which is standard pre-IVF stuff, and some are hormone tests he is running due to some concern that I might have elevated prolactin levels. He suspects this because I had some milky discharge from my nipples (yeah, thanks for pinching them, doc!) which I guess I’m not supposed to have. I hope that it turns out to be nothing of concern. I honestly suspect it might be from some meds that my regular doc put me on to help prevent migraines, which I get in abundance.
I’m going to get my first poke tomorrow for all the above-mentioned bloodwork, but I don’t expect results til after the new year, though I suppose anything is possible.
We did have a brief insurance scare. I thought I had verified that infertilty diagnosis and treatment was covered by our insurance, but when the RE’s office called they received some different information. The print-out we received that recorded the conversation indicated that sperm prep, IVF, and ICSI were *not* covered services. What!? We were actually quite preoccupied with this throughout our appointment and until today when we were able to follow up and get clarification. We were so relieved to find that the insurance does in fact offer benefits for infertility including IVF and ICSI. Whew! That was a close call. I was afraid I was going to have to end this blog right after starting it. I can’t even imagine how much of a relief this is. I stress so much over money (I know I shouldn’t, it’s something I’m working on) and have felt for us that our money was better spent on adoption rather than IVF. I know others feel differently, and I have no judgments against anyone else for choosing differently. That is just how we felt.
Anyhow, I’ll update soon… BTW, for those who are interested, cycle day 1 is expected on or about January 1, 2007. What a way to start the year!