Getting pregnant AFTER the pill

So many of the young women I see at the clinic in their thirties have gone on the pill at fifteen, and don’t come off until they’re in their 30s and starting to try for a baby. It’s very easy for them to get quite panicked about their cycles and their fertility returning. So today, I want to answer the common questions that I get asked about coming off the pill.

As always, here is your cheat sheet so that you have all the information to hand

“I’m thinking about coming off the pill do I need to let it go out of my system for the next three months before I start trying for a baby?” The answer’s no. When you first come off the pill you should try for a baby as soon as you can, because some studies show that your fertility is better in the early months when you first come off the pill. Don’t waste time letting it go out of your system.

“How long will it take for my period and my cycle to return when I come off the pill?”  Although many women can get pregnant quite quickly, for others there are delays and it’s not unusual to have cycle disturbances for six to seven months, and cycle irregularities as well.

“Am I more likely to have polycystic ovaries when I come off the pill?” This is quite a difficult question to answer, because so many women have been on the pill for 10 to 15 years. When you’ve been on the pill that long, sometimes it can mask certain underlying factors that you don’t know that you’ve got. Some women may have polycystic ovaries when they come off the pill, because that would most likely be because they had it anyway but without realizing.

“If I’m trying to chart my fertility following the pill what can I expect?” When you’ve been on the pill for such a long time, a woman isn’t aware of what her nature cycles are. It does take time to get used to charting and noticing secretions and hormonal changes. Just get used to knowing your body and bear in mind it can take up to seven cycles for your ovulation to return to normal.

“When shall I come off the pill? I’m thinking of trying for a baby?”  If you’re in your mid-thirties and you’re thinking about baby, come off the pill straight-away and try, because on average, it can take eight to twelve months to conceive. A miscarriage isn’t uncommon. It’s really important that the minute you start thinking about having a baby you don’t put off coming off of the pill.

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How to Cope with Miscarriage

Miscarriage is one of the most heartbreaking and traumatic experiences that I’ve seen couples have to go through. It leaves them feeling anxious and doubtful about whether they’ll ever have the baby that they’ve been dreaming of. And the most common question that women ask me is ‘why did it happen?’ They’re looking for answers; they want to know what they did wrong. But miscarriages are so common and happen to so many women. It is so important not to blame yourself, not to give up hope and to try positively about what to do next.

And on my channel this week, I’m here to help you do just that. Have a look as I share my top tips on how to cope with a miscarriage:

And as always, here is my cheat sheet with all the information that you need:

 

  • Give Yourself Time It takes time to get over the shock and grief of a miscarriage. You’re allowed to cry and feel upset. You must remember that you’re only human.

 

  • Don’t Play the Blame Game One of the most immediate reaction after a miscarriage is finding something to blame. I see so many women ask themselves, ‘was it the cup of coffee I had? Was it the glass of wine?’ The answer is no. Miscarriages are just very common and they do happen.

 

  • Get the Support that you Need Every woman deals with a miscarriage in their own way, so every woman must get their own form of support. Talk to your partner, a friend or a family member. Or if you’re really struggling, turn to your GP to get the counselling that you need.

 

  • Manage your Mindset Techniques like meditation, mindfulness and breathing can be exactly what you need to help you get through this process.

 

  • Look at your Lifestyle Try to look your lifestyle and see what little changes you can make to put you in a more positive mindset. Look at your work/life balance, look at your stress levels, try and cut out alcohol – all these changes and can help more than you think.

 

  • Take Supplements Taking multivitamins, minerals and antioxidants on top your diet is something I always recommend, particularly as studies have shown that Vitamin D deficiency can be linked to miscarriages.

 

  • Get Yourself Checked Out A whole range of reasons can cause a miscarriage. But checking underlying factors and seeking further investigation can help you assess what next steps to take. If you’ve had two or more miscarriages, there are specialist tests you can take to help you as much as possible.

 

  • Don’t Give Up This is the most important thing to remember. Keep trying, keep seeking help, and keep positive. There’s still hope.

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