(Closed) Dr appt today…hit the 1 year mark TTC. Any advice??

posted 5 years ago in TTC
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Bumble bee
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soontobemrs1011:  Do you have regular periods? You should come on over to the 1year + TTC thread!!

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Bumble bee
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soontobemrs1011:  When you tell her that you’ve been TTC for a year, the doctor will likely start asking you a bunch of questions and explain things he/she wants to test for. The first thing my OBGYN did was order bloodwork on cycle day 3 to look for hormonal issues. The next thing was a HSG to check my tubes.

My advice would be to not dance around the issue, a lot of doctors will tell you to keep trying for awhile, but I told my doc straight out that I want to be aggressive with testing/treatment and not waste any time. Are your cycles normal?

Sorry to hear you’re struggling TTC, wishing you the best of luck!

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soontobemrs1011:  Have you been monitoring ovulation?My doctor wouldn’t consider other methods until we had been passively trying for 6 months and actively monitoring ovulation with ovulation predictor kits. It took us 7 months to get pregnant with son#1 (5 months passively trying and 2 months using OPK). They did test Darling Husband to make sure he had active swimmers, which he did.

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Busy bee
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soontobemrs1011:  The things you just mentioned is what the OB will want to hear about. Just tell the doctor that you are ready to get the ball rolling on any testing that they can recommend for you and your Darling Husband. Good luck!

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Sugar bee
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All of the things you previously mentioned will be good things to tell your OB. 

Chances are you’ll start all of the testing with them, and even some of the early treatments before moving over to the RE if needed.  

They will probably want to draw labs first, to look and see if anything is out of balance such as a thyroid issue, etc.  They’ll also test your SO to make sure he’s all good on his end. Assuming all of that comes back normal, or possibly even before, they will probably do an ultrasound to see if everything looks normal from that end.  Again, assuming this doesn’t trigger any flags, the next thing they’ll probably do is talk about fertility medicine options, such as Clomid or Femara.  Since your cycles are normal, you’re likely ovulating regularly, so you might just need a bit of a boost to help get that ovulation up to snuff to produce a viable egg.  

After a few cycles of those if they don’t work, they might try a tubal flush which means they’ll inject a dye into your filopian tubes looking for any blocks. Assuming no blocks and again no BFP, they’ll probably refer to to the RE at this point who will start talknig to you about more intense fertility meds and/or IUI and IVF. 

 

BUT, most women who have fertility issues are able to get pregnant with minimal intervention. For me, it took 1 round of provera and 2 cycles of femara, and I hadn’t ever ovulated on my own before that.  

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soontobemrs1011:  its great that you have regular periods. Ask your obgyn to write a script for a semen analysis for your husband! That was one of the first things we did and it eased our minds so much. 

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Get Darling Husband to do the semen analysis so you can take the results with you. It will be the first things that the clinic will test anyway. It’s important to know if he is producing viable sperm and how many.

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