My husband and I have been trying to conceive a baby for about 2 years now, with no luck. Just recently the urge to have a baby has gotten stronger and I'm more and more concerned that it won't happen. I've spoken generally with my gyn but haven't begun any type of fertility testing. She believes that I don't ovulate every month because my period fluctuates between 28 and up to 40 days. So, my question - if I purchase a ovulation testing kit, will it tell me if I am NOT ovulating? Also, can anybody tell me who my husband would need to see to test his sperm?
my guess on your husband would be to talk to a urologist. I bet his GP could point you both in the right direction.
I haven't had a whole lot of experience with the testing kits, but have you charted at all yet? Charting the cervical mucous and temps helped me make a lot of sense of my cycles. There are so many good resources out there that might give you clues as to when to use an OPK. That way you're not blowing tons of cash on them. They can be pricey.
I keep charts on mymonthlycycles.com and I hear that fertilityfriend.com is also excellent. The book Taking Charge of Your Fertility is also helpful when it comes to charting.
Last edited by Babesy; 07-24-2008 at 02:46 PM.
Reason: wanted to add a good luck! ;-)
I have PCOS and don't ovulate. I had known even before we got married that I didn't ovulate. So when we decided to get pregnant we tried tracking my cycles for a few months. My body acts like it is ovulating, but it just doesn't. My Doctor put me on a combination of Clomid and Metphormin which allowed me to ovulate and get pregnant. My son is now 15 months old. The drugs are extremely inexpensive and safe to use. If you have a good open communication with your GYN try suggesting these and go from there. A friend of mine also took these same drugs and just had her first baby in May. I know it is frustrating, but don't give up hope. Good luck!
Thanks for the well wishes!
At this point I'm hoping to not resort to drugs (at least not yet). My gyn and I have briefly spoken about fertility and besides telling me that I probably don't ovulate every month she recommended acupuncture. Interesting.
Anyway, I got an ovulation kit and I'm assuming if I'm not ovulating, it'll indicate that I'm not. If that continues month after month, I'll get some tests. If I can determine that I am ovulating and still am not getting pregnant, I'll probably seek to get my husband's sperm tested. Maybe just hopeful womanly feelings, but I am leaning more towards him being the problem in conceiving, not me
Everyone seems to talk about nature taking its course - I just never thought it would not happen for us. Right now, I just wish everyone would stop asking us when we will have kids!
If you have been trying for over a year your next step should be to schedule an appointment with a reproductive endocrinologist. General OB/GYNs will sometimes with the best intentions keep patients too long before sending them for appropriate workup.
hello! My husband and I have been TTC, and we have had no luck. It has almost been a year. I want to see a fertility specialist, but need to calculate the cost. I know most insurances don't cover this, but I would like to figure the cost.
How much is a general office visit typically cost for fertility specialists?
How much is Clomid per month?
How much does testing typically cost?
I would appreciate the help!
Most of these kits should be used only on medical advice - so self administering would be no no. I'd suggest try out homeopathic remedies for infertility. One of my friend benefited from it - I guess her doc suggested Nat. Mur for her condition. You can check up the foll site for more info .... abchomeopathy.com/c.php/77
But with homeopathy - you need to good diagnosis for effective treatment. But the remedies are affordable - and you can pick them off any good online store.
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