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  1. #621
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    @MrsH, that's terrible that you are feeling so sick! Do you have anything else with ginger that would be more readily available--ginger ale, crystallized ginger, or tea? As for taking pregnancy tests immediately after ovulation, I have no idea if people actually start that early, it's just the impression I've gotten because so many of the tests come in a pack and people talk about testing way earlier than I would consider it. Maybe no one is testing that early. Sometimes I pull these things out of thin air. Lol

    Alright, so if it were appropriate to post a string of profanities here, I would do so, but I haven't checked Nameberry's policy on vulgar language so I'll refrain. BUT I HAD TO CANCEL MY FREAKING FERTILITY SPECIALIST APPOINTMENT!!!!!!!!! GAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

    I called the clinic back just to make sure it wasn't a problem that I would have my period pretty heavily for the appointment this Wednesday. I didn't think it would be a problem, given that it will just be a consultation, but I wanted to make sure. For some reason, the receptionist ended up transferring me to the billing department (what prompted this? Providence, I suppose.). Next thing I know I'm talking to Theresa in billing, who is like, in short, "I have never known any insurance company, in all my years of working here, that has covered this HSG test."

    I'm like, "They said they would. I gave them the diagnostic and procedural codes that your office gave me. I asked clearly and in a hundred different ways, because I am afraid of them using loopholes and sticking me with the bill. But they could not have been clearer. They said they will cover it."

    She's like, "Every patient I've known to have this test done has ended up paying for it herself. Insurances never end up covering it, regardless of what they told you. I'm afraid you will get stuck with a $1,500 bill."

    So off I go to call insurance and get put on hold forever and ever. And yes, Blade, I got to listen to a riveting rendition of Fur Elise that even would have moved Beethoven to tears. In the end, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS EVEN GOING ON BUT I HAD TO CANCEL THE APPOINTMENT!! Now they are telling me something like, "The procedural code would typically be covered, but the diagnostic code is a code of infertility, which means that the procedure would not be covered after all, because infertility treatment is not covered, only screening FOR infertility, and if they use this code they are saying that you have already been found to be infertile and we will not cover that." So now I'm just going for my annual exam next week and will ask something about pre-authorization for this test but I DON'T EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT ON EARTH I'M ASKING, WHY OH WHY CAN'T THE CLINIC AND MY INSURANCE JUST CLEAR THIS ALL UP WITH EACH OTHER AND LET ME KNOW THE VERDICT! I could have gotten stuck with a $1,500 bill if this conversation hadn't taken place by chance today. THIS SUCKS. Mrs. H, when that batch of ginger beer is ready, be a dear and ship some on up to Pennsylvania for me.
    Last edited by alzora; April 15th, 2013 at 04:54 PM.

  2. #623
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    Oh no Alzora! If it helps, I had blue cross blue shield when i got my HSG and it was covered. No problems at all. I of course had to pay my deductible, but all my fertility diagnostic tests were covered. None of my fertility treatments were covered, but the diagnostics were. I have problems with billing service people at my hospital all the time. It makes me crazy. I've spend hours on the phone just trying to find out what a bill was for. They've double billed me, lost my payments, and basically needed my constant monitoring to do their job. One time, I was trying to find out what a specific charge was for. They transferred me 4 times, and I ended up on the phone with the first person I called, who still didn't have any idea what was going on. My recommendation is to go with what your insurance company tells you. The billing offices tend to be very doom and gloom about everything. I hope your next round of phone calls go well. I feel your pain, over and over and over again :-P
    Wife to Jordan.
    Mommy to Everett Callan, born 2010 and Callie Sage Eilonwy, born 2013
    and 2 fur babies: a male standard poodle named Shasta, and a female Australian shepherd named Scout.

    If you have any questions about PCOS, infertility, ectopic pregnancy, or Cystic Fibrosis testing, please feel free to message me

  3. #625
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    Oh, and you might want to see if you can keep your appointment anyway. You won't do the HSG in the office. You will probably be sent to radiology, possibly on a different day. If your appointment is just for a consultation, you can still talk to your doctor, get on the patient list, and make a plan. Good luck!
    Wife to Jordan.
    Mommy to Everett Callan, born 2010 and Callie Sage Eilonwy, born 2013
    and 2 fur babies: a male standard poodle named Shasta, and a female Australian shepherd named Scout.

    If you have any questions about PCOS, infertility, ectopic pregnancy, or Cystic Fibrosis testing, please feel free to message me

  4. #627
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    Thank you so much for your compassionate support and very helpful insight, Whit. I too am on Blue Cross and Blue Shield. I did already cancel the fertility specialist appointment, but at this point they already have my records and twice they have implied that this particular doctor is very easy to book again with (there are several doctors at this facility). I'll talk it over with my husband, talk it over with my regular OBGYN next week, and will see what we can do. I guess no HSG for this cycle, but I still feel fairly positive because at least I'll be seeing my regular OBGYN next week (I know this means nothing in terms of fertility, but I don't care, I'm taking solace in it anyway), and I'm going to use those Wondfo tests. I seriously am wondering if our problem has been poor timing. If I am ovulating even two or three days later than I thought (which I have been basing solely on cervical mucus), then we have missed it just about every single month. That right there would be our problem. That's not saying we couldn't still have OTHER issues, but if there's no sperm in my body for ovulation, well that's one variable that's easily fixed. First things first. I ordered Wondfo ovulation tests (sans pregnancy tests) and should be happily peeing on a stick in 5-7 days. Well actually, should I start right away when my period ends or do I wait a few days? I guess it doesn't matter, I have 50 tests coming.
    Last edited by alzora; April 15th, 2013 at 05:37 PM.

  5. #629
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    Alzora, I am so sorry to hear about your insurance woes. It's really frustrating to be given the wrong information. It's pretty sh***y to not be super thorough and conscientious with something this sensitive and important to people. They could at least give you accurate info.

    So I wanted to tell y'all I got my progesterone level back - it was 15.25. She said that's a good level and indicates ovulation. :-))))) I am very very very excited. Ovulating is half the battle, GI Joe.

    Nurse said I should take a HPT if I miss my period, otherwise take the 50 mg Clomid again next cycle.

    I was so happy I forgot to ask about the other symptoms. I think my progesterone level would be way higher if I had hyperstimmed. In any case my symptoms do not indicate anything more than a mild case if any so I'm just gonna take it easy for a few more days and see if it stops.

    Really really happy. :-)))

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