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Old 09-29-2019, 02:35 PM
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I got off the BC pill in early July and, because of my age, I got some fertility tests done. The fertility doctor wanted to do all kinds of blood tests that I feel are unnecessary like HIV and syphilis. I don't have those, and didn't want to do those tests since they're not covered by my insurance (I did do thyroid, estradiol, follicle stimulating hormone, prolactin, luteinizing hormone, and progesterone). Now the fertility doctor won't consult with me unless they're done.



I have the results of those, but it's gibberish. I know many of you have gone through fertility treatments and have a lot of knowledge about these. Are there any high or low numbers that would indicate a fertility issue?



(If this is too complicated, I'll do the other tests and see the fertility doctor.)


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Old 09-29-2019, 05:26 PM
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I've been through fertility testing and treatments but its been a long time. I am sure the HIV and syphilis are in case you conceive. They want to make sure they will not effect the pregnancy. It could be an insurance requirement. I am not sure about specific numbers on those other tests because its been so long for me. Do you know any docs, nurses or other medical professionals who could possibly help you interpret those number?

I wish you well and will lift you in prayer. I know how frustrating it is to deal with infertility.

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Old 09-29-2019, 05:46 PM
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No ethical reproductive endocrinologist is going to work with you unless you have those tests done. They need to make sure that if you have any disease that could impact your child that it is treated appropriately prior to and throughout your pregnancy. I’m sure they have experienced more than one person who has tested positive for an STD who had no clue.

Go ahead and take the tests. Infertility is an extremely expensive condition to treat and this is just one of many expenses that you may face that you don’t necessarily agree with.

You will need a knowledgeable practitioner to help you with the results as it is often a combination of numbers you need to look at to get the big picture.
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Old 09-29-2019, 06:28 PM
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Iíve been through this myself. Not sure of your age but I was 39 when I was trying. I had to give it at least six months of Ďtryingí before I could be seen by a specialist. After those six months, I did have to pay out of pocket for certain tests that were required along with the tests that were covered by insurance. Much of my fertility treatments were not covered by insurance, from clomid to the shots to the insemination. It is a very costly process but the result is priceless...I had to keep telling myself this every time I was handing over hundreds of dollars. Itís been almost two years since I went through the process but I remember the estradiol was the number/level that mattered the most it seemed. I canít remember the levels but if you post yours it may ring a bell for me. Good luck to you!
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Old 09-30-2019, 07:54 AM
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I agree with the others, get that done because I think it's standard for insurance and reproductive endocrinologists to have that on file (for you and your spouse). Without knowing the other numbers, I can't give you an accurate response. You don't want your TSH to be too high, but your AMH and AFC should be high (that's your egg quantity/count). I don't know your age, but I went through it at 39 and had decent numbers for my age, but I did extra supplements to try ensure egg quality was good (there's no test for that). I took a prenatal with folate, CoQ10 in ubiquinol form, Vitamin D and Myo-Inisitol (which is a Vitamin B complex). I had 4 genetically normal embryos at the end of an IVF round, transferred my best one, and am now 25 1/2 weeks with a healthy baby girl. Happy to answer any other questions you may have.


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Old 09-30-2019, 11:03 AM
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I have been through this. I, too, did not have any STDs, but still was required to take the tests.

This will be the first of many tests, medicines, visits, and other things you will be paying out of pocket. Be prepared to spend anywhere from $5,000-$20,000 out of pocket.

It may not be you. It may be your partner. It was in our case.
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Old 09-30-2019, 05:00 PM
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Thank you all so much for the feedback. I understand that the doctors would want a thorough work up, hence all of those STD tests. Essentially, I just want to know where I stand. My husband and I can't spend that money, so if my chances of conceiving are low, then there's no need to get my hopes up. That's really all I wanted from these tests. Again, I appreciate your feedback.
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