How long does it take to get pregnant after birth control?

One of the questions that are always around here in TF through the readers’ comments is the question: How long does it take to get pregnant after the contraceptive stop? This is a complex issue for sure. Although we heard several reports from women who got their positive results in the first cycle without contraceptives , we can consider an exception and not the rule.

We can say that 90% of women who take contraceptives for a long time. Often 7, 8, 9 or more years, they tend to take longer to get pregnant because the body needs to stabilize after all these years. The other 10%, on the other hand, can get it at first or take less time to get pregnant.

But after all, how long does it take to get pregnant after stopping the contraceptive? And the answer to this question is one and it is closer to you than you think! What does the time it takes for a woman to become pregnant after the contraceptive depend ? Exclusively of two things:

  1. Your body
  2. The method you used

Before contraceptives, the body’s hormonal cycle was different from when you ingested it. When starting the contraceptive method, the woman starts to ingest a frequent amount of synthetic hormones . Whether they are based on estrogen (more often) or progesterone. With these hormonal doses, the body does not let the ovulatory peak happen and therefore the woman does not become pregnant.

How is the body after stopping the contraceptive?

With the contraceptive stop, the body has to readjust itself without these daily, monthly or quarterly doses. Any hormonal functioning to re-ovulate depends exclusively on when your body will eliminate these ingested hormones . Some women may take longer than others and the time it takes to get pregnant can also vary.

Some manage to eliminate the contraceptive residue faster than others, it also depends on the format that the contraceptive was used and the dosage that was used. Normally women who take weaker contraceptives tend to eliminate more quickly. Other cases depend on the effect of the injection ending to become fertile again. The body begins to show signs that this fertility is returning and also the hormones are returning to their places.

Some women may suffer from temporary vaginal dryness, until all hormones are regularized. For this it is possible to solve it with the help of lubricating gels, including the appropriate ones that give extra strength to get pregnant faster. These lubricants, in addition to solving the problem of vaginal dryness, play the role of cervical mucus making it easier for sperm to swim to the egg more easily, yet balance the vaginal PH increasing their survival as is the case with the lubricating gel FamiGel . FamiGel is the first fertility-friendly lubricant developed here in Brazil and approved by Anvisa. You can purchase it here in our online store.

What is the Deadline for the Body to Eliminate Contraceptives?

A period considered normal for the contraceptive to leave the woman’s body for good is three to six months . The woman realizes at some time that she started menstruating in a certain period, or starts to leak coffee grounds in short periods of time. After these lees, the hormonal cycle tends to stabilize. In most women, these changes occur in the third cycle without medication.

Contraceptive injection takes longer to eliminate from the body?

The big problem is how long it takes to get pregnant after using injectable contraceptives.  And the doubt soon comes: I stopped taking a contraceptive injection and didn’t menstruate, can I get pregnant? Their characteristic is different from those taken orally , via adhesive and even implants or hormonal IUD . They are injected and are released little by little every day. These injectables are more complex because there is no way to remove them from the body, the way is to wait for the effect to pass by itself and no longer give the injection.

In such cases it takes a little more time to get pregnant naturally. The injection requires a little more than 3 months to be eliminated , but see, it is not a rule either! It is only an estimate based on the reported experiences of women who have stopped taking the injection. Be it Messigyna, Perlutan, Depo Provera or any other.

Of course, nothing prevents you from ovulating in the first cycle without medication, however it is recommended to wait a while before creating an expectation of being pregnant. If there are very long cycles after the contraceptive has stopped, it is necessary that the doctor becomes aware and if necessary, medicate again so that it is not a very sudden and shocking stop for the body. I think that switching from the usual contraceptive to a milder one can make things easier and when you stop taking the contraceptive it is more relaxed and controlled.

The normal time for a healthy couple to get pregnant is usually one year, but if you have taken contraception for a long time, you should consider a little more. When in doubt it is recommended to have blood tests, ultrasound and also indicated that the partner husband, go through some tests if they suspect something is wrong. I must remember that the contraceptive is not a villain for fertility, it is more beneficial than if you go without taking it. The ovaries stop in time with their use and then we can say that you will have young eggs for when you want to get pregnant.

After performing all the exams and verifying that everything is ok with your health and you just have to start training, reinforce your care with food and body, to make it easier for the positive to arrive even faster! A precious tip for tempting couples, is the help of vitamins that enhance fertility, both male and female. Patricia Amorim in partnership with the company Famivita has developed a line of products aimed at fertility and that has helped many women and couples to realize their dream. You can get these vitamins and your tempting kit  here in our online store .

Talk to your doctor and make him your best friend!

See also: What is the best contraceptive? – Formulas and Forms

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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.

Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

Dr. Alexis Hart

My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

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