Jump to content

Is it too early to see a FS?


  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 ~polly~

Posted 04 February 2013 - 04:29 PM

I am after any opinions/advice.  

I've been TTC for 10 months. I've been charting and have long irregular cycles with a shortish LP.  Last year I had an early MC or chemical pg (not sure what the difference is).  After that I saw seeing a naturopath and have been taking vits and a herbal tonic.  Ive had bloods done that confirmed that I O.  I showed these reults to my naturopath who thought progesterone was low, but GP didnt comment on this (I didnt ask GP at the the time cos everything seemed normal).  

Naturopath thought low progesterone could have contributed to my loss and recommended a FS if I wanted more tests done.  So I called them expecting to have to wait couple of months for an appointment but now I have an appointment in 3 weeks and Im freaking out!  

Sometimes I feel like we've been TTC for ages but I know 10 months is not that long and Drs dont really 'do anything' till youve been trying for 12 months.  I dont have a referral yet so will the GP think I dont need one?

What would you do?
Im thinking of cancelling the appointment and just continuing to chart and BD around O.  Im 27 so Im not in a huge rush cos of my age.
But at the same time I would have thought my cycles would be a bit more regular by now and have this feeling there's something not quite right.
Im in 2 minds.....

Edited by Pippa26, 04 February 2013 - 04:50 PM.


#2 cme

Posted 04 February 2013 - 04:48 PM

Hey there, no I don't think it is to early, bit it is completly up to you and what you feel comfortable with. If things are a bit iregular theremay be some simple solutions that a FS can help you with. (I don't have faith in natrapaths). But at the same time these things cost money and it may sort itself out naturally. I went to a FS after 8 months due to suspected PCO's. During the tests we found bigger problems, but that was just our scinario. It then took 12 weeks to see the FS.

#3 Escapin

Posted 04 February 2013 - 04:55 PM

If you've been charting and actively trying to get pregnant as opposed to just 'having sex without protection' then I think 10 months is definitely enough to warrant seeing a FS.

As a bit of anecdata, one of my good friends had 4 miscarriages in a row, and it turned out it was low progesterone. Off to the FS, start taking progesterone, next one stuck and is now a gorgeous little kid.

So yes, I would get onto a FS now rather than waiting around.

#4 Wishing2011

Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:01 PM

you need a referral to see a FS right? So you need to see a GP to get that referral. How low is your progesterone and have you been testing it at the right times as it drops off if you are not pregnant and then AF follows soon after. Only you will know when you are ready for that next step.  The specialist will go through your history and possibly order some more tests. Don't freak out too much they won't actually do too much at your first appointment other than send you for more tests, possibly an ultrasound etc..

#5 NSG

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:00 PM

I got a referral after six months, and got in within 3 weeks. I am glad I did as it turns out I wasn't ovulating on my own. I had a varied cycle with a short LP. No harm in going!!!

#6 Jenferal

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:06 PM

I'd go to see them. You can always pull out(pun not intended!) if you don't like what they say, or if you want to try longer.
You're not locked into a treatment the minute you see a FS, but you know your cycle, it's been nearly 12 months, and I don't see the harm in having a FS review your case and results and possibly order some more tests.

#7 hillplain

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:31 AM

Hi Pippa,
Welcome. In my opinion you can never be too informed. One thing I have learnt that we often know our bodies better than anyone else. If you have a feeling that there may be an issue I would get your referral to see a FS and go for the appointment. I would suggest that your FS will order more tests and exams etc. The results from this will leave you well informed.

If you have no issues so far then you can continue on your merry way of BDing your heart out! If there are some issues you have quite a bit of time to save some money and conmence your AC journey if that is what is needed.

I hope that you find some answers and that there are no issues for you. I can remember being 27 and thinking the same as you. Now 9 years later I wish that I had done something about it and pushed DH harder to get his tests done instead of fighting an uphill battle with age on top of everything.

Good luck.

#8 CharliMarley

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:39 AM

I missed how old you were OP, but I would go and get a referral to a FS, sooner more than later. Nobody knows what is happening with fertility until they are tested and maybe it is your DH and not you. Men have problems that stop them from conceiving too and these problems need to be sorted out.

#9 CharliMarley

Posted 05 February 2013 - 10:42 AM

I don't have any faith in naturopath technology either.  wacko.gif blink.gif

#10 miss_heidi

Posted 08 February 2013 - 10:28 PM

After about 6 months of no success, my GP gave us a referral to a FS, but it was at the Reproductive medicine clinic at our local Women's Hospital, so all the tests were covered by Medicare.

In the end we needed IVF so the FS t the hospital referred us to IVF Australia, however if the problem could have been helped by regulating periods or even IUI we could have had the treatment at the hospital, and it would have been Medicare subsidised.

Something to consider - maybe your GP can refer you to the local Women's Hospital reproductive medicine clinic rather than a private FS?

Good luck!

#11 Jessie_T

Posted 09 February 2013 - 07:24 AM

From my experience, I wish I went to the fs earlier. I was with ob/gyno for 8 months and really it was a waste of time. I am now seeing a fs and there are potential issues. Just because you go to a fs, doesn't mean they will jump at Ivf, they only do that when necessary. They will do scans, bloods and dh/do will prob do a sperm analysis. Once the results are back, they go through everything with you and set put your plan of action.

My only regret with my journey...... Was to not see a fs sooner. My doctor wanted me to go to a fs but I decided not to, as I thought the same thing,,,, quie drastic and didn't want Ivf straight away before exploring other avenues.

Good luck original.gif

#12 ~polly~

Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:07 AM

Thanks for all your responses, you've made me feel much better about seeing a FS.  And with AF arriving today I am keen to move forward with TTC.

