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  1. 1. Fertility Test For Women CostUnderstanding Luteinizing hormonehttp://lhhormone.orgDonna asks…Insurance dont cover fertility doctors??oh boy i hate medical insurance and all this paperwork and stupid questions!!so i live in Los Angeles and i have the best insurance you can have around here believe me,iteven covers laser and cosmetic surgery!! but fertility specialist will cost me lots of money .when i went and got my pap smear done(that was clean and normal) the doctor told me that shecan reefer me to a good fertility doctor in beverly hills but the insurance wont cover a penniefor it.and she wont do an hormone levels test on me cause she sees no reason for it, hello!!!!so what women like me suppose to do in this situation,i am pretty healthy,i am 31 and we beentrying to get prego for 6 months now and i dont wanna spend a bunch of money going to see anspecialist if there is nothing wrong with me,ahhh this is driving me crazyso i wanna know how much you guys spend on this doctors and how much will be a regularhormone test?? i just wanna have an idea of the costs.LunaPregnancy Advisor’s answers:We live in Texas and insurance companies are required to cover at least some or all infertilitycosts. When I was a surrogate the 1st time we didn’t have insurance that covered any of theIVF part (before this law passed I guess). For all the monitoring, blood work, from beginning to 1 / 13
  2. 2. end for one IVF cycles that worked on 1st try (including meds) was around $12k.Have you mentioned to your Dr that your insurance will not cover a specialist? And why wouldshe be willing to send you to a specialist but not do a simple test on you herself? Ou coudlalways see another regular ob/gyn that also handles minor infertility problems. I’ve seenseveral of them around here that also treat infertility to a certain extent. One of those would beable to do the blood test. That visit should be covered since it’s still a regular Dr but teh testiteself may not be (would still be cheaper though).Mary asks…Is an HSG (dye) test necessary to check cervix?I am in my early 30s, went to an RE doctor to get IUI. I’ve never tried to get pregnant, so I don’tthink I am infertile or have fertility problems (bugs me that they list that in my paperwork justbecause I want to get pregnant with donor sperm). I have to pay for EVERYTHING in cash outof my pocket. You’d think it’d cost a few hundred or a thousand just to have the doctor shoot upthe sperm, but it’s coming to $5,000 with all the tests – one lab test after another and all theultrasounds at over $300 a pop and now I am dreading having to have an xray done on myreproductive organs and have radioactive dyes injected to check them out. It scares me to touchthem when I have no known medical problems and the cost on top of it. Can’t he just try toimpregnate me and if it doesn’t work then go into all this? Or is it no big deal and everyone getsit done (remember I don’t have insurance so if it was free maybe I wouldn’t be stressing asmuch but still uneasy about the whole thing putting dyes in there, maybe that’s what causesinfertility considering women who just have sex at a young age can get pregnant but if you goto get treatment and they poke and prod and put the chemicals in it takes a long time).Thoughts?Fendi Girl – that’s part of my point. You and your husband have been TRYING for FOUR years.I have never had sex without a condom so I am more likely to be fertile than infertile 2 / 13
  3. 3. (considering there are more fertile women then infertile). So wouldn’t testing if my tubes areopen be a little too over the top considering I have to pay for it out of my pocket 100%? I don’tknow if he is over-prescribing to make money off of me and if I should switch to another doctor,just confused and wanted to get feedback from other women to see what their experience hasbeen.How can a chemical injected literally INSIDE the cervix combined with dangerous x-ray be not aproblem? I think that procedure will cause infertility as it is invading a fertile reproductive organjust so the doctor can make some extra money. Just my opinion. He’d see blockages throughan ultrasound I’d think.Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:I am also in my 30?s and very healthy. My hubby and I have been ttc#1 for 4 years withunexplained infertility.An HSG test will check your tubes to see if there is any blockage and yes it is necessary if youare undergoing IUI or part of infertility treatments It only takes about 30 minutes and it is not asinvasive as it seems. Ask your Dr. To prescribe some vicodin before your procedure to calmyour nerves, it worked for me and all I felt was a small pinch.As far as the dye, it is not harmful and you should not be worried about anything.Also remember that if your tubes are found to be blocked with the HSG then an IUI will not work,you will have to go through IVF***In response***It is part of the IUI process, if your tubes are blocked the IUI will NOT work and then you willreally waste $$$.Who is to say that you are normal, you have not been tested. My husband and I went throughnumerous tests and procedures, we are healthy!!!!As far as ultrasound it can only see do so much, this is a more detailed test.If you are that concerned, then maybe this is not the route for you to take, just a thought! 3 / 13
