How Long Does it Take to Get Pregnant After Birth Control?

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Confession: I have never been on birth control. 

And I know that fact may come as shocking to you, especially when you also hear that I have had three children in four years. But hey – that’s the way we wanted our family and we couldn’t be happier. But with my lack of knowledge on what it takes to, you know, try to conceive, I was curious about how the widespread use of birth control affected women after they decided they were ready to expand their families. 

So, I wanted to know, for all the mommas-to-be wondering: how long does it take to get pregnant after birth control? 

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Loriann, 32, from Massachusetts said: 

I stopped birth control in May of 2012. We didn’t necessarily wait, but we didn’t “try” either. I never charted things, took temperatures, etc. We just lived like normal and had sex highs and lows like normal! My boyfriend fixes heat so in the winter he works so much he’s too tired for much else sometimes! (Although he will deny that!)

I found out I was pregnant May 2013!  I’m 19 weeks pregnant with my first, just found out its a boy.


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Melanie said: 

We waited the “recommended” month before trying, and then got pregnant the first month of trying. 


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Ashley B. said:

Ummm got pregnant ON birth control… Quite the surprise baby but I am so glad she is here!

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Leigha said:

2.5 YEARS. It’s a huge part of my testimony. After one year a doctor wrote infertile on my chart and told me to see a specialist (this was at my yearly check up when he asked what i was using for birth control and found out it had been almost a year). But Matt and I prayed and I knew I was going to be a mom. I knew God was promising me my own baby. So we never saw a doctor. Never got an ovulation monitor, never checked the calendar. Just continued to live our life and got into foster care. I decided until I had my own I would take care of someone else’s baby. Then just one day another year and a half later I knew the level of emotion and exhaustion wasn’t normal. I told Matt I either had cancer or I was pregnant.  After 2.5 years the odds felt pretty 50/50. And it was my daughter!


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My old roomie and fellow nurse Bridgette Schrock said:  

The one time it took to forget to pick up the next months supply!


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 Lena wrote: 

We needed two years after going off birth control and ended up having a ICSI in the end. We never thought it would take so long, but somehow the decision for treatment took all the pressure out of trying to become pregnant.

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Gemma Hartley of Journey of Love wrote:

I got pregnant while switching birth control (from the shot to the pill) and got pregnant despite the fact that there was no lapse in birth control. My doctor told me that I should get off the shot if I wanted to try to get pregnant within a year, since the average time-frame for ovulation once you are off the shot is 9 months. Yeah, more like 9 days for me. It was absolutely meant to be though, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.



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Mary  wrote:

I got pregnant with my first one while on birth control. I was off birth control for 3.5 YEARS before getting pregnant with my second.

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Kimberly replied with a short and sweet:


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So what’s the “normal” length of time before a woman gets pregnant after stopping birth control? 


According to the Mayo Clinic, women can start a regular menstrual cycle about two weeks after stopping birth control. This means that a woman could technically ovulate and get pregnant within a month after stopping birth control. Obviously, as this slideshow shows, that is definitely possible for some women, while other women may find that they have different cycle patterns. Like mothering, every woman is different, but as a general rule of thumb, follow the one year of trying rule when attempting to conceive.

How long did it take you to conceive after stopping birth control? 

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How Long Does it Take to Get Pregnant After Birth Control?

Chaunie Brusie is a coffee mug addict, a labor and delivery nurse turned freelance writer, and a young(ish) mom of four. She is the author of "Tiny Blue Lines: Preparing For Your Baby, Moving Forward In Faith, & Reclaiming Your Life In An Unplanned Pregnancy" and "The Moments That Made You A Mother". She also runs Passion Meets Practicality, a community of tips + inspiration for work-at-home mothers. ... More

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  1. Profile photo of katelyn katelyn says:

    I had been on birth control for probably close to tens years, with a brief pause about 3 years ago for 6 months. But I went off BCP when I turned 28 in January, 2 months after our wedding, and we found out 6/21/2013 we were pregnant. We weren’t really trying ‘trying’. Now I am 25 weeks pregnant with our little girl!!!!!!!

  2. Profile photo of Jessica Jessica says:

    I was on the pill for over 5 years and went off for one month while I waited for a refill. I was pregnant within two weeks of going off of it. Surprise!

  3. Profile photo of Jessica Jessica says:

    I got pregnant a month after stopping the birth control. They recommend three months. We really weren’t even trying, but it was meant to be.

  4. Profile photo of lexi lexi says:

    I was on the Marina from February 09 till August 12. It took me 9 months to get pregnant again

  5. Profile photo of Amanda Amanda says:

    It took us less than a month after discontinuing the pill.

  6. Profile photo of crystal crystal says:

    I forgot to pick up my Bc one weekend from the pharmacy and BAM!!! I was pregnant 🙂

  7. Profile photo of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I was on birth control from January 2010 until April 2012. I had been told to wait to try to conceive until 3 months after birth control had been stopped. Well, we waited 1 month, and conceived the end of May 2012. 🙂 We now have a beautiful 8 month old girl. My sister however got pregnant while taking birth control (she was not very consistent), with her first baby, no complications, and she also has a beautiful girl. Now, a year after their daughter’s birth they are actually trying this time, and they have been trying for 2 months, birth control hasn’t been used for 3 months. No baby yet, but it’s too soon to start looking for concerns.

