(Closed) Sensitive topic: When to see a fertility specialist.

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Have you talked to your regular OB-GYN? I don’t think it hurts to ask his or her opinion. When I went in for my pre-baby appt my doctor told me, “If it doesn’t happen within 6 months, we can start to talk about next steps.” For me the number was lower than a year because of my age and some health issues. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Honestly check with your OBGYN and insurance to see if you need an actual referral first and to see if there is any testing your OB can do such as labs, HSG, ultrasound monitoring etc. I think I saw you on the infertility thread a few times so not sure if you remember my background but I was followed by my OB first for 3 mths after 6 mths of TTC but I had other issues. With her I did the HSG, labs and ultrasounds. With most OB this stuff is covered too; when you go to a RE alot of it is out of pocket and can get rather costly. So to start, I really would recommend you see your obgyn first and get a game plan from there. Ours was 3 mths then the RE. If you’ve already seen your OB and there was no plan set, than yes see a RE but they may want you to wait the full 12 mths of actively TTC if there are no other issues. I hope I made sense!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I opted to see a fertility specialist, because my cycles were so long that it wasn’t even funny, I am talking cycles of 109 days, and 229 days. After the initial long cycle, after I first got off of birth control, I asked if I should see one, but my family doctor would not refer me until the one year mark of trying had passed.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i echo pp. usually the timeline to start looking into going to a fertility specialist is 12 months from when you start trying.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I agree with previous posters. Also, if a doctor would see you, I say why not just get things checked. Even if you were NTNT, if you have it tracked that on 11 cycles you should have technically gotten pregnant, I’d tell the doc I’d been trying for 11 months and see if they’d take me sooner. Good luck, I’ve been following you for a long time (had a different name before) and I really hope you get pregnant soon. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Obviously 1 year is the standard timeline.  But most of the sources I’ve read qualify that as 1 year of unprotected sex.  Not requiring temping, opking, etc etc as what gets called actively “trying” on this board a lot.  Just one year of getting it on without protection/abstinence.  If you are concerned, and it’s been about a year where you have not taken any measures to actively prevent, I think you would be warranted in making an appt with an OB/RE.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Millenium Biltmore Hotel

I would suggest going in and talking to your OB-GYN first. Share your concerns, and see if there is anything they can do to help figure out what’s going on. 

We have an appointment with a fertility specialist next week. It’s a long story, but we’ve been TTC for awhile. I recently had surgery for endometriosis, cysts, and polyps. Was told to get pregnant immediately. It is four months post-surgery, and I’m not pregnant. OB-GYN referred me to a reproductive endocrinologist for a second opinion. I’m really worried, but it helps to be proactive and have a plan. 

Good luck! And feel free to PM if you want to discuss anything in detail. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

You don’t need to see a fertility specialist as a first step. See your regular family doctor or OB-Gyn to start the conversation. There are many parts of your history and physical and labs that can be checked early. But yes, generally they don’t want to start this conversation until you’ve been trying for a year — make an appointment for next month.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

My RE said if you are showing signs of normal healthy cycles then 9-12 months assuming you are under 35, but if you are not having normal cycles 3-6. He said I could have come and seen him after 2 months since it was pretty obvious, but my gyn made me wait 6 and even then he was on the fence due to my age. Sometimes though you have to go with your gut. I know right away and that is why I pushed my gyn for a RE and thank goodness I did since I am dealing with IF.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

I never went to a specialist, but at 6months of trying, my obgyn wanted me to get a HSG and my SO to geta semen analysis. I chose to wait until the 1yr mark, but I got pregnant that month so I didn’t go. My Dr. wanted to be proactive since I was 29 at the time.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Have you asked your OB/GYN? I talked to mine at my last yearly visit and she told me that she was comfortable referring me to a specalist whenever I felt was needed. Even before the 1 year mark, she wasn’t much a stickler for that specific timeframe.

I think if you are turly worried and think it’s time then it does not hurt to ask your OB/GYN.

 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I’m seeing my regular OB (although a new one) right now.  My office would see me anytime beyond 6 months of actively trying.  I think it makes sense to wait at least that long, but not necessary longer. If you are timing it and it’s not working, check out why…  I have no insurance coverage for infertility so that doesn’t effect the decision although I though (a month ago) that my coverage would have required a year.  I might have started appts a few months earlier if I had known, but I basically started around 10 months.  Now we’re at 11 and doing our testing.  Then any intervention won’t really start until 12.  It’s a slow process and there’s no reason not to get started if you are worried.

Regarding seeing an RE (reproductive endocrinologist – it took me forever to figure that one out!).  My doctor will send me after  we have gone through IUI without success.  I think that’s what he said.  So it will take 6 months to a year to get to that point.  Also even though it’s my regular OB it is still billed as infertility so I still have to pay out of pocket…

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@panterapeach:

After 30 the recommended actively trying time before seeing a specialist is 6 months. So you are definitely past that already. Sending positive baby thoughts your way!!

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