Post # 1
Hi ladies, those of you who have seen a fertility specialist, what kind of tests were done? My husband and I have been trying for 6 months now (we’re both 30 years old) and we’re wondering if/when we need to see a specialist and what we should expect during the whole process.
Post # 3
@NowandLater: My husband went through a complete sperm analysis with Kruger morphology. I had what they call the “Day 3” blood tests to check egg reserves, the HSG test to check if your fallopian tubes are blocked and a sonogram.
Post # 4
They will probably do the clomid challenge test , bloodwork for hormones, transvaginal ultrasound, possibly HSG to check tubes, sperm analysis – but first sppt usually is consultation and maybe pelvic exam then they will lay out a plan of action and costs. Good luck!
Post # 5
@NowandLater: At this point it seems worth it to talk to your OB/GYN at least and he/she can get some of the tests started and consider referring you to an infertility specialist (some people say at your age you should be trying for 12 months before seeing a specialist, but personally I feel like this depends on a lot of other factors, including how actively you have been “trying” — i.e., if you have been charting and having sex during your fertile times for 6 months with no results that might prompt more action than if you’ve just been “off birth control” for 6 months). Anyway, the first tests for me were a semen analysis, pelvic (transvaginal) exam and ultrasound, TSH, and day 3 hormone bloodwork. More advanced tests may depend on those results.
Post # 6
@mimi123 and @nyckitten, thank you for the information! I saw my OBGYN yesterday, and the office initially told me since I’m new to the office (I just moved from NY to CO), I need to get a routine check-up before I can get any fertility tests done. But my OBGYN was super understanding of my frustrations and she ordered a few hormone blood tests. Fingers crossed for positive results.
Post # 8
@Sasha2011: I got diagnosed w hypothyroidism but since I’ve been on medication, I’ve leveled out my TSH level to the pt of “safe TTCing”. There was nothing else alarming from the test, so we have the green light to actively try. this month is my first cycle, so we’re giving it a go before we seek out analysis on husband’s sperm count. We’re still having fun TTCing!
Post # 9
We were able to do a couple of things before we started talking to an RE: We had an SA done for DH, we had a trans-abdominal and trans-vaginal u/s done on me to check lining thickness and see if any uterine abnormalities could be spotted (not the most accurate for uterine abnormalities, but it can pick them up if it’s the right kind of u/s machine), and we had me tested for things like PCOS, thyroid issues, vitamin D/folate/B12 issues, etc.
Post # 10
9 months trying (perfect timing) and 25 here. I’ll be following your thread because it’s information I need too, but we’re getting an SA for him after this cycle…then lying and telling them it’s been a full 12 cycles around cycle 11. I wish we had started getting help earlier. The odds are just against it being “normal” if you’re having perfectly timed sex for 6 cycles and you’re still not pregnant.
Post # 11
Also commenting to follow. Only thing I’ve had done so far is had my hormones checked. Also 30 years old here.
Post # 12
In order of tests… I came off BC in Sept ’12, then had my regular annual in April. Between Sept and April I had a 90+ day cycle and was on 60 of my 3rd off BC, so my doc ordered blood test to check thyroid and a U/S to check for cysts and abnormalities. I had day 3, day 10, 7 dpo bloodwork my July cycle. Then DH did SA and I had HSG Oct the following year. I basically just went along and had any dignostic test possible done to get any info I could.