Regularity of the Monthly Cycle & Conception

Michael Dooley, a NHS Consultant Gynaecologist, Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Medical Director of the Poundbury Clinic which uses Pregnacare, gives the following advice.

"Having a regular menstrual cycle is important evidence to demonstrate that your body is working normally. The average menstrual cycle is 28 days long but can range from 24 to 35 days1. It's important to note that some women can in fact experience irregular cycles when coming off the contraceptive pill and this can last for up to six months2. The menstrual cycle can also be disturbed by factors such as weight loss, weight gain, excessive amount of exercise, physical or emotional upset. It has been suggested that stress can play a role in upsetting the menstrual cycle. If you are concerned about your menstrual cycle it is recommend that you consult your doctor."

Pregnacare Conception is a carefully formulated, moderate level multi-vitamin and mineral supplement, and is free from any drug or hormones. It does not contain any ingredient that is known to cause any delay in the monthly cycle. In fact, one study has clearly shown that the female cycle was more regular during multivitamin supplementation3. Please note this should not be regarded as a substitute to the professional medical advice provided by your doctor or other healthcare professionals and we recommend you consult your doctor for specific guidance.

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1 NHS Choices states "In most women this happens every 28 days or so. It's common for women to have a cycle that occurs earlier or later than this (24-35 days)."
2 NHS Choices states "Your periods may be irregular when you first come off the pill, and you should allow up to six months for your natural menstrual cycle to re-establish itself fully. It's quite common to have a longer delay before normal periods start again after stopping the pill".
3 The effect of preconceptional multivitamin supplementation on the menstrual cycle. Randomized Controlled Trial. Dudas I. Rockenbauer M. Czeizel AE. Archives of Gynecology & Obstetrics. 256(3):115-23, 1995.

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