  4. 4. Laura asks…How To Know if im Infertile?hi there,Im a woman. Many years ago i contracted chlamydia and i was in alot of pain. I was at the timegoing to a rather stupid doctor, who took 2 weeks to send me to a female doctor and get mediagnosed and treated. I am trying to have a baby years later with my husband and i amconcerned that i may be unable to have children. What is the procedure to getting fertilitytesting and how much does it cost? Are there alternitive ways to knowing? Anyone with anyadvice even? I dont know how long i had the infection for and we have been trying for only 3months aprox. I have never been pregnant. ThanksPregnancy Advisor’s answers:It can take up to a year to concieve. But if your worried i would suggest going to see your doctoror asking for a female doctor as they understand us women better. They should be able to runtests on you etc. Hope eveything works out 4 / 13
  5. 5. Lisa asks…What nobody told you about TTC – have you seen this?What Nobody Told You About Trying to Conceive…That unprotected sex doesn’t necessarily lead to pregnancy.That your sex life would start to resemble a science experiment.That you would see your OBGYN more often than your husband at ovulation time.That the longer you’re trying, the more pregnant women spring up around you.That deep down inside, I can be a very jealous person.That I should have gone to medical school like my mom wanted, because I’ve had to do somuch medical research by now just to figure out what was wrong with me, I might as well be anM.D.That I would know more about the female reproductive system and menstrual cycle than most ofthe doctors I go to.That living your life in 2 week increments would be the norm.That you never knew how much you wanted to see those 2 pink lines…until only one shows upevery monthThat simply relaxing will NOT get you pregnant.That you have no control over some of the goals you set.That wishing really hard for something doesn’t make it happen.That a pregnancy doesn’t always equal a baby.That miscarriage is so common.That I would wish we had started trying earlier.That my friends’ pregnancies would start to make me sad instead of happy. 5 / 13
  6. 6. That I wasted ALOT of money on Birth control pills!!That it wouldn’t happen the first time you didn’t use birth control like we were led to believe inschool.That you wouldn’t know how important a baby was to you until it took so long and you realizedwhat you were willing to go through to make it happen.That it is insensitive to ask people when they are having a baby!That I could have been rich saving money on condoms, which were obviously unnecessary.That I would be happy to see abundant cervial fluid.That other people’s “good news” of pregnancy makes me sad and when they tell me they havegood news, I hope that they just saved a bunch of money on car insurance by switching toGeico.That medicine and procedures are not a sure fire way to get pregnant but it is a sure fire way tolose money fast.That had I bought stock in Clearblue Easy I’d have my mansion on St. Pete’s Beach in FL bynow.That docs should prescribe Zoloft with Clomid.That having you period show up makes you cry, no matter who’s bathroom you are in.That it does not get easier, each cycle is harder than the last.That I wouldn’t want to hold or see someone’s baby because it just hurts way too much.That infertility is more common than you think.That there is sometimes darkness (infertility) before the light (a baby).That my temper and patience are much shorter than I ever thought.That my faith in God would be tested heavily.That I am very bitter towards unmarried accidental pregnancies, and slightly bitter towardsmarried accidental pregnancies.That I could spend so much time and money on figuring out what my body is doing (or notdoing). 6 / 13
