Stopping the Pill: How Long Until You Get Pregnant

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If you been taking the birth control pill and are now ready to become pregnant, one of the first questions that you may ask is how long it will take you become pregnant. The answer to this question lies in the type of pill that you are taking because each offers a different timeframe.

It may also depend on your specific circumstances as well as your health as well. Below are some of the things that you should keep in mind when you are deciding to become pregnant after you have been taking the birth control pill.

1. What Happens When You Stop

While you are taking a birth control pill, hormones will be released into your system that will prevent you from ovulating. Ovulation is what causes an egg to be released in order for it to be fertilized and when it is prevented you will not be able to become pregnant.

While-you-are-taking-a-birth-control-pill-hormones-will-be-released-into-your-system-that-will-prevent-you-from-ovulatingAfter you stop taking the birth control pill, your body will begin to return to normal and you will begin ovulating once more. The timeframe between when you stop taking the birth control pill and when you begin ovulating can vary depending on a number of circumstances.

2. What Is The Soonest I Will Start Ovulating?

Some women begin ovulating regularly after about two weeks from the time they stop taking the birth control pill. It is even possible for women to become pregnant during this first couple of weeks if intercourse occurs when you’re ovulating. However, this is rare and it usually takes a few months for a couple to become pregnant regardless of if they are taking a birth control pill are not.


3. Is There Any Risk To Conceive At This Point?

In the past, it was believed that women who became pregnant immediately after they stop taking the birth control pill had a greater risk of having a miscarriage or birth defects in the child than women who waited several months to become pregnant. However, this idea has now been proven incorrect and there is currently no amount of time that is suggested for a woman to wait before she becomes pregnant.


4. Is There A Benefit To Waiting?

One benefit in waiting to become pregnant after you stop taking your birth control pill is that it makes it easier to gauge exactly when conception occurred. This information can be important for the doctor who is looking to monitor your baby’s growth and make sure that they are growing as they should be.

Waiting-a-few-months-to-become-pregnant-can-also-be-beneficial-if-you-begin-taking-a-prenatal-vitaminWaiting a few months to become pregnant can also be beneficial if you begin taking a prenatal vitamin. This will give you the time that you need to build up the amount of folic acid in your body that your baby will need during the first few weeks after conception.

5. How To Improve My Chances

One of the most important things that you can do after you stop taking the birth control pill is to monitor your ovulation cycle. This will help you to determine when you begin ovulating again and will give you the knowledge that you need to be able to time intercourse with your cycle.

monitor-your-ovulation-cycle-to-improve-chances-of-conceivingOne of the most effective ways to track your ovulation cycle is to use a basal thermometer daily and monitor your temperature. When you choose to do this, however, you will need to be diligent and consistent so that you will receive the best information possible. You will need to test your temperature each morning before you get out of bed and with as little movement as possible.

Another method that helps women to monitor their ovulation cycle is an ovulation predictor kit. You also need use this daily so that you will have the best opportunity to know when you will be ovulating soon. One of the benefits of an ovulation predictor kit is that you will know when you’re ovulating before rather than after you have already ovulated as you would with a basal thermometer.

6. Conclusion

Most women are able to begin ovulating again fairly quickly after they stop taking the birth control pill. If you find that you are not able to begin ovulating fairly quickly, it is best to talk to your doctor about what you need to do to begin ovulating again. There are many medications that can help you to ovulate and your doctor will be able to prescribe them to you.

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Regina Ledoux, RN, CNM

Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.