This weight discrimination just happened to me a few months ago. I contacted a clinic in Eastern Europe to do IVF there. My parents live there, and the clinic is cheap and has good success rate. It seemed like a good solution for us. I have contacted them and they were very nice they have a lot of overseas patient , so things were looking good until I filled up their patient registration questionere. After that and I got back a very short 1 line answer "We do not deal with women at this weight".
I was so embarrassed and angry. They have never even seen me, they haven't read any of the health information after they saw my weight. My BMI is 31, which is obese since it is above 30. I wear a size 12 pants and size 14 tops( big boobs) for my 5'8" . I bike over 200km+ every month, i jog, I do weight training. I have normal blood pressure, my cholesterol is super low, my blood sugar is perfect , i have no health issues except infertility and never had any health issues except wearing glasses.
I got pregnant on our very first IVF. I had the most uneventful pregnancy. I had no pregnancy diabetes, i had no high blood pressure and had absolutely no problem. I carried my son to full term and I gave birth at the 40th week. I had vaginal birth and the only complication was that my son was sunny side up and had to be turned with the help of forceps. I was out of the hospital within 24 hr after birth with a healthy infant. I had no postpartum depression and I breastfeed my child until he was 2 yrs old.
I have a proven record of healthy pregnancy and healthy child and I have no health issues
So why I was turned down from a treatment? Because of my BMI is bigger then 30! As impatient pointed out BMI doesn't take consideration the body composition. Women who big boned and have some muscle can be turned down , while small boned no muscle women with tons of fat can go forward?
I think it is totally crap.
I really hope Canadian clinic won't follow such an arbitrary cut off procedures. I know a certain degree of obesity leads to health problems and risk, but that is NOT based on BMI.
The problem with weight loss that is takes time a LOT of time. It is not like stop drinking alcohol or coffee or quit smoking, which can be done from one month to the next. Fixing weight problem may take a year or more. If somebody over 35 yr old that extra time might lead decide to have a child at the end or not.
right now me : 37 Dh:40TTC #1: natural TTC 1.5 yrs
Dh: 35, Severe Male factor infertility, morphology is 1-2%
Me: 32 , tubes open, no endo, regular ovulation, all hormones are good, 3rd day FSH
5.3 , antral follicle count is 12, only problem is my weight BMI: 30IVF/ ICSI #1
: 2008 February -McGill, Montreal
Long protocol: BCP for 1 month, burselin from CD21, 300 Gonal F and 150 Luveris for 10 days
ER: 11 egg , 6 mature , 5 fertilized, 3rd day transfer:a 7 cell & an 8 cell embyos, no frosties.
1st beta : 13dp3dt: 77, BFP
2008,November 19th: Adam has arrived 7 lb 4 oz, 21"TTC #2: natural TTC 1.5 yr
Dh :39 morphology went up to 4%, we meet the IUI cutoff! count are fluctuating from 30 to 105 million, motility is great. Caryotyping is normal
Me: 36 FSH
is slightly elevated and keep rising 8.5, 8.8, 8.9, 9.8 , AFC is still 12, everything else looks good.IUI #1: Edmonton
, 2011 January ,Clomid 50mg (x5), 106 mil ,68% motile, grade 4 :BFNIUI #2: Edmonton,
2011 February, Clomid 50mg (x5), 30 mil, 57% motile, grade 3: BFNIUI #3: Edmonton
, 2011 March,
Clomid 50mg (x5), 88 mil , 49% motile, grade 4: BFNIVF#2: 2011 May, Edmonton
: long protocol , nasal suprefact : CANCELLED
due to high progresteron & cystIVF#3: 2011 August, Edmonton
: short protocol/natural start: CANCELLED
due to high progesteroneIVF#4: 2001 September, Edmonton
: short protocol with BCP: CANCELLED
due to high progresteron & cyst
Change clinicIVF #5: 2012 March-April Hungary
: stimulation starts march 28, 300 Menopur
mixed protocol: BCP for months, CD3: Menopur 300& lupron for 8 days
ER : April 8th , 4 eggs retrieved, all were mature and fertilized with ICSI
ET : April 11th, 1 A quality 8 cell, and 1 A quality 4 cell embryo transferred, no frosties.
BFP on the HPT at 7dp3dt: happy 37th birthday to me
Beta: , 12dp3dt: 150, 2nd Beta, 15dp3dt: 550
Anna has arrived on 21st December after being induced at 39 week. She is 6 lb 9 oz, 20" , and has blue eyes, and long dark brown hair and just perfect !