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

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

Bring it 2014!

2013 wasn’t a bad year, a lot of wonderful things happened in our lives! I organized a very successful 5k race to help raise awareness of the disease my mother passed away from, R’s older sister had her first baby (our first niece), my sister announced her third pregnancy, I started grad school, R’s younger sister graduated from college, our oldest nephew started kindergarten, and we had several friends & family visits throughout the year….but it didn’t bring us a baby, and that’s what I keep dwelling on. It’s so easy to dwell on the negatives and forget all of the positives and blessings in our lives and I’m trying to be better at that.

I’ve got a few *hopefully realistic* goals for the new year that I’d like to share….sharing them makes them real:

  • lose 8 lbs every month I’m not pregnant
  • maintain a more positive attitude
  • read 1 book (for fun, not school) a month

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Surgery has been tentatively scheduled

laparoscopeAF came to visit this morning making today CD 1, just lovely. And finally my laparoscopy surgery has been tentatively scheduled for January 8th….it had to be after January 1st at the earliest because that’s when our new insurance will become effective. Hoping to firm up that date soon so I can give work as much notice as possible. I’ll start taking Norethindrone (5mg twice a day) on CD 3 (Christmas Day). RE said to continue all supplements, that they wouldn’t haven an impact on the medication or surgery. Continue reading

New and improved plan

After taking the weekend to think about things I’ve come up with a new plan, that hubby is okay with too. It’s open enrollment for our health insurance right now, the deadline to change is actually today! My husband’s employer offers several different kinds of insurances to choose from, so I did some digging and I found one that I think will work for us. It’s $140 more per paycheck ($3,640 more per year), BUT covers the exploratory surgery I need for my tubes and it also covers 70% of IUI’s….which, if everything goes well on the surgery would technically be all we’d need to give us a good shot at a BFP! Continue reading