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TTC #2 for 6 months at 35 - try a bit longer or get a referral now?

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sandstormflysby Thu 20-Feb-14 19:38:19

We've been trying for 6 months. We have a 3 yo. I've been to see my GP, based on the NHS "if you're over 35 after 6 months" advice. She said that if we were looking for a referral on the NHS we would have to be trying for 12 months, but we're happy to pay for stuff ourselves, so she ordered a load of blood tests. The results of those were all "normal". If anyone knows anything about them they were TSH 2.5, T4 15.1, 7 day LH 7.4 and 7 day FSH 8.5 (she said anything between day 2 and 7 was ok, rather than insisting on day 3), glucose 4.7, FBC all within reference ranges, day 21 progesterone 33.

So now I'm not sure whether we should go back to ask for a semen analysis and referral or to just give it a bit longer. I am aware that the gap between DD and any sibling is growing as each month passes, though obviously we left quite a big gap before even trying.

We aren't desperate to have DC2 - it's a nice to have, but I'm not convinced that we would want to go very far into the realms of fertility treatment, but I don't think we want to spend years trying if there is actually a problem that isn't easily resolved.

Any advice?

Lauren83 Thu 20-Feb-14 20:00:01


I have never known day 7 tests so its hard to analyse your results, my ivf clinic and GP only test day 3, at a push day 2 or 4, but 7 sounds really unusual as your levels start changing the closer you get to ovulating


sandstormflysby Thu 20-Feb-14 20:25:20

Thanks - do you know how they change or is the point that there is no pattern, so they aren't useful tests?

I did google it as it seems different to the norm, and found this which is my local area, but strangely nothing in other areas.

Lauren83 Thu 20-Feb-14 20:35:57

Here's a good one I have often used....

Lauren83 Thu 20-Feb-14 20:36:42

Ah... How do you post a link it seems it won't let me? Its a good link that one x

sandstormflysby Thu 20-Feb-14 20:51:07

sandstormflysby Thu 20-Feb-14 20:55:18

My results look ok based on that link, though it is a bit hard to tell with the day 3 test on day 7. DH has decided that he wants to try for a few more months before doing anything else which is fair enough.

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