Post # 1
I am 6 months TTC as of April, day 21 of a 25/26 day cycle. I am 7-8 DPO (BFN this morning, obviously) with zero symptoms.
Three years ago I began to experience horrible AF’s – (TMI ALERT) with tissue literally coming out of me, etc. I was immediately referred to an OB-GYN and a laproscopy was performed to test for endro. It came back neg and the OB-GYN also ran fluid through my tubes and he said everything was all clear.
At 6 months TTC, I am thinking I should probably head to my Dr? I had some incredibly horrible ovulation pains a few months back (doubled over, etc.) and I know you have to be 1 year TTC for much to happen for you, but maybe there are things they could do in the meantime? Any ideas? Suggestions? Thank you!!!!
Post # 3
It wouldn’t hurt to go talk to your doctor, if nothing else about the pain you are feeling. I know there are some doctors that will start doing tests before a year, mine wanted me to wait. We went a little after the year mark and had some blood work done. I just had a HSG done on the 13th to make sure my tubes are clear. Good luck!!
Post # 4
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I thought they wouldn’t take you seriously unless you had been trying for a year. Well that is how long I tried for until I went
Post # 5
@med700: The one year rule really depends on your doctor. I am currently on cycle 10 and have already gotten blood work, DH has gotten a SA, and I just had a HSG last cycle. I will be starting Clomid next cycle (hopefully). So it really depends on the timeline you set for yourself. I would highly suggest blood tests and a SA first. Good luck!
Post # 6
I am pretty sure my doctor will at least hear me out, she’s pretty sensible. Not sure if I should meet with her before AF comes or after or if it matters at all.
@keranos: Sometimes depending on medical history they will start tests early, from what I gather…
Post # 7
My doctor told us to actively try for 6 months and return if we aren’t successful. But it may be different in Canada. Does your doctor know what month you started trying or is it up to you to report that to him/her? You may want to check with some Canadian bee’s before self reporting 6 months.
Post # 8
@med700: Where are you in your cycle? It took me a few weeks after calling to get into my GYN, so it might be worth calling now….
Post # 9
I am over 35 and had previous gyno issues that were of concern, so we went after 6 months. I do think they may typically want women under 35 to try for a year first. I found out I was pregnant days after my first appointment, so I think maybe even we were jumping the gun with our concerns. But, I really was looking for more peace of mind while we continued to try because of my history. Good luck!
Post # 10
@med700: This is my 7th cycle. After 5 cycles I went to my doctor and discussed what could be done. She immediately sent me for CD3 blood work for infertility, CD5 pelvic and transvaginal ultrasound, CD10 HSG and after 7 to 10 days of my positive OPK I had another blood work to check my progesteron. I passed,thankfully, with flying colors. The next step now is to have DH have SA, which is having done before the end of this cycle.
You have been trying long enough to have a chat with your doctor. Go for it, girl, the longer you wait, the longer it takes to get answers right? GL and FX;))
Post # 11
Our doctor was very proactive in sending me for tests. I went to see him at around the 6th month mark. He sent me for bloodwork (on CD 3 and CD21) and an ultrasound. The bloodwork confirmed I was ovulating on my own along with the ultrasound, which showed follicles in one of my ovaries. The ultrasound also showed a small fibroid on my uterus but the doctor said that would not have any effect on getting pregnant. The next steps were an HSG and SA for DH but we got pregnant in our 9th cycle of TTC. Unfortuntely I miscarried at 6 weeks. My doctor said there is no need for an HSG now but once we start trying again, if nothing is happening, DH might go get his SA just to be sure.
I agree with @MrsR4ever: that you’ve been trying long enough now to ask your doctor to send you for some tests 🙂 Good luck! xo
Post # 12
@med700: My doctor started fertility testing at 6 months TTC. It depends on the doctor – mine happens to be pretty proactive.
Post # 13
It’s not clear if i will have fertility issues due to a autoimmune disease or not. so I am off to see my naturopath in a little over a week, to have her review my charts & vitamins. ( She was the one who recomended that i stsrt charting in the first place ) For me it’s a good first step as we’re only in our second cycle trying.
Post # 14
I went to the doctor after 7 months, basically because I knew the wait for the fertility clinic was long – my doctor laughed at me and told me to wait a year. He did send me for bloodwork however it was not cycle day specific so really kind of a waste of time. My doctor then left practice for a year. I struggled to find another doctor to accept me as a patient and ended up on ridiculously long waiting lists (7 months to be exact for an appointment with a new OBGYN).
I tried acupuncture (2x a week) for 6 months. I took Chinese herbs, bee pollen and red roobios tea with black cumin seeds
I went to a few Medi Centers (Walk-in clinics) in the mean time and begged for an HSG or additional testing. I was given an abdominal/pelvic ultrasound (again not cycle day specific) I was told my lady bits were in the clear (had problems with my liver/spleen). I was not given an HSG. DH passed his SA.
I finally got a referal for an RE appointment – We were TTC over a year when I finally got the referal in August (again had a long wait) and my FIRST appointment with the RE is April 8 – FINALLY!. I am currently in cycle 22.
I really got the run around, not everyone goes through such a waiting game. I hope your doctor is proactive, it doesn’t hurt to go to the doctor now.
Post # 15
@med700: In my experience with all things… it never hurts to ask! You have a medical concern so of course you should see your doctor. It’s their job to see you. I say go for it! 🙂
Post # 16
Thanks for the advice Bees!
My doctor is quite good at being proactive about these things – she knows we are TTC-ing (she’s a family friend) and b/c of my history I might be able to get a head start on some testing.
You guys are the bestest 🙂