When you think you are ready to get pregnant, you should at once stop using any birth control method. Simple though it may seem, you need to consider some factors to successfully conceive. Here are some things to keep in mind.
- Pills should be stopped preferably after a menstrual period. You can stop pills after a menstrual period so that there will be no irregular bleeding. After which, you can try to conceive. A number of women get pregnant a few weeks after stopping pills. But if you don’t, there’s no reason to worry. Generally, it will take four months to become pregnant. Six, at the most. Within this period, your body is shaping up to resume to normal ovulation. Yet, it is recommended to pass a few months before trying to conceive, preferably until after normal ovulation takes place, so it is easier to determine the baby’s due date.
- It will take a long while to get pregnant after stopping Depo-Provera. Like pills, Depo-Provera is a hormonal contraceptive. But unlike pills, its effect lasts longer. Usually, one shot is good for at least three months, which means, even if you stop receiving Depo-Provera, you won’t ovulate right away. You might have to wait for almost half to a full year to become pregnant.
- After removing IUD, you have a good chance of getting pregnant at once. Intrauterine device works differently from the first two mentioned birth control methods in that conceiving is possible right after removing IUD. This is even if the IUD contains hormones. For this reason, IUD is considered a practical choice of contraception if you have plans of getting pregnant any time soon.
- Stopping the use of condoms will generally result in immediate pregnancy. After stopping the use of condoms, you can expect to get pregnant in your next ovulation. This is because condoms don’t affect your hormones and your ability to ovulate. Like IUD and birth control pills, condoms are more preferable to use if you plan to get pregnant within a year or so after your previous pregnancy. The same is true with other barrier contraceptives like diaphragms, sponges, and cervical caps.
- Tubal ligation and vasectomy can be reversed. If you or your spouse underwent surgical procedures to control birth, you still can conceive after reversing such procedures. However, reversing them can be a little hard and does not hundred percent guarantee pregnancy. Success rate for tubal ligation reversal is only 60% and only 40% for vasectomy reversal.
- Intake of supplements and vitamins are advised. To prevent miscarriages and birth defects in babies, it is recommended to take folic acid before you become pregnant. Around 400 to 600 micrograms of folic acid is the general recommendation of health experts.
Any time you are planning to stop using birth control methods to conceive, it is always recommended to see your doctor. Bodies react differently. You may conceive easily, or you may wait a long while. Your doctor will advise you about what’s going on in your body and give you medical guidance according to your body’s own cycle.