Post # 1
I saw my Dr. last in May for a yearly checkup and to go back on BCP after a short break (6 months, original plan was to TTC then but DH got cold feet). At that time we were thinking possibly another year (hence going back on BCP) but after recent events we are both more than ready now. I’m planning to stop using BCP once I finish this pack and let my body regulate itself for the next couple of months before TTC.
I’m just wondering if it is necessary to make an appt to see my Dr. before TTC. Has anyone just stopped BCP without consulting their Dr? (Honestly that’s what I did the last time) Has anyone started TTC without consulting their Dr or is the Dr. visit imperative? Only reason I’m thinking it may be worth it to go in is because I just recently started BCP again so she may not reccomend it and because she may have Prenatal reccomendations, or other bits of information…
By the time we’re ready to TTC I will be almost 26.
This topic was modified 5 years, 6 months ago by MiaBella03.
Post # 2
I didn’t go in for an appointment the first time. I just stopped my pills and started TTC then, I was pregnant 3 cycles later. The only reason I saw a doctor the second time was because I had an IUD so I needed that removed, other than that I wouldn’t have gone in. The doctor just told me to make sure I was taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid, that was pretty much it.
Post # 3
I did because I am on several medications and I wanted to double check that she was ok with them. I can’t think of a reason why extra medical advice would be bad.
Post # 4
I really don’t see why a doctor needs to be made aware that you’ll be TTC, unless you have some sort of medical condition that needs monitoring during pregnancy. I mentioned to my gynecologist that we might start TTC that summer. She said to take a prenatal if I’m not already, have sex every third day, and good luck. That was it.After getting a BFP I decided I didn’t want to go the hospital/OB route so I made an appointment at a birth center. They didn’t see me until I was 11 weeks pregnant. They take a much more laid-back, hands-off approach as they see pregnancy as a natural state. Anyways, good luck, relax, and have fun!
Post # 5
Thanks for the replies! My Dr. is normally booked in advance for weeks on end so I feel a lot better about just stopping BCP now (fingers crossed* the 3 months haven’t wreaked havoc on my cycles). If it’s necessary to go in at a later point then I will cross that bridge when it happens.
Good point! Only medications I’m on are of the allergy variety i.e., a nose spray and eye drops and two puffers for asthma. I will research online first but I also have a Tele-Health option here so pherhaps they could advise me there, perhaps even ask my pharmacist… otherwise I will make an appt for that.
Nothing that I am aware of… I did some bloodwork recently but I haven’t heard back (no news is usually good news). Typically I’m low on iron so I try to take a supplement occasionally. All very good points though and thanks for the additonal info about the birth center. A birth center is my first option so I’m happy to hear that their approach is exactly what I’m looking for. Thanks for the advice!
Post # 6
Yup, doctor here. Unless you have some medical issue don’t need to see your doctor. start prenatal vitamins and know that it can take up to a year. Your period can be abnormal first few months as your body re regulates itself after BCP. good luck!
Post # 7
Oh great and thanks so much for the reply! I really appreciate all of the feedback.
I did call my pharmacist to confirm that stopping BCP after only 3 months was alright, they didn’t seem concerned. I tend to worry and over analyze but I certainly feel more at ease about the whole thing now.
Thanks everyone! 😀
Post # 8
I had my yearly back in April, and had a brief discussion with my doctor about the possibility of TTC within the next year. She said just to start taking prenatals after the current multi-vitamin was done, but she didn’t think there should be any other issues. I’v been on the pill for 13 years, and she’s been my primary that entire time.
I did have to get another BC prescription, as DH was not on board with really talking about our TTC timeline at that point and my current prescription would run out in August (so now, next moth). So, I did get that refilled just in case. But, since then… he’s come around so we’ll have another talk within the next month to see if I start that new BC prescrip, or we go forward with TTC. I’m hoping the latter!
Post # 9
I wanted to get some genetic carrier screening done prior to TTC, so I did that shortly after we got married. I also discussed with my PCP at that point. He recommended that I go ahead and start prenatals and just take BC up until I was ready to start TTC, and then just stop taking the BC. I wasn’t on any meds and he didn’t need to do any testing (other than the genetic screening, which I wanted). So I just took prenatals and stayed on my BC and, many months later, when we were ready to TTC I went off BC and didn’t contact my doc until I got my BFP.