How much do infertility treatments cost?

money ppppInfertility testing and treatments can add up so quickly. I’ve kept track of all of our costs, just for informational purposes and just wanted to share….for those of you interested, and those of you that might be just starting out on ¬†your journey, just as an idea of what to expect. We have decent insurance, and they’ve covered a decent bit of everything we’ve tried so far, but we’re still out of pocket a good bit Continue reading

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Post-op appointment

This morning I had my post-op appointment. Everything went fine, RE said my wounds are healing up just as they should be.

To back track a bit, the pain after the operation was more than I imagined it to be. The pain was mainly in my lower abdomen, I think from where the instruments had been inside of my body moving around…..just felt very sore there. I used ice the first day, then had R pick up a heating pad to use going forward. Continue reading

Surgery went great!!

Sitting in recovery now sipping ginger ale waiting for R to finish up at work and come get me. I’ve got a little pain in my stomach, but it’s not too bad. I have 2 incisions on my belly button and one a little lower by my panty line.

Now for the good news part….both of my tubes are COMPLETELY OPEN!!! Apparently sometimes when they do the HSG test your body can spasm making your tube(s) appear blocked when they really aren’t. When this happens the only way to get a true picture of what’s going on is the surgery I had. My RE said he found a small spot of Endometrosis, but nothing to be too concerned about…..and nothing that should prevent me from getting pregnant. I have a post-op appointment scheduled for next Wednesday, he said we’d lay out a plan of action then…..but I’m assuming I should be starting IUI’s again VERY VERY soon! Continue reading

5 days until I go under the knife

surgery

This morning I had my pre-op appointment for my upcoming surgery. I had 2 separate appointments….the first was at my RE’s office at 11:30 and the second at the hospital (my RE’s office is located inside of the hospital so I didn’t have to drive anywhere else) at 1:30, but they were able to squeeze me in earlier so I finished up around 1:00 pm.

The plan is to have 3 procedures on Wednesday: a repeat HSG test, hysteroscopy, and laparoscopy. I asked RE if by chance the repeat HSG test didn’t show a blockage this time would he stop and not do the other two procedures…..he said no. He is going to perform all three no matter what, he wants to get to the bottom of these issues and really can’t do so without doing all three. Continue reading

Yesterday was a really bad day

bad-day-bad-lifeYesterday I had my HSG test completed. It was supposed to be a routine test. Because of my age and my previous blood tests RE said he had no reason to believe I had any issues. He was wrong. The test started out with me having to go into my RE’s office for a pregnancy test. I walked into a packed waiting room to sit and wait 30 minutes before they asked me to pee in a cup to verify that I wasn’t pregnant (I think they’re just covering their asses on this one, b/c if you have the HSG test and you are pregnant you’ll more than likely miscarry). Then I had to go downstairs to admitting (my RE’s office is inside of the hospital) and wait to be checked in there. Next I went back to radiology, changed into a gown and waited for RE and the radiologist to come in. The RE inserted a speculum, then inserted a balloon type device to open my cervix (which was painful) then inserted a catheter into my uterus. Next he started to inject me with a liquid that had dye in it and the radiologist began taking pictures. If all is well and your tubes are opened the test is pretty painless, other then some minor cramping…..this WAS NOT the case for me. Quickly after injecting the liquid RE could see that my right tube was blocked so it was HELLA painful for about 30 seconds, then they pulled out the catheter and I was fine. I got dressed then went back up to RE’s office to talk. Continue reading