When To Stop Birth Control Pill Before Pregnancy

If you use the birth control pill and planning to conceive, you may have many questions about the potential effects of the pill on your chances to get pregnant and the health of your future baby. Many women worry about the effects that the oral contraceptive may have on a growing fetus. But the first question many women ask is how long must one wait before trying to conceive after coming off the pill.

Coming Off The Pill Before Getting Pregnant

It’s enough to come off the pill a couple of months before you start trying. It doesn’t mean you can’t get pregnant right after getting off the pill. Unlike it was once believed, the pill cannot cause miscarriage. However, if you’ve been taking the pill for a while, it might have changed your cycle, so it might take a while for hormone levels to get back on track. In addition, if you wait until your cycle is back to normal, it can help establish a more accurate due date. But if you do get pregnant before your period becomes regular, don’t worry – you can date your pregnancy by having an early sonogram done.

If you’ve been taking the pill for many years, it may take you a while to restart your period. You might want to finish your pill packet though, otherwise you might have a mid-cycle bleeding.

When you quit the pill, you have some time to see when you’re ovulating and how long your natural menstrual cycle is. Once you quit taking birth control pills you may ovulate within two to six weeks. If the period doesn’t restart right away, you may have post-pill amenorrhea. It means that the pill prevents your body from producing hormones responsible for your ovulation and menstruation.

After you stop taking the pill, it can take some time for your body to return to its normal condition. However, if your period’s still back after three months, take a pregnancy test to make sure you’re not pregnant. If you aren’t, you should see a doctor, but don’t worry — this doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a problem.

If your periods were regular before starting the pill most chances are that they will be back to normal within six months of stopping it. If your cycles were irregular before the pill it may indicate PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). Other factors that may influence menstruation are excessive weight, bad health, stress and rigorous exercise.

Pregnancy After The Pill

Once ovulation resumes, you can become pregnant. If this happens during your first cycle off the pill, you may not have a period at all. But it doesn’t mean you will necessarily get pregnant right after you quit the pill. Even for a healthy couple, it can take up to a year to get pregnant, so if you’ve been trying for four months and still haven’t conceived, you have nothing to worry about yet. Some lucky women conceive immediately, but for most, it happens within three months. Other women conceive after about six months. Like everything else in pregnancy, it’s strictly individual and depends upon your body’s cycle. Visit your gynecologist if you’re thinking of getting pregnant. He/she will make sure you’re healthy and ready to conceive and tell you everything you need to know about stopping the pill.

To boost up your chances to get pregnant after using the pill, here’s what you can do: Make sure you have a healthy and nutrient diet, start taking folic acid and get a prescription for iron. If you smoke, you better quit and don’t drink too much alcohol. Most important of all- less stress.

Getting Pregnant On The Pill

If you continued taking the pill not knowing you’re pregnant, don’t worry about the baby. The chance that oral contraceptives cause birth defects is virtually nonexistent. All you need to do is stop taking the pill.

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  • Pink

    Hi. I am new in this site. I need advice although my situation has been discuss by some members here but every one has different cases, right? I took pills only a month and for the second pack I stopped my pills (Yasmin) in halfway. I got bleeding two days after for 5 days. And now am a month no period, 8 days late from the expected day. i took HPT twice in the afternoon but both of them BFN. Last week i have lower abdominal cramps thought AF is coming but still nothing. Only changes I’ve notice is I always feel gases in my upper abdomen. I’m getting crazy for the changes of my period. We all know that the first trimester of pregnancy is very important that’s why am thinking if am pregnant or my hormones messed up. Help pls

  • Pink

    Hi. I am ne

  • Smiley

    I just had my baby 10months ago and stop taking the pill 2 months ago. How likely can I get pregnant? (Not trying to have another baby yet)

  • Denise

    We’re currently TTC. My period is now almost three weeks late. Took about 5 tests – all negative. I stopped taking the pill about three months ago, but first two periods came on time. What is the chance that I’m still pregnant?

    • http://urpregnancy.com/ Your Pregnancy

      Thank you for the details. I’d say that your period is not back to normal yet. False negatives happen, but 5 negative results sound reliable enough, unless you took the tests prior to your expected period. Holding fingers crossed for you!

  • nancy

    hello, had unprotected intercourse with my boyfriend, can I start taking hormonal pills?

    • Your Pregnancy

      If you’re asking whether the pill will prevent pregnancy, the answer is no. You should have taken the morning-after pill for that. If you’re already pregnant, contraceptive pills will not cause abortion.

  • Kat

    I’m a month and a half into Mononessa. Can I stop the pills mid pack and wait for my ‘regular’ period and start a new pack if it’s too heavy? Last period was one of the worst and I’m afraid of that happening again.

    • Your Pregnancy

      Does starting a new pack means taking a different contraceptive, or waiting two weeks to start taking Mononessa anew? Either way, I wouldn’t recommend it. First of all, “playing” with contraceptives will make them less effective. Secondly, switching contraceptives in general can mess up your period, especially if you switch before finishing a pack. Besides, if you’ve already finished half of the pack, I’m not sure at all that you’ll feel better when your period starts. It might also come earlier than you expect it, or even be more painful.

      Hormonal contraceptives usually make period much more bearable (lighter and less painful). If Mononessa doesn’t work for you, consult your gynecologist, and he/she will prescribe you a new contraceptive.

  • abeer

    Hi,I had sex with my boyfriend and maybe the condom slipped..my friend says I can start taking hormonal pills-she has an unfinished pack. Will it help me not to get pregnant?..

    • Your Pregnancy

      Absolutely not. A contraceptive pill is not a morning-after pill, and will not help if you’re already pregnant. You should never use someone else’s unfinished pack, too. If you want to start using a hormonal contraceptive, it must be prescribed by your caregiver, and do read the instructions carefully.

  • celine

    Can I get pregnant right after I stop taking the pill?

    • Your Pregnancy

      Yes. It’s safe, and possible, though it’s hard to tell how much time it’s going to take. Some conceive almost immediately, and for some it takes a few months. Good luck.

  • Panda

    My boyfriend and I did not have sex, but there was contact. I know the chances of becoming pregnant without penetration are slim, but still possible. Would it be advisable to take emergency contraceptive?

    • Your Pregnancy

      If sperm did not enter the vagina, there is no chance of pregnancy. What do you mean by “contact”?

  • Celine

    How do you avoid pregnancy after having intercourse of more than a week?

    • Your Pregnancy


      If you’re not on oral contraceptives or have taken the morning-after pill, and if your partner did not wear condoms, there is nothing to do except wait for your period. Good luck.

  • Wish

    I stopped taking my pill at the beginning of April and I didn’t get pregnant until the end of September. Sometimes it just takes a while. I was stressed out the wedding, I’m sure that had something to do with the stress.

    • Your Pregnancy

      Indeed, stress is often thought to be the reason behind trouble with conceiving.

  • Andrea

    So I only have to wait till my period gets back to normal? I always thought it has to do with “getting clean”.

  • Amanda Mattheus

    Damn. So if I quit the pill and don’t have my period it still doesn’t mean I’m pregnant? Me heartbroken:(

  • Amy

    finally, some answers. All these maternity blogs, and still no definite answer?! These mommies have no clue, every woman has a different answer!!

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