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20/11/2014 at 11:39
I thought I'd update for those interested and for tayto, tonka, rkb, furmummy etc who all offered advice/ experience last time I posted.
My sister and husband have now been TTC for 22 months with no joy. Sis has been using OPKs since August but still no luck. They moved house recently and have registered with a new doctor so they made an appointment and saw her yesterday. Went through both of their medical histories etc and sis had an internal. Doc has referred them to the local hospital for tests. I'm assuming blood and SA.
What are the next steps after this? Would like sis to be ahead of the game and know what she should be being offered so that she can push for things to happen and not get lost in the system. Thanks again
20/11/2014 at 12:03
Thanks for updating us MrsB and sorry things haven't been more positive for her of late. I'm unable to advise what her next steps will be but I'm sure there will be someone else more knowledgeable along shortly.
Sending lots of vibes for a bfp for your sis x
20/11/2014 at 12:12
Hello Mrs B, firstly I'm really sorry to hear that your sister and her partner have found themselves in this position, but it's absolutely not the end of the world, even if they end up going down the assisted conception route. Anyway to answer your question, it really depends on what happens now following the tests they are about to have. A HSG ultrasound will be arranged for your sister, which is a simple procedure to check for any blockages in her tubes. It all then depends on the results but if they do have to undergo fertility treatment they should be referred quickly as they have already been trying 2 years. Please keep us posted and I wish them lots of luck. x
20/11/2014 at 12:48
thanks tayto and thanks so much for replying Claire_lou. ok so I'll double check with sis and make sure HSG is mentioned. I will defo keep you posted xx
21/11/2014 at 11:20
I hope all the tests go well for them Mrs B. Just to add, I'm not sure where in the country your sister is but if they end up in the unexplained catagory then they might have to wait another year to be reffered for actual treatment, that is the case where I live. Hopefully it won't come to that anyway lots of luck to her and her h x
21/11/2014 at 11:47
21/11/2014 at 14:07
I'm sorry your sister and hubby haven't got their bfp yet. I don't really know much about tests, but i can see some other ladies have given some advice that i hope is helpful! I really hope that if there is an issue, it's easy to sort and that they get the bfp they've been waiting on! xx
22/11/2014 at 15:30
Sorry to hear about the position your sister is in.
I had an internal ultrasound (not sure if that's standard or because I have PCOS), blood tests and a HSG and H had a SA (well, 3 in the end!)
She should try and push for an HSG or a HyCoSy if she can since some won't do it straight away and it's important to know if the tubes are blocked. The plan will depend on the results, but I really hope they find something that is easily treatable (I can imagine being in the unexplained category is for more frustrating) x
01/12/2014 at 14:51
Thanks ladies. So sis is in the system. Got her letter from the choose and book service. Next available appointment is first week of February! x
01/12/2014 at 15:27
Take the first available appointment but tell her to keep ringing to check for cancellations. There is always people who cancel because it's the wrong time in their cycle when it gets to it or because they conceive whilst waiting x
01/12/2014 at 15:35
01/12/2014 at 16:13
Glad to hear she's in the system MrsB and fingers crossed she gets a cancellation so can be seen quicker than Feb! Sending lots and lots of vibes for her x
22/12/2014 at 19:54
Hi everyone. Hope you're all ready for Christmas?
Just a quick query. Has anyone here used OPKs as a pregnancy test? I know they can indicate pregnancy but aren't as reliable as a proper test. Is this just dangerous territory? Any experiences?
22/12/2014 at 23:54
Hi MrsB, I believe mummysimpson has, in fact, I think it was an opk she used that indicated her current pregnancy; maybe put a shout out for her? Hoping this is good news for your sis xx
05/02/2015 at 12:39
my sisters appointment is on Tuesday. Her husband however, hasn't had an appointment through for anything. Should he have or will that be discussed/booked at my sisters appointment? I find it strange that my sister is the only one that's had correspondence from the hospital. Peanut how did your H get his appointment?
I've also found out that due to some pain she's experienced when AF shows up that my sis has actually already had an external ultrasound a year or so ago which showed nothing suspicious.
05/02/2015 at 13:51
Has he had the SA done yet? If not, I'd recommend ringing his doc to make an appointment as that's usually the first port of call I believe - unless there was a pre-ex condition like PCOS or Endo that they know your sis has and want to re-investigate that. We've just started our investigations and my Doc told me they prefer to do the SA at the same time as starting the bloods for the lady - depending on where she is in her cycle.
How does she describe the pain during AF? Does she still have it? If it was endo, an ultrasound isn't enough to diagnose it, I believe. It needs to be a lap. Did they ever follow up on it?
05/02/2015 at 14:03
05/02/2015 at 14:19
Ok - that's a bit weird - wonder if they have gone off in another direction?!
I'll tell you what happened with us:
H & I had made a double appointment with our own doc (initially about something else but we progressed to fertility), I was seen first and the Doc advised I book in for the CD21 (progesterone, etc) bloods the following week (approx 7 days before AF due). I also had to make an appointment for when I guessed CD2 to 5 would be for the LH test (check that I have enough hormone to release the egg) and then a chlamydia swab. If all clear, I believe I'd then have a HSG/HyCoSy - I didn't ask beyond that as I plan to ask the nurse as she's much better than my Doc. My Doc famously told me 2 weeks ago that all women have an LP of 14 days! So I therefore have very little trust in him but, to be fair, he did offer to refer us so I can't by annoyed at him too much!
For the SA, my H was given instructions and a little pot and told to do it at most an hour before dropping it into the fertility clinic - he chose to do it Monday morning and then dropped it off on the way to work. Within the instructions, there was a sheet he had to fill out about when he last released his guys, etc! The instructions and the clinic advised make an appointment for 2 weeks after dropping the sample off as the doc would have the results by then.
I posted this in last weeks thread which may be useful to your sis:
05/02/2015 at 15:28
Thanks for sharing your experience tayto. That's what I would've expected to have happened with my sister but apparently not. No mention of bloods or SA by doc. I wonder if she should phone them and question it or just wait to see what happens at her hospital appoinment? Clearly they won't do bloods there as it won't be the right time in her cycle. So frustrating. x
05/02/2015 at 17:10
I would suggest she phone the Docs to understand what's going on. At the very least she'll know what to expect. Also, if they don't plan to send him for an SA, I would suggest she quote the NHS guidelines at them regarding the 1 year wait policy.
I hope she gets some answers MrsB x
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