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September 15th, 2008, 03:10 PM
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I'm only on my 4th cycle.. but I'm just curious to know cause I haven't even talked to my Dr about ttc yet. At my last annual check up, I told her we would be ttc at some point but I think that was several months before we actually started trying. Should I talk to my Dr? Or are there any tests anyone could recommend?

I've heard that most Dr's wont even give any help until you have been ttc for at least a year.. but I honestly dont think I can wait that long.
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September 15th, 2008, 03:16 PM
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If you have medical problem like pCOS, endo or something like that, they should be able to treat you whether you have been ttc for 5 months or a year.. but if you have normal cycles and all that.. most doctors will tell you wait a year. Thats' why my doctor told me to come back in a year cuz we were healthy.




If you have medical problem like pCOS, endo or something like that, they should be able to treat you whether you have been ttc for 5 months or a year.. but if you have normal cycles and all that.. most doctors will tell you wait a year. Thats' why my doctor told me to come back in a year cuz we were healthy.


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September 15th, 2008, 03:19 PM
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Most doctors won't do anything for you until you've been trying for at least a year... if you're 35 and over they'll start helping around 6 months... It can take up to a year for a normal healthy couple to get pregnant.

With that said, there are always exceptions. For example, if you don't ovulate on your own, if your LP is short, if your cycles are long and irregular, etc.

We're on Month 10 and I started talking with my Doctor around Month 7 because I had quite a few annovulatory cycles, and other ones that were long and irregular. I finally got my referral to a RE since my regular OB/GYN had done all the normal tests and didn't find anything to explain what's wrong, I have that appt on Thursday.
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September 15th, 2008, 03:26 PM
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Most docs won't see you before a year unless you've been charting daily for at least a few months and can see something is wrong. My doc wanted to see my charts before seeing me. Luckily I'd been temping and had them. I was able to make an appointment before the year mark.
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September 15th, 2008, 03:57 PM
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I showed my first doctor my charts at 8 months, and she said she couldn't do anything until we had been trying 12 months. I was ovulating on my own, and my charts showed that. She made it very clear that if it takes you 12 months to get pregnant, you are still in the "normal" range. I went home and bawled my eyes out. I know you feel like you won't be able to make it to 12 months, but honestly you'll probably get pg before then anyway! Keep your chin up!
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September 15th, 2008, 04:04 PM
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I hope it doesn't come to a year for you but like Lauren said, I know it seems like forever and if you had told me a year ago after I lost my third baby that a year later I would still be trying I would have thought it was the end of the world. But really, although it was agonizing at times, it has gone by fast. If you are charting your temps and it shows you do O on your own then I agree that most Drs will tell you to wait a year. If you are charting and notice something is wrong like you don't O or have a really short LP then they might see you sooner. Some OBs will do some preliminary stuff just because you are TTC though...it wouldn't hurt to call and ask. All Drs are different.
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September 15th, 2008, 04:38 PM
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I talked with my Dr at the on year mark of TTC. He said that since everything "looks" normal with us, that he didn't really feel comfortable being really aggressive in testing and stuff (unless we really wanted to) until about a year and a half. He said that he sees so many couples come in who are normal and healthy and just take a little longer to get the timing right and it most usually happens before the year and a half mark. DH and I decided that we'd give it until January, but we are both open to starting testing/treatments (if necessary) sooner than that if we just feel like we need to. When I was leaving the office, the Dr told me that he had a good feeling that he'd be seeing us get pregnant before January. I guess we'll see!
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September 15th, 2008, 05:48 PM
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I just saw my doctor today because I have had a lot of mid cycle bleeding and really short LPs. We have tried since January (with a short break right now) and she said that she feels comfortable moving forward with checking a few things.
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September 15th, 2008, 05:55 PM
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I went in for a consult at the beginning of our 8th month. My doctor had told me when we first started TTC that we should try a year before coming in. However, I was charting and like some of the other girls, not ovulating on my own (and had the charts to prove it), so I got help a little sooner. If my cycles were normal, I still wouldn't have been able to get any help yet..
Like the other girls said, keep your chin up!
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September 15th, 2008, 08:00 PM
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I think that it just depends on the Dr. and how willing and interested they are in helping. It can't hurt. Mine did an initial blood work up and did a sperm test on my hubby at 6 months TTC. It can't hurt to atleast call and let the Dr. know that you are trying and see if they have any preliminary suggestions with helping.

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