Gedarel and Pregnancy

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Like most contraceptive pills, you should not use Gedarel if you are pregnant. If you think that you may be pregnant, take a pregnancy test and talk to your doctor, as it is not advisable to take the pill whilst pregnant. This is generally the same for any contraceptive pill that you take.

Trying to become pregnant

If you want to try for a baby, Gedarel is an easily reversible method of contraception. All you need to do is stop taking the pill. It is best to finish the cycle that you are on before you stop that that your body is still regulated. It is also advised that you should wait until you have experienced a natural period before trying for a baby, simply because the doctor will use the last period you have as a stepping stone to work out your due date. The pill should not have any effect on your fertility, although it may take a couple of months for your menstrual cycle to return to normal.


You are advised to contact your doctor about using Gedarel and breast-feeding because it is a low dose pill. Generally speaking, most combined contraceptive pills should not be taken whilst you are breast-feeding and you should use a method of contraception that is not hormonal. The oestrogen in the combined contraceptive pill can reduce the amount of milk you produce and you may not produce an efficient amount to feed. Therefore, you are advised to wait until you have stopped breast-feeding before you start the contraceptive pill.

Starting Gedarel after birth

If you are not breast-feeding, you can start taking Gedarel 21-28 days after the birth of your baby and you will be protected from pregnancy. You don’t have to start at this time but if you start later than this time you will need additional contraception for the first seven days of pill use. 

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