Getting Pregnant After Birth Control

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In the majority of cases, when a couple is dating, or even if they just get married they definitely want to be careful not to accidentally add a pregnancy into the mix. Especially while they want to enjoy their freedom to go on dates without any distractions and travel while getting to know one another. Therefore they learn about different methods of birth control, and take advantage of those at the time.

Some married or common-law couples choose to not have kids at all, but many decide they are ready to create a family. Therefore, when that decision is made and if the woman has been on birth control for so long- achieving a pregnancy isn’t always so quick and easy.


However, at the same time, it is doable. If you are in that situation, you just need to learn how to help it happen the right way even if it takes some time.


You also need to keep in mind that depending on the contraceptives that were used, the timing of when your body’s reproductive system returns to its normal state varies.

However, right before you are seriously ready to start a family, there are some steps to take before stopping your birth control regimen. That is if you not only want to get pregnant, but to have a healthy pregnancy.

See your Doctor

The first thing to do before attempting to try for a baby is to see your doctor. You must make sure that you are in good health. Be sure that your weight is at an acceptable level. Being slightly underweight or a little overweight is not a problem. However, if you are extremely


 underweight or obese, you will want to fix that.

Your doctor will likely refer you to a dietician or nutritionist in order to help you get to a healthy weight. That way, the nutritionist or dietician will also give you suggestions on the types of foods to eat that will improve your health, and be beneficial for your unborn baby once a pregnancy has been achieved.

You will also want to make sure that your blood sugar and pressure are normal, and that you are free from any kind of sexually transmitted illnesses, or free of other infections before trying to conceive. If not, then you will need to have those issues treated.

Your doctor will also give you other suggestions and recommendations in regards to what to do as far as stopping any birth control that you have been using.

Listed below is the kind of expectation to have in regards to conception depending on the type of contraceptive that was used. 


Oral Contraceptives

If you and your partner decide you want to start trying to conceive for a baby while you are still on the pill, you must finish taking it for the rest of your cycle. If you stop taking the pill during your mid-cycle, it can cause your hormones to go haywire, and as a result, spotting can occur. That being said, it is best to complete it until the cycle has ended.

Once you finish taking the pill, it is really best to wait to complete at least one cycle of ovulation days before actively trying. Keep in mind it is entirely possible for women to get pregnant a week or two after you stop taking birth control, but it is not recommended as hormones will not be balanced and can affect the pregnancy.

Be aware as well that it is not unusual to have 2 or 3 irregular cycles after you are no longer on the pill. However, if you have had a previous pregnancy or miscarriage, then it is best that that you don’t try to get pregnant until 3 cycles after.

Intra-Uterine Device (IUD)


The Intra-Uterine Device (IUD) birth control method is a barrier, just like the condom. In most cases, after the IUD is removed, you are already safe and ready to get pregnant.

However, if you are taking a brand of IUD such as Mirena, which releases the hormone levonorgestrel that prevents pregnancy from happening- that may take you several months to get the hormone out of your system and to get your cycles regular before you can realistically get pregnant.

Contraceptive Implant

If you were implanted with a contraceptive implant such as Norplant, it will be more complicated to determine when you’ll be ready to start conceiving. The length of waiting will depend upon how long the implants were in place before the removal. Also whether all of the implants were removed determines whether pregnancy will happen as well.  On average, pregnancy happens about 6 months after removal, but it can happen sooner.

Depo – Provera 

When you decide to use the Depo-Provera shot (Depo shot) as a form of birth control, it can take effect for about 3 months. Once you decide that you want to start trying to conceive, be aware that you cannot get pregnant right after that 3-month period. Once you stop taking the Depo shot, be prepared that pregnancy may not happen between 3-18 months from the last shot.


The diaphragm birth control method is a dome shaped soft and thin rubber cup that is used by women, placed high up into the vagina, and spermicidal jelly is used inside of it to trap sperm. Once you take the diaphragm out, pregnancy can happen immediately. That means if you take it out before you ovulate, you can potentially get pregnant that same month.


There is the well known male condom, as well as the female condom that is a less popular form of birth control. Just like the IUD or diaphragm, you can get pregnant if you have intercourse without the condom barrier.

To sum up, depending on the type of birth control that you have been using, the ability to conceive will vary. If you are on the pill, have been using an implant or have been on the Depo-Shot, pregnancy can take a while to happen.



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