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Stopping the contraceptive pill

Getting Pregnant > Fertility > Stopping the contraceptive pill

The contraceptive pill, birth control pill, oral contraceptive works by changing the hormones in the body to prevent pregnancy. Sometimes the birth control pill is taken for other reason but is prescribed mostly to women who do not want to conceive.

There are many varieties and makes of contraceptive pill available but the majority fit into two categories: Progestin-only pills (min-pill) which increase the hormone responsible for thickening the mucus membrane in the cervix which prevents sperm from reaching an egg to fertilize it and Combined pills which contain two hormones estrogen and progestin which not only affect the thickness of the cervical mucus membrane but also prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs.

So when should you stop taking the pill in order to get pregnant? While other factors may contribute to fertility problems, research indicates that if there are no other complications or fertility problems, the contraceptive pill does not have an adverse effect on future fertility. As soon as you miss one of your pills there is a reduction in the hormones which prevent conception, within a few days they should be gone completely and your ovulation cycle will begin to return to normal. However, everyone is different and in order for the egg release follicles to grow again you may have to wait anything between two weeks and 12 weeks. In general however, your body should be back to it's normal cycle in two or three months.

Remember that even women who have never taken the pill take on average four months to get pregnant with some taking up to a year so don't despair if it takes longer than expected. Just make sure you monitor your cycle and if you are worried talk to your doctor.



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