Post # 16
If you were in a Zika affected area, it’s best to wait at least six months before ttc, some suggestions I have seen suggest as many as 18 months
Zika can be in semen for up to 6 months. I’ve seen six months more than I have seen 18 months, and my sister was told six months.
But summer could be six months depending on the month you start trying.
Post # 17
stressedbee : I made a preconception appointment towards the end of our third cycle trying. To be honest, it wasn’t necessary. They would probably be more concerned if you were 35+. My doctor basically said “it sounds like you’re doing everything right. If you’re not pregnant in a year, come back.”
Post # 18
I did, but bear in mind I’m in Australia so completely different health care system. I had quite a few questions so we went through those. She went back over my history and asked about previous periods (prior to the pill) and commented on all the things that were in my favour for successful conception. Then recommended I come back in 12 months if I haven’t fallen pregnant. She also ordered a blood test to confirm my rubella immunity. We also did a brief general check-up.
I never asked husband to go, but he was due for an annual check up yesterday and took it upon himself. He asked his doctor if there was anything he should be doing, and he just said semen analysis in 12 months if we are having trouble.
Post # 19
As others have said, it isn’t necessary. You will probably learn more reading the TTC boards on Wedding Bee!
Post # 20
I saw an OBGYN (who does labor and delivery and all that) because I had to get my IUD removed. I started asking him a few preconception questions but he basically said that since I was taking prenatals and temping so we knew when the fertile window was, all good, come back in a few months to follow up if you need to. (We are 35+.) Ok…..
i agree that you will learn WAAAAAAY more on the TTC boards here than from a doc. They are so busy that unless they have reason to think you’ll have problems, they just want you to go away and have sex for a while, haha.
Definitely get Taking Charge of Your Fertility if you haven’t yet!
Post # 21
stressedbee : oh and the CDC strongly recommends that people wait 6-8 months after being in a Zika infected area to TTC, just fyi.
Post # 22
I mean, my dr asked me if I had plans to TTC and I told her when we did. She basically just said let me know if you have any issues after 6 months and I’ll do some preliminary bloodwork and that was it. There isn’t much to tell unless you don’t know much about ovulation, etc…then I could see it being helpful to get some basics from your doctor and make sure you have a current pap done. That’s about it though.
Post # 23
stressedbee : I made a preconception appointment – after 9 months of TTC first with no luck. Since I was older (age 34 at the time), I just wanted to make sure there wasn’t anything obviously wrong with my body. It was a waste of time, nothing that a regular annual exam wouldn’t cover, and many OBs are going to be dismissive unless you’ve already been TTC for 6 mos – 1 yr or you have a health condition like endometriosis that definitely affects fertility. I’d just wait until your annual exam to ask any questions. Good luck!
Post # 24
Nope, no pre-conception appointment with my first. She was a surprise baby. I did have a pre-conception appointment this time while we’ve been TTC because it had been nearly 10 months and no baby. So it’s more to start the conversations around fertility issues/tests needed, etc, as I’m turning 35 later this year.
Post # 25
In had a GP appointment (non TTC related) and after asking about future baby plans she ordered me to come in for blood tests (rubella,measles etc) and a pap smear as i had leep surgery 1 1/2 years beforehand.
Post # 26
This pregnancy was a surprise, but even if we were purposefully TTC, I wouldn’t go for a preconception appt unless I had other comorbidities that could cause problems with the pregnancy. Some people need more reassurance from their doctors though, and that’s ok too. Just take the prenatal vitamins before you TTC, and very likely you will be fine.