Jumping on the baby bandwagon while gay means that a quick tumble under the sheets won’t do it. And while we practically soaked ourselves in tequila the day before RR was conceived, unfortunately booze doesn’t work as pregnancy insurance.
So. I’m not going to mention tequila again and more’s the pity. So, feel free to pick up reading at the next post unless you have a deep and abiding desire to hear about blood tests and health insurance. Hot damn.
Like all good fertility clinics, ours has a series of recommended tests to help identify challenges to pregnancy and our insurance company, like all insurance companies, has hurdles to leap in order to have them. I am incredibly grateful to have any insurance at all. They don’t cover much, okay ANY, fertility procedures but they will cover tests to make sure you’re in good working order as long as you haven’t undertaken any fertility treatments. So as much as I wish we could spring headlong into this without delay, we agree that it makes more sense financially to do every test we can before the first IUI. Which, if you’re me, sucks because dude, some of these tests are no fun. Also, I really hate bad news. But I like money more than I hate bad news.
On the first visit, I had an ultrasound and thank goodness I’d already been at all of my wife’s OB appointments because that wand sure would have been a surprise if I hadn’t. Note: this is not a magical wand. My ovaries are somewhat sassy, but appear to be working in a way that they aren’t actively trying to sabotage my eggs. The results of the first three blood tests are back too, showing normal everything. So now I know that my prolactin levels are peachy keen, my thyroid is on point, and the AMH levels that help predict age-related fertility are normal (links=science). I admit, I called the office test result voicemail more than once. Hey, who doesn’t like a little “you are totally normal!” validation?
Shortly (hopefully, assumably, it better show up dammit), we’ll pop in for another blood test that checks hormone levels and we’ll follow it up with an xray to see if my tubes are clear. There’s no reason why everything shouldn’t be normal. As Best Of puts it, there’s no indication of infertility since we haven’t actually failed to conceive. On the other hand, this test hurts according to everyone and I’m not particularly keen on having it done. But, if we were to wait until IUIs failed to work, we’d be out of pocket for the test. So, onward. It helps to think of it as making money. Sort of.
And then, that’s it. We should get to try in May with the very last bit of our original donor. I am so excited, you guys. So. Excited.