Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Homesick Canuck in Western MA.
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I did one month at home after having all the titres and STD bloodwork done, and some basic hormone tests. Then I switched to an RE, so it was almost daily blood draws, u/s, an HSG, basically every test possible.
I'm really glad I had all the testing done, because it ruled out all the obvious problems, but it gave me a false sense that everything was a Ok.
Just shy of three years later, I got pregnant after IVF. One year of that was back at home with a known donor, nine months I was on a break, and I tried one month at home with spuncle, one month at the OBGYN, and two months at the RE, including the IVF.
It turns out I have really bizarre fertility issues, really low hormone levels, and not overly responsive ovaries.
It might seem reasonable to set a limit, like, I'm going to try at home for X number of months, and then get the following tests, or whatever makes sense for you. There's no right or wrong way to do this, and remember that it's totally Ok to change your mind.
I would say, though, if you're using a KD, which it doesn't sound like you are, get the semen analysis right off the bat, it's minimally invasive and gives great information. Similarly, if using anonymous sperm from a bank, choose a donor with high numbers and many confirmed pregnancies.
SPBC Finally a Papa! Elise Ember Soleil - 10/3/10 - 4:09 AM - 6 lbs 8 oz My daughter eats donor milk! Human milk for human babies!