If you’ve been on the pill for a while, you might actually find that it’s a little bit harder than normal to get pregnant. The fact is that it takes time to get your body’s natural rhythms back in line. Not every woman who stops the pill will have trouble getting pregnant, but it’s relatively common.
Here are some things you can do to increase your chances of becoming pregnant after stopping the pill:
- Know when to start trying. Birth control pills keep you from ovulating, which in turn keeps you from getting pregnant. The final week of your monthly packet of birth control pills are usually a placebo, mainly designed to keep your rhythm of taking a daily pill. During that week, you’ll have your period. Usually, you won’t ovulate for around 14 days after that week begins.
- Wait until your first full cycle has passed. Most of the time, you’re going to have better luck waiting until the month after you stop the pill. Give your body a chance to get back into harmony.
- If you have a history of miscarriage, you might wait longer. There is some risk for women who have a history of miscarriage when stopping the pill. Most doctors recommend waiting about 3 cycles before you start trying to get pregnant.
- Hormone patches and depo shots can also take time to adjust. The birth control shot usually lasts for several months, so if there’s a chance you want to get pregnant during that time you should switch to an alternate form of birth control. The hormone patch is similar in the way it works to the pill.
- When it doubt, talk to your doctor. Your doctor knows your health history, and can help you make informed decisions about when it’s time to try.
Understanding how birth control works is the first step in getting pregnant after stopping birth control.
So, what about you? Did you or are you trying to get pregnant after using birth control? What’s your experience been in this area?”