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Is there point in private?

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Foofoobum Mon 23-May-16 16:13:01

Having troubles with suspected secondary infertility and can't get a doctor listen to me about it. I'm 40 so at the old end and everything could well be winding down for closure but the GP and gynae won't do blood tests as they say it won't tell me anything - just what my hormones are at that point in time and that's not helpful. I can't change GP as there isn't another in our catchment. I'm in Scotland in the back of beyond.
I've been ttc for just over a year and had to come off some nasty medication for an autoimmune problem for almost a year before that. I think maybe this medication has broken my bits.

I've had a pelvic ultrasound and a laperoscopy (&washout) by a colleague of my usual doctor and they found nothing abnormal. There was some scarring but I haven't been told anything more about this (placement/extent/possible cause/whether it makes carrying a child impossible) I was told they removed it but it will just come back. They never said whether this blocked my tubes. I was immediately discharged while still dopey with the GA and couldn't really fight back.

As I'm having trouble with NHS drs, I considered going private but the doctors are just the same ones I saw in the NHS hospital who discharged me. Is there point going to see the same doctor privately? Can they do more for me or find reasons the NHS can't or would they just go "KERCHING" and screw me for unnecessary stuff?

I feel like time is running out for me and IVF is out of the question as my bmi is over 30 (not by much but steroids made me fat & I'm already hypothyroid and rheumatology said I'm unlikely to ever lose it)

scoobyloobyloo Mon 23-May-16 17:34:27

You'll probably get seen quicker and have better communication.

However, usually the point of going private is to get somewhere with enter results. The top clinics are all

cheapredwine Mon 23-May-16 21:23:40

Can you not go elsewhere? I mean if you went private you can basically pick and choose where you go so no need to stay at the same clinic?

cheapredwine Mon 23-May-16 21:27:49

Sorry OP just read you're in remote area. Depends on your circumstances but it IS possible to cycle non-locally. It's very hard but doable. Could you possibly make a few initial appointments at private clinics in say Glasgow / Edinburgh to get a sense of their views on treatment generally, and also in relation to BMI? At least then the financial outlay isn't too awful and you'll have (hopefully) more information on your options. Wish you all the best

NotSpartacus Tue 24-May-16 09:44:53

Private is likely to be quicker and may be more thorough. NHS will generally do things proven to work but private may try things that are a little more experimental ( having explained the position to you).

Also NHS IVF may be out of the question but a private clinic may accept you.

Foofoobum Tue 24-May-16 15:58:22

Thank you all. I'm researching now instead of working. oops

scoobyloobyloo Tue 24-May-16 16:59:40

Argc - can't recommend more highly. I did it from 4 hrs away - it involved 4/5 wks in London but did the trick smile

cheapredwine Tue 24-May-16 19:45:21

I'm with scooby - ARGC all the way. But to sit on the fence a bit, there are other very good options too, which probably wouldn't be as expensive. I live 5 ish hours from London and was there for 6 weeks for ARGC. Tough as fuck but it is doable.

scoobyloobyloo Tue 24-May-16 20:35:46

Cheapredwine - I think argc should start paying Me and you for our PR for them.

cheapredwine Tue 24-May-16 21:21:09

Haha scooby too right! Bit of cash back would be lovely... grin

Foofoobum Wed 25-May-16 20:28:18

What's argc?

TinySalmon Thu 26-May-16 22:30:44

OP I suggest you go to a private fertility clinic - not for the sole purpose of IVF but they can do other tests to find out what's causing the infertility.

If you decide to have IVF you are not eligible on the NHS as you already have a child.

ARGC is the name of an IVF clinic x

scoobyloobyloo Fri 27-May-16 07:33:34

Out of the 7 women I met at argc, 5 of us got pregnant on first or second round. 3 sets of twins, most women on round 3-7 elsewhere.

They're good!

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