Post # 1
Just wondering if there is a timeline out there for those who plan on TTC. I have some possible health issues that may make it difficult, I had previously been diagnosed with PCOS and took Metformin but have been off it and somewhat regular for about a year but my fiancé thinks he may have issues as well so I am just wondering if anyone has come across a timeline of when to see a fertility specialist or OB or to start tracking things, taking prenatals etc. We want a a few children so we plan on starting right after our wedding next August. Thanks!
Post # 2
You can start tracking and taking prenatals now or maybe six months out like in February. I haven’t come across anyone who is able to get any testing until they have been trying to get pregnant unsuccessfully for six months to a year. I went in for my annual appointment right before we started and I’m 35 so she just said to call them after we tried at least six months. Under 35 they say try for a year and then see a specialist.
Post # 3
I don’t know any known fertility issues, but here is our timeline.
1. Get off birth control 2-3 months before TTC.
2. Start taking prenatals about 1 month before getting off birth control.
3. Excercise and eat healthy for 2-3 months prior to TTC and continue on.
4. Read Taking Charge of Your Fertility and Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant.
5. Purchased OPKs and started testing a week after getting off birth control.
Typically, they recommend trying to TTC for one full year before seeing a fertility specialist unless you have known fertility issues or are advanced maternal age (35+). You have been diagnosed with PCOS, but that doesn’t mean you will necessarily have difficulty getting pregnant. I would recommend trying for at least 6 months and re-assessing. No point in wasting money/resources to see a fertility specialist unless it is necessary.
Post # 4
I personally don’t think it’s ever too early to prep, although I would suggest going off of BC until you’re prepared to actually get pregnant (as in, you want to start TTC in 3 months but are ok if you get pregnant before then). While they usually say it can take 3 months for BC to get out of your system, that’s totally dependant upon what kind of BC you are on.
I personally had an IUD, and once it’s out you’re ready to roll. I had mine removed when it expired and opted not to go on anything else even though we were not technically TTC yet. That being said we would have been fine had I gotten pregnant. We were not hardcore preventing, but aside from charting we were not actively trying for a full 2 years. In that time I sporadically took prenatals.
A couple of months before we started actively TTC I buckled down on working out, eating better, and remembering my prenatals every day. I also starting using OPK’s to get an idea of when I ovulate. I read Taking Charge of Your Fertility very very early.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
I started taking prenatals over six months before TTC.
I quit smoking three months before TTC.
I stopped taking the pill, did a cleanse, and started doing accupuncture to benefit my fertility two months before TTC.
We got pregnant after seven months of TTC 🙂
Post # 6
You should take prenatals for a few months before you start. You can buy OPKs and/or temp to try and track your ovulation on your own if you want.
Otherwise most places want you to try for a year before starting fertility testing, unless you’re AMA.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone. I think I will start taking vitamins and get some OPKs just to try and figure out what’s going on with my body, I’m usually pretty regular but would still like to get the timing down. And I’m definitely going to buy that book this weekend!