Positive experience with fertility consult appointment!
As many struggles as we all go through in TTC, just wanted to post my recent positive experience. DH and I started initial fertility testing a few months ago and just had our first fertility consult as a couple with the doctor, a fertility/IVF/OBGYN specialist.
Our issue is unexplained low sperm count with varicocele, all other test results are within normal range. Been TTC 3 years. I'm 31 years old and DH is 36. They did say that I may want to do a low dose of thyroid med for optimal pregnancy conditions if we do want to do IVF. (My TSH at last blood draw was 3.6 and they prefer under 2.5 for IVF).
Anyway, just want to say that I encourage anyone interested to go ahead and schedule that consult if you've been putting it off. I was nervous about it and expecting to feel sad about our infertility issues afterwards, but I actually feel a lot of relief and optimism after being able to actually talk with a specialist and ask specific questions in person rather than doing my own stress-inducing research online all day.
Side note: if you're in an area or situation where you're considering Kaiser Permanente healthcare, that's who we've been going with and it's been great. I've been impressed by all my doctors.