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Time to see a doctor?

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    amita is offline Registered User
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    Time to see a doctor?

    Hi, Just moved to Hong Kong and need guidance... I am 34 and hubby is 35. We have an eight year old son and have been trying to get pregnant again for the past 5 years now, but with no success.

    Understand its high time we see a fertility expert. But am a bit nervous and confused. Fertility experty straight away or should I just go to a Gyne and let her guide me? The entire process of fertility treatment sounds very intrusive (not to say expensive)! Or should we try alternative medicines like chinese medicine?

    Could experiences members please share their stories about Chinese medicines to get pregnant? Also would appreciate some good referrals (prefer female) fertility specialists.

    Thanks a ton,
    Am

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    I highly recommend Dr Philip Ho, he is an Ob/gyn who specialises in fertility issues. He helped me get pregnant and delivered our two sons. I also did chinese medicine and acupuncture alongside more traditional treatments. Look up Troy Sing and Cecilia The who are two well respected acupuncturists who specialise in fertility. I think there are threads on this site which talk about them both. In fact in the end I didn't have fertility treatment to get pregnant I used chinese herbs and acupuncture!

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    When we had problems, I went to my GP first and a gyn second. Neither would treat me and sent me straight to a fertility specialist. So I recommend you go straight to a specialist first.
    If it's a good doctor, he / she will just run tests on you. If it turns out you are fine, then you can make a decision to go ahead and start treatment -- or not.
    If -- as in the case of me and my husband -- they find a concrete medical problem, you can address it early.
    Yes, treatments are expensive, intrusive and not at all fun. That's why you should run, run away from any doctor who tries to pressure you into taking treatments right away. Just say firmly that you just want a check-up to start.
    The doc I went to tried to scare me into something or other during our first appointment! He even had his nurse bring out the IVF price list. Don't let these sales tactics pressure you.
    But, by all means, get the check-ups done. They are no more painful than blood tests for the both of you, ultrasound for the woman and sperm test for the man.
    Good luck!

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    Thanks Gracey and Newbiekt... after 5 years of trying I guess that it would save time to see a fertility expert straight away... makes sense... I have been groing thru varioud threads and a few names crop up again and Dr. Christine Choy, Dr Lucy Lord, Dr. Philip, Dr. Derek... all big names...

    going by some of my earlier experiences (though not in Hong Kong), I am just wondering if there are other fertility specialits who may be not so well known, but just as good.

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    You can also consider going to the Family Planning association.

    http://www.famplan.org.hk/fpahk/en/t...s.asp&nscref=2

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    Hi Amita, as others have said, there is quite a bit that a fertility specialist can do before you need to embark on any invasive treatment programs. When I saw a specialist the first thing was to run tests on myself and my husband in order to establish the cause of the problem. My husband was fine and they couldn't find anything wrong with me so it was determined as 'unexplained infertility'. We did end up having both IUI and IVF but before that I tried taking various medications (tablets and later injections) to try and encourage natural conception (e.g. chlomid). I wasn't pushed into any serious fertility treatments.

    I don't know any female fertility specialists here.

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    Lucy Lord does not do fertility treatment. Milton Leung/Alex Doo (same practice) are the other ones who do that I know of - also well known.

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    Agree with going to a specialist and running a battery of tests. You may want to also consider a chromosome test for both you and your husband as part of the testing. Good luck!

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