Underwhelmed at initial GP appointment.

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  1. kazine

    kazine Meatballs for Two!

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    Seemed absolutely disinterested when I told him I was there, as if wondering why I had come in in the first place. Didn't give me any information without me prompting with stuff I knew (asking for folic acid which my last GP prescribed me when I got pregnant even though I didn't know what it was).

    All he did was advise me to hold off on TTC until I'd had my medication stopped, didn't give any mentions of how necessary this was (i know some women are kept on medication for their safety).

    Am I missing something?
     
  2. hopefulfor1st

    hopefulfor1st Mummy to Jace & NTNP #2

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    Why were you there???

    Also folic acid you usually just buy at the supermarket yourself.
     
  3. kazine

    kazine Meatballs for Two!

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    I was under the impression a GP appointment was something you should do before TTC?
     
  4. hopefulfor1st

    hopefulfor1st Mummy to Jace & NTNP #2

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    If your not sure your up to date on your vaccinations it's a good idea to get them checked but 99% of people don't thats prob why he was shocked, but since you say your on medications it's prob a good idea to find out if they are pregnancy safe as alot of drugs do cause birth defects.
     
  5. miana

    miana TTC #1

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    Maybe it depends on the medications you are on already and what they are for as the reason he told you to hold off for awhile? They could be something that may not be ideal to take while TTC or if you get pregnant?
     
  6. kazine

    kazine Meatballs for Two!

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    The medication isn't the thing I was concerned about really, it was more like I was expecting to be quizzed and checked up etc ?
     
  7. hopefulfor1st

    hopefulfor1st Mummy to Jace & NTNP #2

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    You don't have to pass a quiz to have a baby :) if you did docs would be a lot less busy!
     
  8. Nina83

    Nina83 Cherry Garcia

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    My doctor did a pap test and gave me regular blood tests and that was all. Made sure I was taking folic acid.
    There's nothing else really. Is this a new doctor or one you've seen before, as in one who knows your medical history?
     
  9. popchick75

    popchick75 LTTTC

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    As long as you are up to date on your pap, there really isn't any need for an exam unless you have a specific question. You can just buy pre-natals at the drug store over the counter.

    Depending on your age, if you try for a year without any luck then it's time to go in to get things checked out.
     
  10. kazine

    kazine Meatballs for Two!

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    I'm 21. I've never had a pap. It was the first time I've seen that doctor :/ I've recently moved surgeries.
     
  11. popchick75

    popchick75 LTTTC

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    I would go ahead and get your yearly pap just to make sure everything is ok :)
     
  12. mara16jade

    mara16jade Mommy of 2 little boys

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    LOL I did the same - went in for a "pre-conception checkup" since everyone was doing it. :dohh:

    It was just part of my normal physical I suppose and I brought up babies at the end of the exam. He basically asked: do you smoke? No. Do you drink? I sometimes have wine on the weekends. (To which he replied, ok not a big deal). Do you do drugs? Nope.

    Then he sort of smiled and looked at me like, so yeah.....

    He just said you're healthy and good to go.

    I asked him about vaccinations and he said if I don't have my records then he'd recommend that I have titers done to see which ones I'm missing. So he scheduled a blood test, tested me for all the crap that is recommended that I have.

    I wanted to make sure I had all the series shots and anything in particular because there are certain vaccines you can't get within 4-6 weeks of trying to get pregnant.
     
  13. Amalee

    Amalee Expecting #2!

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    I didn't bother with a pre-conception appointment, but it seems to be recommended a lot around here. I've actually been wondering if I should head in, but you guys have helped me decide on that, so thanks! I think the appointment is probably super helpful to people who haven't done research, or who are on medications or have conditions that will complicate things. Glad to hear you got the all clear though!
     
  14. kazine

    kazine Meatballs for Two!

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    You can't get pap tests until you're 25 here!
     
  15. hopefulfor1st

    hopefulfor1st Mummy to Jace & NTNP #2

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    What?!?! In Australia it's 18 or earlier if your sexually active (2 years after you start having sex)
     
  16. kazine

    kazine Meatballs for Two!

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    Nope, its 25 here. Ridiculous I know.
     
  17. Nina83

    Nina83 Cherry Garcia

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    Seriously?! Where are you from? I wonder what the reasoning behind that is!
    I think my first was when I was 19.
     
  18. hopettc3

    hopettc3 Well-Known Member

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    Sorry, I just read this post and saw this. Thats ridiculous!! I'm in Canada and hadn't got a pap till I got pregnant. My doctor told me I should have got it done as soon as I became sexually active. 25 is definitely not when I became active!!
     
  19. kazine

    kazine Meatballs for Two!

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    I know its ridiculous. I'm in the UK. I certainly was sexually active before 25 too... I'm 21 and TTC :p

    ...I was 14. So that's 11 years between first having sex and getting my first test o_O.
     
  20. hopettc3

    hopettc3 Well-Known Member

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    Is there any other doctors you could see? If you're not happy with the one you have, maybe you should try to see another one.
     

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