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I thought I would start this for anyone who may be interested in fertility treatment and just want to know what to expect. Ok so first we met with the nurse, she got my weight (UGH!!!) and then took a pic of me and DH for the file. The nurse asked us some questions like how often we BD, are we smokers or drinkers,,,,,just general questions.
Next the MD came in and talked with us about what our options are. In our case since we both have been able to get pregnant with other partners he seems to believe it is going to be something simple. He said only 15% of people who see a fertility specialist actually have to do the extreme treatments (IUI of IVF) SO first step for us it the dye test and SA. I have to call them on the first day of AF and then come in for some bloodwork. The dye test has to be done between AF and ovulation. He also said that they aren't sure why but a lot of people get pregnant after the dye test. FYI the cost without insurance is $900. the SA for DH is $225. Oh yea the dye test of course that isn't the technical name is when the use a small cath to inflate the uterus with dye and check for any blockages.
So now we are just waiting for AF so I can call the office and set up my appt for the dye test. Also he said we could do clomid the same cycle as the dye test of do it the next cycle. I think that is all I can remember...
 
~Ashley

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It seems like you had a good appointment with your fertility specialist! I am at the same point with my fertility specialist except Dh already got his semen analysis. I am just waiting for Af to come so I can schedule my HSG-the dye test! When is your AF due? Mine is due around the 22nd of this month. It is nice to meet someone who is at the same point in this journey as I am!!! I hope we can stay in touch throughout this process!!!!!

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WOW M2M i am so happy to find someone too!!! I am not due for AF until March 6th. We should deffinitly stay intouch and compare notes.... are you nervous about the HSG test? I am a little because I heard it is a little painful and they told me to take tylenol before the test...and they said I will be on an antibiotic before the test and after. I guess it is just cramping more than really bad apin...i just guess i have a fear of the unknown...

~Ashley

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Hi Ashley!
I am a little nervous for the HSG my SIL had it and she said that it was painful because of the cramping, but I have such severe AF cramps that I'm not sure it will be so bad! I think we just have to go in there with a positive attitude and know that this test is only going to help us with our TTC journey and it is all for the better! I am a firm believer in mind over matter these days. Lol, trying something new to keep my stress level down since 20 something months of TTC has def. induced a lot of it. I was told to take Tylenol before and after also but my Specialist did not say anything about an antibiotic but I will ask her now that you mentioned it, so thanks!!!!

I did however find out that I had some kind of infection...Urea or something that kills sperm and I need to take a 1gram of Azithromycin to clear it up and my doctor believes that this may work in aiding me to get pregnant!!!! So I hope that this works!

Well, let me know how your HSG goes!

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Hi Ashley:
It's so great that your doctor feels it is probably a relatively simple/small issue for you. That statistic is really encouraging!! I'm not there yet but do think about what it means if we don't get pg soon, and what happens at a first fertility appointment. It's easy to get in your mind that if it doesn't work, it's some kind of drastic thing and it will never work, when what your doctor is saying is that there are many more "simple" problems. Thanks for sharing! Best of luck to you and I hope it does the trick!!! You too M2M!

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I agree M2M ...mind over matter.....yea the brochure I have says sometimes your MD has you take an antibiotic and some don't. I how the one you take for the infction you have does the trick....wouldnt that be great if you can get that BFP without having to go thru all the other testing and poking and proding and scoping...uuugghhh....GL and FX

Thanks Alice May, I hope you don't have to ever end up at a fertility clinic...my Dr said that no one ever thinks they will end up in one when they start out on ther TTC journey...boy is he right about that one....but I am very blessed that right now we have the money to be able to seek help...it is so expensive that i wonder if sometimes people just have to give up on their dream to have children....very sad...

~Ashley

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Hey girls!!! We will just be able to have our own little fertility appt. buddy group here!! Smile

