A lot of people worry about getting pregnant after the pill but it should have little or no effect on the ease or speed of conception.
You should finish the packet you are on and use barrier contraception, for example a condom, three months before you plan to get pregnant to give your body a chance to regulate its hormones and increase its stores of essential minerals and vitamins.
Many doctors also advise that you should delay trying to conceive until you have had one normal period, not just the withdrawal bleed. This is so that a pregnancy can be dated more accurately.
You can use other forms of contraception such as condoms until after your first normal period, but if you become pregnant sooner it will not harm your baby.
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This week is National Fertility Awareness Week. Here at Tommy’s we get calls and emails from women and men regarding fertility on a daily basis.
Your ability to conceive should not be affected by exercise unless you are over-exercising and becoming underweight.
Many women have irregular periods and still conceive. Getting pregnant may take a little longer though as you may not ovulate as much as women with regular periods.