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Well, I'm over 35 ("Advanced Maternal Age!") and been trying for 6 months so DH and I will get together as requested with my OB/GYN next week. His office is not good at communication (although I will call them) so I wanted to hear from you all what your experiences have been like and what I might be in for...<br><br>
I was on BCP for many, many years. Now I've been charting for about 11 months and ttc for 6. I have a pretty normal cycle - I appear to be ovulating according to FF and OPKs (except a few months). I have a 14 day luteal phase, 26 day cycles (they vary a little). I wonder about my very light periods which makes me think maybe my zygote doesn't implant?<br><br>
I know experiences will differ depending on what the dr finds but I'm just curious what you all have experienced at the OB/GYN after trying has been unsuccessful? I guess testing will be first - blood and saliva for me, semen analysis for DH? What will they test for and what will be done depending on what they find?<br><br>
I like to be prepared ahead of time for these things so any help will be appreciated!<br><br>
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Oh, yes... I love how they make it seem like 35 is some magic number. But for everything else we are told that "every woman is different." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I haven't gone to an appointment yet, but that could happy for us in a few months. So I am interested to hear other's experiences. Some clinics have a little info on their webpages about what to expect:<br><br><a href="http://www.sefertility.com/appointment.html" target="_blank">http://www.sefertility.com/appointment.html</a><br><br>
I think it is basically an interview and then the order a round of tests?<br><br>
I am very curious to hear what your doc says about your light periods. I've always had light periods - lasting about 2 days. I'm 31 now, but I've had light periods since I was a teen. Doctors (not in a fertility setting) have always told me that it would have no impact on my future fertility - that I was "just lucky". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
Take care, and let us know how it goes! Meanwhile, I'll be watching this thread with interest!
 

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When I went for my first appointment, it was basically an interview where he asked questions about my health, my history (have i ever been pregnant), my cycles, if there was anything I felt that wasn't normal.<br><br>
Then he did a pelvic and took a few swabs for some tests. He also sent me out for blood and urine tests (i don't remember exactly what he was testing) as well as DH for a semenalysis, also had me go in for an ultrasound to make sure everything looked good.<br><br>
Hope that helps!
 

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I'm staring down the barrell of an IF appt. too. *Sigh* Two more cycles....
 

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My first appointment was a lot of history questions and a pelvic exam with a requisition for blood work - day three and day 21. There's a good resource for what the day 2 and 21 test for <a href="http://www.fertilityplus.org/faq/hormonelevels.html" target="_blank">here</a>.<br><br>
I also left with a requisition for DH to have a SA (he wasn't there with me) and for an HSG for me to see if my tubes were blocked. We conceived that cycle so we never did go for either of those tests.
 

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no fertility problems here i just wanted to add that i always had light periods when i was younger (pre-kids) and didn't have any problems getting pregnant with DD#1 (she was a suprise)......so the two may not be related....<br><br>
but it could also be a low progesterone problem, which would affect implantation!<br><br>
i wish you the best of luck!
 

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I know when I went to see my OBGYN about the same issue she sent me for some blood work (thyroid, sugar, testosterone, and some other one which i don't remember). She also sent me home with an order for a SA for DH to have done. I had taken my charts with me but she really didn't look at them. She asked me about how long my cycle was, when I normally O in my cycle. We talked a little about clomid and that is about it. She also mentioned about going to see a fertility specialist but we will see. Our insurance doesn't pay for anything like that. Good luck. I know it is always nice to know what to expect before you get there. Kinda calms the heart! :0) I wonder what the difference is when you go to the first fertility dr. appt., wonder how it differs???
 

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Good to know ladies, thank you! So Erika, I'm intrigued by what you said. If I did have trouble implanting from low progesterone, do you know if that can be tested for? And if I can be put on progesterone pills or something to increase my chances of implantation?
 
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