Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:11 am
Post subject: Been a year :(
Well I've been trying for a year now. I've been to doctors a few times in the the year for reassurance and advice. I've had blood test to check my ovulation level and had an examination and both were fine. My doctor then said that to be referred to a fertility hospital we have to be trying for a year. I read on the nhs website about ttc that your GP should do more blood tests, ultrasounds too but I've never been told that I could have these is this correct??
Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:13 am
Hi Polkadotty - I've just passed the 2 yr mark so know exactly how frustrated you must be - now that you have been trying for a year you should be entitled to a full set of tests with the hospital - This is how it went for me. I went to my GP who immediately arranged blood tests for me and SA for DH and also a referral letter to go for an ultrasound at the hospital (I just rang up and made an appointment I didn't have to see a specialist first). Once all that was done I went back to the GP to discuss all the results. There was nothing picked up in any of the tests i.e. I ovulated normally, thyroid etc were all fine. DH SA normal and nothing picked up on the ultrasound to suggest a problem. My GP then referred me to the fertility specialist and after a couple of months I saw her and she referred me for a Hycosy/HSG to check my tubes (I ended up paying privately to have this done as I didn't want to wait any longer for an NHS appt). This ruled out a problem with my tubes. As I already have a child that is all the NHS could do for me but had I been trying for my first I think what would have happened next is I would have gone back to the fertility specialist to talk about IVF route. If I were you I would make another appointment with your GP and go with your partner as it is important for him to be checked too. Then you can ask about having an ultrasound etc and whether that can happen before you see a specialist now that a year has passed. HTH xx
Posted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:53 am
Thanks MrsZargon for your reply I've just seen it now just came on here for the first time this year. My GP says the fertility hospital I would be referred to I would of had to been trying for 2 years so they wouldn't help us til then but he did say if my partner gets a SA done and if his results come back with a problem then we would be allowed to be referred for further tests on my partner. We are going for his SA a week today so hopefully we will get our answers soon. But still think I will do just that though as I've only had a blood test done to check my ovulation levels.
Posted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:24 pm
I think I've looked this up on the NHS website before. It states you aren't entitled to treatment until you've been trying for 2 years. There's a big difference between getting treatment and having investigations done! Get your OH tested then as above said, show them a printout.
Good luck x
Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 10:38 am
Yeah your right I've looked through the web page I found and says that the GP would refer you to a hospital or fertility clinic for further tests like a ultrasound and X-ray and the clinic that I would be referred to don't take patients until they have been trying for 2 years so just have to wait and see what happens with our SA. We have a SA home test that we bought and have put off doing for months as were scared we may get an incorrect result.its just frustrating because we want to know now. Does anyone know what the exact percentage is of couples that has no fertility problems and just take a while to conceive?