Happy 2012! This will be your best year ever. If you’ve started fertility treatments and haven’t gotten pregnant yet, it may be time to go back to your Doctor and ask “Do you know who I am?” I don’t mean literally but figuratively. This is a good time for you to reconnect and say, “I’d like to review my history with you and see if you’d like to order any other tests that could potentially help us improve our chances of conceiving.”
I personally have a one year rule on everything. If it’s been one year and you haven’t had your thyroid levels checked or had a repeat semen analysis or a cavity or tubal evaluation – it’s time. I’ve also seen plenty of patients who have been down the fertility treatment path without ever having had a pelvic ultrasound, only to find out after years of trying that a fibroid (benign tumor in the uterus) was the reason behind their fertility problems.
So take the time to either see a Reproductive Endocrinology and infertility specialist for the first time this year or just go back in and ask your doctor to review your entire fertility chart to make sure that all the testing has been done and is up to date. If there is a concern about ovarian aging, repeat levels like FSH and AMH and an antral follicle count just so that you can understand more about your body.
Take charge of your health this year and keep all medical records in a file at home and understand why each test is being done and what it means for you.
I ask all my patients, “Do you know why things haven’t clicked yet?” The reason why I ask this question is because I want all my patients to know and understand their fertility issues so that they feel like they understand why I’m guiding them along a particular path of treatment. If you’re confused about why something is being done – just ask.
As always, I hope this helps