Welcome Back (to me) & Hi Infertility

[note: i started these posts out in a regular paragraphed blog kind of way

but, i realized that this is a subject could use an infusion of humor

so i’ve decided to revert to my original blogging style :)]

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wow, it’s been a really long time since I’ve posted on this blog!

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the next six weeks or so will take this blog in a slightly different direction…

it’s time to get serious.

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I V F

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that’s right.  in vitro fertilization.  i’ll be doing that.

mostly, writing about it helps me get out of my head

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and i hear stress management is important for this kind of thing…

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but just in case anyone is interested in my story, I’ve decided to put it on the interwebz

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but first, a recap.

previously on the good, good life…

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husband and I have been married for five years

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have been trying to conceive for the last four

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(that’s 80% of our married life!)

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since 2013, we’ve been to two different fertility clinics in the nyc area

and we were diagnosed with male factor infertility (him) and pcos (me)

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doctor #1 suggested ivf right away

but we were like wooooaaaah nelly

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doctor #2 agreed that ivf would be best but was ok with us trying a few IUIs first

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(disclaimer: i’m not a republican!)

for each IUI we were given a 5-8% chance

That’s like one slice of a cake with 20 slices!!!!

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iui #1 was in oct ’14 and iui #2 was in mar ’15

obviously, both of them were unsuccessful

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since we don’t have insurance that covers ivf,

we happened to receive a New York State Infertility Demonstration Grant

so if we wanted the money, we had to initiate a cycle by the end of july

you could say our hand was forced

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here’s what the program’s all about

ivf coverage is only mandatory in a few states: Alaska, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Texas

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(although some of these states require the sperm to be your spouse’s)

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this program is designed to demonstrate to healthcare providers that IVF coverage should be mandatory

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there are a few eligibility req’s for this program, including:

a gross annual income < $200,000

(side note: WOW)

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the % you end up paying is based on your total income

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there are a few great perks to this program:

all medication is covered, including anesthesia

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ICSI is covered

(that’s when they help the spermies along by sticking them directly into the egg)

1 year of cryopreservation of viable embryos is covered

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and, one grant can be used for two ivf cycles (within a certain amount of time)

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so there it is

i feel lucky

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but not as lucky as if my insurance just covered the damn procedure

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maybe we should just move to texas

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