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    Default Fertility tests, what are they like and how many? for me and Dh

    So... If we were to go and get tests for fertility levels etc, what should we expect? (Me and Dh)

    Where do u go to get them? Are they blood tests or do they need to go 'down there'? Are they invasive/embarrasing? Btw, never had a pap smear before so if its similar to that I don't know what to expect... Is it usually just one test?

    We've been TTC for 6 months and I know its not long in the scheme of things but we agreed that if we didn't get a positive test this month we would get tested...

    Please share any useful info about what to expect... Also is it expensive or just like normal Dr visit?

    Thanks!

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    Usually you first go to the gp and they will order blood tests for both of you (i think one of them you need to do on nill food) and probably a semen analysis for dh. Depending on the outcome you will also be sent for some internal ultrasound tests - I think two at different times of your cycle and one is a dye job which you need a full bladder for. It's scarier than it sounds but it isn't bad at all. Depending on all that you will be referred onto a fertility specialist (your gp may wait until you see a go to do your scans). I can't remember how much that all cost - gp as normal, semen analysis I think up to about 250, ultrasounds were a bit pricey but you did get money back.

    Any other questions let me know.

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    Thanks for the info,

    Do u have any more info on what a semen analysis is like? Does he have to do anything? How do they analyze it?

    Sorry I have no idea...

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    With the semen analysis your partner makes a deposit into a sterile container. This can generally be done at home but has to be delivered to pathology (that's where we went) within a very specific time frame. It's then sent away to a lab for testing.Depending on your age most drs like you to wait 12 months before sending you for tests.

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    No probs after 10 ivf cycles I very much know about semen analysis. Tell him it's very daunting at first but you honestly get used to it (or so my dh tells me). Basically you get a referral usually to an ivf clinic for an analysis (the one our gp refers to is IVF Australia). They do semen analysis on certain days. You need to get a sample to the clinic within an hour of producing it. Based on where you are this means dh may need to produce at the clinic (they have a room with fun magazines in each of the clinics). You then go back to your go who will tell you the results.

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    Hi .. For us it was a little different to above poster. We went to GP, who referred us to a fertility specialist. Hubby and i had been trying for many years so that might make a difference. The FS was the one to instigate all our testing and we did have scans (including internal scan) no dye here. I had to have laparoscopy as well to make sure all was ok in there. My hubby did sperm wash and analysis - he had to give a fresh sperm sample in a cup to be tested. good luck, I hope you get your bfp soon!

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    Thanks for all ur replies ladies!

    Iv been doing some research (thru trusty google) and from ur posts gathered what dh will have to do to get the semen analysis done... I don't think its going to happen! He would be horrified if I told him and I don't want him to have to do that unless its absolutely necessary. We are a pretty private couple and he is even more private and going into a room with mags etc he wouldn't do, hates looking at stuff like that, thinks its wrong... I did read (although it was overseas) that u can dtd at home and collect in a condom but it has to be treated just so and taken to be analysed ASAP otherwise it won't work..

    Anyone else in same position before and done that instead? May wait until 12 months as suggested b4 we worry.

    Thanks again ladies and hope u all get what u r wishing for, esp Rae.

    Xx

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    I have just started the process, Im going for my second FS visit on Wednesday, after 3 years of ttc and nothing happening, i spoke to my gp and she sent me for u/s to check my ovaries, a blood test to see if i was ovulating sadly im not, then she also sent my DH for a semen test his came back great, all these were bulk billed, so we didnt have to pay for anything, we were then referred to a FS im going through Bubtree in Sunnybank, the first visit was for both of us with cost $335 (71.40 DH and 263.60 for me), FS sent me for more blood test and a glucose test (bulk billed) then on Wednesday im having a egg timer test which i think is $70.00 and you get nothing back from medicare, my next visit with them is cheaper on $135. hope this helps a little,

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    Thanks tantom,

    V helpful. Good luck with ur tests and hope it all works out.


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    While I'm hoping very much you don't need to go down the IVF path if you go to the IVF Australia website (i dont go there but i find their website useful!) they do talk about a lot of things and initial appointments including an overview of semen analysis. I have also heard about the condom collection method but I'm not sure if it would mean you would get as accurate a result (as I imagine that you would lose some in the transfer from the condom to the cup). You could also check out the genea website s I've also found that good in the past. Good luck.


 

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