Getting Pregnant After Birth Control

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There’s so much excitement in preparing for a tiny bundle of joy! The moment you decide it’s time to have a little one of your own, the first step in that process is getting off the pill. When you commit to the decision, it’s wise to be aware of what to expect once you come off the pill and how to do so successfully.

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What to Expect

You might feel the urge to immediately stop taking your birth control. However, this isn’t the best way to go about it. Doing this will, essentially, “shock” and throw off your body. The best way to do this is to finish your current pack of birth control and go through your normal cycle.

In some cases, re-establishing a regular ovulation cycle can take a few months. It will be difficult to calculate the exact return of the first cycle, so it is possible — though unusual — to become pregnant without ever having a regular period. Menstrual cycles usually return two to four weeks after a woman stops the pill.

After your cycle, don’t begin a new pack of birth control. If you experience light bleeding when you’re off your period, don’t worry. This is considered normal. Your first period, after the pill, will arrive anytime within a few weeks to a couple of months.

Fertility After the Pill

Your fertility isn’t affected by your once being on the pill. Whatever your fertility level was before you were on birth control, it will return to that level. There is a good chance of conceiving in the first month you’re off the pill.  However,…