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Wanting to have children: how do I know if I can have children?

Women who make a conscious choice to have a baby often have questions. Because many have used the pill for years of contraception and want to know to what extent the intake has affected their fertility. Or how long it will be after you stop taking the pill before you can get pregnant.

Other women have irregular, particularly long or short cycles and are therefore not sure when their fertile days are exactly. We clarify the most important questions about the topic of having children.

When should I stop taking the pill if I want to have a child?

If you take it correctly and regularly, the pill is the safest contraceptive when it comes to pregnancy. Because it blocks ovulation and thus ensures that fertilization cannot take place.

If you stop taking the pill, ovulation will occur again. However, the return to ovulation after stopping the pill varies greatly from woman to woman. It can last between 14 days (normal cycle) and several months.

This means that some women stop taking the pill and are pregnant for the next month, while others take longer. Still others only have to forget to take the pill once and ovulation takes place normally and pregnancy is possible.

It doesn't matter how long women have been taking the pill. On average, it takes the body three months to regulate its hormonal balance again after weaning.

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What does fertility depend on?

Fertility depends on several criteria - so how do I know if I can have a child?

Age: The average fertility peak in women is around the age of 25 years. However, this can also be very different from woman to woman. For example, around 38-year-old women can go through menopause, while others expect a child at 45 years of age.

Weight: Being underweight can be a cause of sterility. Conversely, overweight or significant weight fluctuations ("yo-yo" effect) can lead to ovulation disorders.

Lifestyle: Heavy consumption of tobacco or alcohol can lead to what is known as "poor quality" ovulation. However, the consumption of tobacco or alcohol also has a negative effect on the production of sperm. So it is important that both partners live healthy.

Stress: Constant stress can negatively affect ovulation and even prevent it. The pituitary gland commands the ovary and is directly related to the functioning of the brain.

When are the fertile days?

To get pregnant, one thing is essential: sex. And preferably and specifically on the days when you are particularly fertile. Your fertile days are those that coincide with the release of the egg from the ovary. You are fertile three to five days before and 12 to 24 hours after ovulation. The highest chance of successfully conceiving is on the day of ovulation.

When exactly ovulation occurs depends on the length of your cycle, i.e. the length between the first day of menstruation and the first day of the next menstruation. In a normal 28-day cycle, ovulation occurs around day 14; In a long 35-day cycle, ovulation occurs around the 21st day.

Tip: Here you can calculate your fertile days!

Can an Ovulation Test Help Determine Fertile Days?

It can be especially difficult for women with irregular menstrual cycles to get pregnant. If you always have an irregular cycle, it is best to have the causes clarified with your gynecologist.

Women who only experience fluctuations in their cycle every now and then or who are simply unsure whether they will ovulate can use an ovulation test to determine when they are fertile.
This is available in pharmacies or drugstores and is very easy to use.

The test shows the date of ovulation 24 hours before ovulation, depending on the concentration of hormones present in the urine. Ovulation tests are 96 percent reliable.

When will i get pregnant?

For a fertile couple, the rate of conception per cycle is on the order of 20 percent. In other words, even if you have sex on the fertile days, the chance of getting pregnant is one in four.

So the key word when it comes to having children is patience. Only one in four couples get pregnant within the first month after stopping birth control, the remaining two-thirds within six months.

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When do I take a pregnancy test?

There are two types of pregnancy tests: the urine test and the blood test. They can be done at different times.

Laboratory pregnancy test: the blood test
Doctors can take blood samples to determine the level of the pregnancy hormone HCG. This can be detected earlier in the blood than in the urine. Pregnancy can be proven with a blood test as early as nine days after fertilization.

Urine pregnancy test
About 14 days after fertilization, the pregnancy hormone HCG can also be detected in the urine. A simple urine pregnancy test is available at pharmacies or drug stores.
Tip: The concentration of HCG in morning urine is particularly high. It is therefore best to do a test immediately after getting up.

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What are the first signs of pregnancy?

Your period is overdue and you are wondering: am I pregnant or not pregnant? The best way to find out is, of course, to take a pregnancy test.

But in the meantime, listen to your body. Although symptoms differ from woman to woman, there are signs that can tell you whether you are pregnant before a test. These include:

  • Your breasts are puffy and tight.
  • Some smells suddenly bother you very much.
  • You feel dizzy.
  • You are very emotional.

It is also possible that you are pregnant and have none of these symptoms. Don't worry, because every body reacts differently.

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Beware of previous illnesses and the use of medication

If you are planning to become pregnant and are already receiving medical treatment for another illness or are taking medication regularly, you should always consult your gynecologist beforehand.

Ask your doctor for advice, who will tell you about the possible risks. During the embryonic period, i.e. in the first three months of pregnancy, the main organs are formed, so taking medication can be very dangerous.

Having a child: vaccinations and pregnancy

Before trying to get pregnant, it is a good idea to find out about your general health, especially your medical history.

Are all vaccinations up to date? Have you been vaccinated against childhood diseases that can be dangerous for an expectant mother (rubella, chickenpox)?

If not, your doctor will prescribe a range of preventive tests and treatments for you.

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Tips for getting pregnant

There are no magic bullets that promise that every woman will get pregnant. However, there are a few tips that can help you get pregnant:

  • Relax: Stress and fatigue make you fragile and dampen your libido.
  • Be careful with tobacco: Several studies have shown that tobacco reduces fertility in women and increases erectile dysfunction in men.
  • Limit alcohol consumption: Alcohol is not only harmful to the health of the fetus, it also changes fertility.
  • Be careful with self-medication: If you are trying to get pregnant, ask your doctor for advice before taking any medication. Adapt your lifestyle to your desire to become a mother.
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Important NOTE: The information in this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for a doctor's diagnosis. If you have any uncertainties, urgent questions or complaints, you should contact your doctor.