I’m discouraged. I’m upset. I’m scared. Can I get a little support?
We’ve been trying to conceive for almost a year now, and being the nerd that I am, much of that was carefully charted basal body temperatures and ovulation tests; I wanted to give us the best possible chances. I know that in general, a year is not that long, and our lack of success doesn’t mean it will never happen, but now my primary care physician has recommended that I see a specialist. I saw my doctor a couple of weeks ago for a physical and discussed everything, and she’s concerned about my high (but still “normal”) TSH. I have long cycles (35-45 days), and I’ve “skipped periods” in the past, indicating 60+ day cycles, and she doesn’t like the sound of that. While investigating the skipped periods two years ago, an ultrasound found a cyst, and she said that could mean PCOS. The end result of our conversation was that she thinks that since I’m over 30, ideally want more than one child, and have been at it for almost a year, I need to get things checked out soon.
I made an appointment at a very well-regarded fertility center, and I filled out all the questionnaires they sent me. It was difficult, because I had to ask my mom a few questions, but I don’t feel ready to tell her about the appointment yet. I think she knows, even though she pretended she didn’t see through me. Moms are like that. I’m embarrassed about going to the clinic, about needing help, for some reason. And yet, looking at my friends who have been trying for years, with injections and IVF and all the emotional strain that brings, I feel like a fraud, like I’m taking the specialists away from someone who really needs them.
I have no idea what to expect from the clinic. They told me that the first day will be a conversation and a medical history evaluation - no blood work or testing. Then we’ll talk to one of their financial consultants to see how we will manage the insurance and deductibles and everything. I’m in a country whose health insurance system I don’t yet fully understand, and I’m hearing from online message boards that infertility treatment opens up a battleground between the patient and the insurance company, where many things are denied and need to be fought for. Will the clinic push IVF, because that’s where they make their money? I’m educated, I’ve done some research, and I’d like to think I’ll know if they’re taking advantage of my emotional state to push unnecessary testing and meds on me, but I’m new to this, and I may end up being a sucker.
Any advice? Stories? Hugs? Kicks in the ass and orders to suck it up?