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    Blood tests to look at hormone levels
    transvaginal ultrasound
    HSG (they run dye through your tubes to look if they are blocked)
    laparoscopy (to see endometriosis, cysts, fibroids)

    If are you are falling but miscarrying a lot they can look at killer NK cells and certain genes that stop the processing of folic acid etc.

    When your DH goes for another test, ask that motility be broken into progressive and non progressive (non progressive are technically alive but just spin around and will never get to the egg). So he might have a motility level of 25-30% (which is bottom end of normal) but his progressive motility, the ones that swim for the egg might be only 5-10%. Dh's was 6

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    I had a similar (but not as long) journey to conceive DS1. After 18 months of nothing, I got my GP to refer me to a wonderful OBGYN. She used cycle tracking using blood tests which was ( and still are) bulk billed. The only costs were her appointments, which were not cheap, but weren't very often. It worked because I now have DS1 and DS2. Still working on TTC #3 though, so its never easy. But I know how consuming the issue can be! Fertility problems can be exhausting and hard on a marriage. But getting professional help doesn't always cost a fortune. Try looking for the next step without rushing to IVF as your only option. Best wishes and hugs too.

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    Oops, wrong thread! Deleted post. Sorry ladies!

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    I had been TTC for about 3 years - same as you, too scared to really do anything or see anyone about it (well, DH was anyway).

    Eventually I convinced him that we should do something ...

    he did a sperm analysis, and I saw a GP, then referred to a fertility specialist.

    I had various tests - and an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed a large febrile cyst on my ovary, so my FS schedule a laparoscopy. For that I needed private health, but other tests would have been just the cost of a normal dr's visit.

    Had the lap, they discovered endometriosis which they cleared, removed the cysts etc ....

    My FS told me my tubes were considerably blocked from scarring/adhesions and I would need IVF ... so I went on the waiting list for his clinic.

    In the mean time I did 3 months of ovulation tracking (blood tests every day to determine exactly when I o'd etc) ... and I actually fell pregnant naturally in the 3rd month of tracking - just before I was due to start IVF and almost 4 yrs after starting TTC


    It can happen ... even after that long.

    BUT - I would definitely start with a few measures

    - take out private health insurance.
    - Get a referral to a gyno and try and get started on the waiting lists for a laparoscopy/investigative proceedures to determine what the issue is.
    - Get your DH to have another sperm sample.
    - perhaps do some proper ovulation tracking (not just temping, but blood tests)

    If they have a look and cant find a reason for any issues ... the first step is a drug called clomid - have a chat on here to the girls who have used clomid (look up the fertility section, or just in TTC chat) ... its fairly simple, just taking a tablet from cd5-9 (I think)

    good luck

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    OMG I just saw your BFP in another thread.
    Congratulations!!! How exciting. Wishing you a sticky pregnancy.

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