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Background: I started going to Planned Parenthood when I was 15 and was on BC from then until last December (I was 27 when I stopped). Since last December FH and I have been using condoms and last night decided to start NTNP until the wedding (June 3, 18 days away) and then TTC right after the wedding.
I have set up my first appointment with an OBGYN not at Planned Parenthood because I have never felt like I was given very in depth care at PP. Also, they were sufficient for preventing pregnancy and I will forever be grateful for their services especially when I was younger, but I feel more comfortable going to a more established practice for my TTC needs. My almost MIL is an OBGYN at this practice and although I will not be going through her, I do appreciate that she reccomends her colleagues and I feel comfortable going there.
I know the jist of charting and cycles, I think. I use the FF app and record my CM and periods, but do not temp. My question is, my appointment is next week and is basically just for my yearly exam, but what kids of things can they do for people who are planning to TTC? Are there tests they run to give you the green light? Do they only test for things later on if you have problem conceiving? As far as we know there are no issues in either of our families that would hurt us and we both come from a long line of fertile-myrtles, thankfully. I know this in no way means we will have an easy time conceiving, but does this mean that there isn’t much for the OBGYN to do besides give me my yearly and say good luck?
Any advice is MUCH appreciated!
Post # 2
hawkeyebride2be : All my ob did was say take prenatal get off bc and have a lot of sex. LOL.
Post # 3
hawkeyebride2be : they will likely test your immune status to things like rubella. If you aren’t immune, they will recommend getting vaccinations up to date prior to TTC. Other than that, they will probably just counsel you on healthy lifestyle and recommend a prenatal vitamin, that kind of thing. Good luck!
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Boxerlover24 : I’m 3 for 3 then 🙂
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2016 - Lola's Trailer Park
I asked my doc on my last visit as we had planned to TTC earlier than what ended up happening. She game me the same advice as PP and handed me a bunch of samples of prenatals.
Post # 6
My OBGYN won’t do any sort of testing until we’ve been trying for 6 months to a year without conceiving. She told me, “Take prenatals and start trying!” So that’s what we’re doing. But it could vary from each doctor!
Post # 7
My last annual Gyn appt was a month after our wedding. We are still waiting a couple of months before TTC, but my NP gave me a run-down in case we decided to start sooner/before my next regular appointment. Basically, start a pre-natal a month prior to stopping BC, continue with healthy diet/exercise, have sex. Make an appointment if no BFP after 1 year of trying. I suppose if your exam was abnormal they might want to run other tests, but my Pap was good, and she had no concerns that day in the office so we got the green light to go ahead when we’re ready.
Post # 8
Pretty much they tell you to take a prenatal and go to town. They will give you a regular exam too- but no different than what you’ve probably had since you were 15. It sounds like you are under 35, so they won’t test you or your husband for fertility unless you’ve been actively TTC for a year or more with no success. There are some genetic tests available if you are concerned that you and/or your husband might be carriers for a disease you’d rather not pass on. They are generally costly, and insurances don’t always cover them- so it isn’t something that everyone does.
I would chart your period so you know when to expect it/ when to test (plus it is important for predicting due date once you are pregnant), but I would probably avoid OPKs and temping at the beginning. They can cause more stress and can take the fun out of- so I would just see what happens for a few months first. I never had luck with temping, and the only OPKs that gave me accurate/easy to read results were the clearblue digital. They are great if you need them, but they are expensive, and you may not need them at all.
It seems like such a huge deal that there should be lots of medical intervention- but for most women that really isn’t neccessary. There isn’t a whole lot they do before you TTC, and even after you get pregnant most doctors won’t even see you until a month or so after your BFP unless there are special concerns. It seems crazy, but there really isn’t a whole lot they can do until the baby is further along. Just take care of yourself- eat healthy, drink a lot of water, exercise some, sleep, and take your prenatal