Gaining a little weight can cure your infertility!
At least, that's what I heard at our healthcare provider meeting this morning.
I work with a lot of intelligent people. Six top notch endocrinologists and eleven mid-level providers. We have a provider meeting every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. to discuss late-breaking trials, medication updates, etc. etc. On a bad day I have to make a presentation about some random lipoprotein condition, thankfully, I wasn't on today. Today's official topic was hypo.gonadism. Good times all around.
But before the meeting started I was privy to this conversation:
Provider A: "Remember Sally (not her real name, duh!)? The one who did infertility treatments forever and they never worked? And then got pregnant last year on her own? She's pregnant again! At age 40!"
Provider B: Sounds like she just needed a reset.
Provider A: (said with confidence!) I think she just needed to gain weight. That's my take on the whole thing. She gained a little weight and now look--two pregnancies!
Side note: Sally was not anorexic. Not in the least. She was on the thin side of average, at best.
Provider B: Wow--two babies under age two at age 40--be careful what you wish for.
At this point my I could feel heat in my face, and then my face melted right off.
Thanks, healthcare providers, fellow coworkers, for being so stooopid. And yes, most of my coworkers know about my infertility and repeated rounds of treatment.
And just a quick poll: if you had to go through IF treatment and got lucky and it worked and you were expecting multiples and you were traveling out of state and surprise--your babies came really early--would you go back to your home state for three weeks and leave those babies behind in the NICU...you know, so you could finish the nursery and get the house ready? Just curious.
3 years ago