(Closed) Finding a gyno….never seen one before.

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Of course you should see a gyno. I can’t believe we have to say this to a nursing student. If you are sexually active or over the age of 18 you should be seeing a gynocologist regularly – either every year or every 3, medical reccomendations vary – but yes! You absolutely should. It’s part of your routine health care and helps make sure that you don’t have any major problems, can catch cancer early, etc. Seriously, it takes about 5 minutes once the exam starts. 

Now, whether you’re ovulating – a regular exam will not be able to tell you that. If you tell her your concerns, she will maybe consider more testing. Honestly, there may or may not be a problem from what you’ve described and you’re not actually TTC yet, so there’s no real way to know. You might just be one of those people with really light periods (I apparently am) or there might be something going on. 

Honestly though – I would think not charting and wondering all the time what is going on, whether I ovulate, whether I have a problem, etc is a whole lot more tedious and stressful than the literal 3 minutes a day I spend charting. JMO, though. PLUS – if you do have a problem, my understanding is that the first thing an RE would ask for is about 6 months of completed charts. I would think if I was trying for a year with no baby in sight, that the last thing I would want to do is wait 6 more months. I could be wrong about that though, I haven’t had to go the RE route.

Finally – fire your GP. Apparently they have no idea how babies are made and don’t respect your concerns. Not to mention that a GP isn’t the appropriate doctor for fertility testing anyway – so it’s not really up to them to do that. Only make a referral. 

Post # 4
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4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Some women just have very light short periods, especially after being on BC for such a long time, and you said that it was very recent that you actually stopped using any protection (barrier method) and started TTC, so I think it’s quite early to be worrying that you’re not ovulating, particularly when you haven’t been charting or anything . The bleeding during intercourse is something I would want answers on though.

 

It’s always important to feel like your doctor is listening to you though, and it never hurts to get a second opinion if you feel that you’re being brushed off. And if you are TTC that means at some point soon you’ll need an ob-gyn anyways, so I would start looking for good ones in your area. However (and maybe some of the charting bees who had trouble TTC will have more info on this), I’m really not sure how much even a gyno will be able to tell you about whether or not you’re ovulating without charting being involved – they can check some hormone levels and what not, but being that you’re not charting and just stopped using protection, I think any doctor is going to be hesitant to start running tests for a problem they have no reason (at this point) to believe exists. You’re probably being a bit paranoid because you’re a nursing student and do know things that can go wrong, but I’d do your best to try to relax about it – stress can mess with all of this too!

 

ETA: When you say you’ve never seen a gyno – do you mean you’ve never had a pap done or anything? Because if so, that is pretty concerning and I would get one ASAP, that’s something any sexually active women should be doing. Didn’t really occur to me until I saw the last poster’s response. My GP did pap smears, so I was assuming you’ve still been getting that sort of thing done even without a gyno.

 

Post # 5
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1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Wow I can’t believe he told you to just go on vacation! How frustrating! I would def think a trip to the gyno is in order, and like @Mrs.LemonDrop:  said I would recommend charting. I don’t find it to be at all stressful when you can use fertility friend which pretty much does all the work for you, and I found that I was much less stressed out when I could see what was going on and try to be informed so that I can advocate for myself better when going to to dr. We’ve only been trying for a couple months, but I can clearly see that there are a couple of issues on my charts which would prevent us from getting pregnant, so now when I do go to the dr I can tell them that I want tests now, because of these specific reasons.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

How did you get birth control without seeing a gynocologist???  Anyway, I found a place that only has women doctors, which made me more comfortable when I went for the first time.  Good luck…

Post # 7
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4518 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yes, definitely see a gyno — I don’t know how you got on BC without seeing one? Regardless of what’s going on with your cycle, you should be seeing a gyno every year for a check-up anyway. 

To me, one gyno is as good as the next. It’s more important that you just get in there and see someone. Just go onto your insurance company’s website and look for a gyno who is accepting new patients and is conveniently located to you. If male/female matters to you, factor that in, too. 

Post # 8
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1575 posts
Bumble bee

Don’t feel bad – I never went to see a gyn/ob till I got pregnant because I moved so frequently, I just never set up an appointment. However, it is definitely a good idea to see one! Look up reviews online, or ask around for your friends’/family’s recommendations, and make the call!

Post # 9
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93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I agree with pp posters, definitely see a gyno. I hated my first gyno; she was brusque and never explained what she was doing or had time to answer questions. I asked some of my friends about their gynos, got a recommendation and found a doctor I am much more comfortable with now. All that to say i would recommend getting input from friends or family before choosing a gyno, if possible. 

Post # 11
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1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@fresitachulita:  definitely see a gyno. GP’s aren’t always particular enough.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@fresitachulita:  Glad you are going to see a GYN. I didn’t realize people could get their GP to do pap smears; where I live, everyone just sees a gyno. In fact, I’m somewhat bad because the only doctor I regularly see is the gyno — not the GP. Good luck!

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