How long should you be off the Pill before you start trying to conceive?
Some doctors recommend that you stop taking your contraceptive pill three months before you start trying to conceive. Others say there’s no need to wait and that you can start trying right away. Indeed, in rare cases, some women get pregnant while they are taking The Pill so it is not as if a really long gap between taking your contraceptive and trying for a baby is absolutely necessary.However, generally, the amount of time it takes for your contraceptive pill to clear from your system depends on many factors, including:
There’s no evidence that any residual elements of the Pill will damage a foetus if you do conceive in the first three months, and you might even conceive in your first menstrual cycle off the pill.
You don’t need to worry about the oral contraceptive pill being out of your system – the Pill contains hormones that are very similar to the ones your body produces naturally
Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP
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