Archive for April, 2009

Informational IVF Seminar aka Sleepfest 2009

April 22, 2009

So my wife and I had to attend a mandatory seminary put on by our IVF clinic last night.  It was at the local hospital in a medium sized auditorium.  I felt like I was back in college sitting in on a lecture.  The seminar was presented by one of the IVF doctors and was to go over the basic procedure, what you can expect, costs, etc.

As we were driving the the event we had to stop to get something to eat.  We were starved.  The only thing nearby was a Krystal burger.  So here we are, walking into a IVF seminar, learning about a procedure that costs about $10k , eating the nastiest, cheapest, crappiest fast food around.  It was awesome!  I couldn’t help myself but look at all the couples walking in, wondering if they could afford $10k.  I guess I was being snobbish?  Let me tell you though, the place was packed.  I counted at least 50 couples.  At least it was nice to know we were not alone in our trouble to conveive.

After a few minutes of technical difficulties, the Dr started her presentation.  It was so dry and boring.  Sure there was a lot of facts and figures, but she was a terrible presenter, I hope she is a better doctor.  The kicker was that it was so technical, so full of medical jargon that only about 1% of the people even understood what she was talking about.  Hey doc, try dumbing down your material for your audience.

This shindig lasted 2 hours.  Yes, 2 hours of a powerpoint presentation on vaginas, and sperm and all other forms of the reproductive system that I didn’t need to see on a 25 foot wide screen.  I am sorry, I did giggle a few times.  I am 36 but a child at heart.

When the presentation was over, the questions began.  Why is it that no matter where you go, there are always those people there that ask the dumbest questions?  I know you know what I am talking about.  And if not, then you are that person 🙂  I feel like turning to them and slaping them on the face saying, didn’t you pay attention to the wonderful presentation?  Or, don’t you have any common sense?

Alas, I think my wife and I were the smartest people in the class.  We were analyzing the presentation, with points on how to correct it, make it better, etc.  We are both marketing majors, so all we do is critique things.

Well at least it is over with now, we signed our paperwork, paid our $9k and are just waiting on our start date.

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IVF for men, huh?

April 21, 2009

Alright, I know what you are thinking.  There are scores of websites dedicated to infertility treatments, and dozens that deal primarily with IVF. Yes my friend, you are correct.  However, most of these are from the females point of view.  What she is dealing with, going through etc.  Let’s not forget, it takes two to tango, and those eggs need some fertilizer.  That’s where this blog comes in.  My goal is to provide a mans perspective on IVF treatment.  The rituals, dealing with changing hormones, endless doctors visits, etc.  I hope to give my fellow IVF brothers a place to sit back, relax, perhaps learn a thing or two, and basically enjoy the process.