You’ve been on hormonal birth control for years because you didn’t want to have children just yet. Now, you are ready to stop using it so you can start your family. Naturally, you have some concerns because you’ve been on hormones for so long and are unsure if it has affected your fertility.
You might be thinking of questions such as these:
- How long after going off birth control will I ovulate?
- Will I have difficulty getting pregnant?
- What is the best way to regulate my cycle?
These questions are valid, and we’ll dive into the answers in this article!
When To Stop Your Birth Control
The best time to stop using birth control is when you are ready to have children. 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:
- Birth control pills - Normal ovulation within 1-2 months.
- Intrauterine device (IUD) - Pregnancy is possible immediately after removal. However, it typically takes 1 month to start ovulating.
- Implant - Like the IUD, it’s possible to get pregnant right away, but it’s normal to take your cycle 1 month to regulate.
- Birth control patch - Normal ovulation within 1- 3 months.
- Vaginal ring - Normal ovulation within 1- 3 months.
- Injectable birth control (Depo-Provera) - Doctors don’t typically recommend this birth control method for women wishing to get pregnant soon because it may take 10+ months to start ovulating again.
Of course, there are exceptions because all women’s cycles are unique, but using birth control now does not mean you won’t be able to have children in the future.
How To Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy
Stopping birth control may be the obvious first step, but there are other things you want to ensure you do to prepare your body for pregnancy.
One of the first things is to start taking prenatal vitamins as early as 3 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.
Another less talked about, but just as important factor is your lifestyle. Eliminate drinking, smoking, and other unhealthy habits as they are shown to affect conception and pregnancy. Exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet to maintain a BMI to support conception.
Finally, understand your reproductive cycle on a deeper level. Not entirely sure how to do that? Here are a few tips.
Understand Your Whole Cycle, Not Just Your Period
One of the best things you can do to speed up conception is to track your ovulation so you can time sex during your fertile window. Contrary to what you may have learned in your high school’s health class, 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 because sperm can live up to 5 days, so you can technically have sex before you ovulate and still get pregnant.
There are several methods you can use to track ovulation. We’ve covered most of them here. But, there is one method we will always recommend above the rest because it measures your hormones instead of bodily fluids, which may be impacted by many factors.
Using an ovulation testing kit like Oova is easy and incredibly accurate. When you are eager to start your family, the small details truly matter.
Oova is the first at-home fertility test that uses cutting-edge medical technology to measure both luteinizing hormone and progesterone.
Luteinizing hormone shows when you’ve ovulated, and progesterone confirms that an egg has been released.
All you have to do is download the app, grab your test strips and start tracking your cycle. You don’t even have to analyze the results because Oova makes them easy to understand. After each scan, the app shows your hormone levels and the action steps you need to take, like when to have sex so you can get pregnant faster.
It doesn’t get more effortless than that!
Get your The Oova Kit and start tracking your cycle now, so when it’s time to begin your family, you are already one step ahead!
When Should You Work With A Professional?
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.
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.
You may be tempted to analyze your symptoms, but the best thing you can do is meet with a professional.
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