Post # 1
My husband and I have been TTC since August of 2011. After 7 cycles without any luck I made an appoinment with an OB/GYN. I am 36 y/o and he is 28.
She ordered some lab work for CD3 which I found out yesterday all came back normal. My husband had a SA – all came out great except for increased viscosity and morphology.
She then referred me to an RE due to my age. I see him early next week. I am wondering what to expect at this juncture, has anyone had any similiar experiences? I’m wondering if I should expect a prescription or more in-depth testing.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I’ve been lurking here for quite some time and this has been the greatest resource I had found.
Post # 3
Your RE may repeat the CD3 bloodwork they seem to want their own labs to do the bloodwork, I know mine was repeated when I switched from the GYN to the RE. Most of the time after your consult visit they will want to do and HSG, which is an x-ray with dye injected into your uterus so that they can see the structure of it and if you’re tubes are open. I also had a trans-vaginal ultrasound to look at the Ute and my ovaries.
We also did infectious disease bloodwork and titers were checked for immunities to things like German measles and Chicken pox. Also of things like signing consent forms, did we want genetic testing or not etc.
Our clinic was very helpful with giving us checklists and timelines.
Good luck on your journey. I’m 38 and were NTNT from November 2010 when I went off the pill and we started TTC in March or April 2011, so we’ve been at it a year, now, but the first investigating we did was back in November and we went to the RE in February. I’m on track for an IUI next cycle. I have ovulation issues and a possible blocked tube.
Post # 4
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@kayakgirl73: Hit the nail on the haed!
Mine did a full blood panel, even though I’d had it already. They scheduled an updated pelvic ultrasound and a HyCoSy (which is a mix between a saline hysto-something and a HSG dye test, but without the x-rays). They made hubs do two full IVF lab semen analysis tests, where they really got specific with the details. There was also a lot of cycle monitoring, 7DPO tests (if I *did* ovulate) and what not.
It’s good to take the next step forward sometimes – so wishing you all the best!
Post # 5
Thank you both. It seems with all this testing and things planned for certain cycle days that I’ll be doing this forever! Who knew that this would be so hard. Thanks for taking the time to respond, everyone my age either has teenagers or doesn’t want kids. Wishing you both the best of luck as well.
Post # 6
@DalmatiaRN: you and I could be twins! Darling Husband is about 5 years younger and I’m over 35 also. We’ve been TTC since August and no luck so far. I just did CD 3 blood work and it was normal. I had an ultrasound and other than a few fibroids it seemed fine. Tomorrow i get another blood test for progesterone levels. If we don’t get a BFP this cycle I’m demanding my obgyn be more aggressive or I’m heading to an RE. Good Luck!!!!
Post # 7
@DalmatiaRN: everyone has given great advice. I would also mention that when I met with my RE I thought we’d start getting things going right away(like start me on some magic baby making pill). My RE told me to think of things in 3 month cycles rather than month-to-month. They may want to do more testing, an HSG etc. Just don’t be disappointed if things feel like they are moving slowly. I think JHoller said once that the RE’s job is to get you KU, so just remember you all have the same goal in mind!! I also brought a notebook and wrote a few questions down before the appointment and tried to take notes during the appointment. Good luck!
Post # 8
The biggest thing is expect someone to actual listen to your concerns and have a plan to confront them. That was so comforting to me! You’ll probably be asked to do a an HSG to check your tubes. My RE did not make me repeat bloodwork. We reviewed it, and discussed next steps. I left really happy. Good luck with your visit!
Post # 9
Today is the big day, I go to see the RE at 3:00 CST. I’m nervous and excited at the same time. Part of me feels good about this month altogether.
@frcklface How did your progesterone levels turn out?
@bradybride I was kinda hoping for the magic pill, thanks for keeping my head in reality. I kinda wish these docs just had some baby dust.
Post # 10
Good luck today! Like others have said, their job is to get you pregnant and they take their time to make sure they have all the bases covered before hand. My RE didn’t repeat any bloodwork (infact the only blood test they did on me was to see if I was a carrier for the CF gene). I did do an HSG and my Darling Husband did a semen analysis. I know you go soon, so if you have time and haven’t already, take a notebook and write some questions down and be sure to write what he says! It’s really easy to get overwhelmed in the moment and forget what was said or what you wanted to ask.
Post # 11
The appointment went really well. I’ve never been treated so nicely, and I work in healthcare! They are setting me up for some labs (progesterone CD21) and an ultrasound on CD 3 along with and HSG CD 5-10 sometime.
I keep hoping that maybe this month is it and I won’t have to go through with all of this. *fingers crossed*
Post # 12
@DalmatiaRN: Glad to hear your appointment went well! Sounds like they have a plan all lined up for you!