  7. 7. That one person could be “cursed” with so many different fertility problems.That I should have become a gyno-which I think at this point I know more then some.That some people just say the wrong things.That a simple blood test costs $648!That sex would ever become a chore!That I would resent someone who has been trying less time than me telling me “I know how youfeel…”That I would become NUMB to the wonderful world around me that I already have.That I would be so sad, and ashamed.That when your period showed up you would feel broken and dysfunctional.That your friendships with your real life girlfriends would suffer because they got pregnant afterbeing off the pill for 3 weeks.That this would be, by far, one of the hardest things you will ever have to go through.That you HAVE to have sex even though you don’t feel like it because you’re ovulating.That people would pity you and feel sorry for you.That I would consider going to a psychic to find out if there was a baby in my future.That I would dream about taking my temperature and be disappointed if I woke up at 3am and itwasn’t time yet.That I would stop fantasizing about having a baby because it stopped making me happy.That I would hear well-meaning questions like: “Have you thought of taking your temperature?”after 20 months of trying!That the two little words of “just relax” uttered by everyone I know would infuriate me beyondbelief.That someone would suggest adoption to me in order to get pregnant (because it happened to afriend of theirs.)That my friends who started trying around the same time we did would already be pregnant with#2 before we get pregnant with #1. 7 / 13
  8. 8. That I dread attending my friend’s babies birthday parties because of the question, “So, whenare you going to have children.”That the people around me would become more insensitive as time goes on. “It is so hardhaving a new baby, you just wouldn’t understand.” or “Be happy you’re nCalling me bitter just prooves my point here. I’m not bitter, I’m sad, I’m mad, I’m tired, I feelforegin in my own body. I didn’t write this, I found it on line and felt it was helpful to know otherpeople felt these “crazy” feelings too. Easy to look down on everyone when you’re preg, huh?Thanks everyone else for sticking up for me! Baby dust to you too!Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:The people who said you were bitter and sad haven’t been trying for their first baby for yearsand years, only to have multiple miscarriages.I would say I wish they knew what it felt like, but I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.Good luck and God bless, we gotta stick together!Carol asks…wordcount this please? 10 points?In the world, there are millions of people who are infertile. Many people unable to naturally 8 / 13
  9. 9. produce children, want children. To make this possible, they need to use some sort of fertilitytreatment. There are currently thirteen different ways of having a baby other than throughsexual intercourse.One of these techniques is called In Vitro Fertilisation, (commonly known as IVF). Babiesproduced by this method are called ‘Test Tube Babies’. Some women become infertile becausethey have blocked fallopian tubes. This stops the egg from meeting the sperm in the uterus. So,in order for fertilisation to happen, the woman in given drugs to help her produce eggs. Oncethe eggs are produced, they are taken and then fertilised by sperm in a labratory. An advantagefor this would be that IVF is the oldest fertility treatment, therefore scientist have had longer todo tests on the children who have been produced by this procedure. A disadvantage would bethat IVF often results in having twins or triplets, this, in most cases, is referred to as a blessing,but it can often result in a higher chance of misscarriage.Another way, would be to have Artificial Insemination. ‘AI’ is the cheapest and oldest fertilitytreatment. It has been around since the 1930?s. Also, this treatment is basically risk free. Thereare two types of ‘AI’. ‘AIH’ – this is artificial insemination by husband, where the husband orpartners sperm in put into the woman. An advantage of this method is that it is the partnerssperm that is being used, however a disadvantage is that fertilisation is not guarenteed. Andthere is ‘AID’ – this is where someone elses sperm is put into the woman, normally if thepartner or husband can’t produce sperm. An advantage of this is that the couple will have achild, but the disadvantage would be that the child would not be the partners biological child.Another method is ‘GIFT’ (Gamete intra fallopian transfer) – This is where the sperm and eggis extracted, then both injected into the fallopian tube. This means that the egg can fertilisenaturally. This procedure is often used when couples are trying for a baby, but there is aproblem during conception. An advantage