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Over the past five years, Oova has helped countless women take control of their fertility.
It only takes a few months after stopping birth control for you to ovulate again, but there are a few other factors that can help you get pregnant faster.
You’ve been on hormonal birth control for years—maybe because you wanted to combat irregular cycles, PMS symptoms, or you just didn’t want to have children yet. Now, you’re ready to stop using birth control so you can start your family.
You’re likely wondering things like, “did birth control affect my fertility?” and “how long does it take to get pregnant after birth control?”
Luckily the answers are “no” and “soon.” It’s actually possible to get pregnant quite quickly after stopping birth control. Here’s what you need to know about when and how to stop birth control so you can feel empowered in your fertility journey.
Contrary to what we might think, it’s possible to get pregnant quickly after you stop using hormonal birth control—as soon as within the next few months. Most women (83%) can become pregnant after birth control within a year.
Why can you get pregnant so quickly after birth control? Your menstrual cycle returns to normal with a few months of you stopping the pill. Most hormonal birth controls stop ovulation—like the combination pill, the birth control implant, and some types of the IUD. When you stop taking birth control or get your implant or IUD removed, you start ovulating within a few months, allowing you to get pregnant.
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The best time to stop using birth control is when you’re ready to have children. Depending on what type of birth control you have, you can time when you stop your birth control to when you’d like to start trying for a baby.
Most women will naturally begin ovulating 1 to 2 months after getting off their hormonal birth control. However, each birth control is different, so it’s important to do your research to know what to expect.
Here are some general guidelines:
Stopping birth control may be the obvious first step to preparing your body for pregnancy, but there are other things you can do to take control of your fertility.
You can start taking prenatal vitamins as early as three months before trying to conceive. Taking these vitamins will benefit you and your baby. The extra folic acid, iron, and calcium will support your baby’s development and health.
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Another less talked about, but just as important factor, is your lifestyle. Reduce drinking and eliminate smoking as they are shown to affect conception and pregnancy. Exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet to boost your overall health.
One of the best things you can do to speed up conception is to track your cycle, specifically ovulation, so you can time sex during your fertile window. Women can only get pregnant during ovulation, which is only 24 hours on average. But don’t panic! A woman’s fertile window is longer than that because sperm can live up to six days — so you can technically have sex before and right after you ovulate and still get pregnant.
What’s the best way to figure out when you’re ovulating? Using an ovulation testing kit. Unlike other ovulation kits, Oova is the first at-home fertility test that uses cutting-edge medical technology to measure both luteinizing hormone and progesterone—which means you not only track when you’re ovulating, but actually confirm you have ovulated. This is crucial information if you’re unsure when your ovulation starts again after stopping the pill.
If your cycle hasn’t returned to normal several months after stopping your hormonal birth control, it’s a good idea to consult with your doctor. They can rule out endocrine conditions which could be affecting your cycle.
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Stress, anxiety, extreme changes in weight, and premature menopause could be responsible for irregular cycles as well. It’s important to remember that cycle fluctuations can result from many factors, not just from birth control.
Getting pregnant after birth control doesn't have to be a lengthy process. Depending on what birth control method you used, it may take a few months to start ovulating as normal.
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