Good luck and I hope we all get BFPs soon.  I'll probably start posting in AC forums soon so I'll see you there  original.gif

#13 ~polly~

Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:10 AM

Double post

Edited by Pippa26, 11 February 2013 - 11:10 AM.



1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Special offer: The Baby & Toddler Show 2014

At The Baby & Toddler Show, you?ll find everything you need to get ready for your new arrival and guide you through the early weeks and years of parenting.

An open letter to Tony Abbott: please salvage our super

We face financial ruin, but most of us don?t realise it. If we don?t act together to salvage our superannuation, I have no doubt the new GFC will be the Girls? Financial Crisis.

'I'm happy to know I'm changing lives': surrogate mum of two

I know that once the baby is born, I will focus on the gift I have given, and watch the parents with their new child. I can't wait for that day.

Birth trauma and the issue of informed consent

There is a perception that women should just be happy they have a healthy baby in their arms. But for women who experienced birth trauma, there's a lot more to it.

Tips for managing pollen allergies and hayfever

They're simple tips, but they can have a big impact on those who suffer from hayfever and pollen allergies.

Ada Nicodemou shares tribute to her stillborn baby

Just over one month since Ada Nicodemou and her husband lost their second son, the Home and Away star has shared a touching poem for her baby.

Mum causes stir breastfeeding on train

?To the woman breastfeeding her kid on the train. Seriously! On the train?" began the letter of complaint.

10 things they don?t tell you about being pregnant

As I slowly waddle my ever-changing pregnant body towards the finishing line of my due date, it?s becoming increasingly clear there are a lot of things they just don?t tell you about pregnancy.

Overcoming a fear of the dark

A toddler's fear of the dark is very normal, but there are ways parents can help children through this stage in their development.

Kids, TV and movies: how young is too young?

It seems you don't have to throw the TV and iPad out the window - it all boils down to moderation, supervision and interaction.

Video: Baby's first birthday is a special day for mum, too

?A baby?s first birthday is also mum?s first birthday.?

The day Supernanny came to tea

Prince William's favourite celebrity child trainer Jo Frost puts Bryony Gordon and her toddler through their paces.

Tales from the homefront

When you're at work you sort of assume that your house is basically just sitting there quietly doing nothing until you return. However, since spending my days at home, I've learned this couldn't be further from the truth.

The words I hated hearing as new mum

It was less than a week after my son was born that I first heard it - from my mother.

To the pharmacist who sold me baby formula

On the rare occasion I catch sight of you at school, or around town, I think back to our earliest exchange. I?m sure you have no recollection of it at all.

Babies may benefit from autism therapy

Children showing signs of autism don't usually receive early intervention until well into toddlerhood or later, but a new study suggests infants with symptoms of the developmental disorder might benefit from therapy from as early as six months.

Knatalye and Adeline born with an everlasting bond

Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith are a lot like any other identical twin girls, but there is one dramatic difference: they're joined at the chest and shares several internal organs.

The question this dad wishes he'd asked his wife

I should have seen that my wife wasn't the same person I'd fallen in love with, but we were both too focused on simply trying to get by.

Why we should talk about the deaths of the Hunt children

The deaths are too horrible even to think about. Yet we owe it to the children - Fletcher, Mia and Phoebe Hunt - to think long and hard about it all.

Baby dies of meningococcal weeks after vaccine application denied

A six-month-old girl has died from meningococcal disease just weeks after an application for government funding of a vaccine for the most deadly strain of the virus was rejected.

Finding the right balance when playing with your kids

Being too involved in our children?s play and not allowing our kids enough free time for unstructured activities can mean our kids miss out on the value that play offers.

Creative DIY light shades

The Pop Light light shade comes in a flat pack already made - it's up to you to design it as you'd like.

The battle of iParenting versus imagination

Have we forgotten how to be imaginative, resourceful parents?

Why movement is so important for your baby's growth

Letting your child move as much as possible in the early years ? using all senses, engaging in the real world, preferably outside ? will help them grow up healthier, smarter, calmer and stronger.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Special offer: The Baby & Toddler Show 2014

At The Baby & Toddler Show, you?ll find everything you need to get ready for your new arrival and guide you through the early weeks and years of parenting.

Losing yourself to motherhood

While watching your baby grow into a unique little person is exciting and wondrous, the intensity of meeting everyone else?s needs can ever so sneakily overtake your own needs for self-care.

Tearing during delivery: the facts

Almost all women will experience bruising, grazing or tearing after a vaginal birth. Depending on the degree of tearing, there are various treatments available.

6 tips for a day out with a baby and toddler

Outings can be lots of fun with the kids, but there are inevitable challenges. Here's some information about days out to help you be a little more prepared.

Why I invited a dozen people to watch my son's birth

I sent invitations on burgundy scrapbooking paper stamped with a field of poppies, and told each person why I wanted him or her there. I warned that there would be nudity.

Getting labour started: tips for a natural induction

When your baby?s due date comes and goes without so much as a pop - let alone a bang - it can be disheartening. Mums and a doula share their stories of natural inductions.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend ? me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum ? I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

That's my boy: a dad's diary of the first 4 months

Unbearable anxiety, unspeakable joy, constant exhaustion and bouts of frustration ... The many shocks of first-time fatherhood resound in a dad's diary of his son's early months.

One of the most important things a new mum can do

Finances may not be as cute as a newborn, but with many women?s working arrangements changing post-baby, monetary matters need attention too.

Single, pregnant - and 51

She first became a mum at 49 - now, two years later, Tracey Khan is pregnant with her second child.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

 

Reader offer

2 FOR 1 TICKET OFFER

For Shopping, For Advice, For Baby & You. Enjoy a special day out with fabulous shopping from over 200 brands, leading parenting experts offering advice on a range of topics, and amazing children?s entertainment

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.