Monday, August 31, 2009
Wow... made me think! Are we doing the right thing to jump on the IVF bandwagon? At 39, I don't think I have a bunch of time to sit around and wait for possible fixes for Mr. Jem's swimmers.
Arghhh!! What to do?
- "Conclusions: Current preliminary evidence suggests that acupuncture given with embryo transfer improves rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilisation. "
- "What is already known on this topic:
- In vitro fertilisation is lengthy, expensive, and stressful (duh!!)
- Safe, low cost, adjuvant treatments to improve success rates would benefit patients and reduce costs (you bet!!)
- "What this study adds:
- Current evidence from methodologically sound trials showed an odds ratio of more than 1.6 for clinical pregnancy after in vitro fertilisation with adjuvant acupuncture
- On average, 10 women would need to be treated with acupuncture to bring about one additional clinical pregnancy
- The magnitude of this effect depended on the baseline pregnancy rate"
- Reduction of blood flow impedance in the uterine arteries of infertile women iwth electro-acupuncture - Human Reproduction vol 11 no.6 pp. 1314-1317, 1996
- Quantitive evaluation of spermatozoa ultrastructure after acupuncture treatment for idiopathic male infertility, Fertility and Sterility Vol. 84, No. 1, July 2005, p.141-147
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Here are my current list of regrets/questions:
- Why didn't we start ART sooner? - I'm 39 for goodness sake!
(Answer: because first I wasn't ready and then Mr. Jem wasn't ready)
- Why did I think gleefully evil thoughts when I heard that previous (live-in) boyfriend couldn't have kids because of a childhood accident?
(Answer: No idea. I know there's no direct correlation between my evil thoughts and our present situation. I can't help think that some twisted karma has me and Mr. Jem facing Male Factor IF.)
- Why did I decide to wait until next cycle (in September) to start IVF? I'm ready to start now!!!
(Answer: because Mr. Jem and I weren't psychologically ready and we have some travelling to do before the IVF cycle starts. I'm totally ready/impatient now!!!!!!!!)
- How come two of my male colleagues just had babies, but not me?
(Answer: who knows?!)
- Why isn't this easier?
(see Answer 4)
- What are your biggest regrets/questions?
Monday, August 24, 2009
I promise I'll make it worth your while!
This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make but I hope you will.
- What I create will be just for you.
- They say I have a year to get it to you. But I promise it will NOT take that long (11 months maybe, but NOT twelve ;-)
- You have no clue what it's going to be. It’s a surprise to both of us at this point.
Saturday rolls around, and the girl keeps begging off riding the rides. It becomes obvious that something is up. We look at the signs in front of each ride: there are pictures of a person with a hurt neck, another with a hurt back, another wrapped up (recent surgery), and a pregnant baby. My DH blurts out, "You aren't pregnant, are you?" And our friend says, "Yes. I didn't want to say anything as I'm only 7 weeks along, but I can't lie."
That's almost as good as the time I traveled cross country to visit and friend (from college) who I hadn't seen for years and she opens her front door with a huge belly. She neglected to tell me she was knocked up. I wanted to cry the whole dinner.
Have any of you been surprised with knocked up friends?
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
"Greed it good!"
Let me explain. As stated in an earlier post, I work for a very big, billion-dollar (try a hundred billion, Dr. Evil!) company. Let's call it McBig Corporation (even if we don't sell burgers).
I heart McBig Corporation because I have fantasitc health insurance that covers IF and amazing Rx coverage, too. My upcoming IVF cycle is going to cost us only 10% of the total cost.
- $584.82 for the cycle fee with ICSI (and hopefully cryo for Mr. Jem's swimmers and extra embryos, too!
- $300 (approx) for pre- and post-cycle testing
- $380 for meds (could be less, as Dr. Wonderful is lowering my doses)
- There is a$10K Lifetime Limit on IF benefits.
- This is not counting the $750 I just paid Dr. Needles for 11 sessions of acupuncture or massage. I only get reimbursed 70% (instead of 90%) on that.
Needless to say, this is a huge relief to me and Mr. Jem (who is currently unemployed).
Sometimes it pays to be employed by a behemoth corporate entity (sounds like the Borg, doesn't it?).
I have no immunity to German Measles and Chicken Pox.
I never got Chicken Pox as a kid. When my best friend Y and her brother had it I went over to their house, but never got it. Dr. Wonderful said that if I got it an adult, the symptoms would be much worse.
German Measles is a whole other story. If I got it while preggers it could cause deafness or retardation in the baby. Gulp.
I could take a vaccine, but then I would have to wait 3 months to start my IVF. Dr. Wonderful said that would be fine if I was 25 (I'm not. I'm 39!!).
I said I didn't want the vaccine. He then recommended I stay away from groups of children. I work in corporate America at a Fortune 500 (but a much smaller number) company. Some of the employees may act like children sometimes, but that doesn't count. I should be just fine.
Have any of you out in the interweb faced this decision?
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
What's on the menu for today's visit?
As an appetizer, the chef recommends an ultrasound. Main course? Saline ultrasound with a "mock transfer" for dessert, of course. It's the house specialty.
So, I'm waiting for Dr. Wonderful to arrive. I'm naked from the waste down, flimsy paper thing gripped at my waist, sitting on the crinkly paper at the bottom of the examination table, and what do I see? This:
Yes, folks. Those are pot holders over the stirrups. "Gourmet Classics," indeed! I can hear the ad now... "We cook up nothing but the best here at the clinic." I could go on to make omelet jokes, but I'll leave that up to the more humorous blogs (shout out to 999 Reasons to Laugh at Infertility).
So, the wonderful news it that my uterus looks great. No cysts. My ovaries are producing eggs as we speak. The mock transfer was easy and painless. Actually, I barely felt anything!
Dr. Wonderful said he's going to change my Rx to lower doses of meds because things look even better than he had suspected.
Mr Jem and I brought over our test results to the acupuncture clinic associated with the the IF clinic. "Dr. Needle" looked at all the results and gave Mr. Jem vitamins and herbs to take to make his sperm better, swim better. We were both a bit skeptical as we're doing IVF with ICSI, but Dr. Needle reassured us that it should help. Hmmm...
All the same, it's nice to walk out of the clinic smiling.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Highlight of the visit was that I met Ivonne, My IVF Coordinator. She'll let me know the results of my tests tomorrow.
Thursday, August 13, 2009