Thursday, October 23, 2008

Stuck in the middle

Yesterday I posted an incredibly long post about HPT's. But early on I mentioned I like the WebMD Infertility Treatment Support Group (ITSG). So it got me thinking...

According to the INCIID website Infertility is "the inability to conceive after a year of unprotected intercourse in women under 35, or after six months in women over 35, or the inability to carry a pregnancy to term." blah, blah, blah...

Ok, so first off, I don't think I'm infertile. I do think I have PCOS and anovulation. However, without help, it is very possible that I would never conceive on my own. Does that mean I'm infertile?

In fact, I think I may be very fertile, if anyone can get my body to do what it's suppose to do, when it's suppose to do it.

So my second question is "What qualifies as an infertility treatment?" Does any treatment (for the purposes of becoming PG) given under the direction of an RE count as an IF treatment? Or do only IVFs and IUIs count? If you can swallow the pill it's not an IF treatment, but if you inject it, it is? If it's clomid it isn't, bit if it's femera it is? If it's clomid and you had some monitoring ultrasounds it is, but if you didn't, it isn't? 

So I haven't really figured out where I fit. I feel like I'm not infertile enough for the infertile girls (although that's probably a good thing)  and I'm really no farther into treatment than girls being seen by ob/gyns. I feel comfortable posting on the Clomid Support Group (although I have never taken clomid) but most the girls there don't even know what an RE is and they often don't know how deep the rabbit hole goes. And I post on the PCOS board but most of the action there is people that have just been diagnosed and want to bitch about it. Oh and then there are the general TTC boards, but don't get me started on those. I feel like there is some rule that requires me remain in lurker mode on the ITSG board until my signature bears some larger battle wounds. That's kind of messed up.

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