How Long to Get Pregnant After the Pill?

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7:36 am September 21, 2011

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A common question for women who are taking the pill but later on decide that they want to get pregnant is:

“How long should I wait before I try to get pregnant after the pill?”

Many misconceptions have arisen regarding the taking of pills as a birth control method. A lot of women think that it might not be safe for them and their babies or that the pill might drive their hormones crazy, but there are no problems conceiving after the pill, at least not normally.

It’s safe to start trying to become pregnant right after you stop taking the pill. This is because pills work by producing hormones in your body that prevent the release of a mature egg cell for fertilization. However, it might take your body around two to three months before it shifts back into normal mode again, so you and your partner might have to wait that period of time before you actually become pregnant. That is perfectly normal, especially since 85 percent of couples have to wait at least one year before they actually have a baby on the way.

Pills and the Irregular Period

The only problem with trying to get pregnant after the pill is when a woman had problems with her menstrual cycle before she started taking the pill. When she decides to stop, her body will shift back to its “normal” mode, which was the way it was before she started taking contraceptives to disrupt her hormonal flow. If you have an irregular cycle and you’re trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant after the pill, the problem most likely is for other reasons besides the pill.

Preparing for Conception after the Pill

To get sure results, you might want to supplement your body with the right vitamins and minerals that increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy. Experts recommend a 400 to 600 mg of folic acid everyday. Folic acid is a Vitamin B complex recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to increase fertility and decrease chances of birth disorders and defects. Start taking folic acid at least two months before the day you plan to conceive to allow it time to take its effect on your body.

Predicting Ovulation

If you want to increase your chances of getting pregnant after taking the pill, you might want to track your ovulation schedule so that you can plan the best time to have sex. There are several ways of tracking your schedule. The most common are measuring your basal body temperature, examining your mucus discharge, and relying on the calendar method, which is only effective if you have a regular 28-day cycle.

For most women, however, the most reliable and accurate means of predicting ovulation is by using an ovulation predictor kit (OPK). This is a reusable strip that tests your urine for the presence of luteinizing hormones, which indicate ovulation. Often, OPKs come out positive around 24 hours before ovulation.

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