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Doctor won't confirm without a blood test.

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Kay0502 Thu 11-Feb-16 13:05:33

I went to the doctors this morning to have my pregnancy confirmed. I have had (about 10) strong positive pregnancy tests but my doctor refused to confirm without me going for a blood test. Most people I have spoken to have said they confirmed off there own positive home pregnancy tests or at most the doctor did a urine test there. Has anyone else had to have a blood test to confirm? I am approximately 7 weeks now too.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Thu 11-Feb-16 13:08:35

Why do you need to confirm?

IME you just book an appointment with the midwife?

FrozenPonds Thu 11-Feb-16 13:09:12

Are you in the UK? Do you need a doctor to confirm it?

In many areas you can self refer to midwives.

honeysucklejasmine Thu 11-Feb-16 13:09:44

Sod them. Self refer to the midwives at your local hospital.

DorotheaHomeAlone Thu 11-Feb-16 13:10:50

Same as above. What do you mean confirm? They'd need to do a test to confirm it but generally just take you at your word, tell you to take vits and cut out booze then refer you on to a midwife.

DrWhy Thu 11-Feb-16 13:12:36

My Dr didn't even see me, I called the receptionist, she booked me a midwife appointment at 8 weeks. They still did no tests. Next appointment at 9 weeks for blood and urine tests but they are all for things like rubella, HIV and diabetes. I don't think they 'confirm' pregnancy essentially until the 12 week scan.

HumTiddlyTum Thu 11-Feb-16 13:13:16

I didn't even go to the docs with my current pregnancy! You can just self refer to the MW. Congratulations btw.

Kay0502 Thu 11-Feb-16 13:14:26

Yeah I'm from the uk. They won't give me an appointment with the midwife without a doctors referral and he won't give me it without having a blood test that says I'm pregnant first. I have never heard of this before so it's got me a little worried. He said its standard practice for here. Iv got my blood test tomorrow so hopefully I won't have to wait too long.

Everythinggettingbigger Thu 11-Feb-16 13:19:59

I just called my hospital who booked me in with a midwife for booking in app. Had a doctors app before hand due to asthma and told them I was pregnant and they just took my word for it and put it on my record.

Fifi10 Thu 11-Feb-16 13:56:34

Sounds ridiculous! When I went to my GP I got asked what I wanted them to do and was told I should have gone straight to mw. They did a urine test at my request as I didn't believe my own cheapo home test (first baby) but no bloods til I saw mw.

Your local hospital will have a maternity page with contact details for local mw etc and some have online referral forms to self-refer.

bonzo77 Thu 11-Feb-16 14:00:38

Very odd. 4 pregnancies here, never needed to get a blood test to confirm.

VagueIdeas Thu 11-Feb-16 14:07:52

I have never heard of that in my life.

Both of my pregnancies, I only had to tell the GP practice I was pregnant. They didn't require a urine test, let alone a blood test.

AugustRose Thu 11-Feb-16 14:13:37

I've never had to confirm a pregnancy with a blood test either, and that's 5 pregnancies in 3 different areas. Couldn't they just get you to do a pregnancy test at the surgery - a blood test seems rather odd. I self-referred to the midwife last time too.

ChilliMum Thu 11-Feb-16 14:18:08

My doctors surgery do this (at least they did 10 years ago). I don't think there is anything to worry about just a lot of faff. Although it was quite nice as had to make an appointment to get my results where he told me my hormone levels were very good, we had a lovely chat as I was pretty sick and told me just to pop in and see him if I had any concerns etc.. was great actually as my midwife was shit and I got far more support and info from my gp.

seven201 Thu 11-Feb-16 15:37:36

I think it's a waste of NHS money (appointments and blood test) to make you see a gp - presumably you've had one appointment and then will need another? It's self refer to midwives where I am (west Kent).

Jibberjabberjooo Thu 11-Feb-16 18:10:50

That's really strsnge as the GP really doesn't need to confirm it and most of the time you can self refer to the midwife anyway.

dylsmimi Fri 12-Feb-16 10:28:20

Very strange - last 2 pregnancies the Drs really haven't wanted to see you as tests can be as accurate as a Drs one (though not a blood test) just had to self refer to a midwife
But if that is what they need to do I guess there is no harm and at least all confirmed - I always worry that at the scan they will tell me off for time wasting in case I read 7 tests wrong!! grin (I don't have any pregnancy symptoms so it doesn't feel real till then iyswim !)

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