So now that I have my sperm donor, I am ready for my first IUI (placing sperm inside the uterus). Well, I’ve been ready since January.
As part of the process in becoming a Single Mom by Choice you need to meet with a social worker. When I told my social worker that I’d be finding my sperm donor in December and starting my IUI in January, she explained that Mount Sinai Fertility had run out of funding and that it probably wouldn’t come back until March.
Please note that with funding, the process is probably going to cost me $6000-$8000 (if everything goes according to plan). Without funding, it is going to cost A LOT more. Funding is ESSENTIAL.
When I explained this issue to my sister over Christmas, she took charge and helped me to figure out finances. She totalled up her monthly costs for daycare. She then showed me that depending on when I had a baby, it would greatly affect my daycare costs. If I were to have a January baby, I would ultimately have to pay more for daycare because the child starts school later.
Then we took the daycare costs and added in the amount without funding to see if I should just go ahead and start in January. Turns out, it was less expensive if I just waited until funding came back.
Please also note that nobody really has that much control over when they get pregnant. It’s like a game of chance. As much as my sister and I could write out figures, in the end, I don’t really have that much control in picking out which month I get pregnant. As a control freak, this whole being patient thing is really getting to me. I haven’t even started the process yet and already my patience is being tested.
In the meantime, I decided that I would just have fun. I’d date a bit and enjoy myself until I was ready. Who knew? Perhaps I’d be able to meet a wonderful partner and I could just end up eventually having a family with him. Haha! Didn’t happen.
When March hit, I checked in with Mount Sinai and was told that funding would be coming back in April. My cycle hit at the end of March I was so excited! I called on Day 1 because it meant that by the time I was ready to have my first IUI it would be in April which would mean that they would have funding.
Everything in me told me that the time was right.
Everything until the administrative assistant called to tell me that there wasn’t any funding but that I was welcome to proceed with my IUI if I paid the fees without government assistance. AHHHH!
When I got the call I was in my office at work and my work friends could tell something was up. After telling them what happened I found myself blinking back tears of frustration. I wiped my tears and went on with my work day but when I came home I cried more.
I know it is only a month but I feel like something goes wrong every single time the process is *supposedly* ready to officially begin.
Now I am waiting until my next cycle in late April which puts me sometime in mid-May to begin my first IUI. I am doing my first round without fertility drugs which means my chances are LOW (20% low). My fertility doctor suggested doing the first round without drugs followed by two rounds with fertility drugs. She explained that there have been a lot of cases of twins with fertility drugs and if I didn’t want twins right now, I should try one round without the drugs.
I have also decided not to worry. I am not going to stress myself out by reading books about my chances of getting pregnant or reading about how I should eat/exercise, etc., to increase the likelihood of getting pregnant. My friend who is a Choice Mom told me that the first two times before her IUI she tried to do everything “right” to get pregnant and it didn’t work. The third time before her IUI she had pizza and drank a bit of wine. The next day, she was a lot calmer and the IUI worked.
For some, reading about all of these things (stats, ways to help your body get pregnant) helps women feel in control. To me, facts and numbers make me feel completely stressed out.
So now I am playing a waiting game. I’m hoping my cycle does happen at the end of April and that I get my first IUI sometime mid-May. After that, I have heard you wait two weeks to find out if you are pregnant. This is such a test of patience and God only knows how I’ll be doing at that time.
As for right now, I am trying to breathe, stay calm, and think positive thoughts. I’m also about to enjoy a glass of wine and a damn good piece of pizza.