For us, the first appointments (we went to two doctors) were mostly just to get a feel for the doctor and to see how they were going to deal with our insurance. Then we chose to use one doctor and started right in with lots of tests. We did all the basic tests (blood tests, ultrasounds, HSG, etc.
) ; we did not try any medications or any tests that required medications. I'm really glad we did so many right away because in just about a month we have some answers!
I highly recommend doing a semen analysis asap because it is so easy and it can tell you so much! And don't think it's just about fertility, either. Infertility is a symptom of something that might be a major health problem for you or your partner. I'm not saying that to freak you out, just to emphasize the importance of getting the basic tests for both of you.
We found out that we have male factor infertility. My husband has low sperm count and low sperm motility (diagnosed via semen analysis), most likely resulting from a deficiency of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) which causes low testosterone (diagnosed via blood tests). This is regulated by the pituitary gland in his brain and so he is getting and MRI soon to see if there is a tumor or some other visible physical cause.
Now, our focus has switched from infertility to general health.
Edited by marsupial-mom - 3/7/11 at 4:06pm