Should I see a doctor before ttc?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

cmtttc1717 :  How old are you?  I seriously would question that doctor’s advice unless you are 18.  Also, sexually active includes things other than penitration.  If there is any sexual activity other than kissing on the lips, then you should have been checked.

 

I Second Bee Blake’s advice.  I’d make sure you get at a bare minim your TSH, Rubella immunity, and Varicella immunity checked.  These are the first thing my doctor checked when we were having trouble since they are so important for your fertility and a healthy pregnancy.

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I saw a Gyno before I was sexually active – it’s always good to have a pap done regardless. I also met with my GYNO before TCC because I wanted to meet someone with the same ideals and someone I felt comfortable with for this journey – so I “interviewed” a couple before going with the one who delivered our daughter. 

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

ACOG guidelines recommend paps every 3 years (unless there is an abnromality) starting at age 21. 

Post # 20
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I told my doctor before we started TTC and he did a complete checkup.  All Save-The-Date Cards (very important to get tested for HIV), iron levels, general bloodwork, etc.  He also gave me some advice and told me to start taking a prenatal.  I would recommend it.  When I got pregnant, I saw him twice before I could get in with an OBGYN.

Post # 21
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

At this time of year, you might also ask him/her for the flu shot if you haven’t got it already.  It’s bad to get a flu when pg.

Post # 23
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

You should go in just because you have never had a PAP before. Regradless of your sexual history, you should get a yearly examie a year or so after your first period. A healthy body equals a healthy baby!

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Just wanted to chime in- there’s a lot of debate on whether a yearly pap is really necessary or not. New studies have come out that every 5 years for low-risk women is fine. I’ve personally never had one- I’m 26 and have had one sexual partner my whole life. I mentioned to my doctor and she told me it wasn’t really necessary unless anything seemed wrong or if I had an increased risk of cervical cancer.

Anyways, since you are TTC I would say definitely go in for the tests etc. Just wanted to shed some light since everyone says you need one yearly from as young as 12-13! That just seems insane and invasive to me.

Post # 25
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Busy bee

I saw you scheduled for a pap which is a great idea. When I was 19 (& not sexually active) I had an abnormal pap & had to have some procedures done bc I had “precancerous cells”. The dr just assumed it was due to hpv but at that point, that wouldn’t have been possible. I’m glad they caught it then instead of me waiting til I was sexually active to get one. 

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee

I have to go in for my Pap smear within the next couple of weeks. Tip: wear a panty liner because you might have some spotting afterwards. 

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I would definitely go to a gyn for a pap, but I doubt they will do any in-depth testing. My OBGYN wouldn’t even get me blood tests after 8 months of trying and two early losses. I finally got some testing done after the year mark at the RE. Every doc is different, but I don’t think it’s routine. Good luck!

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

spilledmilk :  “I’ve personally never had one- I’m 26 and have had one sexual partner my whole life. I mentioned to my doctor and she told me it wasn’t really necessary unless anything seemed wrong or if I had an increased risk of cervical cancer.”

With all due respect to your doctor- her advice goes against ACOG guidelines. Guidelines state that EVERY woman regardless of sexual history, should have begin cervical cancer screening at 21. 

I don’t mean to offend anyone- but sometimes women have a false sense of security because they have only had 1 sexual partner. If your partner has been with anyone else (even if it was years prior to being with you, you could potentially be at risk for High Risk HPV or other asymptomatic STIs)

It’s also worth noting that an annual well woman exam is not just about a pap or STI screening. Several years ago my doctor felt a mass on my uterus during an annual exam. I was not having any symptoms and had no idea anything was wrong. A biopsy after surgery to remove the mass, determined it was benign. However, had it been cancerous, that routine exam could have been the difference between life and death for me.

If you are in the US & have health insurance, an annual Well Woman exam will literally cost you $0. There really isn’t a good reason to skip it  

 

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