Does this fall under medical or personal stupidity?

by statia on November 12, 2005

I don’t know why I have this strong desire to inject myself with fertility medications on a daily basis and take lots of other drugs that will make me fat.

Oh right, I want a baby. Emphasis on a baby. One. at. a. time.

So I’m watching this show on Discovery Health titled “Raising a Six Pack”. Because I have this obsession with Discovery Health lately, which my husband isn’t really too fond of. He’s not really good with the blood and looking at peoples colons.

Now, I’m naturally gravitated towards these shows in general. I’m fascinated by people who have multiple kids at once. But with our own journey of IVF nearing, I just watch these sort of shows in bewilderment. I watched this show in an incredibly different state of mind than I usually do. At first, the meester and I just sat there watching them run around like idiots. We were stupified. Just the mere thought of that made us want to commit ourselves to the nearest institution.

First off, this woman was 32 years old. A mere two years older than myself. I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that this woman didn’t do IVF, instead maybe an injectable/IUI sort of scenario. But for arguments sake, what if she did do IVF? What the fuck sort of crackhead doctor would put that many (or maybe more) eggs back into any woman? Regardless of age? Secondly, why didn’t this doctor suggest selective reduction? Thirdly, if her doctor didn’t suggest it, why didn’t she DEMAND it?? Granted, I completely understand this is an extremely personal decision and maybe I’m being a bit too judgemental about it. But HELLO??? The costs are insane, the medical problems? I could go on. Also? This pisses me off because this is part of the reason that insurance companies are dropping fertility coverage, which is a problem many infertiles face. It’s extremely frustrating to worry and wonder how the fuck you’re going to pay for all of this.

When we went in for our consult, one of the first questions I asked my doctor was what the maximum number of eggs they transferred back into my ute. His answer was two, much to our relief. At least I didn’t have to ask my next question, which was his stance on selective reduction. At my age, he just didn’t see the need to transfer a dozen eggs and put me at risk. For a woman, carrying a litter is dangerous, for a doctor, it’s a medical nightmare. So when my doctor told me this, I knew we were in good hands.


thalia November 12, 2005 at 12:26 pm

Those babies are always the result of taking fertility drugs with no additional procedures, and not due to IUIs, and certainly not due to IVFs. I saw a similar program on Discovery where the beleaguered father of six, following a singleton birth a few years earlier, pointed out that their health insurance would cover the drugs, but not the procedure, and now here the company was, having to pay over a million dollars to support these tiny babies.

I agree with you re selective reduction, but there are three reasons why sometimes it doesn’t happen. 1. Religious, 2. danger of affecting the other babies or causing miscarriage, 3. Parents who’ve been through infertility can’t bear to lose any of those they’ve created.

Jenn November 12, 2005 at 5:11 pm

I’d bet money it wasn’t IVF. Wish they would have said what it actually WAS though so the ignorant people who don’t know any better would stop blaming IVF for litters of chidren.

My clinic says two is the magic number as well. The only vary from that if there is very good reason. I asked, and they said more than two does not increase their PREGNANCY rate, just their MULTIPLES rate. I found that interesting.

Camille November 12, 2005 at 8:48 pm

I seriously cannot imagine taking care of multiple babies at once.

April November 13, 2005 at 12:30 pm

I just keep chanting to myself, one or two, but less than three.

I’ve got everything crossed.

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