The Pill Before the Pregnancy
For women who have been on the pill and wish now to conceive, it
is suggested that they give themselves a minimum of one month to
Women have greatly varying times for ovulation to re-establish.
Some women may ovulate two weeks after discontinuing the pill
while others will require a longer period of time. The reasons for
this are poorly understood. Perhaps, some women did not ovulate
regularly even before going on the pill? In any case, these
differences do not seem related to length of time on the pill.
To have the very, very best chance at conception, a woman might
want to discontinue the pill up to 6 months before the desired date
of conception and substitute barrier methods, like the condom or
diaphragm. A woman's lifestyle and how important it is to conceive
on a specific date or time of year will factor in this decision. To
increase chances of conception women should ask their doctor
about the physical signs of ovulation and keep track of them .
Drugstore ovulation predictor kits also help predict ovulation.
Husbands or partners should wear loose clothing, including loose
underwear, and try to refrain from ejaculating a few days to a week
before the expected window of fertility in the desired month of