Author: Ms. Oven

Journal Entry #3: My Second Reproductive Endocrinologist (September 2016)

Journal Entry #3: My Second Reproductive Endocrinologist (September 2016)

I have Progyny health insurance through my company. They cover the majority of my fertility costs, as long as I use in-network providers. I initially chose Boston IVF because SART reported that they had serviced many patients. In retrospect, there were a few red flags about […]

Journal Entry #2: My First Reproductive Endocrinologist (July 2016)

Journal Entry #2: My First Reproductive Endocrinologist (July 2016)

The panic from my initial diagnosis of fertility issues died down within a week. My fertility took the backseat to my new job, my new fiancé, and life in a new city. It wasn’t until a full year later that I thought about it again. In July of 2016, I received a reminder that it was time to schedule my yearly appointment with my OB-GYN. While scheduling my OB-GYN appointment, the receptionist asked me how my referral with the fertility specialist last year had gone. I replied that I never went and asked for a new referral. Note that the year before,  I was the one to request the referral. After telling me my diagnosis, my OB-GYN didn’t make any recommendations on what to do next or who I should see. I later learned that I needed to see a reproductive endocrinologist.

On July 26, 2016, I went to see Dr. Serene Srouji of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She insisted that if it were not for the sickle cell trait, she would not consider doing IVF on my husband and I, as a result of our age. She remarked that she was starting to see an uptick of young people that were interested in egg freezing due to popularization in the media. I’ll admit that I had previously fallen into that category: I too had thought that egg freezing was an easy process that I might want to consider in order to preserve my fertility. In retrospect, no healthy woman with fertility issues under 35 should engage in cryopreservation. Simply because, the process is expensive, inconvenient, and uncomfortable.

Dr. Serene Srouji sent me to get bloodwork done. The lab at the hospital was a mess. I was required to schedule an appointment, but couldn’t get ahold of the nursing staff to make the appointment. When I eventually did, my AMH measured 2.4 mg/ml. We were asked to sign up for more bloodwork and schedule a semen sample for Mr. Oven. However, four days later, I came to find that that the appointment was not covered by insurance and Dr. Srouji out-of-network. Our OB-GYN hadn’t told us when she referred us. This was one of many lessons I learned about things that one needs to consider when choosing an RE.

I then looked to see the doctors covered by my insurance and found Dr. Ryley at Boston IVF. He was able to see me as a new patient starting in September.

Journal Entry #1: How I Came to Learn About My Infertility (August 2015)

Journal Entry #1: How I Came to Learn About My Infertility (August 2015)

I was 22 and new all-around. Newly graduated. Newly engaged. Newly employed. My new job had flown me out to San Francisco for orientation. After a week-long orientation, I found myself at the airport, waiting for my flight back home. I decided to pass the […]