Hi ladies, DH and I have been ntnp/ttc for one year now, with no luck. I am 24 and he is 37. I have regular periods and no known issues except possible luteal phase defect (haven't had tests to diagnose it, but doctor did give me progesterone supplements and I've been on them for three months). Had CD 3 blood work done this cycle and everything looks good. I called to day to ask my doctor what the next step should be, and she has ordered semen analysis for dh and a dye test for my fallopian tubes. Does anyone know if this is the appropriate next step? I was hoping for CD 21 blood work to check ovulation. Does anyone have any advice? Or experience with the fallopian dye test? Thk you!
Hi, I'm a fair bit older than you but had a dye test done early on in my consultations. It was explaind to me that by detecting any tubal problems early treatment could be targeted more effectavly rather then spending time heading down one treatment route only to find out later that it wouldn't have worked. The person doing the test also pointed out that sometimes just having the test seems to produce a positve result!
My tubes were fine (I was shown the xray by the radiographer as she was doing it) and I went on to have a wonderfull son using unmedicated IUI.
I have been ttc for 2 years. I am 26 and DH is 34. So a couple a months ago i decided that the ostrich method isn't working for us and i booked my appt!
My DH had his analysis about 6 months ago and it came back fine and i have previously had CD21 test which was also fine.
I had my first consultation with the ACU today.They ordered CD 2-4 bloods, CD 21 bloods and rubella immunisation check (not sure why and forgot to ask). Also ordered the dye test, which i am very nervous about and another semen analysis because the last was over 6 weeks ago.
It's all very nerve-wracking. I'm really worried i'm going to have blocked tubes and can't stop thinking about it.
Anyway, just putting my two pence worth in. Thought it might help knowing what i'm having done.
Will you not ask about the CD21 bloods? If you've not had them before i would have though it quite important to check you are ovulating. Good luck!
The dye test is standard for fertility diagnosis. They at least need to make sure that the gateway is open for you, and that his swimmers are in their prime condition for the long journey.
We had those tests done within the first two months of joining our fertility clinic. I was clear, DH has low motility(lazy ). He had to take vitamins like crazy, fish oils and l-carnitine and it took 3 months to produce new swimmers.
Good luck, feel free to ask questions
Hi - the semen and dye tests are definitely the correct next step for you - it's great that your doctor has referred you both at this early stage, sounds like a good doctor who understands these issues. I had my dye test 2 months ago and it showed that I had a blocked fallopian tube. The consultant then booked me in for a laparoscaopy. (I paid for this privaely - with the same doctor - because I had it done within 2 weeks whereas the NHS would have been a 4 months waiting time - far too long). Luckily I did go private as they found severe pelvic inflammatory scarring and had referred me straight to ivf.
Anyway, the dye test is absolutely nothing to worry about - I made the mistake of looking on the internet and reading that is really hurt. So I was really worried, but I honestly didn't feel a thing during it and it was completed in a couple of minutes - I was even laughing with the nurses about something while it was being performed and didn't realise it was even over until they said (and I was nearly in tears at a recent smear test so trust me when I say I have a low pain threshold!). Best of luck xxx
It's nice to hear from somebody who has already had it done. I have quite a high pain threshold so i should be fine.
If you don't mind me asking Fiona, how much did it cost to go private? I am so fed up of waiting, four months would do my head in! I just want to be prepared for any eventuality, then if i do have blocked tubes i know what my options are. I mean something has to be wrong, two years down the road with no baby yet!
The dye test was one of the first tests, along with bloodtests, and a vaginal ultrasound and then semen analysys for hubs. Its a great way to ensure your tubes are open. I also read it hurt and I was really scared but it was not that bad and only a bit more uncomfortable than a pap.
Just wanted to say hi as I am at exactly the same kind of stage as you.
I had a lap & dye a few years ago but my partner & I weren't strongly focusing on TTC at that time. But now 5 years later & no PG we are stepping it up a gear!
I have got a lap & dye again on the 27th of this month & last week at my last appointment the nurse ordered day 2 & day 21 bloods although we expect these to be normal as my periods are regular & I appear to be ovulating too as ovarian scan was normal. The nurse also ordered a SA for my partner which again we think will be ok.
I have mild endo but the doctors have said it's not on any reproductive organs which would prevent me getting pregnant. I just had some spots of it on a ligament supporting my ovary. So I am mostly unexplained. Cloud didn't work either & is a powerful devil drug which made me nearly want to kill people lol!
We are hoping to be referred for IVF in the next 2-3 months.
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