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How long did you have to wait for your Gynaecologist Appointment?

Hello ladies, I appreciate this question will vary depending on where everyone lives, but I'm curious as I was diagnosed with PCOS three months ago, and I was told by the nurse I was being referred to a gynaecologist but currently haven't heard anything. Not even a letter encouraging me to book an appointment.

I guess I'm getting a bit twitchy incase I've been lost in the system or something. Is this waiting time average? Did you have to wait longer?

Thank you very much for any replies x x x

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Really you need to see an endocrinologist as pcos is their area rather than a gynae as it is a hormone imbalance and not a 'fanny' issue, unless you are trying for a baby.

I personally would chase up the appointment as it has been known to have not been forwarded etc and I would have thought you would have heard in 3 months (at least a letter)

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Thank you for your reply Hols, yes we are trying for a baby, we've been trying for 13 months now, which is how pcos came to light. Any advise on how to chase up the appointment? Would I ring the gynaecologist department at the hospital? I tried ringing my doctor yesterday, and the receptionist said the letter was sent out on 11th October 2017, but they hadn't heard back yet x

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I think it has to be through the GP, unless you have the details of the gynae dept then you can chase them directly. I would get your partner on the Boots Vit C and zinc tablets as a booster for his sperm as 1/3 fertility issues are now men. I would also look at the fertilityfriends website to see if you are ovulating as you can ovulate without a period and not ovulate with one (which was me). It will also help for your appointment as well if you can tell them if you are ovulating (ovulation kits generally dont work for pcos ladies)

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What does 'fanny' mean?

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oh yes forgot you are not from the UK :-) fanny is your lady bits !!

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Oh my bad!!! Yes i'm american haha thanks i was curious.

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I know they have a fanny pack in the US which we call a bum bag in the UK - lots of different terminology, including pants which is our underwear but is your trousers :-)

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Yeah i would get some weird looks if i can someday travel to the UK! I would probably mess up my words and sayings!!! That would be a dream come true going there☺

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No! That's on their part and should be ashamed! I would try to call back and remind them of the referral because it should most definitely still be in the system💜

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I live in the East Kent hospital Trust area and decided to pay to see a gynaecologist privately so I didn't have to wait as long. It took about 3 weeks over Xmas between seeing the gp and the referral. Turns out the gynaecologist i saw privately is the lead for gynaecology and early pregnancy so he suggested seeing him again in his nhs clinic. He said this should take a couple of weeks, and that he'll refer me and hubby to a fertility specialist, which should take a couple of months. Would recommend paying £200ish for a private consultation if you can as I'm sure it's much quicker! My gp referred me to the private hospital in general and they suggest who would be best to see based on the consultants specialties. Hope this helps!

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Yes you can go privately and then get referred back to the NHS so is often the quickest route !!

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I did this and managed to see a gynaecologist a week later and was started on medications and referred back to the nhs. I have a three month follow up at the end of the month x

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