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 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does one have to wait to conceive after getting off the pill which one has used for a long time? And how soon will conception take place after stopping the pill?

Anushka ( SF, Califinia)

A: One need not wait for conception to take place. You can try to conceive as soon as you go off the pill. If you have been taking the pill for 5 yrs there could be a possibility that ovulation may not occur immediately. So if you do not conceive within 6 months, see a gynecologist who can monitor your ovulation.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

Q: I am Meneka from India. I will complete one year of my marriage. First few months to be precise 6 months I took birth control pill recommended by my doctor. After I stopped them and we started working towards a baby. In fact we had a lot of mental tensions till last month and so we were not very serious about working towards a baby but I had stopped my pills. Now we decided to work seriously towards making a baby since all our tensions are done with and now we are at peace. We worked towards it using the safe periods and doing it the right way. This month my menstrual cycle got delayed by 3 days. Infact my cycle is never changed from the date. The flow has been 30% less. On the third day of my periods the flow stopped completely. Could this be a symptom? Well, to mention, I had been having back aches since a week and also had a brownish color vaginal discharge for a week, before my menstrual flow started.

Meneka (Mumbai, India)

A: Get a urine pregnancy test done to see if you are pregnant. A sonography will also clear your doubt. Please go & see a gynecologist who will explain everything to you & advise about the fertile period.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

Q: We have been trying to have a child for over a year now and we still haven't been lucky. I don't have the money to get fertility test done, everyone in our family has children, no one has had problems with having children. I have been off the pill since a year and a few months ago. Do you think that I can't have kids? Why is it taking so long? Can you help???? What should I do??

Shabnam (Kanpur, India)

A: You can check if you are ovulating with the help of an ovulation kit. If that too does not work, you will have to see a gynecologist who will investigate you & give you treatment for the problem.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

Q: Now that we both are thinking of having a baby, how can I make sure if I am fertile? I have been married for a year, and we have been using condoms and birth control pills. Should we continue this method till we decide to try for pregnancy? My wife wants to get pregnant after two months.

Jayesh (Pune, India)

A: You cannot really prove your fertility by any tests. (The only proof of your fertility is getting your wife pregnant). You can use condoms or BCP as contraception both are reliable methods, and neither impairs future fertility. If you want your wife to get pregnant, stop using contraception, and you have an excellent chance of making a baby!

Dr. Malpani

Q: I have had two abortions. I was on the pill for a couple of years. I have been off the pill now for six months and want to get pregnant but can't... why is this?

Meena (Toronto, Canada)

A: This happens because ovulation gets suppressed for a longer duration after long term use of pills. Wait and watch for a while longer.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

Q: How soon after getting my copperT removed can I get pregnant?

Simi (Mumbai, India)

A: The return of fertility following the removal of copperT is immediate.

Dr. Sahni

Q: I am 30 plus. I have been married for few years. I was using IUCD. It was removed 6 months ago and I have not used any contraceptive since. I have regular but scanty periods. Will I have a problem conceiving?

Deepali (Nagpur, India)

A: Try naturally for 2 more months. If you still don't get pregnant, you will have to consult a doctor.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

Q: I got married almost a decade ago. We used 'Today', a vaginal contraceptive. We discontinued this a little later. However, 6 months later, she has still not conceived. Can you please advise us on the right course of action for successfully conceiving? Should we consult a doctor?

Aakash (Delhi, India)

A: You should not even consider yourself as being infertile, as the definition of infertility is inability to conceive after trying for a year. I would suggest you trust your body, and continue trying at home for at least another 6 months - nature takes time to make a baby! Plan to have sex frequently, especially during the 'fertile period'. This is about 14-16 days before the next period is due to start, and at this time, your wife will notice a sticky mucus discharge from her vagina, which is the body's way of telling her she is fertile. Don't schedule sex this can add to your stress. If you don't conceive in another 6 months, then you need to visit a doctor to start an infertility work up, to set your mind at rest!

Dr. Malpani

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