Dr. Visit Round #1

Well, I did it. I went to the doctor before the recommended one year wait…and I even convinced my Hubby to go with me… and it felt good. Dr.G is incredibly nice and supportive, and though I got teary eyed, I managed to not actually cry – not even once! This is huge for me. 🙂

The doctor said I was doing this exactly right. That at 28 years of age, this is when I need to start taking it seriously. That because of what I’ve been tracking in my periods, it is a concern. That I was right to come in before a year had passed.

What a mixed blessing to be right. Dubbed The Queen of Everything by my family while growing up, I always loved being right. Now, I’m not so sure. 🙁

Dr. G isn’t sure if my issues are being caused by something like PCOS or something totally different. He says I have amenorrhea at this point and has ordered a battery of tests simply trying to rule out a lot of concerns. They’re testing my prolactin levels, DHEA‘s (adrenal glands), TSH (a thyroid test), and testosterone levels, and I’m going in next week for an ultrasound to check the status of my ovaries and make sure there aren’t any large cysts, etc. Hubby is also going in for a semen analysis on Friday. Most likely I won’t get the results of all the tests for 7-10 days. Ugh. At least they’re ordered.

They put a diagnostic reason/coding on the tests… so please please please pray for me that at least some of the tests are covered by my insurance. However, if any/all of the tests can only be construed as having something to do with possible infertility, my insurance (which I pay $400/month for!) will not cover a penny. Not a single one. Dr. G told me that those tests will probably run between $400-800 in total (he just gave me ballpark b/c he wasn’t sure)… so that is not a bill I’d be excited to pay out of pocket. PLUS, since infertility is not even a coverage option on my plan, none of the out of pocket will go towards my out of pocket max related to my insurance. Shitty.

At any rate, I decided to get the tests done anyway because I figure peace of mind and knowing what needs to be done next is invaluable to me at this point. Worst case scenario we have to work with an Infertility Specialist in Denver and this lab work will already be completed.  Best case scenario, they can rule out a lot of stuff and figure out if Clomid or something similar would help my body ovulate.

Actually, best case scenario, my body figures this out on its own! C’MON BODY. We’ll see….

At any rate, that’s the update from today. No huge news since I don’t know any results yet, but I’m glad I went and I’m glad the doctor assured me that I wasn’t being crazy and overreacting. It will be interesting to see where we go from here…

7 comments

  1. I think it's good you're talking to doctors and whatnots. I will spend the next 7-10 days thinking baby thoughts for you.

  2. I'm so glad you have a supportive, respectful doctor. What a difference that can make in your journey through all of this. I'm by your side in spirit awaiting results, soul sister xx

  3. I had a similar screening and although I am fairly certain my insurance doesn't cover "fertility" related costs they did cover this initial screening. So my fingers are crossed that yours turns out the same. FYI my results came back that everything was normal minus my production of progesterone…which I have read your body forgets how to produce sometimes when you've been on birth control for a long time. I will keep you in my thoughts and hope that everything comes back normal for you and that soon your body figures out how to do this on its own. I agree that it helps to talk to a doctor just to calm the nerves about it all and it just helped me to know that if I can't do it on my own there are several options after that. *relief*

  4. I'm sorry you're struggling. That sucks ass. I'll be praying for you! I don't know if it will all work out the way you're hoping but I do know God's will will be done and that's the best thing that could happen! I;ve had several friends have fertility issues and they all have beautiful, healthy babies now. And some of them NEVER ovulated. Clomid is amazing!

  5. I would pay every last penny I had for out of pocket expenses if it meant I was closer to my goal. Don't even think twice about it. What's to come is WAY more important. xoxoP.S. I heard that pregnancy awareness month is approaching. I, for one, will be spending it with my head in a pillow and cursing the Gods. YOU on the other hand should embrace it!

  6. I'm glad you went too. You'll be in my thoughts and I hope you'll keep us updated.Sorry about insurance companies being shitty. Ugh.Blogger Beer Bitches love you. 🙂

  7. Good for you for going! I've never really felt like I knew more about my body than a doctor until we started trying several months back. When you're doing everything you're doing and tracking this and that, it can be really empowering to know what's happening – whether it's good or bad news. Good luck to you. I am certainly praying for you!

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