Post # 1
When getting married I was a virgin. I wanted to be on BC a few months before getting married, but I did not have insurance anymore, so we decided to just use condoms until I get under his insurance. He’s in the military, so I have TRICARE prime.
I finally had my initial visit with my assigned doctor, but I completely forgot to ask about getting on BC. I went to tricare online to see if I could schedule a pap, but there seems to be none available??
I have these questions:
Who do I talk to about getting on BC? My PCM?
Do I have to get a Pap first? Do I talk to that doctor?
How do I schedule it??
I’m clueless about everything.
Post # 3
First, call the Tricare prime hotline, I know its a pain and the wait times are long, but honestly they will be the best people who will be able to get you what you need.
Also, you can try calling your OBGYN or Primary care Doctor and see what his/her staff say.
Then you can also go ahead a look for your Husband’s squadron’s FRG leader, she/he will be able to help you in most anything military.
IF all of the above doesn’t work, then …. I don’t know lol
Post # 4
a doc can give you birth control without a pap smear. However, If you’re 18 and haven’t had a pap yet you need one. You just call the gyno office and tell them you need to have your annual pap smear. Tell the doctor you want to get on birth control for the first time. They should ask you if you want it anyway. Your one gyno doctor should be a one stop shop for both a pap and BC.
Post # 5
With regards to your appointment making, I do believe that for specialist and OBGYNs are specialist, you have to call Tricare to get a referal 🙂
Post # 6
So, I have to schedule an appt with my doctor to get a referral to a gyno? I had to wait a month just for the appt I finally got.
Post # 7
Your primary care doc can do your PAP and prescribe BCP. It isn’t necessary to see a OBGYN… Unless you have issues other than just needing a PAP
Post # 8
See if you can talk to your PCM’s nurse and they can put in a referral. For me I had to make an appt with my PCM, tell her what I wanted, have her make me a referral to the Women’s Health Clinic, tell them what I wanted, have them reschedule me for an appt and then FINALLY get on BC. Tricare is great since it’s free, but definitely not the fastest. 🙂 Also for future reference if you need something ASAP and can’t get an appointment (this is for normal visits not OBGYN) you can call and have them put in a referral to an Urgent Care in your area, or you can go to Urgent Care and then call and have them put in a retroactive referral after you’ve already gone. I had to do this when my allergies went nuts and they said they couldn’t get me in for two weeks!
Post # 9
My PCM was able to prescribe me a refill on my BCP and she is just a general family doctor, but I think the rules on that vary by state and Tricare region. Just call and make an appointment with your PCM and let them know specifically that you need a prescription for BCP and need to know if you go to see your PCM for that or if you get a referral.
They will be able to direct you from there. Places that accept Tricare or have PCM’s on staff generally are really knowledgeable about Tricare guidelines. If they can’t answer all your questions, call the Tricare number for your region which you can find here.