The Pill can help you get pregnant

March 24, 2008
Blog Entry, Health

Women who have tried to conceive using in vitro fertilization (IVF) methods are painfully aware that timing is of the essence. There are cancelled vacations, too many sick days taken from work, and the necessity to plan everything around “the treatment.”

But thanks to a Tel Aviv University study, trying for a baby has just been made easier. In a surprising finding, researchers have discovered that the same pill used to prevent pregnancy can actually help a woman conceive.

Dr. Haim Pinkas MD, a senior physician at the Rabin Medical Center and an academic staff member of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine, and his colleagues at the infertility center where he practices, have found that a two-week intervention treatment using a standard low-dose birth control pill can help time egg harvesting, making the IVF process more convenient for both doctor and patient.

The study was done on 1,800 women at the Infertility and IVF Unit, Helen Schneider Hospital for Women, Rabin Medical Center, Petach Tikva and appeared in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction & Genetics in January of this year.

All in the Timing

According to the American Fertility Association, more than 15% of American couples have difficulty conceiving a child. There are currently two types of therapy — natural methods and assisted reproductive techniques such as IVF. In many cases, IVF offers the last hope to conceive a child.

Convenience is a factor that contributes to a woman’s general peace of mind and health. But from a clinician’s point of view, the ability to time the IVF process is also crucial.

Dr. Pinkas explains, “One of the main drawbacks in treating infertility is timing a woman’s body with the clinic’s schedule, so we can get as many mature eggs as possible. IVF clinics can be extremely busy. With a proven and safe method for timing when a woman can undergo therapy, there is a lot less stress placed on the physicians’ shoulders too.”

Normally doctors start the IVF treatment from the moment a woman gets her period. But the use of birth control pills, for 10-14 days after a period, allows the treatment to be adjusted without compromising the “ovarian response to stimulation,” says Dr. Pinkas. This way, egg-harvesting can fall on a date mutually convenient to both the clinician and patient.

Study Is Unique and Broad

This study is not the first to investigate the use of the pill in IVF, but it is the largest one performed so far. It is also unique in that it placed an emphasis on the impact of a patient’s age, her ovarian response, the characteristics of her cycle, and the final outcome – a birth.

The bottom line is that the treatment gives a woman comfort without compromising her chances to conceive. Dr. Pinkas says, “The IVF process can be very stressful. Adding to that stress is the timing issue. Women need to be able to get on with their lives. This treatment makes it possible.”

And while old wives’ tales persist about days of the month when women can conceive, Dr. Pinkas says it is bunk. “The timing of ovulation for different women is spaced out evenly throughout the year. We can schedule a woman’s ovulation with contraceptive pills, but not with the moon.”

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78 Responses to The Pill can help you get pregnant

  1. #Miss k February 10, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

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  2. Can You Get Pregnant While On Your Period November 1, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    Your ovulation period is usually midway in between your menstrual cycles which for most ladies is about 14
    days just before their subsequent period of time is due.

    You can discuss with your doctor your diet, bowel habits, lifestyle, weight control or anything that concerns you, a blood sample may also be collected to determine your
    antibody levels to Rubella, Hepatitis B and Syphilis, these tests are just routine
    antenatal tests that your doctor will need. The cervical mucus ought to be about the same consistency
    and have a similar physical appearance to an egg white;
    at this time, it’s termed as egg-white cervical mucus.

  3. Can you get pregnant while on your period October 30, 2013 at 6:20 am #

    Eat breakfast every day when you are pregnant
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    ass, because now he can point back to your conversation and say “Well we already discussed seeing other people”
    - a cowardly way out, but at least he’s being semi-honest with you.
    You can also have spontaneous sex without having to worry about getting
    a condom or inserting something first.

  4. zukiswa September 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    i wnt de name of a pill cuz im desparate my man wnt 2 leave me

  5. ROSE September 19, 2013 at 7:03 am #


  6. ROSE September 19, 2013 at 6:16 am #

    want is the pills name.

  7. ROSE September 19, 2013 at 6:14 am #

    It has been 6 months in my marriage, now and have been using pills due to irregular periods and now i want to be pregnant, no periods, no cramps, no nothing pliz help i really want to be pregnant.

  8. shell September 15, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    its been over 5 years since I’ve been trying to get pregnant and nothing is working what can I do and can you tell me the name of the pill

  9. tassy April 12, 2013 at 7:29 am #

    i would like to know what the pills are plz ……

  10. Lisa March 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    Could you please send me the name of these pills please.. Thanks

  11. joice December 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Plz help l need a baby

  12. olivia mercado November 23, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    How can I conceive with the help of the pill, the old fashioned way if I have PCOS?

  13. jordan September 12, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    Ur PG

  14. lihle August 17, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    plz help me nd semd me the name of the pills plz

  15. Atricia August 10, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

    I want the name of the pill please my man and i will are streesed

  16. Naz August 7, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    I wanna get pregnant,its been 9 mnths 2 my marriage,we tried alot bt din suceed,my periods are iregular,i wanna knw as to wats d problm,plz help me out,

  17. mae ann naing August 1, 2012 at 6:53 am #

    this pills available nationwide,,i like dis medicine,,can u send me adress wer available this pills,.tanx..

  18. umme salma July 4, 2012 at 1:41 am #


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