Post # 1
So my husband and I have (unofficially) decided we are going to start TTC in August in order to have a spring baby (hopefully). I have been perusing some websites about what to do in the month or two leading up to our TTC, and most recommend seeing a doctor.
I am so embarrassed by the thought of going to the doctor, I have no idea why. I have not had a “check-up” so to say, like, ever! I have had one pap-smear in my entire life (I’m 24, will be 25 in March), I don’t even know if I have a family doctor anymore (the one I used to see all the time when I was younger). I have this irrational fear that they will be condescending, or that I might have some unknown disease.
Another fear of mine is figuring out how to get a doctor for my future family (is that stupid?). I live in a relatively small town so there isn’t a lot of information on the web pertaining to our doctors.
All of this is just hitting me now and I need someone to tell me to calm down, and tell me how they did it!!
Post # 3
Take a breath! Do you have any friends or family that have recently had children (like in the past few years) perhaps they can reccommend a doctor that they had a great experience with.
I do have to agree going to see a doctor is going to great step…lets be honest once you get your BFP you’re going to see the doctor a lot, might as well get used to it. I know I spoke with my doctor after having my annual about possibly TTC and they gave me a few tips and wrote me a prescription for prenatals. It turns out that local pharmacy where I live gives out free prenatals if you have a prescription for them, so SCORE! I just noticed you live in Canada so Im not sure how the system of check ups and all that jazz goes, but I do think going to see a doctor and getting a clean bill of health is a good start to TTC.
Post # 4
@honie309: I’m going to be TTC soon and this is what I got so far from my doctor, obviously everyone is different so please talk to yours:
- It can take time for your cycle to normalize if you have been on birth control so factor that in to your timing. I’m planning on using condoms in between stopping BC and TTC
- Start taking prenatal vitamins or just folic acid 3 months in advance of TTC (prenatal vitamins have iron and make me queasy so take with food!)
Otherwise just relax and have fun trying!
Post # 5
Do not be embarrassed. Typically doctors are just happy that you are now getting the care you should be. My husband hadn’t been to the doctor for literally 15+ years until he got on my insurance and I made him. All was well, the doctor was happy to chat with him about his habits and give him a clean bill of health after the standard tests and checkup.
You definitely do want to start thinking about finding one sooner rather than later though. It gives you time to figure out any issues or treat anything that might be wrong (unlikely but still possible) and you’ll be so relieved when you get that clean bill of health and know you’re totally ready to start trying.
Ask your girlfriends who they recommend using. And I bet whatever doctor you choose will be able to give a good recommendation for a family doctor when you do have your baby. Good luck!
Post # 6
Sorry to jump in on your post I just have a similar question. There is a family planning clinic where I live, should I go there or to my normal doctor?