How long did you TTC before going to see a doctor?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

The general rule is that you should wait 12 months if you are under 35, and 6 months if you are 35+ or have known problems (PCOS, endometriosis, thyroid issues, etc.).

That being said, I highly recommend charting (BBT *and* OPKs) and timing BD for at least 3 months before calling your doctor so that you will have an idea of potential problems (no ovulation, super long cycles, short LP, super light/short periods, etc.).  Your doctor can’t really help you if you have no information about your cycles. 

One caveat – if you are already charting and having a lot of anovulatory cycles (or aren’t Oing at all), I would see your doctor right away.  There is no point in waiting the recommended 6/12 months if you already *know* that you aren’t releasing eggs.

Post # 4
2000 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I saw a doctor before we started TTC because my cycles never regulated after I got off birth control. It was clear that I wasn’t ovulating so she said that when we wanted to start, I should come see her and get a prescription for clomid. I wasn’t ready for that at the time, however. I waited 6 months to make sure we needed help, first.

Post # 5
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would HIGHLY recommend charting as well. Have you heard of the book Taking Charge of your Fertility? I use it for TTA but it is wonderful for TTC as well.

Post # 7
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

BD every other day for 6 months while charting.  If still not pregnant set up appointment and bring in your charts.

Post # 8
44 posts
  • Wedding: January 2010

I didn’t do BBT charting, but I did keep track of my cycles on an iPhone app the first 3 months, then added OPKs into the mix for the rest of the time. Around 9 months or so I had CD3 blood work done with my OB/GYN and then proceeded to have the rest of the infertility tests at one year. After that, I made an appointment with a specialist (reproductive endocrinologist). 

In retrospect, I think I should have pushed for earlier testing. I was getting positive OPKs (with a digital) for several days in a row some months. My OB/GYN told me this was “normal”, but when I finally went to my RE, he disagreed. For reference, I’m 29 and had no major indications that I would have trouble conceiving. We were BD’ing at all the right times and still…nothing. 

Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

Post # 9
5109 posts
Bee Keeper

@peanuthead:  I highly recommend BBT and OPK’s as well. It’s good to provide the doctor with information that could indicate if you are or are not ovulating, if your hormones are changing like they should, etc. I saw my family doctor for possible PCOS, not technically for TTC/infertility – she started me on Metformin, which helps fertility, but I started it for all things with PCOS (body hair, acne, weight gain). I am meeting with a gynecologist at 7 months of TTC to further manage PCOS – he may put me on birth control for three months in addition to some other medications. I won’t start the birth control thing until I’ve been TTC for 10-12 months.

ETA:  Just read your second post that you do chart. BBT, right, not just when your period starts and ends? I feel like I remember you from the charting thread but you haven’t been active lately, right?

Post # 10
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Well we still haven’t officially started TTC, but I had been off the pill for 4 months and knew something was wrong so I went to see my doctor and was diagnosed with PCOS. I’m going through the steps to get a prescription for Clomid and I might not be 100% ready to start taking it when it’s prescribed, but I’m so glad I got started as early as I did!

Post # 11
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I went after 10 months.  I am 30, but I had been diagnosed with PCOS.  I would highly recommend OPKs!

Post # 12
5977 posts
Bee Keeper

I’d also recommend OPKs! I didn’t get pregnant until my 8th cycle after TTC. Miscarried and then got pregnant after another few months. Miscarried again, and was going to give it one last try. After 18 long months, I finally got pregnant. I feel like I waited a really long time, but b/c I got pregnant twice, my doctor really didn’t think there was much wrong. 

Post # 14
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@peanuthead:  Since you are already charting and making sure to BD during your window, I would personally probably try to see a doctor after 6 months. That’s what I would do. 

Post # 15
5109 posts
Bee Keeper

@peanuthead:  Ahh I see. How long have you been trying now, and how old are you if you don’t mind me asking? Have you discussed this at all with your family doc, like in preparation or anything? The OB/GYN’s in my town literally refuse to see you for infertility until you’ve been trying for 12 months… But I’d say it’s worth a shot and reasonable to try to see one starting at six months, again at 9-10 and definitely after 12 months. But of course, as I’m sure you know, every doctor is different.

Post # 16
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I went to see my doctor at 5 months but that was only because I hadn’t had a pap in over a year and I was due.  I took that opportunity to talk to her about getting pregnant.  I had only been using OPKs for 2 months.  At that point she said that we had only been trying for 2 months since that is how long I was using the OPKs.  She told me to come see her for a fertility appointment after I had been using OPKs for 3 months.  I am 34, but my doctor is also very proactive. 

I would call your doctor and see what they say.  Some doctors take the wait for 12 months approach and others will be more proactive.  If it is something you are concerned about, then just call to find out.

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