Fertility testing before TTC- opinions wanted

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
1304 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I don’t think too many doctors will agree to do general testing until you have tried for a year (or 6 months if you are over 35).  I guess you could ask for a specific test to address a particular concern.

Post # 5
2064 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@bkrocks13:  you’ll have to consider if this is something you are willing to pay for out of pocket. It’s unlikely your health insurance will pay for testing without a medical justification. Depending upon what kind of testing you are talking about it can get expensive. however, I would definitely recommend genetic testing at some point, especially if some of the issues in your family history are genetic diseases. 

Post # 6
3989 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I wouldn’t do any sort of testing until you’ve tried for at least 6 months.  The Dr.’s would probably recommend the same.

Post # 8
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think you should talk with your doctors more about it, but I don’t know that they would even do any testing beforehand. If they do, it would most certainly be something you would pay for out of pocket.  Even if there are hormonal imbalances, etc that may make TTC more difficult, no doctor is going to be able to tell you whether or not it will take you 1 month or 1 year to get pregnant, so I don’t know that the information you might receive would be helpful in making an educated decision about whether or not you should try at all.

Good luck!

Post # 9
2869 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@bkrocks13:  I think it would make sense to do some testing on him prior to TTC since he has issues that could affect fertility. Contrary to popular belief fertility or lack thereof is not really based upon if a Mom or sister had problems getting pregnant. I see that said here all the time and it sucks that people think because their Mom had MC they will too when the majority of the time that is not the case. I would not have testing done on you since you have no known issues and realistically no Dr. would without a) a known issue or b) TTC 6+ months. 

Post # 11
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

No, I wouldn’t.  I would suggest charting when you start TTC so if there are problems you can go into your doctor with a chart of how things look for you.

Post # 12
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@bkrocks13:  If I were you, I would go to the doctor and get my DH to go to the doctor before TTC.  Not neccessarily for infertility testing, but just for your overall health and how it might relate to the TTC process.  Depending on the reason for the issues your relatives had, seeing a genetic counsellor might be something your doctor recommends as just one example.

Post # 13
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I do think it’s smart for you both to have check-ups with your physicians and talk about your health histories and tell them you are hoping to have a child in the near future. I think that if they find any aspect of your health histories concerning, they may be more willing to pursue some testing before the frequently-referenced 1 year mark. By getting a check-up, your taking the first step towards covering your bases!

Post # 14
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Instead of fertility tests, you can get a genetics test. I know a few couples who did and the geneticists were able to tell them statistics regarding their future children and how likely they can pass on certain genes

Post # 15
7281 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I agree with a PP that, since this is on your mind, it would probably be a good idea for both of you to go in for a regular check-up. Then your DH cpuld ask his doctor about his specific concerns and see how that turns out.

I am going to differ from PPs in that I am glad we knew ahead of time about our fertility (or lack therof). Knowing upfront that we require medical intervention means that at least we didn’t torture ourselves for a year trying to do something that never can happen on its own. That said, finding out the news still sucked a lot, and sucks even more now that we are struggling to figure out what path we want to take. But at least we know what we are up against.

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