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    Default Preparing for Fertility Specialist appointment

    Hello

    I am quite new to BH and was hoping that other ladies might be able to help me out in regards to my first fertility specialist’s appointment which is in February.

    I little background info – I am 28 years old and have had long cycles for the past 12 months after stopping the pill, cycles ranging from 44 – 87 days, currently on day 59. A couple of months ago I had blood tests which showed that my hormone and thyroid levels are normal and a internal ultra sound that was also normal. We are TTC and I am worried that I am not ovulating.

    In regards to preparing for the FS appointment, I have heard that it is best to have the referral from your doctor for both yourself and husband and that FS like to rule out that the male has any issues prior to further test on the female. Does anyone know if it is best to have a sperm analysis done prior to the FS appointment? Is there anything else that I should be doing to prepare for the appointment?

    Also if anyone has been in a similar situation could you please tell me your experiences.

    Thanks for your help!

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    If you haven't already, give up any drinking and smoking for both you & your partner. Get yourself on some Elevit & partner on Menevit. And get into regular exercise. these are the first things the FS will say. And if your BMI is anything above normal, they usually suggest attempting to shed at least 10%.

    I wouldn't worry about bloods or analysis just yet, the testing they do varies depending on your problems. Make sure you take along any charting info you've been keeping.

    Above all, wishing you good luck!


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    Yes, you need a referral from your GP for a Fertility Specialist.

    They do usually like to rule out the male first as the testing is often less invasive then what a female may need to go through. If your GP hasn't given your partner a sperm analysis then this may be one of the first things your FS tests. If you want to speed things up then it might be useful to ask your GP to get the SA done and then get the results sent to your FS as well. They will most likely give you a stack of blood tests to have done also (possibly for both you and your partner). My first FS also sent me for a hycosy procedure to check to make sure my tubes were clear (amongst other things).

    Good luck!

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    Hi, thanks for replying.

    Yes trying to live as healthy as possible, no smoking, drinking alcohol, limited caffeine etc. Hubby and I are both in the healthy BMI range and keep active.

    Have no idea what's going on with my body, if anyone has any experiences they would like to share or magical remedies please let me know!

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    Have you been charting your temperature etc? I think that's probably the best way to know if/when you're ovulating and you don't need to talk to an FS to start keeping track. My DH got a sperm analysis done before we started TTC, he just did it through his GP. Good luck!

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    Hi Nikn Jas,

    You poor thing, I know exactly how you feel. DH & I had started seeing a FS Oct/Nov 2011 as I didn't have AF since Dec 2010! (almost a whole year without AF - a nightmare when TTC!) I was told that obviously I wasn't ovulating & there was no way we could get pregnant until we started Clomid & they induced my period. 15th Dec I got my BFP, we hadn't started Clomid & I still hadn't had AF during that time.

    Previously I had tried everything to get regular cycles from Vitex through to grapefruit juice but nothing worked for me. I only wished that I had seen the FS alot earlier. It was very frustrating not getting AF & my GP kept telling me not to stress which obviously didn't help at all!

    I'd recommend getting a SA done with your GP before you see a FS. They'll probably want to re-do it in another three months time & it will give them something to compare it too. We had bad results the first time but then good results the second time.

    As far as I'm aware, there isn't much else you need doing before you see your FS. That's good you've had all your scans done & they have all turned out with good results.

    Good luck for your appt, I hope it all goes well. I know with our first FS appt, it was alot of questions, a quick pap smear & a referral to get more blood tests & ultra sound done. The next appt was meant to be to start a medication that would induce AF followed by Clomid to make sure I was ovulating.


 

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