How Long to Conceive After IUD, BCPs, Depo?

How Long to Get Pregnant After IUD, Birth Control Pills, Depo Provera?

Most women use at least some form of contraception to prevent pregnancy before they are ready. However, many women don’t realize that after some forms of contraception, it can be harder to get pregnant. Read on for details about pregnancy after different forms of contraception. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Pregnancy After IUD

Pregnancy after IUD is usually pretty straightforward. Since the doctor will be the one to remove the IUD from a woman’s body, and will remove the hormones along with the IUD, there is no “waiting period” to have to wait until the hormones are completely out of the body. Women can start trying to conceive immediately after the IUD is removed.

A woman’s ovulation and menstrual cycles might take a few months to get back on track, however. Four to six months is the average length of time that it takes a woman to get pregnant after an IUD removal, and within one year, 80-90 percent of couples who had an IUD removed in order to get pregnant, are expecting.

Pregnancy After Birth Control Pills

Pregnancy after birth control pills is something that varies greatly between women. Some women have no problem getting pregnant after coming off of the pill, and these women don’t need to give the pill time to get out of their system. (This is why it is possible for some women to get pregnant if they forget to take their pill for even one day!) Most doctors will advise a woman to wait until her first menstrual cycle after going off the pill before trying to conceive. While many women go back to their normal cycles, for some women, it might take a few months.

Pregnancy After Depo Provera

Probably the hardest birth control method to go off of is Depo Provera. Of course, the actual “going off” of the shot is easy, but Depo Provera stays in your system longer than other birth control methods, so it can take longer for your normal cycles to return.

The average length of time that it takes Depo Provera to get out of a woman’s system is 12 months. More women report problems getting pregnant after taking Depo Provera shots than any other form of birth control. Pregnancy after Depo Provera can take some considerable time.

Other Forms Of Birth Control

If you are using other forms of birth control, like spermicides or condoms, it is usually pretty easy to conceive after stopping the birth control. None of these other methods affect fertility after they are done being used, and heck, you can even get pregnant WHILE using a condom!

Bottom Line

The best rule of thumb? If you are worried about how easy or hard it will be to conceive after you stop using your current method of birth control, speak to your doctor. He or she will be able to give you personalized advice and offer tips for you to get pregnant when you want, and not before!

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).