Hi, I am also trying to conceive at the moment and taking painkillers. I know you can still take paracetamol but lets face it that is not something that makes much difference to us lol I would strongly recommend you speak to your GP to get accurate medical advise that is relevent to you but I can tell you what I was told and my opions. The chances of me conceiving naturally are very low but still I was worried about the effects if I did get pregnant. My consultant at the reproductive medience clinic said that he would advise me to take them still as there has not been much research done into the effects of tramadol on early pregnancy. However in late pregnancy it can cause miscarriage.
It is about weighing up your quaility of life over the risks and I think if your unlikely to be able to get pregnant when your not taking painkillers (i.e. not up to having sex without them like me) then your have nothing to worry about. I have decided for me it is best to keep taking them and kep an eye on myself so if I feel I maybe pregant I do a test just to check. You can get 2 for a pound in pound land, they are just strips but I feel better knowing I am not harming a baby
He did recommend that when we started the IVF cycle I should stop taking them as they may interfere and there is a good chance of being pregnant at the end of it.
There is no right answer to this and some women may feel this is irrisponisble of me but I firmly believe it is for each of us to think about the pro's and con's and make our own choices. I wish you the best of luck with it. xx