BONUS 31: Navigating Infertility in the Military

January 1, 2016

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This bonus episode is a little different than normal in that I’m not talking to a medical professional in the infertility world. My guest is Wendy, a military wife who went through a laparoscopy for endometriosis, several unsuccessful IUI cycles, male factor infertility, an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, and IVF cycles. Wendy went down a long, hard road, but was finally rewarded with the birth of her son in December 2014. She is here to discuss her unique perspective of battling infertility as a military wife.

  • Before we get into the meat of today’s episode, I’d love to hear your personal infertility story. When did you start trying, what was your diagnosis, what eventually worked, etc.?
  • Why is infertility particularly challenging for those in the military and their spouses? Do you have any tips for getting around each of these challenges?
  • Currently only 15 states have laws requiring insurance coverage for infertility treatment. Tricare does not have to abide by these same laws. Tell us a little about what Tricare covers and what it doesn’t. Do you recommend couples look into supplementary coverage if they reside in one of the 15 states that does offer coverage?
  • What is a Military Treatment Facility, and how does coverage and assistance vary between one and a non-military clinic?
  • Are you familiar with any companies that offer discounts for military members and their families going through fertility treatments?
  • I have heard the success rates of some Military Treatment Facilities is much lower than many non-military clinics. How do you recommend couples evaluate the options available to them in that respect?
  • Military families are very children-centric, so even though you never personally lived on a base, I’m sure you felt this on a regular basis. How did you go about coping, and what would you recommend to others?
  • Do you think more military couples struggling with infertility should come forward and educate others?
  • Any last tips for navigating infertility while in the military that we didn’t discuss already?
  • What words of hope would you offer to those just starting on their infertility journey while in the military?

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