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After an 8 year battle with infertility and countless struggles, our family is finally complete. This blog chronicles the journey it took for us to start and build the family we always wanted. Background on the blog (started in 2012, just days before I found out the embryo transfer for our son worked).... I decided to start a blog after realizing I have only been able to make it through my TWW's (two week waits) with the help of Google and with the openness of other women suffering from infertility sharing their own stories and giving others hope. I have time and time again found my exact symptoms on other women's blogs and felt an overwhelming sense of calmness they provided me. I thought it was time to pay it forward and hopefully provide this same thing to other women on their own journeys.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Update (kinda)

So I hooked up with my nurse case manager from United Healthcare on Friday.  Surprisingly, she was actually an awesome person and very knowledgable.  I was super fearful she wouldn't understand my lingo (IVF, PGD, PGS, ICSI, etc), but she understood it all!   So good news and bad news.  Good news is they will, indeed, pay for an IVF.  Double bad news though..... they won't let me do another IVF until the 4 frozens we have are used AND, the more bad of the two, they won't pay to test our embryos to see if they are chromosomally normal (PGS).   They will only pay for PGD (the same test but also tests for a genetic disorder) - but Mike and I don't have any genetic disorders that we are trying to prevent from passing down.   So no paid testing for us.  So, we will pay out of pocket.  The transfer itself WILL be covered at least.   So I emailed my RE the following and I am still waiting to hear back:

Hi!  It's finally 2016!  I was able to speak with my  'insurance nurse case manager' and she answered all of my questions.  Unfortunately, I cannot do a fresh retrieval until all frozen embryos are used.  I want to PGS them using Genesis as well before transfer.  Unfortunately, my insurance won't cover PGS.  They will only cover PGD if we had a genetic disorder we were trying to prevent from passing down.  I don't suppose my scoliosis or anything could be used as a reason for PGD?   If not, we are fine with paying for PGS out of pocket.   So, next steps:  

1.  I'd like to still combine a hysteroscopy with a uterine scratch (in the luteal phase) the preceding cycle.  I am on cycle day 6 currently.
2.  PGS test my 4 frozen embryos.  Can we thaw them, test them, and transfer them all in the say 24-36 hours (so we don't have to refreeze them)?
3.  Transfer 1 to 2 normal embryos cycle following uterine scratch.  

I need your guidance on how to time #2 with #1 and #3.  :)   Again, I am on cycle day 6 currently if there was any way to do the scratch this luteal cycle and transfer next cycle?


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