I had my first appt. today and it went well. We talked for a little bit about what we do bd wise, etc. if we had any concerns, etc. I had asked about if it made a difference if my uterus was tipped because my GYN had made a comment one time during a pap and he said it didn't make much of a difference but he would check on the sono later in the appt. He spelled out what tests we would do and then what the options were for if this came back neg or that came back neg. I did ask him about the low sperm mobility and whether it's better to do it every other day vs. every day if there is low mobility and he said that as long as you do it 2 to 3 times a week most will get pg even if you do have low mobility. He thinks that I am Oing because he had my records from my GYN and my progesterone level had been fine and I had had + OPK's and that this may just be a weird cycle.
So after our little conference, he did a sono to check my uterus and ovaries. He said my uterus looked great and that it had a health lining. My ovaries looked good as well, they were the right size. He was showing us on the monitor everything and I could tell where my uterus was, but how he was able to see my ovaries I have no clue, but it looked like kind of a pocket, but they measured fine. I had told him that I had gotten a + OPK last night (and just now as well) and he looked to see if it looked like I had O or was going to O and he said he couldn't see any cysts that would determine that so I'm not sure what's up with the + OPK's right now.
Last he did some blood work, which we are waiting to hear back about. He went ahead and did a pg test (which I'm 100% sure it will come back negative), a progesterone level, prolactin level, tsh and free t4. Hopefully we will hear those results in the next day or two. When my pg test comes back negative he is going to probably prescribe the med to start AF since I am on cd 38 of a 28/29 day cycle so that I can get the hsg scheduled. I think that he is going to prescribe clomid as well after AF comes. DH's SA is scheduled for Friday. Hopefully in the next week or two we wil get results back and hopefully everything will be A-OK!!!

I am happy that somethings are being done, but to be honest I am a little disappointed, which I believe is my own fault. From talking to others on this site and also from co-workers I know what all the options are and so I think I was expecting there to be more of the appt. One of my friends is going to him as well and we are pretty much at the same point of where we are with testing and so she told me everything that would happen. I'm not sure why I thought it would be different, but for some crazy reason I did. I think part of it was I was thinking he would be able to tell me why I was so late and what was going on (like he has a crystal ball or something!! lol Smile ) He's very nice and I work with him as well so hopefully I'm just being stupid and overanalyzing things (like usual). He had to do a a little prodding with the sono wand to see my ovaries and I am really cramping. Have either of you guys experienced this after your trans-vag?

I am so happy there are a few of us that are right at the same spot in this process. Not happy that we have to be doing this, but hopefully it will give us all our BFP's soon! Smile

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Tonya, M2M, & Ashley,
Thanks for sharing your experiences, we may be heading that direction soon. Wow, I can't believe how expensive an HSG is Tongue . We decided to just go for an SA now, just to be sure. Got the results today (excellent), that has been a huge relief. Will most likely look into HSG if we don't get a BFP after this cycle. All of this is being done through my OB/GYN, so it has been nice not to have go to someone new.

Glad we have each other during this stressful journey!

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Tonya, sounds like your appt went well...i didn't have any type of exam or anything so sounds like you got more out of your appt then I did....I do know how you feel though I told DH that i was expecting more and he said "did you think you would come home pregnant?" lol...That pretty much put it into perspective for me .... but I do feel like I have taken control of my life again....like I don't have to wonder and wait and hope......i am finally DOING something..

Keiki great news on the SA ,,,,,we will be doing one next month.

~Ashley

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I really have mixed feelings about everything right now. On one hand I do feel somewhat relieved that we are doing something, but on the other hand I feel sad that we did have to go see a fertility specialist and also sad that we may not get the family that we so desire (depending on how the tests come back). I know that if my tubes are blocked, I will have to have surgery to get them unblocked, which results in waiting longer and what if that doesn't "fix" the problem. The dr. said that if DH has low mobility then really the only option is insemination (which I know isn't necessarily true) but that's what really has me discouraged since that is soooo expensive. I have a lot of moments where I feel good about things and feel good about that we are being proactive and doing something about it, but other times I just feel really down. I guess I am having a bit of a downer right now.
Hopefully I will get my lab work back today and I can start prometrium to get AF started (never thought I would want AF to come during this time period). I will let you all know what I find out.

Ashley - I'm glad that you are feeling good about things. I love what your DH said about coming home pregnant. If only it were that easy!! lol Smile It would be so great for you if all you had to do was have your consultation and you get pg. Hopefully this will be your month and you won't have to any tests!

Keiki - YAY for a great SA! Smile Does your insurance cover any fertility treatment options? Mine for example pays for 70% of hsg, SA, sono's and any infertility surgeries (if I had to have a lap to unblock my tubes, etc.) They don't cover any IUI or IVF so if we have to go the insemination route it will be all on us.

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Thanks ladies for all of the info. I have my fertility appointment on March 8th. I am in Germany so I really don't know what to expect. My co-worker and I are going to the doctor on the same day. She has been trying to get pregnant for 2 years after her late term miscarriage. I let you know how they proceed with infertility in Germany.

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