Well, my husband is, at least.
I received yet another call from the RE yesterday with yet another test result. How many did they run? I don't even want to know. Despite the fact that they told me my insurance would cover everything...I'm waiting for the bills to start rolling in. There is just no way my insurance is really paying for all of this. Not according to the woman I spoke to after my HSG. They got better news, and I'm not arguing. After all, I would have done it regardless. Insurance coverage for diagnostics is a bonus.
But...It's a Boy!
I thought the Y chromosome analysis was the only genetic evaluation they did on my husband, but no. The NP called me with the 'good news' karyotyping results on my cell phone while I was in line at TJ.Maxx with my new creme brulee hand soap and coconut body bar in hand,
"Karyotype results are in...your husband is 46XY"
Wow. Really. My husband is a male. Thank you for the news. Thank you for the testing. What would we have done without knowing?
Yes, I know, they had to rule out things like balanced translocations and Klinefelter's Syndrome, none of which he has luckily. You can learn about translocations here and Klinefelter's Syndrome here if you want to educate yourself about it. A karyotype is where they basically match up all the chromosomes to be sure there are the correct number. Girls are 46XX, and boys are 46XY.
Below is an example of what a karyotype looks like:
Although I like giving him 'normal' results...I didn't really want to tell my him that his genetic 'male-ness' was called into question. But I nonetheless informed him that he was, in fact, a 46XY male and that, once again, they have given us an open invitation to start IVF/ICSI. (I keep throwing that in there for good measure).
He is starting to make little jokes about it, which is how I know he's coming to terms with it. The other day we were in a bookstore (where I can usually be found perusing the fertility/infertility section on most days). He found me after doing some browsing of his own and said, "What, you haven't found another pregnancy book called 'How To Get Really Really Pregnant Finally And Not Just Read About It'?
Yeah. It's called 'IVF for Dummies'.....if only the actual procedure were $12.95, Dammit.