Busting Myths About Trying to Conceive After Birth Control Pills

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For several years, you’ve popped that tiny, white pill as dutifully as brushing your teeth, panicking when you’ve realized you’ve missed a day and then worrying for the next several weeks that, in nine months, you’d be welcoming the arrival of a tiny bundle of joy.

It’s possible for you to toss the pills in the trash one month and find yourself expecting the next.

Now the time has (joyfully) come to ditch the pills and try to conceive, and you’re wondering if the myths you’ve heard about lower fertility and longer times before conception following birth control pills are true.

Wonder no more. Dr. Jennifer Landa, MD, Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD, and author of The Sex Drive Solution for Women: Dr. Jen’s Power Plan to Fire Up Your Libido, tackles some of the most common myths associated with trying to conceive after birth control pills.

Myth #1: Conception takes longer for those who take birth control pills than for those who don’t.

Don’t believe the stories about conception taking many months – or even years – to happen after the use of birth control pills. Ovulation typically occurs two weeks after the first period off oral contraception, and, “Conception may occur at that time.” This means it’s possible for you to toss the pills in the trash one month and find yourself expecting the next.

Myth #2: The body needs months to return to normal after birth control pills.

Wrong again! Although, sometimes your body requires a few cycles to prepare for implantation, due to changes that take place while on the pill. “Since the lining of the uterus may be thinner while taking birth control pills, I usually recommend one full cycle off birth control pills in an attempt to allow the uterine lining to thicken up,” says Landa.

If you want to start trying to conceive in the summer, you may want to ditch the pills in the spring and use an alternate form of contraception, like condoms, until then.

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10 comments

  1. Vanessa says:

    It took me over a year to get pregnantt after going off the pill… had to use conceiveeasy to regulate my cycles first! I’m still not sure what the issue was, but i wish i had known before going on the pill. I thought it would be easy.

  2. Jess says:

    So happy to read this article! I recently came off BC and keep reading stories online about how it can take womene months – years to get pregnant after the pill so nice to see it’s not always the case!!

  3. Danielle says:

    I conceived roughly six weeks after stopping birth control pills (after using them for almost ten years)!

  4. Rozie says:

    This article is very true. I got of the shot in Jan. and on the pill in Feb. By the end f March I was expecting because we decided to try to get pregnant.

  5. alliekat1987 says:

    Or you can be like my husband and I and be in that 1.2% that gets pregnant while on the pill. 🙂

  6. This was one of my major worries when I started birth control. But I’m glad that I read this article to clear the issue up.

  7. I know first hand this stuff is true lol

  8. Angela says:

    I love when myths are busted. Thanks!!

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