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18/08/2014 at 14:48
Good Afternoon everyone,
So, I first introduced myself here a few months back and have lurked around ever since, but never really managed to bring myself to post very much, I must be more shy than I first thought!Hehe
Anyhow, as I mentioned previously, it is over 2 1/2 years since I came of the pill and we started trying. I am starting to feel that this is far too long and if I'm honest, I am panicking a little bit, it is affecting how I think about my whole life and it has really been getting me down. So, we have decided it is high time we were a bit more proactive and have a doctors appointment booked for next month.
My question is then my lovelies, does anyone have any idea as to what I should expect, what sort of things is she likely to ask me? I am super nervous about it as I am not a fan of the Docs and if it wasnt for my husband, I wouldnt be going at all!
Sorry for the ramble, but any comments you have would really help settle me! xx
18/08/2014 at 15:10
Hey Mildred, so pleased you posted, you've come to the right place. Firstly don't be afraid of speaking to the GP they are there to help and it's the first step to try and found out what is happening, if anything. It;s not daunting at all, yes they're are some personal questions but it's not as intrusive as you think. They'll have a chat with you about your general health, do you smoke, drink etc, they'll ask questions about your periods, are they regular, they'll ask if you've ever been pregnant before. Then they'll make you an appointment to check your hormone levels, known as day 21 bloods, this is to determine if you ovulate. At the same time they'll also make an appointment for your H to have a sperm analogy. Depending on the results of that will determine where you go next. If all looks ok, then you'll have another procedure call a HSG, it's a scan of your tubes, they insert dye through each one to see if there are any blockages. If the dye flows freely and you're ok, you'll more than likely be referred for fertility treatment given how long you've already been trying. There's a long way to go before that but hopefully you'll get a BFP in the meantime. Any questions please ask. x
Hi Mildred, Sorry your TTC Journey hasn't been straight forward. I don't know anything about referrals, but I'm sure the lovely ladies here will be able to help you with your query, but i just wanted to say that you should come over to the TTC chat thread. You can talk as little or as much as you want about your cycle, while discussing random things and what you're getting up to etc. Don't be afraid to join in! We're all a lovely bunch!
18/08/2014 at 15:34
Thanks ladies for taking the time to reply, Claire, that was a super comprehensive answer, thankyou. It seems just that tiny bit less daunting already. I am one of those dreadfully nervous people who will sometimes not do something if I think it will be scary, so the reassurance will help make sure I actually go!
RKB, I will be sure to check out more of the chats, I think joining in may help me chill out a little bit, except for my husband, I have no one to talk about things to and I think all thr bottling up is turning me into a crazy lady! xx
18/08/2014 at 15:40
Please stick around Mildred, I promise after a week with us lot, you'll be marching through those Doctors doors! ;) Well you won't but we might help you feel that little bit more relaxed about it all. x
18/08/2014 at 17:12
Hi Mildred, I think Claire's answer is very comprehensive. I would just add one thing about the 21 day bloods.
Progesterone rises after ovulation and it's presence is the best way to confirm ovulation. The name of this test works off the idea that you ovulate day 14, so day 21 is half way between ovulation and period and so the perfect time to see if your progesterone has risen sufficiently to confirm ovulation. The test is best done 7 days after ovulation, which is not day 21 for many women.
Have you been trying to see when you've been ovulating at all? Don't worry if not, it's just useful to know that if the bloods are done on day 21 then the results may not be entirely accurate. Are your cycles long or irregular?
18/08/2014 at 17:30
So, my cycles are mostly regular, there is the odd one that is a bit longer, but only ever by a day or 2 at most. Very rarely, but it has happened, they have been a day short, but I mean really rarely. I have been monitoring for the past 2 and a half years so I have a good idea. I have recently dabbled with OPKs and the times I have done them properly, I have had positive results. I intended to keep it up, but I am rubbish at stuff like that!
18/08/2014 at 23:02
Hello again Mildred - I remember you from before! I'm sorry to hear things haven't got any easier; nothing else to add as Claire has given such great advice. Best of luck with your Doctors appointment x
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