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    Default TTC with endo - naturally vs IVF

    Hi everyone, I’m new here looking for everyone’s opinions or advice. I am 34 years old and will be TTC as soon as I figure out my plan going forward. I was diagnosed with endo and had 1 laparoscopy (to diagnose) and 1 Robotic endo resection to remove very large endometriomas on both of my ovaries. My fallopian tubes and uterus were fine. I did have adhesions elsewhere. This all happened in 2012.
    Fast forward to now, I have been taking hormonal birth control continuously all these years to keep the endo from coming back as much as possible.
    Now, knowing that both of my ovaries were affected, and considering my age, I’m stuck considering whether I should try conceiving naturally or go straight to IVF. I’m thinking as soon as I go off the pill my window to conceive will be narrow and I want to give myself the best chance! I hope that makes sense. I will of course discuss this with my GP. I have not seen a fertility specialist yet. I’d like to hear your experiences and suggestions and I’d be happy to give more specifics. Thanks.

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    Ibelieve the best would be seing a fertility expert for moreinvestigations. Be sure, he'll want you to pass LOADS of tests toevaluate your fertility. If not then atyour first appointment your doctor reviewsyour medical history; assessesyour general health; arrangesinitial tests and investigations for you and your partner. Youshouldbring a doctor’s referral from a GP (valid for 12 months) orspecialist gynaecologist or obstetrician (valid for 3months).Forwomen, depending on the level of testing already performed, thefertility specialist may order further pathology tests. For men, ablood test for hepatitis B and C, HIV and semenanalysisare all routinely conducted. Pre-pregnancyscreening for some genetic conditions such as cystic fibrosis isavailable too.Otherdiagnostic tests may include some or all of the following:
    Rubella immunity(German measles), Chicken pox, Hepatitis B and C, HIV, Full bloodcount, checking your blood group, your thyroid status and Current papsmear (within last 2 years). Vaginal ultrasound to check forfibroids, polyps, ovarian cysts, and to act as a ‘baseline’ forreference during your treatment.
    Testsfor men usually include: HIV,Hepatitis B and C. Semen analysis to check for antibodies and anypossible infection. Once theyhavethe results of these tests, your fertility specialist will meet withyou again to explain in detail your recommended treatment plan.
    Hope thishelps. All the very best on your way. x


 

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