What to Expect Getting Pregnant After the Pill

What to Expect Getting Pregnant After the Pill

Birth control pills are a type of medication that is taken in order to prevent pregnancy by preventing a woman from ovulating. In order for the pill to be successful in preventing pregnancy it must be taken daily at approximately the same time every day. Failure to take the pill one day or taking the pill at differing times could result in the pill failing to prevent you from getting pregnant. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Trying to conceive and the Pill

Obviously, in order to get pregnant a woman needs to be ovulating. So, it is only common sense that if you want to conceive a child, you are going to need to cease taking your birth control pill. Naturally the question looming on every woman’s mind is: how quickly after I stop taking the pill can I expect to get pregnant?

Women are also interested in knowing if (for the safety of the baby) there is a period of time within which a woman should wait before attempting to conceive after they stop taking their birth control pill. Ideally, you best option is to wait until you finish off a birth control pill pack and just not start the next one.

When to expect ovulation after stopping the Pill

Fortunately, there is not really a set amount of time within which a woman must wait before it is safe for her (and her future baby) for conception after she stops taking her birth control pill. Though it is possible, it is extremely unlikely that a woman is going to conceive a child within the same month that she stops taking her birth control medication. For some women, it only takes 2-3 weeks for their body to begin to ovulate again. However, for some women it can take 2-3 months for a woman’s body to begin to ovulate again, in which time she will dolefully feel like she can’t get pregnant.

Amenorrhea and the Pill

Amenorrhea is the medical term for missing a period. The very first thing that is going to come to a woman’s mind is “Am I pregnant?” For obvious reasons, the easiest way to answer this question is to take an at home pregnancy test.

It is suggested that you take two tests and make sure that you take one of them with your first urination in the morning. If the test comes back positive, you should schedule a doctor’s appointment as you are more than likely pregnant! If the test comes back negative, chances are you just did not ovulate this month because of the birth control pill.

What to expect after the Pill

It is important to realize that it may take a few months for your body to get back on a regular ovulation cycle. Keep in mind that if you go 3-4 months without having a period after you stop taking your birth control it would be a good idea to see a doctor.

There is no reason why you should be going that long without ovulating. Unfortunately, this could be a sign of a more serious problem. Never be afraid to call your doctor with concerns related to your fertility as this can help to ensure that your health is stable and that your body stays viable for conceiving.

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 Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.