Hello, we have been ttc for nearly a year. We decided to go to the doctor and told him about our situation. I was expecting some kind of 'solution' in the sense that they would start carrying out the initial tests that everyone seems to talk about on B&B. But the doctor said because my periods are regular and we both seem healthy it's perfectly normal to take up to two years and no tests would be carried out until then! I couldn't believe it. We got a second opinion that is the same. One part of me is relieved that we don't have to do the tests and we are within the 'normal' range. The other part is scared that something may be wrong and we won't know until a whole year away - it already feels like a life time. Just wondering what other people's NHS experiences are in the UK please?
I went to the doctor after around a year of actually TTC, and more than 18months unprotected sex. I don't think there is a standard protocol but I think the rough guide is 1 year for women under 35 and 6 months for women over 35.
My doctor sent me for a bloodtest, vaginal scan and my DH for a semen analysis.
However, my periods were extremely irregular and I had been on a lot of different medication for acne so he suspected PCOS (and was correct).
I can only guess because you're not showing signs of PCOS, and your regular periods make it likely you are ovulating that he would like you to try some more.
Perhaps you can request your partner be referred for testing though, this is usually the first test done as it is straightforward and less invasive than female fertility testing.
Thanks for the reply Bump2B. Yeah I've read everywhere online and even in the NHS guildlines that say they will start with their initial investigations after a year if under 35. Yeah I know there doesn't seem anything wrong on the surface, I just wonder why it's taking this long is everything is 'fine'. Partner was with me at the doctors and the doctor also said most sperm tests show that the male has slightly low sperm count and are inconclusive anyway. I think we will try to 'keep positive' although easier said than done!
Are you tracking your ovulation? This certainly increases your chances, and if you have regular cycles thats already half the battle.
Using Opks, charting your temperatures and monitoring your CM are the most common.
Also you and your DH cutting down/out alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine and taking conception vitamins will increase your chances.
Sorry if you're already doing all this stuff,
I think it might depend on which PCT you're with perhaps? We went to the doctors after a year and were told it was normal for it to take time and to come back in 3 months if I wasn't pregnant. I wasn't happy with that at all, so a month later when I came on again, we went back and said we wanted tests. It was a different doctor and she agreed, so she sent me for some blood tests and my husband for a sperm analysis and as it turns out we do have a rather serious problem.
You probably know this but if there are no problems, you have to wait 3 years before you are entitled to treatment on the NHS.
I hope you get some answers and I wish you the best of luck xxx
I live in the uk and i went to the docs who i must say was lovely even tho i have had 2 children some time ago i expressed my concerns about not being able to get pregnant and the worry of my age (36) the same day she sent out requests for all the hormone tests and now my bf is going thru some tests also so i think maybe you should go again if your not happy. depending on age you should be trying for around 6 months to a year and if nothing happens you are advised just to get basic checks..
It depends on your pct. Nhs and NICE guidelines say 1yr for under 35s, after that you should be entitle to basic tests. The two year wait is how long before you can apply for funding for ivf, but even for that you need to be diagnosed with explained/unexplained.
My suggestion is phone your pct and ask and if they say it's a year you should go back to docs with this info, plus print out the nhs guidelines to show them as they possibly have interpreted it wrong.
(I'm over 35 so I went at 6months & got blood hormone & general health tests, urine tests & when they were clear ingot hsg. Dh also got blood/urine tests & semen analysis. All these are diagnostic, not 'assisted' treatments).
Even if there were to refer you they just ask you a bunch of questions and not much else it was like over 18months before they did anything to me.. They kept saying we give you 3/3 stars of concieving on your own.. However they were wrong and I'm no where nearer than what I was 3years ago.. And I'm not entilited to any help on the Nhs cause ther half has kids.. Unexplained infertilty but supposedly nothing wrong.. Keep plodding on..
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