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Dr visit re ttc(11 Posts)
I'll be speaking to my Dr about not having conceived after a yr of trying.
Does anyone have any experience of a first conversation and what they ask or expect?
I think it’s two years and then they refer you to fertility specialist
We got told 18 months before they would discuss anything with us and had to be proper trying iyswim. Maybe it’s different depending on area?
They might ask how often you dtd and perhaps some questions to see what the problem might be. They might make some suggestions about de stressing, trying not to think about conception etc. But I think they would normally refer on at two years. There’s not much a gp would/could do
They will probably offer to do blood tests to check ovulation. I got that after 8 months TTC.
Yes, had first Dr conversation last Monday.
He asked some basic questions, our age, our basic health, how regular my AF is and how long it lasts, any previous pregnancies.
Then he said he would be sending me for blood tests (three separate blood tests, at specific points in my cycle... example :day 2, day 21 ) and a scan.
The blood tests and the scan will be happening fairly quickly, within the next month or so and depending on the results, my DH may be asked to provide a sample.
He said he was confident we would conceive naturally, given we are late 20s and physically fit / healthy and everything is regular. This comment actually made me feel rubbish and like I was failing at something, or not doing it right, having not conceived for a year. I'm glad we went but I have not been feeling very positive since.
Make sure they investigate your partner too. No point only doing one half of a couple when male factor issues account for as many cases of fertility problems as female factor issues.
I had blood tests after 8 months of actively ttc, I only went in as we haven't been actively trying to prevent pregnancy for nearly 3 years and nothing had happened so I had gotten worried iyswim?
My blood tests came back with low iron level and high prolactin levels (was told to be retested a month later) otherwise everything else was fine and we had a lovely conversation about relaxing and not putting pressure on myself. It helped, and knowing the bloods were ok put me at ease. My Dr said if there was still nothing after a couple more months to go back and see her, I think that was another mind at ease thing on her part, turns out I was already pregnant.
Aha yes I remember having tests to check I was ovulating after a year, but any other tests were done with fertility dr after two years. Funnily enough after 3 months of seeing fertility dr I got pregnant
GP here. I would take a full history and arrange hormonal tests, viral disease screen, rubella serology and a pelvic scan for the woman and a semen analysis for the man. I'd do this after 1y of trying, 6m if the woman is over 35 or has a known reason why there might be an issue with conceiving. I'd refer to fertility clinic once tests are back, assuming that the couple are eligible according to the criteria of my local CCG (age, smoking, no existing kids etc).
My GP arranged for cd1-5 and cd21 bloods plus an ultrasound. Dh was sent for a sperm analysis. Once everything was back we were referred to the fertility clinic. Started the tests at 12 months, the clinic appointment was 17 months in. Now having further investigations (hsg, ultrasound and hysteroscopy) with a follow up in September. So it'll be just under 2 years before any intervention is even considered.
In my experience, push for starting now as everything takes ages. Pretty sure the GP will start investigating after a year ttc. Good luck.
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