“Hi, yes, I need to find out if a couple of tests are covered. … Uh, yes, I need a gonorrhea and a chlamydia culture.”
Vanessa started this post but I (Mel) am going to finish it. The state of Indiana has this crazy law mandating that, if you get artificially inseminated with donor sperm in a physician’s office, you have to go through all of the same testing the donor receives. Apparently, this RE follows the letter of the law. That’s one of the reasons yesterday was such a big day. We spent half of it getting all kinds of last minute emergency bloodwork done in preparation for tomorrow morning’s office insem. They took 6 vials! Tomorrow I have to get gonorrhea and chlamydia cultures done before they will inseminate me. So tonight I made a last minute call to our insurance company to make sure those tests are covered– with Vanessa giggling madly in the background. In case anyone’s worried, they’re covered.
Seriously, though. Maybe all of this testing sounds reasonable to some folks. Me? I think it’s a bunch of horse shit. I have no reason to think I have any STDs and of course I get tested for HPV every year at my annual pap. I’ve had exactly 3 sexual partners in my entire life– 2 since I was 19– all of them women. No fertile heterosexual couple has to go through the full line-up of STD testing before they’re given the greenlight to procreate. In fact, if you’re hetero and artificially inseminating with your husband’s sperm, you don’t have to do this. To me this is about discriminating against lesbians– something Indiana does not shy away from.