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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  4. Jenny says:

    I forgot to take my pills for a weekend and got pregnant

  5. Jenna says:

    With my first…I was on birth control until the marriage. We actually weren’t even having sex until after the wedding, but I was on the birth control for some medical issues. I went off it because we wanted to start a family right away. We got married in June 2001 and I didn’t find out I was pregnant until September 2002. Baby was born in May 2003.

    With my second, because it took so long with the first, we didn’t do birth control in between. I found out I was expecting #2 when #1 was eight months old. They are seventeen months apart. Baby #2 came in October 2004.

    Since they came closer than we were hoping, we did some birth control after #2, and I went off when he turned one in October 2005 and was pregnant again by January 2006. Three months that time.

    When our third was about five months old, we found out in April of 2007 that I was pregnant again. Baby came in December 2007 when #3 was 14 months old. Apparently the b.c. didn’t work the 1% of times that it doesn’t.

    After our fourth, I went on birth control for a little while because I needed a break and wasn’t sure at that time if we’d have more. When she was two, we decided we wanted another one. So in December of 2009, we started trying and this time, it took us eight months to conceive. He was born March 2011. Then I got pregnant again when he was four months old. I was breastfeeding and not on b.c. That one was a molar pregnancy. I found out in September 2011 and had a d&c in November 2011. I was supposed to wait until I was cleared by the doctor to get pregnant again (after a molar pregnancy, which can lead to cancer). When I went in for my appointment in July 2012 to see if I was cleared, I found out I was pregnant. Apparently, I had missed one pill the month before. She came in March 2013. After her we decided we were done. I was on b.c. for two years. In June 2015, just a few months ago, I ran out of my pills and did not have a new prescription. We used a condom. Now I am pregnant with #7.

    Even with birth control, it’s unpredictable.

  6. Melecia says:

    I got pregnant while on the pill so I guess it depends on your body and how fertile you are.

  7. brenda says:

    I had been on the depo shot for 4 years I finally stopped taking it and tried to get pregnant with no luck still till this day no luck it’s been 2 years since I stopped it.. I have NEVER been regular I could go months without getting my period until last year I went a whole year without it nd decided to go to the doctor nd she said it could of been the shot.. well she gave me bc pills nd told me to take them for 3 months nd stop and try to get pregnant well I took it for 2 months nd then I got a job nd I didn’t even have time to take it anymore so I just stopped nd I haven’t taken anything after that it’s bee. Maybe 9 months since that nd I can’t get pregnant and still haven’t gotten my period.. Can somebody tell me what I should do fertility clinics are very costly. Thank you

  8. Stephanie says:

    I was on birth control for about 3 or 4 years, I switched types a few times, but after I ended my birth control we continued to use condoms for a few months. all in all I think it was about five or six months after quitting the birth control that I got pregnant. I am now two weeks away from my first.

  9. Hilary says:

    I was on birth control for 16 years. Stopped the pill Jan 20,2014 and conceived Feb 22, 2014. Didn’t take long at all 🙂

  10. Mamasita says:

    I takee pill. Inyeccions andnd. Nd get prego

  11. Laurie says:

    I think you also have to take into consideration how long you had been on the pill. I had been on it for 13 years. It took a year to get pregnant-we weren’t timing or trying very hard to conceive when it happened. My doc had told me that was about how long it would take and he was right on!

  12. kendra says:

    i took birth ccontrol pills for 3 years and then decided to have a baby, but 3 months later im pregnant

  13. Jillian says:

    I got pregnant a month after going off oral birth control, and while I was under the impression it takes a few months for your body to regulate itself making it MORE difficult to get pregnant, my nurse practitioner told me the opposite is true. She said that in the first few weeks after stopping birth control, your body responds with a spike of Estrogen which can make it easier to get pregnant. She said sometimes she prescribes birth control for a few months for people who are having fertility issues because of the spike you get once you get off it.

