If you're trying to conceive (TTC), or about to, you don't need me to tell you to give up your birth control. But sometimes getting pregnant after the pill takes time. For some women fertility after the pill returns to normal and they get pregnant right away. For others it can take a few months.
Therefore as part of your preconception planning, you should stop taking the pill or other forms of birth control several months, at least 3, before you plan to conceive.
When I talk about getting pregnant after 'the pill', I'm referring to the types of hormone birth control methods including oral contraceptives, iud's, rings, patches, etc.
But I am not talking about the depo shot (Depo Prevera), which can take up to 1 year for fertility and ovulation after birth control to return let alone to return to normal. And, of course surgical procedures, like tubal ligation, which has a range of reversal success and time periods afterward.
And because it is possible to get pregnant the first month coming off the pill, you should use another temporary form of birth control barrier until you are ready to TTC (try to conceive). Such as foam and condoms or the pull out method works well. Use whatever you're most comfortable with.
However, birth control pills will not cause birth defects, no matter how close to conception you stop using them, according to the March of Dimes. If you have been using an IUD, be sure to have it removed before trying to conceive. (If pregnancy occurs with an IUD in place, it can be harmful.)
Getting pregnant after the pill should not be a problem for most women (no matter how long you've been taking the pill). Fertility after birth control should be restored almost immediately. Even so, you should wait at least one ovulation cycle, or after your next menstrual period, to start TTC.
This allows the uterus to empty its contents of old, built-up, residual endometrial lining and you can begin anew with a fresh cycle. This also lets you know if you are ovulating on your own. And to just let your reproductive system to get back into a natural rhythm.
Your body hasn't been ovulating and it needs this time to relearn the ovulation process (so to speak)in order to get pregnant after the pill. Ovulation after the pill should happen within the next couple of weeks (can be up to 6 weeks). And your period a couple of weeks after that.
Even though you should wait at least one cycle, it is perfectly safe to begin TTC immediately after stopping birth control. Getting pregnant after the pill right away does not negatively affect your pregnancy or your baby in any way. The chance of birth defects is virtually nonexistent even if you get pregnant while on the pill.
It is quite common, though, that you may not have a period for about 2 to 3 months after the pill. Your body needs time to start to make it's own hormones that it was used to getting and to start making hormones that were suppressed from the pills and other hormone birth control.
Use of the pill should not affect fertility and full fertility should return withing 3 months. 90% of of woman achieve pregnancy after the pill within a year.
Fertility herbs like vitex agnus castus and dong quai are wonderful ways to naturally encourage regular ovulation cycles after stopping the pill and regulate irregular periods. These two herbal fertility remedies work very well together.
Another natural herbal remedy is called Fem Rebalance. It's a natrual fertility herb blend for hormonal balance after discontinuing oral contraceptives.
Herbal fertility remedies take time to build up in your body and begin to be more effective over time. Give yourself several months (at least 6) for full effectiveness of fertility herbs for getting pregnant after the pill.
However, if your menstrual cycles remain irregular or you don't have a period after 6 months or so, you may want to talk to your ob-gyn, or other health care practitioner, to discuss what steps to take next to achieve pregnancy after birth control. You may just have some minor problems that are easily taken care of that may be preventing you from having a normal ovulation cycle.
Furthermore, (if you have been using fertility herbs like the ones mentioned above) make sure you tell your practitioner about them. You may be advised to continue them. Or you may be advised to discontinue them because fertility herbs should not be taken at the same time as fertility drugs as this will only confuse your body.
There is no evidence that the pill causes infertility. So getting pregnant after the pill should not be a problem for most.
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