Disabled Parenting Project Message Boards › Trying to Conceive with a Disability
February 26, 2016 at 12:41 pm #143Robyn PowellKeymasterMay 5, 2016 at 3:53 pm #698lwickertParticipant
I have been trying to get pregnant for a year and have a physical disability. I am getting quite frustrated. Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!May 11, 2016 at 6:15 pm #709NicoleSParticipant
I went through 5 years of testing and infertility treatment (including IVF) and am now 26 weeks pregnant. Your first step, after trying for a year, should be to get a referral for a reproductive endocrinologist (RE) from your regular ob/gyn. Generally, if you are over 35 trying for 6 months without pregnancy that is sufficient for referral to an RE.
REs will do blood work and testing to determine if your infertility has an underlying cause. From there they will lay out your options for treatment. Infertility treatment coverage varies from state to state, and further depends on your insurance type. While you may not have treatment coverage per se, your insurance may cover diagnostic testing, especially if an underlying infertility-causing diagnosis is suspected, such as endometriosis or polycystic ovarian syndrome.
RESOLVE is a national infertility advocacy non-profit, and their website, resolve.org, is a great place to start to learn about your options.
Finally, when you have trouble conceiving, it seems that everyone knows someone for whom a home remedy or holistic method “worked.” It may be pineapple core, Robitussin, acupuncture, or something else. None of these things have been scientifically proven, and since fertility is very dependent on age you are better off seeing an RE rather than wasting time on methods with no evidence to support them.
Good luck!May 12, 2016 at 1:26 pm #711nlrogersParticipant
Folks with disabilities may have infertility issues just like those without. It’s time to go see a fertility specialist for specific tests and to explore your options for assisted reproduction. Ask your primary care physician for a referral. Some folks only need the low-tech, less invasive interventions and others may need more intensive assistance. Fertility nurses and docs are amazing people who will explain all the options!August 30, 2016 at 6:14 am #960WendyComerieParticipant
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