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I came off the pill 6 months ago because I would like to start a family

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I came off the pill 6 months ago because my husband I would like to start a family (I was on the combined pill for 10 years and then moved to the mini-pill for the last 6 months). Before I went on the pill my periods were irregular (long cycles, could be months apart) but I never found out the cause of this. Since I have stopped taking my oral contacteptive, I have only had 1 period so I am assuming I will be irregular since I was before. Can I go to my GP and get them to find out the cause of my irregular periods or will they tell me I have to wait until I have been off the pill/trying to conceive for a year? Thanks

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The answer

Yes, you can go to your GP to have some investigations into the irregular periods if you wish. It  does not mean that you are infertile, but as your periods are irregular it is difficult to predict when you are likely to ovulate next. If you are still very young (under the age of 30) then you could wait for a further 6 months to see if you fall pregnant naturally. If you are older then it would be worthwhile seeing your doctor for some tests sooner rather than later, to confirm a diagnosis (e.g. polycystic ovary syndrome which is a common cause). If needed you could be referred to a fertility clinic, so that you have an appointment planned in the future in case you do not fall pregnant within the next 6 months. If you are overweight, then losing weight to a healthy BMI will help you get pregnant. Don’t forget to start taking pre-natal vitamins, stop smoking and reduce your alcohol intake in preparation for pregnancy.

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