  8. Profile photo of Cali Cali says:

    I got pregnant the first month I was off of it! I stopped taking the pill on July 2nd and got a BFP on July 29. A total shock that it happened so quickly, but couldn’t have been happier! I am now 20 weeks 🙂

  9. Profile photo of Anna Anna says:

    I was on birth control pills for 13 years, taking it continuously (skipping the blanks) for the past five years to treat mild endometriosis. I took several different kinds over the course of those years, settling with Ocella the last few. I stopped taking it this past June and conceived at the beginning of September after letting myself have a couple of cycles to adjust. I am 12 weeks along now and am so grateful that all has gone smoothly so far.

  10. Profile photo of Whitney Whitney says:

    I was on birth control for almost 10 years. I stopped taking it in mid-April 2013 not too long before my June 2013 wedding. I thought it would take about a year to work all the birth control out of my system. Little did I know I became pregnant in Mid-July 2013. So it only took 3 months for me to get pregnant. I wasn’t expecting it to happen so soon but both my husband and I are thrilled to become parents. We are 17 weeks along now and carrying a healthy baby with a strong heartbeat… Will find out the sex at 20 weeks!

  11. Profile photo of Ashley Ashley says:

    I had been on the pill for almost 11 years, stopped at the end of March 2013 and was pregnant by the end of July 2013. Currently 14 weeks and due in May 🙂

  12. Profile photo of SMT0226 SMT0226 says:

    It’s different for everyone, but I stopped taking my pill when my period started end of February 2013 (had been on the pill for 5 years prior), we conceived March 9th. We weren’t actively trying, I had stopped taking the pill to try and resolve a medical issue I was having but we took on the mindset of whatever happens happens, and here I am 37 weeks pregnant waiting to meet my little boy!

  13. Profile photo of Tanisha Tanisha says:

    Well I had Mirena in for 4 1\2 years five months away from my fifth year of Mirena. Had it taken out in the beginning of August and by September I was pregnant. My little girl was due June 25 but had to be induce July 2 she came July 3 2013

  14. Profile photo of Jenna Jenna says:

    22 months. I stopped birth control and, through charting, knew I wasn’t ovulating. I didn’t ovulate until 14 months later after a Clomid IUI. Once the Clomid jump started my ovaries, I began to ovulate regularly on my own.

  15. Profile photo of Amanda Amanda says:

    I took Ortho-Try-Cyclin (spelling?) for about 2.5 years, and stopped and used other, non-pill forms of birth control for about 2 months. Once we decided to stop all birth control, I got pregnant the first try. I was only off the pill for about two months or so. It can happen quickly, but it really is different for everyone.

  16. Profile photo of Lia Lia says:

    I got pregnant with my son immediately after stopping birth control. Now I’m pregnant again and it took one month after stopping birth control. I feel so blessed 🙂

  17. Profile photo of Jennifer Jennifer says:

    Honestly, it is different for everyone, you cannot really go by how other people’s bodies adjusted after birth control, your body will adjust back to your normal cycle in it’s own time. My doctor told me that if you have been off birth control for 6 months you should be back to a pretty “regular” ovulation cycle. But you could get pregnant right away, or you it could take you a while. I never got the impression from my doctor that being on birth control actually affects your fertility chances whatsoever, it is just about your body learning to self regulate for ovulation again.

  18. Profile photo of boysx3 boysx3 says:

    I went off the pill one month before I got married. Our first was born 2 weeks after our ninth anniversary.

  19. Profile photo of Laicee Laicee says:

    I took out the nuvaring on sept 30th and I still haven’t had a period. I have taken numerous birth control tests. I am so impatient and wondering what is going on. I feel like a failure. I want to start using an ovulation calendar. I got some cramps a couple of days ago, but still nothing

  20. Profile photo of Kylene Kylene says:

    With my first child I was on Ortho-Cyclen for 9 years prior to stopping the pill to try to conceive. It took us 8 months to get pregnant. After her I went on Ortho-Cyclen Lo and I got pregnant with my son (2 years later) the month I stopped the pill!

  21. Other than gemma, u forgot to mention what type of birth control these women were on. I opted for mirena cuz its a take it n forget it type bc n read its a lot easier to get pregnant right away. But it seems like women on pills get knocked up the following month or even just forgetting it a day or two within their cycle. Although we do have male issues I’ve been off mirena since 2011, still no baby. Its a good bc if u don’t want kids anytime soon in the future.

  22. Profile photo of gfeld gfeld says:

    I was using the Nuvaring for about a year and a half and got pregnant the month I stopped using it. My sis used mirena for 3 years. She is still waiting to become pregnant and it’s been almost 2 years since she is off it. I really think that using something that doesn’t affect the menstrual cycle too much lets you swing back to fertility faster than something that is more invasive and disruptive.

  23. Profile photo of Brandie Brandie says:

    I was on the shot birth control for 6 months. It really messed with my body so I had to discontinue getting that dreadful shot. I was told I would no be able to have kids because of the effects of the birth control. 2 years later I found out I was pregnant. I am anxiously awaiting my miracle baby girl

  24. Profile photo of Alesha Alesha says:

    i had my first then was on birth control got pregnant 3 months after stopping

  25. Profile photo of Phammom Phammom says:

    Every situation is different and God has a plan.