Post # 1
So AF has arrived in full force after 6 cycles of TTC. I’m holding a pity party if anyone wants to join.
I’ve moved cities & heading to a new doctor tomorrow to start asking questions – my old dr was keen to start exploring as I have possible endo.
I’m worried that I will be blown off so wanted to be prepared with some sort of knowledge –
What kind of testing does one get done when having trouble ttc? And at what point in your cycle?
Post # 2
I’m curious about this as well, although I was told that they wouldn’t consider any testing until I had been TTC for a year, due to my age…
Post # 3
I had blood tests done on the third day of my cycle first – they checked FSH, Prolactin, Estradiol, and AMH, and also thyroid tests. All done via blood test.
Next up came an HSG – where they inject dye into your uterus via a catheter and take an xray. They usually do this around cycle day 7 to 10 – after your period, but before you ovulate.
After that I had a transvaginal ultrasound to look at my uterus and ovaries.
My doctor started the testing process after 9 months, but some doctors recommend you wait longer, it all depends on your age (I’m 33).
Post # 4
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Nic01: I’m no help on what tests to take, but I do know that if you have Endo most of them are likely to show nothing is wrong. Unfortunatley any tests they do have are quite variable and not good enough to use as a screening tool yet. The most promising ones so far are CA-125, PF and particular serum cytokines. If you’re into reading scientific literature on the subject here ya go:
Post # 5
I just wanted to drop in and say that when people say it sometimes takes up to a year, it’s true. It was for us, at least. It took 11 cycles, or 10 months, and I’m currently 13w+3d. It seemed for the whole of the 10 months it’d never happen, and I can’t quite believe that it actually has.
Having said that I think when I got to about 8 months I pushed and pushed for fertillity tests. I had day 21 bloods done to confirm ovulation, as well as stuff like thyroid function. My husband also had a semen analysis. I was also getting some midcycle bleeding (which turned out to be cervical ectropion) so I had a uterine biopsy done. That was the month we conceived!<br /><br />Wishing you the best of luck 🙂 Totally understand why you want tests done, I just wanted to say there’s still plenty of hope yet!
Post # 6
If you have possible endo (I am guessing that means possible pain which is how you know…) go in with that first, say you would like to be checked out for endo as you are exhibiting signs and as you are TTC too it would be good to make sure it’s not going to inhibit that. I only say this because all of my original tests were to rule out pcos and because it was NOT fertility related it was covered 100% by my Medicare, however since that was ruled out the rest of the tests have been out of pocket (I can claim some not all) as they can’t be hidden under a “medical” condition… So sucky!
While my Dr was ordering the pcos stuff (insulin levels, progesterone, and another few hormone level ones sorry can’t remember) he also ordered thyroid and diabetes, plus a few other things (I remember cholesterol and liver function I can’t remember the others it was nearly a yr ago now) – these were all claimable as a “check up” not in the fertility work up – even thou he was using them to rule out things that may cause infertility (mainly because I am overweight and these things COULD have factored into why I am not getting pregnant) – btw I was 100% healthy.
Sorry if this is all obvious but sometimes only mentioning TTC as an afterthought might get the Dr moving… Even if they won’t do fertility specific stuff due to age/length of time they SHOULD look into the endo for you regardless of TTC status.
Oh and pity party away… The “milestones” were the hardest and I remember 6 months being the worst milestone to be honest… Hopefully if it is endo, it can be sorted and then you’ll get your miracle.
Post # 7
Have you been using OPKs and/or temping?
Post # 8
CityBearBride: thanks for you reply – it’s a good guide
Aqualov: i may throw that in – cheers for the links
ShellVee: appreciate the time you’ve taken to type up – very valid points / good ideas for an aussie. I have pvt health care but not for pregnancy so hoping we won’t have to shell out too much. I’ll meeting the dr in 25minutes so will request all of the ‘check up’ results.
Westwood: I havent been using OPK’s but have been temping which has always given me a very clear shift when i o. I’vebeen doing it for long enough to see patterns – but all of that has gone out the window this cycle as im on CD30 with no o in sight & i generally O around the CD15/16 mark!
Post # 9
Lillyrose: I enjoy reading stories such as yours – they give me hope but at teh same time the negativity comes out ‘ it hasn’t happened yet’ why should it now?? I hope you have a happy & health pg!
Post # 10
Nic01: Yup, I know. I totally understand. Believe me even after the BFP I’d waited so long for I couldn’t get my head around why I’d get pregnant on cycle 11 and not cycles 1-10 when we did exactly the same stuff, lol. I’m 17 weeks today, and wishing you ALL THE LUCK in the WORLD. I’m sure any tests you have will come back with positive news and you’ll get your BFP before you know it 😀