If you use the birth control pill and planning to conceive, you may have many questions about the potential effects of the pill on your chances to get pregnant and the health of your future baby. Many women worry about the effects that the oral contraceptive may have on a growing fetus. But the first question many women ask is how long must one wait before trying to conceive after coming off the pill.
Coming Off The Pill Before Getting Pregnant
It’s enough to come off the pill a couple of months before you start trying. It doesn’t mean you can’t get pregnant right after getting off the pill. Unlike it was once believed, the pill cannot cause miscarriage. However, if you’ve been taking the pill for a while, it might have changed your cycle, so it might take a while for hormone levels to get back on track. In addition, if you wait until your cycle is back to normal, it can help establish a more accurate due date. But if you do get pregnant before your period becomes regular, don’t worry – you can date your pregnancy by having an early sonogram done.
If you’ve been taking the pill for many years, it may take you a while to restart your period. You might want to finish your pill packet though, otherwise you might have a mid-cycle bleeding.
When you quit the pill, you have some time to see when you’re ovulating and how long your natural menstrual cycle is. Once you quit taking birth control pills you may ovulate within two to six weeks. If the period doesn’t restart right away, you may have post-pill amenorrhea. It means that the pill prevents your body from producing hormones responsible for your ovulation and menstruation.
After you stop taking the pill, it can take some time for your body to return to its normal condition. However, if your period’s still back after three months, take a pregnancy test to make sure you’re not pregnant. If you aren’t, you should see a doctor, but don’t worry — this doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a problem.
If your periods were regular before starting the pill most chances are that they will be back to normal within six months of stopping it. If your cycles were irregular before the pill it may indicate PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). Other factors that may influence menstruation are excessive weight, bad health, stress and rigorous exercise.
Pregnancy After The Pill
Once ovulation resumes, you can become pregnant. If this happens during your first cycle off the pill, you may not have a period at all. But it doesn’t mean you will necessarily get pregnant right after you quit the pill. Even for a healthy couple, it can take up to a year to get pregnant, so if you’ve been trying for four months and still haven’t conceived, you have nothing to worry about yet. Some lucky women conceive immediately, but for most, it happens within three months. Other women conceive after about six months. Like everything else in pregnancy, it’s strictly individual and depends upon your body’s cycle. Visit your gynecologist if you’re thinking of getting pregnant. He/she will make sure you’re healthy and ready to conceive and tell you everything you need to know about stopping the pill.
To boost up your chances to get pregnant after using the pill, here’s what you can do: Make sure you have a healthy and nutrient diet, start taking folic acid and get a prescription for iron. If you smoke, you better quit and don’t drink too much alcohol. Most important of all- less stress.
Getting Pregnant On The Pill
If you continued taking the pill not knowing you’re pregnant, don’t worry about the baby. The chance that oral contraceptives cause birth defects is virtually nonexistent. All you need to do is stop taking the pill.