of this procedure, is that you know that the spermand egg will deffinately meet, which is more chance of a successful fertilisation. A disadvantageof this procedure, however, is that it is a more complicated procedure, because it is easier totransfer the embryo via the cervix, but GIFT doesn’t do that.Egg donation is a procedure where a woman donar, donates an egg, which is then fertilised bythe husband’s sperm, which is then injected into the woman. An advantage of this would bethat it allows older women and people who can’t produce eggs to have children, but adisadvantage of this would be the shortage of donars makes the process very long and drawnout, and it may even resolve in having to use donars from abroad, which could make thesituation even more complicated.Embryo donation is when a man donates his sperm, and a woman donates her egg, which isthen fertillisedand put into the woman. This is used when both partners have fertilitycomplications. The advantages and disadvantages are the same as for egg donation.Surrogacy – This is when the sperm of the woman’s partner is put into another woman. Thenthat woman carries the baby for 9 months then gives birth to the child, which is then given tothe couple. An advantage of this procedure, would be that the cost is reduced because IVFprocedures are not required. A disadvantage would be that the surrogate might get tooattatched to the child, and they might not give the child back to the couple, this can lead to legalissues. 9 / 13
  10. 10. Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:I suggest you use Microsoft Word to count the words for you.I counted around 645. I hope that fits your barrier!Also –guaranteed not ‘guarenteed’laboratory not ‘labratory’donor/s not ‘donar/s’definitely not ‘deffinately’partner’s not ‘partners’miscarriage not ‘misscarriage’Hopefully these corrections will get you a better mark. Be careful next time!Mandy asks…Here’s some info regarding:- Using Robitussin/Guaifenesin toImprove Cervical Mucus?At first most people wonder what on earth a cough syrup has to do with fertility, but the logic iseasily found in the fact that it is an expectorant and is being used to loosen and thin mucus –just in a different place than the lungs!What kind of Robitussin is used to improve cervical mucus? 10 / 13
  11. 11. One should buy the plain kind with no letters after it. The only active ingredient is guaifenesin,and it contains 100 mg per teaspoon. It is very important to avoid the versions that containdecongestants as those may dry up cervical mucus. Also, there is some conflicting informationabout whether dextromethorphan, the DM in some cough medicine names, may be linked tobirth defects such as neural tube defects and cleft palate.Do I need to use the brand Robitussin?No. Robitussin is the most common brand name, at least in the U.S., that carries aguaifenesin-only expectorant, but there are other brands and generics available. As long as theonly active ingredient is guaifenesin, you can use any variety you find. For those with diabetesor otherwise concerned about sugar intake, there is the brand Diabetic Tussin available.What is the recommended dose of guaifenesin?The recommended dose for improving cervical mucus, based on a 1982 article in Fertility andSterility, is two teaspoons (200 mg) taken orally three times per day. If mucus still appears thickand doesn’t have good spinnbarkeit (ability to stretch), one can take as much as fourteaspoons (400 mg) four times per day (the maximum dose on this over the countermedication). Each dose should be taken with a full glass of water, and attention should be givento drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day — one needs water to produce mucus.What cycle days should one take guaifenesin?Just as the dose can vary a bit, so can the days. The article linked above had patients startingthe guaifenesin on cycle day 5 – five days after the start of menses. This seems rather early asmucus is not an issue until about five days before ovulation – based on the fact that sperm canonly live five days at best, and most pregnancies are the result of intercourse in the five daysleading up to ovulation. Because of this information, it is now more common for doctors tosuggest starting guaifenesin about five days before expected ovulation and continuing throughovulation day (six days total, for those with regular cycles). For those with irregular cycles, oneshould start taking guaifenesin about five days before the earliest day ovulation might beexpected. For those taking Clomid (clomiphene citrate, Serophene) in a 5-day protocol, one canprobably wait until the day after the last Clomid pill before starting the expectorant.Is guaifenesin available in pill form?Yes, but in most cases a prescription is needed. In the U.S., one can get a 600 mg timereleased caplet as the generic Guaifenesin CR, or brands Humibid LA, and Fenesin. This isoften less expensive than the liquid. Another brand that is available OTC is Mucinex, though itprobably is not a cost savings.How does one diagnose cervical factor/hostile mucus?Many women try taking guaifenesin after noting little or no egg white (stretchy) cervical mucuswhile charting their fertility signals, but clinically it is diagnosed when a doctor checks mucus 11 / 13
