In my quest to become a mother, I had a myriad of testing done my OB GYN. Bloodwork, GYN exam and the most painful test I have EVER had in my life… HSG. My OB GYN said that there would be a little discomfort with the HSG (a test done to determine if the fallopian tubes are blocked or clear and to check the uterus for abnormalities). HE LIED ! lol.
Granted, I am a big baby when it comes to pain, that test has to be more painful than giving birth in an elevator on the floor with no meds ! I shook for HOURS after this test and swore I will NEVER do it again. That was November 2012. Now there is a chance that I have to do it again since I do not plan on having IVF until March.
All of my hormone levels came back normal and my HSG was normal as well.
Now it is time to research facilities with great success rates and one where I won’t pay the same price to get pregnant as I would to buy a new C Class Benz 🙂
I started with Google searches for Fertility Clinics for Women over 40. I joined a few online support groups on Facebook and have learned a ton !
I ultimately decided on CNY Fertility Center and Spa in New York. They have locations in Albany, Syracuse and Rochester. This facility has great success rates, an impeccable bedside manner, great reviews from current and former patients and even better, they charge $9500 for four IVF cycles (not including monitoring and meds- which most insurance companies cover) and if you pay 1/2, they will finance the balance in house by billing to your credit card or bank account.
I called the center, after learning about them from the ladies on a FB support group for infertility (https://www.facebook.com/groups/5687873518/) and the staff was very nice, patient and answered all of my questions without making me feel like I have to rush off of the phone.
The best part about CNY Fertility Center and Spa is that the consultation is FREE ! Not $375-500 like most fertility centers. They even do phone consults with patients and have an online portal on which you complete all of your documents, are provided a list of testing your PCP or OB GYN must complete, and it provides any and all info you will need for your journey. I was given a log in id and and appointment in just two weeks !
I shared the link to the center with my mom and sister and expressed my excitement to begin this journey with my closest friends. Everyone is elated with my decision and has pledged their support and prayers.
I spent time over the past few days researching and learning all the abbreviations related to infertility, as everyone on the FB page uses them and the only ones I knew were IVF and IUI. I felt like I walked into the twilight zone ! lol. Last night I spent hours reading the success stories on the center’s website and scared myself when I read of one woman who had TRIPLETS ! Say what? That is definitely “team-too-much!” Twins will be enough ! I will be a little disappointed if I do not have twins because I really only want to do this ONE time ! Twins, a c-section, and a tummy tuck- in that order !