For some, getting pregnant after birth control, such as the pill, is as easy as stopping the medication and trying to get pregnant. For others, however, getting pregnant may take more effort.

Getting pregnant after birth control

Some women spend many years on birth control because they want to wait until the perfect time to get pregnant. Once they have decided that time has arrived they can often be impatient for the pregnancy to begin. While it is impossible to predict exactly when you will get pregnant there are a few norms to be aware of so you will be able to have realistic expectations.

How long should you wait?

You can begin trying to conceive as soon as you stop taking your birth control.  However, some doctors recommend using an alternative form of birth control until you have had one normal cycle just to make dating the pregnancy easier. Additionally, in the past, it was thought there could be negative consequences to the fetus if one became pregnant too soon after going off birth control. More recent studies show there is little to no evidence to support this.

How long will it take?

Usually, you will begin to ovulate normally a month or two after you cease your birth control. However, for some women, the process will be quicker and for others, it may take longer. One of the factors that will determine how long it will take for your ovulation to return to normal is how regular your ovulation was prior to birth control. If you were extremely regular you will likely return to that state more rapidly than someone who had irregular ovulation. Likewise, the more regular your ovulation the easier it is to get pregnant. While it is possible to become pregnant immediately after the cessation of the birth control, it is unlikely. Conception usually takes several months and up to six months is not an unreasonable estimate. If you are not pregnant six months after you have stopped taking your birth control you can consult your doctor.


Health-related birth control prescriptions

Some women take birth control not to control conception, but as a treatment for a health-related condition. When choosing to stop taking birth control in order to conceive, talking with your doctor about the related health condition is important before you stop taking the birth control.

Why can’t I get pregnant?

The body is a precision instrument that carries out hundreds of processes the millisecond the egg is implanted with the sperm. The intricate nature of this process can lead the body to self-abort several fetuses before a viable fertilized egg is implanted in the uterus. There is no evidence that birth control pills will prevent a woman from getting pregnant and any pregnancy delays are more than likely just normal delays in the process of conception.

Birth control is a huge part of the societal choice to have sex without the chance of pregnancy. When stopping birth control for the sake of getting pregnant, women often think their bodies will immediately be ready to conceive and the baby will be born 40 weeks after they take that last pill. The truth of the matter is that the body needs a bit of time to adjust and in most cases, the pregnancy will happen when the body is ready to conceive.

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