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My husband and I have been ttc our first since April, I've been off BC for almost 2 years. We have decided to make a doctor's appointment to find out if something is wrong. I'm assuming we have to make an appointment with our GPs and then get a referrel to a RE - is this correct? (We're Canadian, if this makes a difference). Also, I was wondering if we should just make an appointment with one of our GPs and both go to the same one - I would prefer this but I'm not sure if that's the norm.<br><br>
Anyway, I guess I'm just interested to see how others have started this process.<br><br>
Thank you so much everyone!
 

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Yes, well kind of. My husband went to his GP and I went to my OB. The first thing we did is have a semen analysis done because it is so much easier than what we women have to go through. After that came back fine, I had the x-ray done to check my tubes. When that came back fine then my OB referred me to the RE. The rest is history. However, We are from US and not Canada but I can't imagine it being much different.
 

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I don't know how it works in Canada, but here it's somewhat insurance dependent. Because I have a PPO, I was able to self refer to an RE when I felt it was necessary and called the REs directly to schedule interviews. People with HMOs obtained referrals through their PCPs or OB/GYNs and usually were able to obtain one over the phone.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I think it might be better for us to go see our own GPs as they have all the info on our histories. That way DH can get his test done and out of the way and we can move on to me. I'm really just getting started in this and I have no idea what all the steps are. I never thought I'd be looking into this stuff. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I saw my OB. She ended up prescribing clomid, which did more damage than good for me. After 5 failed clomid/IUI cycles we ended up seeing an infertility specialist. HE was wonderful and correctly identified the appointment after some simple blood tests. It was so much easier to deal with the issues when we knew what they were. My suggestion is to push for an appt. with a specialist. They have more knowledge about reproductive difficulties than OB's. In any case, keep your head up.....it will happen!
 

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Hiya, Canadian also. My advice: start with your GP, but be persistant and informed. It can take a while to get into a specialist, so don't be put off. And make sure you dh gets his semen testing done asap, his tests are waaaay easier than yours (and in my case, our issues are all on my dh's end, I wish I had made him go do it sooner!). Also, something I have found interesting, I was quite overweight when I started ttc and no doc ever mentioned that it might be part of the problem, but some research says it can be part of hormone issues. Something to maybe ask about, underweight can inhibit getting pregnant, too. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Yes, DH will definitely be going in right away for his testing. I really think the problem is me though (just a gut feeling). I don't have an OB, so I will just be focussing on getting in with a fertility specialist. I'm nervous just thinking about it (I'm always nervous about doctor's visits <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">), but I'm also kind of excited that we could get an answer (and solution) to our problems.<br>
Thank you for your replies!
 

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Gillian28, we're in Canada. I just went to my GP to talk about this (we've been TTC about as long as you) and she referred me to the Assisted Reproductive clinic. She said it would take about a month or two for the referral, which is where we're sitting now. Her referral was, I believe, for us as a couple, even though DH is not a patient of hers.<br><br>
Like you, I think that the problem is with me, and not DH. I have a very short cycle, and while my LP still seems to be or a reasonable length, I usually have spotting for a week before AF, and sometimes basically from O to AF, which can be a sign of all sorts of thinks, including low progesterone. I think that's the issue that we're dealing with.
 

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Gillian, I just wanted to give you a <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
This stuff can be so scary. Just remember you're not alone.
 
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