Post # 1
I’ve found a local (overseas) fertility clinic and am in the process of scheduling my first appt. since I fear AF is on her way. DH’s insurance is an international one and they cover our fertility treatments 90%. This includes all basic testing, exploratory procedures, meds, and IUIs and I think up to 3 IVF treatments.
I’ve done fertility treatments in the U.S. with my ex-H. I’ve had all preliminary testing, 2 HSGs, Clomid several times, and 5 IUIs with injectables so I know what to expect. However, being overseas, I know of nobody that’s been to a RE….lots of women having babies but they didn’t need assistance.
I know that L&D is different over here as is the prenatal treatment….tons more U/S than the states. And that drugs during pregnancy and L&D are really frowned upon.
Do they follow the same protocal? Is it more aggressive? Do they even use Clomid?
Post # 3
First off, viel erfolg! I don’t know much about fertility clinics but do have a lot of German friends giving birth with various beliefs in natural birth and drugs and such. I know what you mean about the whole process being different (not allowed to work for 6 weeks BEFORE birth, etc.) but when it comes down to drugs, I think you just need to find a Dr. with tthe same beliefs as you. As far as fertility, Germans tend to plan pregnancy later on in life so there must be fertility assistance options.
On a more concrete note, if you don’t find what you are looking for at the clinic you have found, PM me and I can recommend an EXCELLENT OBGYN who speaks English and really cares about her patients. She approaches things from a very practical perspective and takes the time to chat and understand your situation so, at the very least, I’m sure if you had an appointment with her, she could help you be aware of your local options. She also really listens to what you want, not in a pick your own diagnosis but more in a if you do or do not want a particular drug, she’ll talk about the benefits and risks so I am sure she could give you a recommendation at the very least.
Post # 4
I don’t have any personal experience with European REs, but I, too, have German friends with kids. In general, German doctors seem very into psychosomatic stuff and encourage that whole “you don’t get pregnant because you’re trying too hard” mindset, so don’t be surprised when they tell you it’s psychological if they can’t find a physical cause.
Good luck and I hope you find a great doc!
Post # 5
Where abouts are you located? PM me if you need some advice regarding Switzerland. Good luck!
Post # 6
@slicey19: Most of my German friends had kids younger (under 25) and I’m wondering if that’s a new thing. But of course, everyone I know is pregnant.
@AprilJo2011: Funny you mention the psychological factor b/c that’s what their website said. Although I’m 36 and haven’t really been on any type of BC for 9 years plus 2 separate guys trying to knock me up. I’d love for them to tell me that, Darling Husband would probably flip his lid. Plus their website says they don’t take any woman over the age of 40 so I’m guessing that’s the maximum age to get pregnant here!
@elchalten: We’re in Germany. I heard of someone who didn’t have any luck here and DROVE to Belgium a couple of times a week for her fertility treatments….worked the first time. I’m not willing to drive that far though.
Post # 7
@texasbee: From what I gather, the age of child birth is directly correlated to the amount of education, most of my German friens with children have spent 6-10 years in University at various levels which leads to children after 30. However, it seems the common belief is that the first child should be born before 40 in order to decrease risks. I too would not be surprised if you are told your psyche is part of the problem, there is clearly a mentality of overcoming medical issues here. I have heard that the cure of dog allergies is to get a dog and increase exposure. It’s just a culture that relies on medicine and other unnatural remedies less than the US. Although there may be something to say for not putting additional chemicals in our bodies as we can’t think of Germans with fertility issues but I could think of at least 2 couples I know in the US who have struggled with these issues.