When is too Soon to be Concerned?

Cynthia Flynn's picture
Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I was on the pill for 13 years. I stopped my pills on 12/1/08. I got my period on 12/7/08 and 1/8/09. I am still not pregnant.

I have had lab work and been given a clean bill of health. I also have been having plenty of practice trying to make the baby!

At what point should I worry that I have not conceived?

ANSWER

If you are less than 35, you should be concerned IF you are ovulating and have tried for 12 months (usually 13 cycles).

You can check to see if you are ovulating with an ovulation predictor kit or with basal body temperatures, but it can take a little while after hormonal contraception for the body to resume ovulation. If you are over 35, the rule is 6 months, not 12.


-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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