After my miscarriage with Junior #2, my OB referred me to an RE. The city I live in does not have a recurrent miscarriage specialist clinic, so REs usually handle the habitual aborters by default. Lucky them.
The RE, Dr. Stretch, ordered 2 of the 4 tests given to recurrent miscarriage patients: (1) Clomid Challenge, which indicates how good my eggies are, which in turn can clue us in to whether the embryos are more likely to have abnormal chromosomes and (2) an HSG to rule out things like endometriosis, cysts, and the like. He also suggested we consider to other tests: (3) DNA / karotype analysis for me and Cowboy, which is done by analyzing a blood sample and gives us info on potential abnormal chromosome issues and (4) immune work-up for any clotting issues or antibody concerns for me, again, requiring a blood sample.
Since I’m risk averse by nature, I like to cover all my bases. Why not have all the tests? Let's put the issue(s?) right out on the table and see what we are dealing with. Plus, a looksy into what kinds of tricks Cowboy’s ponies are up to. Why waste any more time? Fo’ sure I am not getting any younger.
Sounds like a plan, right?
Only today I found out that because our insurance company excludes infertility treatment, including diagnostic treatment, exactly NONE of these tests, which cost about $3,000, will be covered by insurance.
So let me get this straight. Finding out why someone has massive bleeding and jaw-dropping cramps for days, not to mention the following hormonal imbalance and emotional trauma each time they get pregnant (by accident or not) is considered infertility treatment and is thus excluded from coverage?
But – and just so I’m clear on this – drugs so a guy can get an erection are covered? (Sorry to anyone’s whose partners have ED. I am sure it is not cool at all, but I am just trying to make a point).
If ONE man ever had to go through the physical trauma of a spontaneous abortion, missed abortion or a D&C, I can guaran-freakin'-tee you that the procedures required to solve this shit would be legally mandated to be covered by insurance companies.
I realize that three grand is chump change as far as infertility treatments go. The shit ain’t cheap. But we’re talking three K just to find out what is wrong. Treatment is, for sure, not included.
If you ask me, all 50 states should mandate ALL types infertility treatment be covered by insurance companies. Period. It’s not like you choose to have this happen to your body. And it is debilitating as all get out, both physically and mentally.
But, gosh, I mean, GOSH. Not covering the diagnostic tests just to find out why I keep having miscarriages?
This. (Sigh). Is just insulting.