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December 30th, 2012, 10:50 PM
mrs.ceebee.0915's Avatar fingers crossed...
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Montana
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hi ladies!

i was on here a couple months back, more as a watcher than a poster, but i thought i would post and ask for a little help tonight. my hubs and i were talking and we have been saving up to start some doctors visits and feel we have enough to get started on seeing a doc to find out how much all the testing and stuff will cost to get started to get us some help while ttc, but now we aren't sure who to go to. any help would be wonderful as i am definitely confused from looking online as to who to go to - every website says someone different!

a little info... neither of us have insurance, so no matter what we are paying out of pocket. we know the hubs has "lazy swimmers" and that we both could lose a little weight in general. i am anemic. we mainly go to a "clinic" nearby for all of doctor-y needs - it is run by nurse practitioners who we love, but they do not deal with fertility issues. at the time we thought i had pcos, so they had me get an u/s and the results were that i do NOT have pcos. i will try to call the clinic tomorrow for a recommendation on who to see, but i just thought i would see who you guys recommend?

do we get an appt with...
...a general doctor (not our usual clinic)?
...a RE doc?
...a different "specialist" doc? (please specify if you know of what type of specialist)
...go to a "fertility clinic"? (closest one may be a few hours away from what i can find online tonight)
...or ???

again, any help would be appreciate ladies! we just don't want to waste our savings on someone not worth seeing (eg. going to a general doc when we could go straight to a specialist). we know there is always a chance of "wasting" our money, but we are hoping not to.

a big thanks ahead of time ladies!

***baby dust to all***

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December 30th, 2012, 11:53 PM
Wizza's Avatar TTC our first since 2009
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Location: Oregon
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Hi there and welcome back!

First I wanted to comment on the PCOS, while it's possible you don't have it just an ultrasound alone can't really rule it out. If you have a lot of the other factors for it then there's a good chance you have it. But no matter which Dr you choose they should be able to figure it out for sure. PCOS is also very easily and cheaply treated for the most part so don't worry too much about that part.

I wouldn't even consider a general Dr, at the very least you want an OB.

I don't have any insurance for anything related to fertility at all and I see an RE so I understand how that goes. An RE is going to cost more than a regular OB but they are the experts and if you want the most for your money it might be best to start with the RE. You will want to do some research before you pick one. You can call around and ask how much the first visit would be and basic tests like the HSG and SA. They will usually tell you what they charge for things like ultrasounds (some are really expensive, $500 at my RE) and IUI's. For where I live there's only 1 RE within 200 miles so I didn't have any choices but it worked out great.

I've heard some will offer discounts if you are paying cash vs. insurance so be sure to ask about that. At my office they don't do any official discounts but my RE knows money is a problem for us so he will just not charge us for things sometimes which is awesome.

It's really just personal preference in the end, if you want to start with an OB or go straight to the RE. Since you are paying cash you don't need any referrals for anything. Personally I think if you guys have been TTC for a while or are over 30 you should go for the RE.

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December 31st, 2012, 05:14 AM
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I'm afraid I csnt offer any help with this as I live in the UK but wanted to wish you luck!
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December 31st, 2012, 06:24 AM
Nicholle ttc's Avatar TTC our first!
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Location: Ohio
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Though REs are expensive, I would go with a RE as well. DH and I are seeing a RE for unexplained fertility and it's really helping (I think). The RE would be able to determine if you have PCOS and/or any other conditions impacting your fertility. GL and KUP!
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TTCing since August 2011
Me (33)-LP on the short side, but no other abnormalities
DH (37)-slightly subfertile morphology and motility

Natural cycles-August 2011-July 2012
August 2012-October 2012 clomid and progesterone
November 2012-IUI
December 2012, cysts from IUI, on bcp

January 2013-February 2013, long protocol IVF
15 eggs retrieved, 11 mature, 7 fertilized with ICSI
All 7 made it to 5 day transfer, 2 were transferred
Only 1 frozen snowbaby
1st IVF

May 10, 2013, lap sx, Stage 1 endo

June 2013 - MA Round 2
Femara + hcg shot
IUI # 2

FET tentatively scheduled for 10/31/13

Have never seen a bfp.

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