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Help!! TTC

I started the cerelle pill last year in August. At first my periods were coming and going, I'd be on for like a month and then it wouldn't come back until 6 months later, then my periods stopped and they came back irregular again. 2 months ago me and my partner decided that we want to try and conceive so I've now came off the pill. I went to speak to my Dr yesterday and she said that it can take over a year for my fertility to come back and it can take a year to conceive.. is this true?! I'm quite sexually active and AF is due in about 2-3 weeks, I've had bloating on and off, my boobs have slightly changed.. and I lost my appetite a week ago but now I have gained it back, also experienced problems with constipation and diarreah! Can anyone please give me some advice about the pill situation and trying to conceive and does my symptoms sound like af on her way or pregnancy? Please reply. Thank you x

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Hi,

First, contrary to popular opinion, there is no specific period to wait before TTC, it is safe to straight away. However, most doctors will advise you to wait until you’re back on your natural cycle. This way, it is also easy to tell if you are ovulating and your due date. This information can be collected from a scan though, so it should not really adversely affect a pregnancy. If you were using the pill for additional purposes such as managing period pains, you might want to first solve this problem and if it has any consequence if you conceive. If you stopped mid-packet, you might experience some withdrawal bleeding. This is not of ovulation and can make it confusing to tell when you really are ovulating. But yes, there is no problem if you stopped mid-cycle either. On average, it takes 1-3 months for the body to resume ovulation, though it may take longer. Basically, it depends on fast how your body is able to return the normal function and levels of hormones in your body which were under the control of the pill. One huge red flag that you are ovulating is of course, your periods which should come naturally 14-16 days after ovulation.

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Hey there! Hope you're doing well. You don't have to wait for TTC. You can start anytime. It's always better to start off right away. Getting back on your natural cycle isn't the priority. You can get pregnant even if your cycle isn't regular. I really hope this has helped your concerns. And besides, as you said you were active. There could be a chance that you're pregnant. It doesn't matter what the doctor said. If the symptoms are there you should do a test. You can only know for sure if you do the test. You need to keep trying and it will happen. I know many couples that conceive within a few months. Just stay positive. I hope things work out for you. Good luck!

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Hey, how are you? I have been TTC for over 8 years. I had a failed IVF attempt back when I was 35. My doctor had suggested quite a few things. Including when's the best time to try. Ovulation patterns and what not. I guess that's not how it works. Because it didn't work for me. TTC did not happen for me for 8 years. Even IVF was a failure and it breaks my heart when I think of it. Pregnancy happens when it happens. You should keep trying. Timing doesn't make a difference. The good thing is I am having a daughter through an alternate procedure. She's due in October. I really hope she is delivered safely.

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hey there Dear. Trying to convince can be hard. However, you just have to be strong. I am sure your doctor is right. Just do what the specialist suggests. I hope you get what you want. Lots of love. Take care.

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