  12. 12. one or two days before ovulation in what is usually referred to as a post-coital test. The doctordoes a vaginal exam and takes a sample of mucus to immediately analyze under a microscopeto check for live sperm and for a ferning pattern. It is also checked for signs of infection. Qualitymucus will be stretchy, fern, lack cellularity, and have live sperm swimming in it.Why do so many women take guaifenesin while on Clomid?Clomid (clomiphene citrate, Serophene) can cause hostile mucus in 30 percent or more ofwomen using it. Higher doses tend to be more associated with less cervical fluid and a thinneruterine lining, than the 50 mg dose.Will guaifenesin help if there is little or no mucus present?Guaifenesin doesn’t actually create mucus, it only thins what is already there. One would needto look into why there is no mucus (infection, not really ovulating), or bypass the mucus issue bydoing intrauterine insemination.Does one need to take guaifenesin when doing intrauterine insemination (IUI)?It would only make sense to take guaifenesin if one is planning to have intercourse in addition todoing IUI. Those doing donor insemination, for example, wouldn’t benefit.Will taking guaifenesin cause any problems if it isn’t needed?Probably not. Since fertile mucus can be watery, there is probably no harm in taking guaifenesinand thinning it out.What are some other possible ways to improve cervical mucus?Drinking plenty of water should always be considered in addition to any other therapies onemight try. Estrogen is sometimes given to help mucus production, though doctors have mixedopinions of its benefit, especially when used with Clomid (and some suggest using Tamoxifeninstead of Clomid). Injectable gonadotropins used for controlled ovarian hyperstimulation oftenhave a positive effect on cervical mucus as well. Some home/natural remedies include eatingsalty foods such as popcorn (mucus is very salty), taking evening primrose oil, avoiding dairyproducts (they can thicken mucus), eating lots of baby carrots, and also avoiding antihistamines,including high doses of vitamin C. Another suggestion that is increasing in popularity is to drinkgrapefruit juice in order to improve or increase the amount of cervical mucus. If one is onprescription medications, it is a good idea to look for warning about grapefruit juice consumption(it isn’t recommended with several medications for hypertension, for example).Can lubricants be used in place of CM?Lubricants aid in intercourse, but not in sperm travel through the cervix. Most over the counterlubricants are not “sperm friendly” — meaning that using them is likely to kill off some sperm. Inmost cases, one needs to weigh the benefits against the risks . . . it may well be worth losing a 12 / 13
  13. 13. few sperm to make it possible to complete intercourse. That said, there are some friendlier options out there. One is FemGlide, a lubricant you can get from your doctor. You can buy the same product marketed as Slippery Stuff (apparently more available at stores that sell sexual aids than at pharmacies and such). There is also a more recently introduced product called Pre-Seed from Bio-Origyn. Another option discussed on many fertility boards is using raw egg whites at room temperature. There may be some risk of salmonella exposure with egg whites, so some suggest using pasteurized egg whites available in the grocery store. With any lubricant, it is generally best to use as little as possible. Does guaifenesin do anything for male factor infertility? It is possible that men with thick semen may benefit from guaifenesin in the same manner it helps with cervical mucus in women. The suggested doses on the newsgroups and fertility boards range from two teaspoons twice per day to four teaspoons four times per day. Pregnancy Advisor’s answers: That is wonderful that you can copy and paste. Now, what exactly is your question? Powered by Yahoo! Answers Answering Your Questions on LH Surge http://LHSurge.org Fertility Test For Women Cost 13 / 13Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org)