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Long term TTC & infertility
28/02/2013 at 16:48
Hi everyone - I am new to this site so firstly let me just say a big hello to everyone x
Basically, my husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for over three years now. Long story short - my husband has been tested and has a VERY low sperm count with slow mobilty. He has been referred to the hospital who have done scans for him and he has another appointment in July (which seems like ages away).
My doctor has taken my bloods and swabs but that is all so far. I am really frustrated as she says she has sent off the bloods to the fertility clinic but that was over 7 weeks ago and I still havent heard a thing from them.
Is this normal? I appreciate that I wouldn't get an actual appointment with them straight away but not even to receive a letter is really making me worry.
I called my doctor again last week to chase it all up but she didn't really seem like she thought it was a problem. I guess to her it isn't but to me its everything.
I thought by now I would have had all the tests (laporoscopy, tubes etc).
What should I do? I am too scared to call her up again which sounds ridiculous I know. Should I make a physical appointment and speak to someone else?
My husbands doctor seems much more accomadating towards him. Obviously we know there is a problem with my husband (the sperm) but we don't know for sure that there isn't a problem with me as it seems to be taking forever to get anything done.
I am so stressed out at the moment its affecting me badly.
Sorry to rant so much especially as I am a newbie xxxxxxxxxx
28/02/2013 at 17:34
we were told my hubby's boys were good, but numbers were low and he that he had a varicocele last year when we had our iui's. and i'm questioning that - not the varicocele - unless chinese herbs are better than we thought, as we had another test done in january and the numbers were on the average, if not better! so, maybe look into chinese herbal remedies.....?
we have been actively trying to conceive for over three years too. i've been off bc for four years. i think it's coming down to a problem on my end of things. makes me sad, for sure. and the stress is out of control at times.
so you should keep on the doctors' cases, i cannot see it taking so long, with so little follow-up as you say. and rant as much as you need to!
28/02/2013 at 21:08
01/03/2013 at 13:06
hi joanne. i understand your hesitation with the herbal stuff. i was wary as well, but it's just the hubby who took them and we were assured that they were certified. and my ob/gyn said that if it was working, then it's a good thing. i'm still not sure about the traditional remedies. but, of course, one should always talk about this with your doctors.
01/03/2013 at 13:32
01/03/2013 at 15:56
let's hope more start at least considering traditional medicines.
03/03/2013 at 17:34
I think that it would be better if you and your husband had the same doctor to start with. It just streamlines the communication process.
You should have had your swab/blood results by now and you should get the results from whoever requested the tests, in this case your GP. I got mine within a week, if that.
It does take a long time for them to go thourhg all of the tests on the Nhs, and if you can afford to i get them all done privately and then go back to your Nhs clinic with the results.
Joanne, my consultants refuse to start a treatment cycle if you admit to taking chinese herbs. They make you wait 3 months for them to leave your system.
03/03/2013 at 18:53
After ttc for nearly 4 years under the NHS before having successful ivf/icsi last month in a private clinic my advice would be to chase and chase and chase the doctors. I wish I'd chased things more with the NHS over the years, even though it's not in my nature to be like that, so I understand it's difficult. You have to look after number 1.
Wishing you all the luck in the world xxx
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