  14. sehar says:

    I took birth control pills for almost a year and then decided to hv a child but its been seven months since I stopped taking pills and I have not concieved I hv a problem or is normal im really worried….. it will my first child

  15. Gena says:

    After my husband and I had four children (we had no trouble conceiving the first 4 times) I went on the Mirena IUD. We decided after the 5 year time frame was up on the Mirena to try to have another child. I had the Mirena removed in September of 2012, reading lots of blogs and posts I was under the assumption that I would conceive within a matter of weeks to months…I was sadly mistaken. I took 13 months, but I finally became pregnant with our 5th child. I am now at 26 weeks and sooo happy! But, rest assured that I WILL NOT be using the Mirena again for birth control until I know for a fact that I am done having children. While Mirena did have it’s pro’s- like no periods, cramps, or any other side-effects besides hair loss, I will opt for something else in the interim.

  16. mommy nhoj says:

    It was pretty interesting to read these testimonies. We’re on natural family planning for medical reasons. Doctors said I could not take pills and i don’t want IUD as an option. We’ll see how successful we are in the long run 🙂

  17. Alanna says:

    I took the pill for almost nine years straight. I stopped taking it for about a week and got pregnant with the first ovulation. Nature truly is amazing.

  18. Lakeisha says:

    I was on the IUD for 3 straight years after delivering my son. I had the iud removed nov 7 and was pregnant by thanksgiving.

  19. Miranda says:

    I was off birth control (I was on the pill for one year) for about 6 months when I conceived my first son. I am pregnant for my second son now and I was off birth control (Mirena (IUD) which I had from March 2009-Nov./Dec. 2010) and actively trying to conceive for 3 years. I will not be going back on birth control due to the negative side effects the various birth controls I have experienced as well as having such a difficult time conceiving after the Mirena.

    • Cait says:

      I have been off Mirena for 8 months now and off of the pill for 6. We have been actively trying for 4 months. Did you have any problems with Mirena ever I am wondering because I did and I think that might be affecting my ability to get pregnant.

      • Gena says:

        I had the Mirena for 5 years, had it removed in Sept 2012, and did not get pregnant until Nov 2013- Good luck to you and I wish you the best. I will not use Mirena again.

  20. Jenny says:

    I got pregnant about three months after stopping birth control, but that was because the particular month we got pregnant was when I wanted to get pregnant! AKA it was when we started “trying”. I have friends that got pregnant while on birth control, and I have friends that still struggle with infertility long after stopping. The three months being off birth control were great as we practiced “natural family planning”, and that is what I will return to after my first baby is here 🙂

  21. Kristiana says:

    I was on birth control for four years. I went off of it when my prescription ran out in August, and we were pregnant by the beginning of November.

  22. Genesis says:

    I had my baby on july after i had her i got the depo shot i was supposed to go back and get it but i forgot to go get it. So i only got it once. During the first two months i got my period but now it will be 3 months i dont get my period. Ive been feeling nausious latly. Could it be normal not to have my period for 3 months after my first shot or could i be pregnant agai

  23. Teresa says:

    I was on Depo-Provera until December 2008, finally got pregnant April 2013

    • Miranda says:

      It took about the same amount of time for me to conceive my second time around after having the Mirena. I think it’s harder to conceive after depo or mirena but some people don’t experience any delay. I personally think that if one wants to conceive again the pill, diaphragm, or possibly the patch are the best way to go if you want birth control. I personally will not be using birth control after my second pregnancy, we have planned to have one more child in hopes for a girl and if we do not get a girl then we are done because 3 boys will be quite the handful:)

  24. K says:

    I actually got pregnant accidentally the one week my insurance ran out and we needed to switch insurance companys so i couldnt pick up my BC. Went to my OB/GYN and found out i was 5 weeks(at the time)
    honestly my body had no problem and we werent trying at all. guess some people are affected by it more then others….

  25. Lisa says:

    I was on Apri for 7 years and decided to go off birth control anticipating it taking 6 months or more to conceive and I was pregnant within the first month sans-pill!

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