Post # 1
I had my RE visit this afternoon and my head is spinning with all the tests they want me to take. The Dr. said I have some symptoms of PCOS on one hand but endometriosis on the other hand, so I guess he wants to cover his bases. First is the glucose tolerance test with insulin response (3 hour test), then an HSG, Clomid/FSH test, hysteroscopy, HSG, ultrasound for follicle count and progesterone level draw. Holy moly. This isn’t even including my DH’s SA.
My insurance doesn’t include fertility testing, so the HSG would be $1100 and the Hysteroscopy would be $500. I need to talk to my husband about this before making any decisions, but was curious if anyone has had a similar situation and if their RE gave them guidance on which tests to take first.
Post # 3
@poetryreader80: I would hope that your re would help you make this decision! Personally, I’d start with the least invasive tests (blood and hormone tests, ultrasound etc.) and go from there – if you’re not ovulating, for example, it doesn’t matter if your tubes are blocked until you are (and odds are that you wouldn’t have both problems at once). Also, many women have pcos and endometriosis but don’t have trouble conceiving, so just knowing you have these might not be helpful to TTC. I hope hubby has had a sperm test too if you’re considering all of these more invasive tests? Just my thoughts, I went low intervention in my own journey, I really liked the book Making Babies.
Post # 4
@hamikay: I am going to call the office today and get some clarification. Like you, we will probably want to go least invasive tests first. They have a schedule so my DH wanted to know if we absolutely had to follow the schedule of tests, but I don’t think we do. He will be getting an SA for sure. I will check out that book.
Post # 5
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@poetryreader80: First, I would recommend an SA for your husband (check out private labs which can offer it for less than $100) along with blood labs for you (again, private labs offer deals for cash payments.) Then I would consider an US before moving onto doing more invasive testing like the hysteroscope then the HSG.
I would ask about the schedule of tests and why they recommend that order. There may be a method to their madness in that earlier tests are for more common problems so they can use them to pinpoint the issue.
Post # 6
@beachbride1216: Thank you. That makes sense. I feel a lot calmer now. Waiting on a call back from the nurse.