How Long Should I Wait After Stopping The Pill Before Trying to Conceive?
Many women choose, after a period of using birth control, to become pregnant. As each woman’s body is different, so will the time it takes to become pregnant be different. Technically speaking, if you have used Birth control pills, you can get pregnant immediately during the next ovulation after stopping birth control. Roughly 50% of women who intend to get pregnant after stopping the pill will become pregnant within their next three cycles.
Other factors might affect the speed at which you are able to become pregnant after stopping birth control, including age and other fertility issues. If you have stopped birth control but have not been able to become pregnant, your health care provider may be able to help determine whether or not you have a fertility concern, and should be able to either help you treat it or refer you to a health care provider who can.
Some experts recommend waiting three months after stopping the pill before trying to conceive. The reasoning behind this recommendation is that cycles can be a bit irregular after stopping the pill. This will mean that ovulation won’t necessarily take place in the exact middle of a woman’s monthly cycle. This does not pose a health risk so much as it just makes it much more difficult for your health care provider (and you) to figure out exactly when you are going to be due.
Of course, you should discuss with your health care provider what she thinks is best. It may be worthwhile to wait a good 90 days or so before trying to conceive. During that time, you might choose to use a barrier method of birth control, such as condoms, to prevent the possibility of pregnancy. Certainly, if you have other health care concerns, such as diabetes, that could complicate your pregnancy, you might want to wait even longer. You want to be sure you have those other conditions under control before you begin to ttc.