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    Default Should I trust my FS?

    Hi everyone,

    DH and I have been TTC for almost a year now. We recently visited a FS in Brisbane to have some testing done. My GP had previously done a bunch of tests which the results had been sent to the FS also. One of those was the progesterone test to see if i had ovulated.

    To try and keep this short - my GP advised that I didn't ovulate. A few days earlier the FS tells me that it all looks good and appears I did ovluate. I don't know how to read the results myself, but the number my GP was pointing to said 5, rising. With the range being 20-100.. GP was adamant I didn't O.

    Now I have no idea what to think? Did the FS just skim my results and not see, and do I really want him cutting me open next year to see if there are any problems if he can't even take the time to read results? Obviously if I'm not even o'ing there are other things that can be done before surgery??

    I have a follow up appointment to see him next week to get some more blood test results for AMH and other stuff. Clearly I have to confront him on this, but how do I do so without offending him... Aaaaargghhhhh why is this all so bloody difficult? ??? Like this whole ordeal isn't painful enough without having to deal with incompetent drs... sorry just venting, i'm sure at $258 for twenty minutes he's not incompetent :/

    Can anyone offer any advice?

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    I feel your pain.. This TTC business is way harder then I thought as well.

    I don't really know how to read those results BUT my FS said if my progesterone level is 20 or over then I have ovulated. I would just ask the FS what your level was. If yours is 5 then I would say you didn't.

    Hope that helps a little

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    Hmm, it is a tough one. A few times I was just certain that my fs was wrong....but he wasn't, he really did know his stuff which is precisely what I was paying him for. I would aasume that a fs is more well versed in these matters than a gp. But then again, the first dr I saw was telling me some stuff that just didn't add up (you aren't ovulating, I can do ovarian drilling but if you go away you will probably falll pregnant on your own), so my gp gave me a new referral . Maybe see how you go a little while, give him a chance and if you still don't feel good about it, see someone new.

    Can I ask which fs you are seeing?

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    Are we allowed to use names on here? I would feel bad as I'm kind of badmouthing him a bit!! Maybe I'll PM you instead?

    Basically he is a very well known FS in Brisbane, with one of the highest success rates with IVF. Apparently.

    I like your suggestion to ask him for the actual number though as maybe that will make him see it in case he missed it last time. If he's still saying that I did ovulate, I'll just have to ask what makes him think that!!

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    I have a feeling I know who you are talking about. I'm not sure if you can or can't say names on here either.

    Yeah I would just ask him, if he questions you just say you interested in what it is suppose to be. That's what I do with my FS, I question everything.. What my levels should and shouldn't be at certain stages. I'm sure he will tell you.. If its who I think it is then I've heard he is approachable, good luck!
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    You could also just say to him that you are confused because your gp is telling you that you didn't ovulate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by missmya84 View Post
    You could also just say to him that you are confused because your gp is telling you that you didn't ovulate?
    I agree with this ^^^^

    I think I know who you are talking about as well, and if I'm right, I'd find it hard to believe that he could make such a simple mistake - but hey, he is only human!

    There are different measurements for progesterone, but if the ranges are given on the BT results, that should clearly indicate whether you have O'd or not.

    I'd definitely ask him to explain the results again to you, just in case it was a mistake.

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    Well, today was my second visit to my FS. I got back all the results of the blood tests we had undertaken the previous week which were all 'good' = the AMH levels were about mid range for someone my age. All genetic testing was good...

    BUT - still the question of this ovulation which he INSISTS I did ovulate??? The level was 5, rising which he tells me for the time that I was tested was perfectly normal - CD24. I know that I have to trust what he's saying but I just want to understand I guess.

    Anyway, the plan now is for DH to have his semen analysis which he is struggling to do, then undertake some more tests to try and pinpoint ovulation. I guess I will give him a go for a couple of months and see what happens... But if I continue to be unhappy then I'll move onto someone else.

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    have you tried monitoring ovulation at home? i think only an ultrasound is definite... i guess my feeling would be that i'd trust the fs over the gp - who is the fs? do you have other reasons not to trust him?

    you can get home based sperm tests too which could be something to give go. you can also get very accurate monitors to detect ovulation (from home) but we're talking hundreds of dollars


 

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