First Appointment – Meeting Nurse T & Financing

So next we met with our nurse, Nurse T. Just as with the doctor, Nurse T would be our point of contact through this entire process. She will be our go-to girl for any and all questions, all instructions will be provided by her, etc. She walked into the consult room, and I was instantly put at ease. She went over all of our next steps.

For me –

  1. Diagnostic Blood Work & Ultrasound – used to asses ovarian funtion (at fertility clinic)
  2. Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) – used to asses the size and shape of the uterus, as well as the opening of the fallopian tubes (at fertility clinic)
  3. Genetic Disease Screening – especially important for us, because I known from previous testing that I am a carrier for spinal muscular atrophy. The panel I did in the past checked for 12 diseases, the new panel tests for over 100! (at fertility clinic)
  4. Gyn exam and pap smear – (at my obgyn office)
  5. More Bloodwork – a basic blood panel, blood type, immunity titers, and other various tests (at labcorp)
  6. Infection Disease Bloodwork – checking for HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and RPR (at labcorp)
  7. Vitamins – prenatal vitamins (I was already taking them, so no problem there!), and Ovasitol (supplement to promote cycle regularity and ovarian function)
  8. then, once all of that is done, we will schedule a follow-up with Dr. B to go over all the results and our next steps.

For D –

  1. Infection Disease Bloodwork – checking for HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and RPR (at labcorp)
  2. Semen Analysis – (can be done at home or at the office)



Thankfully, I have very good insurance. Very basically, all of diagnostic testing, monitoring, and IUIs are covered at 100%. (Except a $30 copay for office visits, and a $100 copay for “surgeries”, which includes HSG and IUI) There is a note at the bottom of my insurance benefit report that states “No limits listed. May be subject to criteria of 6 attempts per live birth.” If we do have to go to IVF, unfortunately that is not covered, and that was quoted at $10,500 per cycle. So that is pretty terrifying. Hopefully, we do not get to that point, and medications or IUIs can do the trick.


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