Pregnancy After Birth Control
Are you ready to get rid of your birth control and have a baby? If you are, then there are most likely a lot of questions running through your mind. After all, you’ve spent all these years making sure you’re not going to get pregnant and now you want to reverse the game.
For many women, their first concern is that when they stop using birth control that they won’t be able to get pregnant or that it will take a long time getting there.
The good news is that having taken birth control in the past doesn’t mean you’re going to have problems conceiving.
The Facts and Figures of Pregnancy After the Birth Control Pill
A recent study conducted in Europe, the EURAS-OC study (European Active Surveillance Study on Oral Contraceptives) looked at 2000 women who stopped taking the birth control pill and tried to get pregnant. 21 percent of these women were pregnant after just one menstrual cycle.
This statistic is much the same as those pregnancy rates for women who were not taking any form of birth control at all.
The research goes on to show that after one year after stopping birth control that 79.4 percent of the women in the study had conceived.
Again, these figures are almost identical to those for women who weren’t on the birth control pill. The average time for these women to get pregnant was 3 months.
The European study also looked at women who had been using the pill for more than two years. Once again conception rates for these women were similar to women not on birth control: 79.3 percent were pregnant within the first year.
What does this mean to you? It means you can relax and stop worrying about getting pregnant!
Getting Pregnant After Birth Control Pills
In order to keep your body in balance, your doctor will most likely advise you to finish up your last cycle of birth control pills. Once you stop taking the pill you can get pregnant as soon as you begin ovulating.
For some women, this may happen in the first menstrual cycle. For others, it may take an average of about 3 cycles before their body becomes regular and ovulation occurs.
Once you stop taking the pill keep track of your menstrual periods and chart your ovulation dates. As soon as your body is balanced and regular you’ll be able to get pregnant just the same as if you hadn’t been on birth control.
Getting Pregnant After Depo-Provera
One of the main differences between the pill and Depo-Provera is that Depo-Provera is a long lasting method of birth control.
It will take your body a bit longer to regulate itself and for your ovulation cycle to return to normal. The average time is about 9 to 12 weeks for the synthetic hormones to completely leave your body.
The reason that Depo-Provera shots take so long to leave the body is that they are intended to provide up to 13 weeks of birth control hormones with each injection.
Getting Pregnant After IUD
Things are much simpler if you’ve been using an IUD for birth control. Once the IUD is removed you’ll very quickly be as fertile as you were before birth control.
Keep in mind that some women do experience irregular periods for a few cycles even after IUD use.
Getting Pregnant After Using a Barrier Method of Birth Control
If you’ve been using any type of barrier method to prevent pregnancy you’ll be able to get pregnant the first time you stop using them.
Barrier types of birth control include male and female condoms, a cervical cap, the diaphragm, gel, sponge, or a suppository.
Timing Your Pregnancy
As you can see, getting pregnant right away after discontinuing birth control is a real possibility. Even if you’re not pregnant right away, the average time for conception after birth control is 3 months.
This is why timing is important. If you want to get pregnant at a specific time, such as after you finish college or right after you’re married, make sure to stop taking birth control a month before your planned pregnancy.
Otherwise, you might find yourself pregnant a lot sooner than you’ve planned. One option if you’re on birth control pills or Depo-Provera is to go off this type of birth control and use a barrier method until you’re ready to conceive.
Are There Risks Taking Birth Control So Close to Pregnancy?
Many women wonder if they stop taking the birth control pill or Depo-Provera and get pregnant right away if there is any risk to their baby.
Studies show that there’s nothing to worry about. Taking oral contraception right before you get pregnant won’t increase your risk of having a miscarriage or of there being any problems for your baby.
Difficulty Getting Pregnant
If you find yourself having difficulty getting pregnant it is most likely issues that you have had to deal with before birth control.
For instance, if you had ovulation problems before you started using birth control you still have the same issue after discontinuing.