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Meet the Meyers: Moolah

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Meet the Meyers: Moolah

JIM:

Good. Something I’ve wanted to gripe about for a while: Money. The whole cost of this fertility fiasco is astronomical. I can’t believe what a blood test costs these days, not to mention some of the drugs involved. We are talking numbers that a single income family just can’t cover.

I’m the guy who has a high deductible health insurance plan because I never use it. I keep it around for catastrophes only. Oh yeah, I need it right now. I’d say this is a catastrophe.

The IVF Period

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The IVF Period

a blog by Murgdan

My IVF cycle officially started with the arrival of my period. I must say, I haven’t been this excited to menstruate since my early twenties! I almost chuckle imagining the days when I actually feared pregnancy.

The Fertility Top Ten

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The Fertility Top Ten

ONE (1). It only takes one. Sperm, that is. Well, yes, technically you just need one, but if your hubby had a sperm test that resulted in just one viable sperm that wouldn’t sound so reassuring. In fact, that would be considered totally and utterly infertile. The fact is, anything under 20 million sperm per millilitre is considered ‘abnormal.’

TWO (2). For most, that’s how many folk it takes to have a baby. But for the infertiles, it usually takes a few more. So far I’ve had nine different doctors (five of which have had a good poke about in my lady bits), and still no child to show for it.

Off the Junk

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Off the Junk

a blog by Murgdan

When initially trying to conceive, it’s easy to fall into the belief that pregnancy will soon follow. After all, for 80% of couples, this is how things work. Given the usual relationship between trying to get pregnant and actually getting pregnant, many women begin their attempts at pregnancy while simultaneously living as if they are already impregnated. They avoid sushi and soft cheese like the plague. Deli meats and tuna receive no more attention than a finger wag. Ice water quickly replaces the Cosmopolitan. And coffee? Decaf only, please.

I was not one of these ladies. Despite my overwhelming belief that I too would get pregnant in the first year of trying, I did not succumb to pre-conception food fears that afflict much of humanity. I began each morning with a café latte and ended each evening with a glass of red wine. When I got pregnant I would promptly set my vices aside and laugh a little at my compadres in conception who gave things up earlier than was necessary. Heroin addicts, alcoholics, smokers, and anorexics still manage to get pregnant — so why should coffee and the occasional glass of wine have any effect on me?

Give Us the Bad News Nicely, Please

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Give Us Bad News Nicely

Unlike the mostly happy baby updates coming out of ob-gyn offices, the news from reproductive endocrinology offices is usually a little tougher to deliver and to receive.

Since most fertility procedures are out-of-pocket expenses, we are within our rights to expect to be cared for by a kindly team with an outstanding bedside manner. Fortunately for me, my RE and his team were all-stars at delivering information and care (whether in person or by phone), answering my questions thoroughly and clearly. My doctor was genuine in his desire to achieve success and seemed, almost, to take any setbacks personally. I sometimes felt like I was letting him down when my beta tests came back negative! That's why when I hear about less-than-compassionate encounters with those providing fertility services I'm more than shocked, I'm outraged.

Hidden Fees?

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Does Your Clinic Charge These Fees?

Given the state of the economy, there’s been a lot of cost-saving infertility treatment news lately. In fact, we’ve blogged about it. So it came as a surprise to learn that some clinics are charging for a service you don’t use, or charging for what should be a free service.

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Gender Selection

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Boy or Girl? About Gender Selection

Gender selection may be used when parents want a child of a specific sex, a “balanced family”—a boy and a girl, for example, or in instances where sex-linked diseases such as hemophilia are a concern. More and more fertility clinics are offering gender selection with in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI); methods include preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and Microsort®.

Avoid Non-Stick if You Want Your Baby to Stick

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Avoid Non-Stick So Baby Can Stick

Perflourinated chemicals, PFCs, which repel oil and water, are the basis of all our so called “safe” convenience products: Teflon, StainMaster carpets, Goretex. Well, guess what? After eating your organic eggs made on your teflon pan and putting on your Goretex jacket to go running, you may be wreaking havoc on your fertility: A study published in the journal Human Reproduction found that women with higher levels of PFCs in their blood took longer to become pregnant.

Not Jimmy Choos, But Fertility Shoes

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Not Jimmy Choos, But Fertility Shoes

I was encouraged to learn that someone I know actually went to one of the clinics mentioned in my last blog and was offered the "lower rate" advertised.
(Maybe I should stop being a skeptic and just think, "Wow, this is GREAT NEWS!Doctors are making efforts to bring their prices down!")

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Growing Pains

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Growing Pains

a blog by Brenda

So these last weeks have not exactly been great in our world. The parts I remember clearly went something like this: travel to expensive, out-of-state clinic, inject mega doses of hormotional fertility medications, transfer three more embryos to the ol’ embryo graveyard (a.k.a. Brenda's uterus), and receive one last “I’m so sorry, sweetie” phone call to end any hope we had of achieving pregnancy. Yup, our final IVF cycle was a flaming flop and we are officially jumping off the hamster wheel of infertility treatment madness.

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