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    Default When to see a Fertility Specialist?

    I am wondering how long you should ttc before seeing a FS? Do you just need to ask a GP for a referral?
    Any advice or previous experiences and stories would be great.

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    I haven't had to do it myself, but I've been told that a lot of doctors will require that you've been ttc naturally for at least 12 months.
    I think it depends on your age and physical condition too, I've heard of people who are either overweight or are getting further along in age being referred on earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eko View Post
    I haven't had to do it myself, but I've been told that a lot of doctors will require that you've been ttc naturally for at least 12 months.
    I think it depends on your age and physical condition too, I've heard of people who are either overweight or are getting further along in age being referred on earlier.
    Thanks Eko. I'm 30 and DH is 36. Only been ttc for 5cycles however just keeping m options open.

    Would u recommend charting? I have heard mixed responses

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    Hi!

    You do need a GP referral but I'm all for going sooner rather than later! I was only 24 when I got my referral and had waited out 12 months...now nearly a year later were still trying. If it was me get the referral and book in and then fingers crossed you get your BFP and can cancel! At least you have all options covered then :-) good luck!

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    I definitely recommend charting. It helps to take a lot of the guess work out, and helps you to work out when the best time to dtd is.
    Of course, there's something like a 20% chance for a healthy couple to get pregnant each cycle so even knowing on the dot when you O doesn't always help. Took me another 5 cycles after my chem and there's nothing wrong with DH or I.

    So charting is great. At the very worst, it gives your FS something to work with if you go to see one.

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    We waited 2 years before we got help. Then it took another 6 months to finally fall pregnant.

    We definitely waited too long and I could kick myself now for it. But it's worked out in the end.

    12 months is the usual wait period, but speak to your GP anyways.

    Good luck!

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    It depends on your age and circumstances. For example, in my case, we were trying for bub2, I was 37 and DH 41. I also have PSOS. We went to my GP after 14 months of trying and we both had several tests done, then got a referal to a FS. My GP said we should have come to her after 6 months of TTC because of my age. She said that anyone TTC over 35 years should see a doc at 6months, though 12 months if under. We had to wait around 6 weeks to see the specialist, but we cancelled in the end. 3 days before our appointment I found out I was pregnant and DS2 arrived 5 weeks ago!

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    Just charting when you get your period and how long is good. After 6 months ttc my cycles went really irregular and we were able to get a referral to fs at 9 months instead of the 12 months. It still took us another 6 months after to get bfp (wait 8 weeks for appt, testing, new cycle, third cycle BINGO)

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    I was 20 when we started TTC and we got a referral after 12 months. Yes, you do need a GP referral to see one. I copped a lot of sh!t from my in-laws and parents who were of the mindset of "just give it time" but my philosophy was this: I would rather see a FS and have them tell me nothing is wrong and keep trying naturally then not see an FS for 3 years to find out that something was wrong that could have been fixed 3 years ago.

    Thankfully we did go when we did because we discovered that DH had essentially no sperm and that our only real option would be ICSI. After 4 years of trying we are finally pregnant with bub #1.

    Trust your instincts and do what you are comfortable with. Good Luck.


 

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