First RE visit – questions to ask?

posted 3 weeks ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Helper bee

My RE consultation consisted of a vaginal ultrasound and lab work. He checked my vitamin d levels, for diabetes, and did another thyroid check. All of my levels were fine but the ultrasound did find PCOS, which I hadn’t known. 

I would ask for any and all tests that you haven’t done to be done. HSG, semen analysis, karotyping..

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

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@eviegreene:  my consult was back in 2019 and basically it was very comprehensive medical history.  I was 34, we were unexplained (having had fsh, LH, prolactin, estrogen, progesterone checked, as well as hsg and semen analysis before referral).  My RE recommended iui, but we had decided we wanted to go to ivf right away (personal note – I ovulate regularly, we had done 8 cycles of letrozole while waiting the long wait list to get into the clinic and ideally we wanted more than one child).  

We were sent for blood work for both of us, my husband had to do a detailed semen analysis at the RE clinic.  I was booked for a “mock transfer” which is a pelvic ultrasound and catheterization (to make sure no difficulty catheterizinf my cervix for future embryo transfers).  Once all that was done, we started ivf.  

my clinic required the hsg to be done prior to referral, as welll as recent Pap and breast exam.  Also, you needed to have protective titer for MMR and varicella prior to treatment.  Now they are recommending the covid vaccine prior to treatment as well.  

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

My first consult I think was just talking about mine and my husband’s medical history and our ttc history. Pretty soon after I did an ultrasound to look at ovaries and uterus and blood work for hormones.  Next came hsg for me and semen analysis for my husband and after that testing we had another consult to go over results and make a plan.  

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We didn’t do any testing our first visit. We sat with the doctor and he asked us questions about how long we’d been trying (9 months at that point) and if my cycles were regular. I also had previously had surgery so he looked over my records. The first test was the semen analysis since that was cheaper and easier than my tests. That was done a week or two after the initial consult and we got the results immediately since there was an issue. However, before we could start treatment, I had to do a day 3 ultrasound, day 3 bloodwork and an HSG prior to ovulation. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My first consult was just a in-depth conversation about our family history and learning more about fertility treatments. We also got scheduled for extensive bloodwork and genetic testing. We didn’t do any actual medical procedures, but they were scheduled once our test results came back.

I actually preferred it that way. We got to know our doctor through that consult and get a sense of how the clinic worked before diving in.

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