What to Expect Getting Pregnant after the Pill

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1. Stopping The Pill

If you have decided that you are ready to conceive and try to get pregnant, it might be time to go off of your birth control pill. However, there are some things that you should know and plan for, to help give yourself the best possible chance of getting pregnant.

The first thing to do is to decide when you should stop taking your pill. Remember that stopping in the middle of a pack of pills might result in some irregular bleeding for a while after stopping the pill.

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Ask your doctor if you should wait to finish your current pack of pills, or if it is safe to go ahead and stop the pill. Different doctors will have different recommendations for their patients so it is important to make sure of what your doctor wants for you to do in your particular case.

2. How Long Will It Take?

Unfortunately, there is no clear cut way to know how long it will take to get pregnant after going off of the pill. You might experience some withdrawal bleeding for a few days or even weeks after going off the pill, but your periods and cycles should soon regulate.

Most doctors recommend letting yourself have one period before trying to conceive, just to get your body back to normal. However, if you don’t get a chance to make that happen and you happen to get pregnant right away, don’t worry.

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It’s no big deal, and it’s actually great news. One of the main reasons that doctors ask patients to wait until they have had one period is to be able to be sure of the timing of the pregnancy, so that is not a big deal.

3. Other Things To Know

It’s important that you remember that it might take a while to get pregnant after going off of the pill. Each woman’s cycle is different and each woman will have a different experience. Some women find that their period comes right back after stopping birth control, and for other women, it might be six months or so before their cycle gets back to normal.

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If it has been longer than six months since you have stopped taking the pill, you should talk to your doctor just to make sure that there are no underlying problems that you should know about. Once you go off the pill, you have a great chance of getting pregnant, so get to trying and get ready for that positive result.

Dr. Lynette Weiss, MD

Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.