Doctors visit when TTC?

I have read in a lot of places that it's a generally good idea to make a visit to the gyno and discuss with them that you're TTC. Have any of you done this? What does it really do for you? Is there something in an exam that they can help you with in TTC? I have been on prenatals for some time and we aren't even that far into trying yet. I just don't know if a gyno apt would be a waste of time at this point or if I'm really missing out on something. Advice? Should I just go in?

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 8:18 am
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WMforever
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good questions. i'm not planning on going in till i'm pregnant. getting ahold of my doc is impossible. (which probably means i need to find a new one).

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 8:41 am
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yeah WM, a good gyno is worth their weight in gold!


It'd be easy for me to make the appointment I just wonder if it's silly or a waste of time or they'll be like "Yeah so what do you want us to do?" Or they'll just tell me the stuff I already know.....but it's recommended everywere you look so maybe I'm missing something about it.....anyone make this trip?

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 8:55 am
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i didnt make an appt for this, but i did see my gyn for a routine exam and at that appt, i told her we were TTC.  the only thing she said to me was to take pre-natals.

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 9:09 am
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my doc told me the same as sparkles. the thing is she's the one everyone recommended! its so frustrating. during my exam she was too rough and when i told her my discomfort she looked at me like she was shocked. ive had men gyno's be more gentle than her.


but i too heard its good to have a ttc appointment. perhaps to tell you how to change your lifestyle to a more healthy and fertile one?

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 9:41 am
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i see a male gyno and a male fertility specialist....odd as it may seem, i've actually heard that female drs can be way less "sensitive" since they go through the same things and can be less sympathetic towards their patients...

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 10:47 am
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I have my yearly tomorrow so I'm planning to tell my Dr. (a guy) that I'm TTC.  I take a prescription for migraine prevention that isn't recommended for pregnant women, so he may take me off that.  I have heard that about female Drs too.  A girl I work with just had a baby and has a female gyno and one visit her sugar was a little bit high because she had caved into a craving and had a donut (she almost never ate sweet stuff when she was pregnant and hadn't had any sugar problems before).  When she told the Dr that was probably causing the higher sugar, her Dr told her to "be an adult".  Meaning to not eat any more donuts.

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 11:14 am
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yeah my favorite Gynos have always just happen to been men. I know many women look for a female doctor but I've never had luck with them. The female ones I've had were colder and rougher! Ironic.....

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 11:17 am
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Ok, so I had my yearly today, and told my gyno that DH and I were TTC.  He was super excited (love him!!) for me.  All he said was that I needed to be taking a prenatal vitamin (already doing that) and make sure we are "doing the business" at the right time.  lol  He said it could take a few months and to not be stressed out if it doesn't happen immediately.  He said anything under a year is considered normal.  He said it took him and his wife 7 months when they were trying.  He said for me to stop taking my migraine meds when I got a positive test and to call him when that happens.  That was pretty much it.

Posted on October 29, 2009 at 8:10 am
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I just came across this article that lists out the reasons for seeing a doctor before you concieve. Thought I'd pass it on


http://babyfit.sparkpeople.com/articles.asp?id=795

Posted on October 29, 2009 at 11:32 am
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I went to my OB for a preconception checkup when I went off my birth control in July. You read so many things about TTC and what to do, what not to do - I wanted to talk to a person. It was great - I asked my questions, he gave advice, calmed my fears, etc. Since it was like a 20 min. appointment, it cost me $10 and I was able to get in right away. They did some bloodwork as well to ensure I had the appropriate antibodies to rubella, etc.


We also discussed what his role would be, how delivery worked with this practice, what the hospital he worked with had to offer. It was kind of a mini interview with him to make sure I'd like to continue using him as my OBGYN when we got pregnant. Lol, I didn't want to walk in with a birth plan and make him go over it before we had even started TTC, but I did want to know that I would have the opportunity to meet the other doctors in his practice since there was a chance they'd be in the delivery room with me.


In short, I didn't have to go since there wasn't a lot to do at the appointment, but it made me feel so much better about TTC and helped calm any fears I had.

Posted on November 2, 2009 at 1:38 am
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i had a similar experience to erindira when i went in for my 6 month OB/GYN check-up in late August. and actually, my doc wants me to come in once more after the wedding/before our honeymoon (we have a few weeks in btwn) to touch base. i love her.


i get really bad migraines, so i'm very worried about not taking the meds when/if i need to while pregnant. she was very helpful in reassuring me and giving me several scenarios with resolutions. it was a relief.


i'm going to get my blood checked tomorrow for MMR immunity. for whatever reason, i never maintain the antibodies for ruebella, so that's probably going to be an issue for me. i've gotten, no joke, three boosters in the last 5 years and i know tomorrow i'll be told to get another one. lol

Posted on November 3, 2009 at 9:04 am

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