We spent some time with Dr. McKinney reviewing all of our questions about this next round of cycles. She was very helpful.
Then, we went in to see Dr. Prough. He is an RE (reproductive endocrinologist, AKA IVF/IUI doctor), just like McKinney and Bundren, but he also specializes in sperm aspiration for men like Todd. We met him in October 2010. He was the first RE we interviewed. His bedside manner sent us quickly walking towards a (an?) urologist. The conversation started like this:
Dr. Prough: Oh, I talked to you in October of 2010.Laura: Yes, and we ended up attempting a vasectomy reversal that failed.
Dr. Prough: Is this a good time to tell you, ‘I told you so?”
Laura: Only if you want me to cry.
That was that. No more minor scolding. J
Things went much better with Prough this time. In fact, he informed us that he would be putting Todd completely under for his part of the procedure. Hallelujah! This will be the fourth procedure for Todd and the first time he gets to sleep through it. As a side note: For an egg retrieval, barring any hyper- (hypo-?) stimulation, you are back on your feet and *unfortunately* at work the next day. For a sperm retrieval (MESA/TESA/TESE), you are on strict orders to not lift a thing for a week and take it pretty easy for 10 days. I may have a lot (a lot!) of shots and uncomfortable appointments, but up through the retrieval, Todd draws the short end of the stick. Just one of the many sacrifices he makes for others.
Anyway, we are moving in the direction of this plan: (All of these dates are guesstimates by yours truly based on a hard-to-understand calendar I was given by the doctor.)
· June – blood work performed on both of us for communicable diseases
· July – keep saving money
· 8/5 – IVF information class – I asked if we had to go through this since we pretty much understand the process. They informed me that all of their IVF patients must attend it once a year, regardless. Todd wanted to inform them that we could teach the class. J
· Start Cycle 1
o Somewhere between 8/25 & 9/4 – baseline ultrasound and start shots
o Somewhere between 9/8 & 9/21 – retrieval
o 9/24 – PGS (Preimplantation Genetic Screening) – This is where they test the embryos to make sure they are chromosomally normal. We have never done this before, and we are hoping it gives us answers as to what is causing us to have failed cycles.
o 9/26 – freeze embryos
· Start Cycle 2
o Somewhere between 10/13 & 10/23 – baseline ultrasound and start shots
o Somewhere between 10/27 & 11/9 – retrieval
o 11/12 – PGS (Preimplantation Genetic Screening)
o 11/14 – freeze embryos
· 12/19 – FET (Frozen Embryo Transfer)
September through December of 2014 will forever be remembered as “The Quarter of IVF.” To say that our lives will revolve around IVF at the end of this year could be a slight understatement. Any takers on my Christmas shopping?! If not, you’re all getting infertility pamphlets and syringes from our collection. Don’t freak out, the syringes are new.
Now, all of this is assuming that we decide to go through with this plan. This is the plan that TFC is drawing up in our contract. The charges are going to be lumped together, so this will only cost $50,000 out-of-pocket. I kid you not. However, if things go really well with the first cycle, and we get 2 really great embryos, we could end up deciding to do a fresh transfer on September 26. (Keep in mind that we have about 30 minutes to make a decision on whether we do a fresh transfer or not.) At that point, we would just pay for services rendered.
I hope that makes sense. I hope that answers any questions that may be occurring in some minds.
Most of all, I hope this works.