PRE- Pregnancy Medical Testing/Pre-Fertility Testing?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Coral99:  from what i’ve read (we’re just starting ttc), i think doctors don’t usually do tests until you’ve been trying for at least 6 mo if you’re over 35.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Coral99:  I’ve never heard of doctor’s doing that sort of testing without solid reasoning behind it.  You don’t know if you’ll have trouble conceiving before you try. WHy don’t you ask your frinds what doctors they went to to do this testing.  There’s probably slim to no chance your insurance will cover it either. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

Getting started with a consultation is great if nothing else. Is your husband going too? They might ask him if he ever has trouble performing, if he can ejaculate, if he has kids with any previous partners, etc., as an initial ‘test’ of his fertility.

With you, they’ll ask about period regularity, maybe ask if you ever get positive ovulation prediction tests (and for how long/how predictably you get them each month), if either of you have a history of STDs, etc.

For one, that consultation can mean a lot less expense for you on down the road if/when they start testing things.

I think you’re very smart to be proactive about this, though. I’m about 10 years younger than you are and I’m in my 7th month TTC. While I had no reason to think anything was wrong at the beginning of this road, I wish I had been more proactive about at least getting a semen analysis for him so we wouldn’t end up wasting so much time.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Unless you have some obvious health reason that would cause fertility issues, most doctors won’t do anything until you’ve been trying at least 6 months (I believe it’s a year if you’re younger). And as others said, if you wanted these extra tests I doubt your insurance will cover them since there’s no actual medical issue.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Coral99:  Are you talking about genetic testing or some sort of other testing that would tell you if you have fertility issues?

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

my friend over 40 was told to have genetic testing. no other tests required.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Coral99:  I would just schedule an appointment with an OB and at your appointment tell them that you and your husband are planning to start trying in a year, what do they recommend you do and what testing to they recommend you get if any? Since you haven’t started trying yet, they may not be willing to do any fertility testing, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. You can also ask for a referral to a geneticist and get that testing done. My husband and I went to genetic counseling before we started trying. They ran a panel of 199 genetic tests on me and if anything came back abnormal they were going to run it on my husband as well. The process was very simple and informative. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Coral99:  This is the genetic test we did- maybe it was for 100 different genetic items not 199, but a lot anyway. https://www.counsyl.com/ But anyway, this is a lab in Californina that believes in informed responsibility, so if you have health insurance, max out of pocket that you will be charged is $99. And most health insurance covers it- mine did. You can probably find someone in your area who does this- you can search by zip code for a provider I think (we live in Texas and easily found someone here). 

 

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Mine was just a yearly exam!

They did a pap smear and pelvic exam, told me to start taking prenatals, and to call them when I got a BFP!

Later, I found out I was pregnant at the exam, and my doctor probably knew when she did my pap smear (because of the condition of my cervix!)

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Is something like this what you’re talking about?  If so, there are some terms in there you could google to find out more.  From a quick skim through, it sounds like while testing like this exists, it’s only one piece of a complex puzzle.  Maybe you weren’t getting much of a response because the dr offices you called may not put much stock in these kinds of tests?

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