6th month of TTC without a BFP (age 35)

posted 4 months ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy bee

Many people on these boards have been through this. They will likely do bloodwork on CD3 and CD21 to check for hormone levels. Since you are over 35 and past 6 months of TTC, they will then recommend a course of action for you. Likely, they will start with timed intercourse and IUIs, and if that continues not to work, they will likely recommend IVF. 

Visit the infertility boards. The women are super helpful and supportive. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I’m 31 and 9 months in TTC. My husband is 35 and he got a SA done last month. My doc has just ordered an ultrasound and day 3 and 20 bloodwork for me so I’ll have that all on file if she ends up referring us to a fertility clinic. My understanding is that testing the man is often the first step, but it’s good that your OB is getting your bloodwork done right away as well so you’ll know if your hormone levels are off. Do you have any underlying conditions that could affect fertility?

6 months trying isn’t anything to worry about, but if there is a problem it’s great to find out now so you can seek any treatment you might need.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

rosabelle :  that’s awesome that your doc ordered tests for your husband right away! It’s actually pretty uncommon in my experience. Most women I know (myself included) completed all of our bloodwork and HSGs before they ordered the semen analysis which makes zero sense to me. It should be done at the same time since it’s a 50/50 chance at either of us having a problem. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

winencheese83 :  I hope everything comes back normal for you! My husband and I went through unexplained infertility. The downside to unexplained infertility, is that there’s no issue that they can see. The plus side though, is that there’s nothing wrong that they can see. IUI ended up working for us though.

If they find an issue, the downside is that there is an issue. The plus side, it’s likely there’s a way to solve that issue.

I hope everything ends up working well for you! I wish you the best of luck and lots of baby dust! It’s great that you’re able to do these tests now, whereas if you were younger (like me) they don’t see you until a year, and I was in Canada, so there was a waiting list. And ended up taking us three years of trying. I hope that won’t be your situation, and I hope that they will be able to help you get your little baby!

Post # 8
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Busy bee

Good that you are getting all the proper tests done. I’m also 35 and we started TTC when I was 34 and are now in our second round of IVF. My advice is even if everything comes back normal, your next step should be an appointment with an RE to start treatment (timed intercourse, medicated intercourse, etc.) Do not let the obgyn tell you to “just keep trying because everything is normal”. Obgyns are not in the business of getting people pregnant. 

Post # 9
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Newbee

it takes about year for healthy couple with no fetility issues to convieve. I would still get checked out for piece of mind but chances are you’re okay

Post # 12
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Helper bee
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The next thing I would definitely ask for is a sperm analysis for your husband.  I would not do any further testing until you get the results of his SA.  If that comes back good, next step would be an HSG to make sure your tubes are clear.  Do you have fertility coverage?  I know when we were starting all of this early last year, the only thing my insurance covered was basic bloodwork, anything beyond that we’ve had to pay for.  Don’t want to scare you, but if you don’t have fertility coverage, all the testing can start to add up quickly.  I’d call your insurance to see what Kind of coverage you do or don’t have.  I hope this is just a temporary stumbling block for you.  I wouldn’t wish infertility on anyone!  Good luck!!!

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