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How Long Does It Take to Get Pregnant After Stopping Birth Control?

How long it takes to get pregnant after stopping birth control depends on the type of birth control method that you’ve been using. With hormonal birth control, most women have no issue getting pregnant after stopping.

Here is a short overview of how long it could take a woman to get pregnant once she stops using popular birth control methods:

Birth control pills: When combination birth control pills (which contain both estrogen and progestin) are stopped it may take a few months for the body to adapt and begin ovulating. While it is possible to get pregnant right away, pregnancy usually occurs within 1-3 months.

Progestin-only birth control pills: These pills, also called mini-pills, allow women to get pregnant right away once the pill is discontinued. In fact, missing just two pills in the pack can put you at risk of an unplanned pregnancy.

Injectable contraceptives work by slowly releasing small amounts of progesterone into the bloodstream to prevent pregnancy. The birth control shot usually works for three months, after which you could get pregnant, but may take anywhere from 9-16 months for ovulation and the menstrual cycle to return to normal.

IUDs are made of either copper or plastic and are inserted into the cervix junction, where they alter sperm motility and prevent sperm from reaching the egg. A woman can get pregnant once the IUD is removed.

Implants are contraceptive devices placed under the skin. Once the implant is removed, women can get pregnant right away.

Remember that even though it could take your body some time to adjust and begin ovulating again, it’s also quite possible that you’ll begin ovulating again immediately. So don’t stop using birth control until you are ready for potential pregnancy.

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