Army veteran Jenn Wagner was 38 years old when she and her husband, Scott, married in October 2015. As a veteran, Jenn was familiar with facing challenges. However, she was not exactly prepared for the challenge lying ahead to start a family.
Scott and Jenn began trying to build their family just a month after they married. However, natural conception did not work after six months of trying, so Jenn sought treatment at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.
As part of her Veterans Affairs (VA) medical benefits, Jenn was entitled to several rounds of intrauterine insemination (IUI), a fertility treatment that places sperm in the uterus during ovulation. After IUI failed, Jenn learned from her local fertility clinic in Madison that there was a VA program that covered in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment for qualified veterans. VA IVF/ART benefits for eligible Veterans cover 6 attempts or 3 cycles of IVF. During IVF, sperm and egg are combined outside the body in a lab. The embryo(s) is then transferred to the uterus. After researching this program, Jenn learned that she qualified and was approved for the program, entitling her to four rounds of IVF.
Because this was a program with specific VA funding, Jenn and Scott were given a short list of clinics to consider. Believed to be the closest clinic to their Wisconsin home, Jenn and Scott were introduced to the UC Health Center for Reproductive Health, a participating clinic, and Suruchi S. Thakore, MD, medical director of in-vitro fertilization at UC Health and assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
The UC Health Center for Reproductive Health is the only comprehensive academic patient care center in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky that focuses on fertility and reproductive disorders. Their mission is to provide advanced reproductive, endocrine and fertility care in a supportive, compassionate and patient-centered environment.