A few months ago, I wrote about my first visit with a new OBGYN. At that visit, I expressed my fears of infertility after we had been trying for 18 months. A pit in my stomach emerged when she told me that my tests were all normal and that I should give it some more time.
Last year, we did one last month of trying naturally before we met with a Reproductive Endocrinologist. The timing would be perfect, I was just about to find a new insurance plan, if I got pregnant I would choose the plan that covered maternity 100%, if not I would choose the plan that partially covered infertility. Well, I got pregnant, and canceled the appointment with the Reproductive Endocrinologist and filled out the paperwork for my new insurance plan.
Then I had a miscarriage. And we were back to square one with no infertility coverage.
Now fast forward to the present. We still don’t have infertility coverage but decided to take the plunge anyway.
This Monday morning, while many were skipping work to fire up the grill for a long Fourth of July weekend, Danny and I finally decided to move forward with a new Reproductive Endocrinologist and went to our first appointment. We filled out all the paperwork ahead of time and even though the tests were by now outdated I thought I should bring in the results of the tests from my previous OBGYN. During my visit, she told us that if we look at some of the tests I had done a few months ago (took a fertility awareness test) combined with the outdated tests from a few years ago it looks like I may have polycystic ovarian syndrome, PCOS. Of course, additional testing needs to be done to confirm, but I can’t help but express my disappointment that our RE could see that my levels were elevated within minutes but my OB saw that as “normal”.
Other than the change in the interpretation of my medical history, the appointment went as expected. We discussed the tests that had been taken already and what that means, the tests that need to be taken, and what we might discuss in the future. Our doctor asked us if we had any questions, we didn’t; we both feel we will have more questions once the additional testing is complete, but for now, our conversation didn’t reveal anything new to us. I was a little bummed that my testing needs to be done on certain days and I am too far along in my cycle currently to do them, so I do need to wait about three weeks before I can make those appointments.
I can’t change the past, but I am looking forward to the future. I feel comfortable finally meeting with an RE, someone who has a lot more experience in this sector than I ever have. Just knowing what could be the cause of our infertility would be a relief so we can make better plans for deciding how to proceed and ultimately attain the family we wish to have in the future.
At what point did you finally take the plunge and meet with an RE? How did your first appointment go?