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Should I just Stop Taking the Pill if I Want to Conceive?

Many women who use the birth control pill to prevent pregnancy may not realize this, but it can take some time after you go off the pill before you conceive. Obviously, you can also get pregnant if you miss just a couple of days of your birth control pill, so this isn’t by any means a hard and fast rule about how it works.

If you’ve been taking the pill and want to conceive, you should talk to your health care provider. In some cases, your doctor may suggest that you wait until you’ve had a period and you ovulate the next month. This is for a number of reasons, some of which have to do with the health and the safety of your baby.

You see, there is always a small chance that, if you become pregnant immediately after stopping the birth control pill, that your baby can develop certain conditions. It is thought that the hormones in the birth control pill may cause a number of different health issues for your baby, including blood vessel defects and heart defects.

If you stop taking the pill, it’s usually recommended that you use some other form of birth control until you have a period. Use condoms, the sponge or any number of other reliable birth control methods. After that, the hormones should clear out of your system. by the time you ovulate on day 14 or so of your cycle, you would have minimized any risks involved from the pill.

Finally, some women may find that it takes a few months to become pregnant after stopping the pill. It may take some time for your body to start ovulating again. This is fairly normal, but if you try to conceive for a few months without success you might consider talking to your doctor, or at the very least investing in some ovulation testing materials to see if you’re ovulating again or not.


Last modified: February 10, 2013


The information provided here should not be considered medical advice. It is based on the average experience of women trying to conceive and may not be what you may be experiencing. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice you may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your cycle or our ability to get pregnant, we advise you to contact your doctor.