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August 7th, 2013, 04:56 PM
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DH and I have been trying to get pregnant for almost a year. I went to my GP today and got a referral through our insurance to see a fertility specialist. She said that there are only two in the area that are covered, and I'm not sure how long it's going to take to get an appointment.

I was wondering if anyone could tell me what our first steps with a fertility specialist are going to be (generally)? I have already had blood work done checking my levels (all normal). I am not entirely sure what was checked, because it was rather early in us TTC, but I plan to find out. I also had an ultrasound, and everything was good there. DH has not been checked so I know that that needs to be done. I feel sort of let down...I was kind of hoping that my GP would be able to do something for us (I know she can't), and the idea of having to wait a week or two to get the referral, then however long (months) to get the appointment, is making me really discouraged. I'm worried that we'll spend even more time then doing the same tests we've done and it will be next spring before we have anything done.

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August 7th, 2013, 05:40 PM
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*Lurking from TTCMA, hope you don't mind me answering*

Generally REs want to do their own testing and investigating...they are specialists and most don't trust anyone else's info. Plus they want to use their own lab for the bloodwork so you can accurately compare the bloodwork. So, the first steps are generally bloodwork, a semen analysis for your husband, and an HSG if you haven't already had one.

I know it super frustrating to have to wait, but with an RE you will have a whole team working to get you pregnant. It is definitely worth it to do the testing again and have all the info you need so that you, your DH, and your RE can create the best possible plan to get you a BFP. Good luck!

Here's some more info on a first visit to a fertility specialist:
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August 7th, 2013, 06:47 PM
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^^ And now I don't have to go find someone from TTCw/MA to come answer. Thanks Melissa.
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August 8th, 2013, 04:48 AM
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Thanks Melissa! Much appreciated

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August 11th, 2013, 08:10 PM
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Thanks Melissa! I actually started to post this in TTCMA, but wasn't sure where to go since we hadn't actually gone yet. Thanks for the link
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August 11th, 2013, 08:37 PM
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The specialist I saw had me chart my basal body temperature for like 3 months... and give me a referral to the sonogram people. But she determined I wasn't ovulating, so next step is clomid. I have an appointment to discuss it with her in November. Don't fear that my number of months will be typical though, I use the VA for health care, and they're SOOO backed up for everything.
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