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Introduction to the Fertility Clinic

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It’s been awhile since I’ve last done a post.  A lot has transpired and I’ve been on brain overload and have been so mentally drained that I didn’t feel like I had the energy to write.  So forgive me if this post seems like I’m rambling…

brain_overload

I finally received my referral from my insurance company to go to the fertility clinic.  I called the clinic on a Friday afternoon and they informed me that if I was available I could see the doctor on Monday.  If I didn’t take that appointment I would have had to wait until April.  So of course I jumped at the opportunity to take the first available appointment.  As soon as I hung up the phone I felt giddy like a kid in a candy store.  And then my hands started shaking.  I was happy and nervous at the same time.

To prepare for the appointment I spent most of Sunday afternoon filling out paperwork, all pertaining to my medical history.  Some of it seemed over-redundant but I guess it was necessary.  And then there was the paperwork pertaining to my “male partner”.  Ugh!  Just another reminder that I was doing this solo.  Also another reminder that I was glad I had already asked my parents to join me at my appointment.

I won’t bore you with all of the details about my 2+ hour consultation appointment.  I will say that I did like my doctor.  This is important because I’ve had quite a few experiences with bad doctors and could write a blog just about that.  She seems really personable and knowledgeable.  And it doesn’t hurt that she was on two nationally syndicated talk shows, hosted by well respected hosts, talking about infertility.  Even prior to meeting her I had already given her 3 stars just for that.

After going over my medical history, I realized that this process isn’t going to be as “easy” as I thought it was going to be.  I just assumed that they ran some blood work to see if you were ovulating and if you were, you’d be good to go.  But of course it’s more complicated than that.  I was given a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper to take to the lab with a multitude of tests that needed to be run.  I also had to schedule a sonogram for later that week.  I was also told that I needed to make an appointment with a psychologist and be cleared by him/her before they would approve the insemination.  I thought this was interesting because my friends and I often joke that people should be required to get a license to have children, because some people just shouldn’t be parents.  I guess I’ll find out if I’m qualified and can get my license…

Before leaving my appointment, we (the doctor, my parents, and I) decided that once all of the tests came back we would attempt my first insemination in May.  Once that was said out loud, reality set in that I was indeed doing this.  And now the countdown begins.

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2 thoughts on “Introduction to the Fertility Clinic

  1. Okay, that bugeyed thing scared the crap out of me – lol!

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