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Hey y’all. I’m relatively new at all of the medical protocol associated with TTC, and I don’t have an RE yet–at this point, my gyno is able to give me Clomid, and monitor my cycles. I can see him on a moment’s notice.

However…I’ve been reading a lot on the internets lately about a 6 MONTH WAIT to see an RE when it’s time for an appointment

Excuse me?

Is this standard? Is this for a general consult?

If so, should I be making an “anticipation of needing an appointment” appointment so I at least get on the books for one if we need it months from now? I’d hate to be 4 months in to Clomid, realize I need more help from an RE, and THEN have to wait 6 months to see a specialist.

How does this all work, exactly?




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I'm a happily married, 31 year old gal who is just starting her journey to conceive. I also have ovaries that may need a jump start. This blog is an attempt to channel my obsessive research on my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome into something a pregnancy test. That would be awesome. I also hope that other women with this condition will find support in this blog. There are a lot of us out here! Happy reading, whatever your journey may be.

11 responses »

  1. I think it all depends on the size of the practice. My re is part of a large practice, and I called on a tuesday and went in 3 days later for my appt. i think it differs.

  2. Personally, I was able to get in for my consult within a week of making the appointment. Appointments since then have been walk-ins since it all depends on your cycle day any way. Maybe try calling around just to ask how far out you need to schedule an appointment?

  3. I got in to mine quickly as well. I think it depends on where you live, you’ll have an easier time in big cities, longer wait in smaller cities. And yes I would do the research now, find a clinic you’re interested in and call and see how far out you need to make an appointment, if it’s 6 months from now then yes, make the appt.

  4. Echoing what PP’s have said. It depends on where you are. Don’t freak out yet. 🙂
    Hang in there!

  5. It definitely depends in the provider. I waited two weeks for my appointment. One less thing to worry about now! 😉

  6. I got in within a few weeks. In the town you live in, it should NOT be a problem. In small towns, I think it might be more difficult. BTW – if you need a rec for an RE, let me know. I have some good connections out there 🙂

  7. I agree with the above ladies. It depends on the clinic and the reputation of the RE. Maybe do a little scouting and find out from some of the local clinics? It can’t hurt to ask the receptionist what the wait usually is for a consultation appointment.

  8. Definitely not six months here! I go to a clinic with two doctors and a great staff of nurses. I interact mostly with nurses for my ultrasounds and whatever but I haven’t had issues in terms of making appointments. I can usually get one whenever I need one. Whenever I call a nurse is always available to talk. Hopefully you will find an RE that is awesome! Good luck with the Clomid!

  9. No, although I’m sure it’s possible. We’ve seen two REs, and I think both times they could have fit us in within 3 weeks…the timing wasn’t right for us, so I ended up with a later appointment by choice, but it was still within 2 months.

    You can always call now and make an appointment for later, and then cancel if you decide you don’t want it.

  10. Ditto to what people have said. When I lived in New Jersey, I got in to see my RE there within a week or two of contacting my insurance company and telling them I need the name of a clinic and a referral.

    Here in Florida, it took longer. I had my referral previous to contacting my new RE and I called in January and couldn’t get an appointment until the beginning of March. I was willing to wait because this particular RE had been recommended to me and is part of the university medical school that did an awesome job on my sinus surgery. Now I need to have a fallopian tube removed and even though I’m adopting embryos through another clinic in another state, my RE is willing to do the surgery and is getting me in for an initial surgical consult within 3 weeks of calling and letting them know I need the surgery per my adoption clinic.

    If you think you are going to need an RE, then start looking around at who is near you. Get recommendations if you can from your GYN. Not all REs are created equal (I refuse to see any RE who’s clinic treats me like I’m an annoyance or that I’m not a priority – I’ve had two clinics like that in my experience). If you are nervous about having to wait, call the clinics you like and see how long it takes to get an initial consult.

    I hope you don’t even need to go that route, though!

  11. Once I got the proper paperwork from my insurance company (a referral), it only took about two weeks to get the appt at the RE’s. PPs have said to call clinics in your area and get an idea of the wait time. That sounds like a really good idea.


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