My health plan doesn’t cover anything even remotely infertility related. (Although, the second a baby is growing in my uterus it will be 100% covered). I met with the “reproductive endocrinologist (RE)” ( $245 for a half hour) who had previously diagnosed me with a “mild” case of polycystic ovarian syndrome. I got the diagnosis two years ago when my now ex-husband and I had met with him because I wasn’t getting pregnant.
When I made this appointment, I was careful to tell them that I was no longer married and that I would be doing this on my own. Unfortunately, this didn’t make it into my chart, and the doctor immediately asked me why my husband wasn’t there. This was an honest mistake, and instead of changing the subject gracefully after I informed him we were now divorced, he stammered, turned red, and blurted out: “that’s a picture of my daughter and she just got a Fullbright scholarship!.” Umm what?? I wasn’t sure how to respond so I just faked excitement and exclaimed “wow, that’s great!” After an awkward pause Dr. Awkward began going over my treatment plan.
I am 38, which is considered “old” in the world of reproduction, but the blood tests he had ordered showed that my lady parts may still have some life left in them. Dr. Awkward said that the best way to determine my chances of conception are to test my “ovarian reserve.” The main predictors are a blood test that tests the amount of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and an ultrasound where they county your follicles. My FSH level was a “reassuring” 4.1 (they never say good in the world of infertility. My follicle count was also “reassuring” but they never told me how many they found.
We made a plan that I would take a drug called Femera, which stimulates ovulation and would begin Intrauterine Inseminations (IUI’s) with donor sperm . I was then given the homework of choosing a sperm donor ASAP.