Jump to content
Fertility Specialist Question
4 replies to this topic
Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:43 PM
Hi, today I went to see my doctor for a check up after my very sad just recent miscarriage. I am going ok, its hard to come to terms with having a second m/c though after having three easy pregnancies and healthy children. My miscarriages have been at 10 1/2 weeks and the second one at 11 weeks, so both quite late. My doctor said that my age can have alot to do with it (40) as there is a 50% chance of m/c, which is high.
She has said to me that if we do decide to go down the path of ttc again, she would like me to see a fertility specialist and see if they can offer some advice or tests.
What sort of tests do they carry out and does it mean usually mean quite a few visits to see the FS? My doctor said that if I was to fall pg again, that she would monitor me more closely and do regular scans, like at 7, 8, 9 weeks and so on.
Thanks for reading.
Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:56 PM
I'm sorry for your losses. It can be distressing no matter how many children you have.
I think it's good of your GP to recommend seeing a specialist in miscarriage. The sad fact is that at a certain age the miscarriage rates start to skyrocket due usually to chromosomal problems. However... That might not be what has caused your miscarriages, so seeing someone who can do tests for other issues and give advice about your particular circumstances is not a bad idea.
You might have an initial appointment, scans and blood tests and then a follow up appt - then decide what's next on the basis of what is found.
They may want to do regular blood tests as well as scans if you were to get pregnant again - e.g. Test to see your progesterone levels
Posted 05 April 2012 - 12:02 PM
Thanks NotBitzerMaloney for youre thoughts and reply. No it is very hard dealing with miscarriage no matter how many children you have.
Im feel pleased that my doctor has recommended I see a FS. I know that my age has a factor in that there is a higher rate of miscarriage as it can be chromosonal problems, but not always. It seems strange that I have had two miscarriages at almost the same term in pregnancy.
I will give myself some time and time to talk things over with DH, but not too long as I am not getting any younger. Then hopefully I will be able to go ahead with the testing and hope that it does give me some answers.
Posted 05 April 2012 - 01:18 PM
Hi OP. After 3 miscarriages, my FS did only a few tests as my GP had already ordered a whole heap of blood tests for me. So the special ones he did were the karyoptype blood test for DH and myself, and then an internal (my GP had already sent me for a diagnostic ultrasound). These tests were arranged on the first visit. I then went back for results and as they were all normal, I was told to come back when I fell pregnant again. So not too many visits. I then had a scan at 5 weeks and 10 weeks when I fell pregnant, that's all. It's great you have such a proactive GP! I hope you have a successful pregnancy next time around.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:09 PM
I'm sorry you've miscarried. It's just awful, it completely sucks.
*pregnancy and children mentioned*
After two early miscarriages (my first pregnancies) I went to a fertility specialist, my GP felt it wasn't worth me waiting for the traditional third to get checked out. FS was great, didn't make me feel silly for coming in. Blood tests (can't remember what for, I was still grieving), and they were ok. DH also had some and a sperm test; he was perfect. Then I had a HyCoSy, which checks path to ovaries. I think it was just part of my FSs "usual" process. That is a uniquely painful test and believe me I've been through other ones and that's the worst. I also don't ovulate very often so he started me on clomid (didn't work) while I was getting through the other things so I didn't waste any time (I'm in my mid 30s). Then for me it was IVF. That worked and then FS had me come in for early scans at the rooms (they had a great ultrasound machine there) then transferred me to my obs who deals with lots of IVF girls.
I think they tend to tailor what test to your situation. I'm so glad I went, it felt like I was doing something. I was in a blur of grief and stress. In some ways I think it was easier that I had no kids because after the miscarriages I could just shutdown and grieve. I am pregnant again and had some bleeding at 10 weeks. I think even that 24 hours of not knowing, assuming the worst, was worse because I felt guilt on top of it and I had to try to function for DD when all I wanted to do was curl up and cry. And that was only a scare, not the whole thing.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
We're giving away a Mountain Buggy nano, the ultimate travel stroller - and here are some of the great entries so far.
A two-year-old's reaction to a game of "got your nose" shows it doesn't take much to make a toddler cry.
From the first scan photo to the baby covered in cake at their first birthday party, there are 15 photos most parents seem to share - and some they don't.
His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.
A photo of a breastfeeding-friendly sign in a cafe has been posted to Facebook and shared by hundreds of mums around the world.
The newest Bugaboo Bee ? the Bee3 ? offers a variety of improved features, including a much asked-for bassinet and a rainbow of colour combinations.
Given the choice between maintaining their wage for six months to have a child, or having a reduced rate of pay for a time but a better deal on childcare when returning to work, there are no odds on what most working parents would choose.
We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.
Our first pregnancy ended the way we all expected it to - with a healthy, happy baby in our arms. What a true blessing he was, for we were not to know the heartache we were about endure.
'There must have been someone watching over us and saying, 'You must not get on that flight,' says mother who narrowly avoided boarding the Malaysian Airlines flight which exploded in mid-air over the Ukraine last night.
When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.
Your little toddler or preschooler can now get their nautical on with a new range of classic loafers by Australian show brand Skeanie.
For months, I have been telling myself not to worry that Jasmin isn't crawling or walking. This week I heard the term hypermobile for the first time.
They say that there is no bond greater than the bond between a mother and her child. But for some women, the mother-baby bond takes more time and effort to develop.
After a long break, Yumi Stynes gets a reminder of the pain - and the pleasure - of giving birth.
When Nathan Steffel's daughter Sophia died from a liver condition at just 6 weeks old, he reached out for someone to create a beautiful image of his little girl.
Can you imagine a life without TV or computers? Some parents are opting for a low-tech, screen-free life for their kids.
Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.
Top 5 Articles
The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.
It's not where she expected to give birth, but mum Corrine Cinatl is delighted that her daughter's roadside arrival was captured in a series of beautiful photos.
It's that time of year when the dedicated volunteers at The Nappy Collective do their bit to help out mums and children in need - and they need your help.
From misshapen cake babies to questionable text, from odd colour choices to internal organ recreation, these are the baby shower cakes that taste forgot.
The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.
Want to record your pregnancy as your belly grows? Here are some creative, fun ideas for photo shoots along the way.
Got a few old formula, Milo or coffee cans around the house? Use these fantastic upcycling ideas to create items for around the house and yard.
Emotional photos of two fathers meeting their newborn son have resonated with viewers worldwide, attracting thousands of Facebook likes and shares.
Lax about the slip slop slap with your kids as weather turns cooler? Here's a reminder as to why we have to remain vigilant for our children?s future health.
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.)
See how some parents and photographers have captured sleeping babies in unusual positions and using different props.
DIY your way to a better kitchen and make cooking easier with our clever hacks. (Some content reproduced with permission from mashable.com.)
Your baby or toddler will be nice and snug in these beautiful and fun winter pieces. Most are hand-made or knitted, and they're all designed to keep your little one toastie - and adorable!
Mind, body, beauty, life
We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.