A Doctor’s Visit
It comes a time in every married couples relationship that they decide that either financially or due to some hidden timetable, for a child to come into the family. Without going into the mechanics of the process, my wife and I headed down the path 17 years ago to parenthood. I had come to believe that just the mere act of trying to conceive a child is all that was necessary, boy was I wrong! I think I was a little too confident in my, and my wife’s skills and desires to have a baby.
After many months of trying and not succeeding, it was time for a medical opinion, so off we went into the deep blue vortexes of medical science. After waiting several weeks, the waiting thing associated with military medicine, we were finally in the doctor’s office. First was to rule out the male, me! I don’t need to tell you how this is done; I think you can figure it out yourself.
I was fine so next it was my wife’s turn. How do you
explain to your wife that your test takes several minutes and hers will take several days After an exhausting battery of tests, she also checked out ok. Well about three months, exactly, guess what happened Yep, a baby girl! Nine month later we were back at the medical center with the birth of our daughter. Well it continued for several more minutes and went something like this: While some issues are related to a specific medical problem experienced by one or another of the partners, most are relate to physiological conditions of the woman"tms reproductive age. The doctor"tms had an explanation for this, as usual the do. In the IVF procedure, the female sex cell is extracted from the ovary and fertilized in the laboratory. The first procedure utilized in the ART process is "in vitro fertilization" or IVF. The viable embryo is then introduced into the uterus via the cervix. During the GIFT procedure, the male and female sex cells are introduced into the fallopian tubes of the female by means of a laparoscope. To mitigate this factor eve further from the normal person understanding it, the doctor continued with: four procedures are utilized in the fertility treatment known as Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). Who comes up with these words I was thinking to my self, is this an explanation that is self taught or is this actually in a book somewhere locked up and labeled "medical jibber jabber". The doctor commenced to explain that many women experience a multitude of difficulties in attempts to achieve what was later explained to the layman, like me, as a viable pregnancy. The laparoscope, a thin fiber-optic device, deposits the mingled malefemale sex cells through small incisions in the fallopian tube walls, where fertilization can occur naturally! Now it may be just my weird sense of looking at things but does any of this sound natural to you After several visits and endless tests we finally called it quits with medical wonders. At this point my wife and looked at each other with a few questions but before we could formulate a statement that the doctor could actually understand and respond to in English, the deluge of information continued; The second procedure utilized in the ART process is "gamete intrafallopian transfer" or GIFT. After this explanation I was thinking to myself, is my wife being thirty really have that big of an impact on this so called physiological barrier The doctor was quick to add that this is really a problem but you know how doctor"tms are, they are right and we are just dumb patients.