Is it covered at all?
2 of my sisters and I are infertile in our 20's. I'm thinking of getting tests to find out what may be causing the problem.
I would think it's covered to test for things like cystic fibrosis or other issues like that but I'm not sure.
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Have you been to an OB/GYN about your problems at all? A lot of times, fertility issue questions can be solved with simple blood tests (all hormones, sugars, etc) and/or a pelvic ultrasound to look for cysts, uterus/cervix placement, etc.
Plus, genetic testing isn't really the appropriate word for it - genetic testing for CF is more an issue for during pregnancy/to test a baby. Plus, from what I've always understood of CF, it's men that suffer from infertility, not necessarily women, plus folks usually die in their 20s or 30s (i.e. you would know already, due to physical issues, mainly with your lungs).
I have no idea what kind of medical advice/treatment you've sought yet, but if you haven't, before you start panicking or thinking "big", life threatening issues, go to your OB and ask for a FULL blood panel, and a followup pelvic ultrasound depending on the results.
Keep in mind, too, that some tests/treatment may only be covered by Tricare if you can document to your doctor that you have been trying for a full year without conception. It will depend on what your situation is.
I've been TTC for almost 4 years. I have a few problems but according to my doctors none of them are enough to cause infertility or recurrent miscarriage. We are moving on to IVF so I'm starting to consider genetic faults for infertility.
One of my sisters has pcos pretty bad. The other has nothing at all wrong with her, she doesn't even get headaches, she is going on 3 years of ttc.
CF was the only genetic test I could think of that would be common enough for people to remember if someone got tested for being a carrier.
I'm not concerned about it for me since I know my extensive family tree and dh has no problems with fertility.
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Wow, I'm sorry for your losses and your struggle. I have PCOS, too, that's why I asked about the blood tests.
You do know Tricare doesn't cover IVF, right? Just wanted to make sure.
Other than that, I would talk to your fertility specialist and talk about what tests they think would be good to run (specifically) then call Tricare with them and get a direct answer. The tests are probably super pricey so I would discuss each individual test with Tricare just to be on the safe side, especially if you're already going to be having to shell out $$ for IVF.
Yeah I'm thinking my next appointment with the RE is going to be much longer then normal and involve taking notes. I'm scared of how many phone calls with Tricare this will take to sort everything out. If it is possible to find out if there is a genetic issue, it's going to make it easier to decide if we want to blow 12K on one cycle here or wait until dh gets pcs'ed to Virgina in 2 years'ish. Where we can use Walter Reed for 6K or one of the many shared risk programs up there.
Right now with things unknown I'm leaning towards waiting until we can do shared risk.
I have a question and I don't know if any one out there can answer it for me, but I figured I'd give it try. By the way we have Tri-Care Reserve Select.
My sister and I are carries of an X-Link gene called CMT (Charles-Marie-Tooth) meaning that since my father has it was destined that we would have it to. Now, as far as I know I am just a carrier, I haven't gone and actually got the testing for it to see if I actually have the disease or not. My grandmother, uncle, and dad do, but sister does not she is just a carrier. I am going have to get the testing done before I get pregnant. I called tricare they said more than likely I could get it paid for as long as it was coded a certain way, I guess pre-pregnancy testing.
Now, my sister who is not in the military was able to receive quite a bit of help through her insurance provider, mostly because she was infertile. I am not. Considering that I am going to have to through the same process she has went through I don't see how I am going to get any help without going through some loop holes, unless someone can help me. My sister was sent to an infertility specialist which was great, because obviously we want this disease to stop with us, so she did in vitro and PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis) and created a marker to elevate the gene from being in the egg that was implanted in her, so now her son does not have the disease. I just don't know how or if there is a way that Tri-care reserve select will help me with any of the medications or the invitro costs or the PGD cost which is around $3500 and the doctor to be flown down here is around $1800. All together the procedure is around $30,000. Does anyone know anything about this?
Have you called Tricare?
Yes, and I've called them with different genetic testing codes to see if they would accept them and they didn't accept any of them.
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If Tricare said it had to be coded a certain way, did you happen to ask them how it had to be coded? That seems the easiest solution.
BTW, are you sure you don't mean Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a hereditary motor and senory neuropathy disease? I couldn't find any links for Charles-Marie-Tooth.
Tricare covers genetic testing. They told me at the time though that they only do it if you're married and if you intend on having children (so, not just for kicks). When I went and got it done, they wanted to test both me and my husband at the same time. My husband declined and said he'd do it later. My twin sister had tested positive as a carrier of a disease and basically I wanted to test as well to confirm.
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