Re: What should I ask my OBGYN?

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Posted by Lisa on June 09, 19100 at 08:48:22:

In Reply to: What should I ask my OBGYN? posted by KST on June 08, 19100 at 22:32:10:

: This is my first posting, so I don't know many of the codes!

: I have my annual OB visit soon, and need ideas for what to ask her regarding what she can do before needing to go to a fertility clinic?

: We have been trying for about 2 years. Last year she had me on rounds of Provera and Clomid in the same cycle. We tried varied levels of Clomid too. My husband was tested, and he checked out okay, she said he was average and wasn't concerned. She took blood on various cycles to see if I ovulated, sometimes I did, sometimes I didn't. She also tested and concluded I was not diabetic.

: I've heard her use the words "polysystic" and "annovulatory" in relation to my erratic cycles. (I will often go several months without a period.) There is no history of this on my side.

: I am going to turn 30 in a few weeks, and had hoped to be a mom, or at least pregnant by now. It doesn't help that my 3 best friends are all due over the next 2 months, plus a cousin, several people at work, and very possibly a sister-in-law!

: I want to make sure I am exhausting all my OB's resources before dealing with all the expenses related to fertility clinics. Plus I'm not sure how I feel about all the shots, etc.

: I've heard thyroid problems could be related, but is there anything else? What else can I ask her to check out?

: Thanks in advance for any ideas!

It is time for you to go to an RE. This is a reproductive endocrinologist, an OB-GYN who specializes in infertility. While many ob-gyn's claim to be able to treat infertility, they are busy delivering babies and treating all aspects of women care. Only an RE can fully assess your situation and treat you appropriately when low tech treatments performed by your ob-gyn fail.
Check your insurance carefully. Many RE's are part of insurance networks and you may be covered for an infertility workup.
As far as a fear of shots, you first need to find our what is wrong. You may just need something very simple to help you. Don't project too far ahead on your treatment until you first find the real cause.
You are still young and have time on your side, but time does go fast. A big mistake many women make is spending too much time with their ob-gyn before moving on. If you cannot get referrals to an RE from her, you can contact the AIA or ask the board for suggestions.
Good luck.

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