Getting Pregnant After Birth Control Pill
Feb 13, 2009
Many women are concerned about future pregnancy
long before they choose birth control pills. Can birth control pills affect woman's fertility? And how long should you wait after you stop taking the pill?
Birth control pills were designed as quite effective methods to prevent unwanted pregnancy. The basic principle of birth control pills is to hinder ovulation. Pills contain a combination of synthetic hormones that prevents ovulation and fertilization. Nowadays there is a great variety of birth control pills to choose from.
Will taking the pill for a long time affect your fertility?
Birth control pills are effective and reversible method of contraception and they do not affect your fertility
. You fertility should return to its normal state within three months after stopping the pill. In some cases, women may take a bit longer to conceive due to other factors.
First of all, women taking birth control pills often suffer from certain vitamin deficiencies as pills may influence the way body absorbs nutrients. Such vitamins as B6, B12, C and folic acid are essential for successful conception and lack of these vitamins may actually contribute to difficulties of getting pregnant.
Second, birth control pills may affect women's ability to produce cervical fluid, which plays an important role in conception, which explains why some women may need more time to regenerate their fertility.
When to come off the pill to get pregnant?
You may discontinue taking the birth control pill
just when you decide to get pregnant
. Finish your birth control pill packet and wait until your normal menstrual cycle returns. It is recommended to wait 2 or 3 months before conceiving. This is necessary to ensure your own hormonal system reestablished after you stopped taking the pill.
You can use barrier methods of contraception, like condoms during this period. Also use this time to improve your chances of getting pregnant by eating healthy food, exercising moderately and taking folic acid supplement. Stop smoking and avoid alcohol as it may negatively affect your fertility and your pregnancy.
How long it takes to get pregnant after the birth control pill?
Some women may get pregnant as soon as the day the stop taking the pill, while others may need a year to get pregnant. Your natural cycle differs from other women, so it's better to be patient and allow your body return to its normal state. Try not to force things up as stress over getting pregnant may actually lower your chances of getting pregnant.
Nov 11, 2011 12:08 AM » posted by: Kari
I was on the pill for 8 years and got pregnant after 2 months of trying to concieve. I don't think BCP effect on someone getting pregnant after they quit using it.
Oct 20, 2011 01:17 PM » posted by: Prossy
I was on the Pills for 5 years and now its 2yrs and 3 months (27 months) still trying to get pregnant.
Oct 01, 2011 11:11 AM » posted by: Jenny
i was on the pill for four months & i later discontinued it but its now nine months but i have failed to conceive, pliz advise.
Jul 18, 2010 08:18 AM » posted by: Karolina
I was on the pill for almost 3 years ans now I want to go pregnant ...What are my chances?
Mar 10, 2010 05:19 AM » posted by: Emily
I stopped taking my pills about four days before the end of the pack and didnt start a new one. My boyfriend and i have had sex a few times since then. I was just wondering what my chances are of being pregnant.
Jan 10, 2010 08:12 AM » posted by: For Wondering
about a week after starting your pills i was told it was safe to not use a barrier method, but rmrmber that its not always 100%
Oct 07, 2009 01:07 PM » posted by: Diaxa
I was on the 2 month injection for 2 years then went over to the birth control pill for about 6-7 months and stopped about 3 weeks ago, what are my chances of becoming pregnant??
Sep 12, 2009 08:51 AM » posted by: jo
hi! since May i stopped taking oral pills. My boyfriend and I do it last night without contraceptives juz withdrawal method. Will i get pregnant?
Sep 08, 2009 05:08 AM » posted by: wondering
does anyone know how long after starting your birth control, can you have unprotected sex???
Aug 25, 2009 06:59 AM » posted by: taylor
ive been on the pill since start of the yr, my boyfriend and i had sex just after my last pill, wat are my chances of getting pregnant??
Jun 18, 2009 11:50 PM » posted by: Lisa
I was on the pill for more than 10 years. Just got off and conceived within 2 weeks. Doctor says it might be twins. I was told you can many times drop 2 eggs after getting off the pill.
Jun 02, 2009 07:07 PM » posted by: Alyssa
I want to get pregnant, i've only been on the pill for about a month and a week, i stopped taking it a few days ago, if me and my boyfriend have unprotected sex, can i get pregnant?
May 29, 2009 11:42 AM » posted by: Cara
My sister has been off the pill for 6 months and still not pregnant! Her periods are also still just returning to normal is this right??
Mar 14, 2009 07:33 PM » posted by: shay
does cigarette smoking decrease the risk of getting pregnant
Mar 03, 2009 07:49 PM » posted by: Luisa
I was taking the pill for 3 years and now I want to get pregnant. I am worried about possible side effects of the pill on my baby.