Post # 1
Hi all! My DH and I recently moved to another state, which means I obviously need to switch OB doctors.
Here’s a little background info: My DH and I have been ttc for 14 cycles now. Around cycle 11, my OB ordered some tests–blood work for me and a SA for DH. My progresterone came back a little low, but after I did some research, it’s because I shouldn’t have gotten my blood drawn on CD 21, because I didn’t ovulate until CD 19…no wonder my progresterone wasn’t super high yet. My ding-dong of a doctor didn’t think to ask when I ovulate, especially after he knew I’ve been charting for a year. Anyhow, before I did my research about testing progresterone, my doctor prescribed me for 50 mg. of Clomid. I took it for two months, and I’m not pregnant.
Herein lies my predicament. I had such issues with my former OB, I’m afraid to go to another one in the new town where my DH and I moved. I did schedule an appt with a doctor that got pretty good reviews online, but that’s not until a month from now; that’s a whole month of wasted baby making time, in my book! I’m truly concerned that I have blocked tubes, or something to that effect. My DH time our BDing perfectly, and we’ve done that for 13 months! You would think that after 13 months of perfect timing, there would be a baby….unless there’s a deeper issue.
What would you bees do? Would you cancel the OB appt I scheduled and find an RE to go to, or would you keep the OB appt and see what the doc has to say?
Furthermore, can you just go see an RE on your own, or do you have to be recommended? Does insurance cover tests and such the same as if you were being seen by an OB?
Post # 3
I wouldn’t cancel your appt. with the OB, but I would also get an appointment with a RE. Whether you can make an appointment or not will depend on your insurance, does it cover infertility or just the initial diagnosis of infertility? And do you need referalls for specialists?
If it doesn’t cover infertility then you probably don’t need a referall, if it does it’s best to get one to cover your bases.
Post # 4
I’d keep the ob appt because you’ll need to have one eventually, especially if you do get pregnant!
as for a RE appt, it totally depends on your insurance. Some insurance you need a referall, some you don’t. Some insurance covers infertility diagnosis only, some have a set $ amount towards infertility. Usually you can do some research on your insurers website.
Post # 5
I agree with the other ladies. Keep the OB appointment, but definitely get an RE appointment. My experience with OB’s has been that they are pretty much lacking in fertility treatment knowledge even if their title is “fertility specialist”. I know that’s not always the case, but I’d look around at RE’s first. As for if an appointment is needed or not, it really depends on both the RE and your insurance. If you have any coverage for infertility under your insurance, then you’ll want to check with your plan and see if there are rules that you have to follow. If not, and it’s completely out of pocket, then most RE offices will allow you to make an appointment without a referral.
I’d recommend looking at online reviews and seeing what people have to say (what they REALLY say) about the RE’s in the area. That’s usually a very telling indication of whether they are good or not! Good luck!
Post # 6
Go to both. Your going to need an ob after you get pregnant and it’s better to need them first.
Post # 7
I’d keep your appt, but since you’ve been TTC for over a year i’d definitely get a referral for an RE so they can start monitoring you closely, run any further tests and help you get your BFP! I was referred after 6 months TTC as I had super long cycles, and I was pregnant in my second month in seeing my RE. They are super good at what they do, and since that’s ALL they do, I found that we got results much faster than what we expereinced with our OB.
Post # 8
@FutureMrs.Wood: schedule both. I have an appointment with a new OB/GYN next week that I intend to move back only because I just went to my old OB/GYN Thursday and it seems pointless to go again. I’m scheduling an appointment with an RE for ASAP. youll need and Ob/GYN eventually anyway, so why not get to know him/her now so you can decide if this is who you want doing prenatal care on you 🙂