Well, I wanted to make it clear just what level of detail we're talking about.
The consent for IVF/embryo transfer was a whopping 21 pages long. And within it, in addition to the usual risks of the stimulating meds and the retrieval procedure, this consent includes the following risk information:
RISKS OF PREGNANCY
GENERAL WELL BEING Pregnancy affects women in different ways. While some women feel fine during pregnancy, others have complaints of nausea, fatigue, loss of energy and may develop various discomforts (i.e., back pain).... These symptoms and others may affect a woman's sense of well-being and ability to function at home or at work...
Hmmm....I don't know about this....I could have back pain? or fatigue?
TIME COMMITMENT Pregnancy lasts an average of 280 days.... During the pregnancy, the woman will make frequent visits to her obstetrician to monitor the pregnancy. It may be necessary to remain in the vicinity of your local obstetritian during all or part of the pregnancy...
What?! 280 days?! That's what I'm signing up for? And I might have to be near my OB for part of my pregnancy?! Horrors! That's more of a "time commitment" than I was planning!
Will and I kept laughing as we were reading through this form, imagining some poor uninformed couple not realizing that pregnancy might require some medical monitoring or thinking that gestation only lasts 6 months or something. Thank goodness for this detailed consent to let them know that they might experience - gasp - pregnancy for 9 months and maybe even some nausea to boot!!!
Geez, Denver clinic, we sure hope you can get us pregnant for nine full months. No complaints here. I understand the risks as I have read them and sign right here on the dotted line!
One thing's for sure, you can't say they aren't thorough.