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Well, as it says in the message really. 

Here is my history so far;

I am 41 years old,  I started TTC at 37 and have been pregnant 6 times so far.  The first pregnancy being a miscarriage, the second two were terminated because of TS21, then last year I had 3 further miscarriages.  I have had all the tests offered by UCH's recurrent miscarriage clinic and they all came back clear - no sticky blood issues, normal thyroid function, normal uterus.  The only thing mentioned was that my egg reserves were not as good as they once were (no surprises there considering my age!) but nothing alarming, I don't think.  They recommended taking Vitamin D and Asprin during my next pregnancy.  I tried that and still miscarried.  So, with one last thing I've not had tests for, it now brings me to this point.  My doctor, who is a sweetheart and very helpful, has referred me to a specialist at Epsom & St Helier on the NHS and I have an appointment with him in a month.  My main concern here is that I seem to remember reading on a couple of occasions on here that the blood results can take 5 months to come back and wanted to find out if this were true.  Ideally, I don't want to TTC again until I get the results back as I feel like I would be putting myself through the mill again with a likelihood of another miscarriage, but I am also concerned that time is ticking away - especially as I was 38/39 when I had the two Down Syndrome pregnancies and as I get older the risk is increasing all the time.

So, firstly, I wanted to see if there were others who had seen him on the NHS and what the waiting times were like for blood results and follow up appointments.  And also to find out if anyone in this position had managed to see him on the NHS for all the consultations but had paid just for the blood tests to speed them up?

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Hello HK and welcome to FF ^hugme^

I'm so sorry to hear of your journey so far ^hugme^ I hope you have had lots of support from your hospital? You'll get lots here too from people who understand what you have been through ^hugme Have a look at this area here to get in touch with others ...
Pregnancy, Stillbirth & Neonatal loss ~ CLICK HERE

Please have a good look around the site and feel free to post in any area, and make yourself at home. There are many who are on their TTC journey, and others who have been fortunate to have little ones with assistance. You will soon discover that our members are very encouraging of one another and offering advice or just simple hugs. There's a vast amount of information here for everyone, so start reading, posting and getting to know others. You will make some great friends too, lots of members often have meet ups locally too, for chats, coffee, shopping or even nights out! You can share conversations with one another freely, simply because we all understand each other. It's hard when family and friends don't fully comprehend what this journey entails and the emotions that go with it. That's where we come in!

Here are some links which you should find really useful at the moment……

What Every New Member Needs To Know (includes a list of common abbreviations) ~ CLICK HERE

Complimentary, Holistic and Spiritual Approaches ~ CLICK HERE

TTC over 40 ~ CLICK HERE

Questions for your first cycle consultation ~ (use the ones that apply) CLICK HERE

You can also "meet" and chat with people in your local area through the Location boards. This is especially useful to find people who may be using the same clinic and or in the same PCT area.

Wishing you lots of luck ^reiki^ ^reiki^ ^reiki^ and ^fairydust^
Keep in touch
Ceri xx

PS I have also sent you a pm (private message)
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