Having Fertility Difficulties?
By the time you and your partner decide that you’d like to conceive and start a family, you might already have spent five or more years of your fertile life trying not to get pregnant.
Now that you want to conceive it’s only natural that you think about the effects taking the birth control pill may have had on your body and how long it will take you to get pregnant.
The good news is that after you stop taking birth control pills it won’t take you long to be as fertile as you were before you started taking them.
The bad news is that your fertility might not be as perfect as it once was.
Birth Control May Boost Your Fertility
Research shows that women who have used oral contraception for five years or longer before trying to get pregnant may be more likely to conceive within six months than women who have never taken birth control pills.
Perhaps one reason for this is that oral contraceptives might just preserve your fertility by decreasing your chances of getting endometriosis.
Endometriosis is the uterine lining that sometimes grows outside of the uterus and that can lead to infertility problems. As well, the birth control pill may lower your risk of ovarian and uterine cancers which can both cause infertility.
The pill won’t actually help you get pregnant but it can be a benefit when it comes to avoiding problems that might make conception difficult.
Oral contraception is also thought to reduce the chance of an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is when the fertilized egg implants itself outside of the uterus, usually within one of the fallopian tubes.
Waiting to Conceive after Birth Control
The big question after taking birth control is how long after stopping should you wait to get pregnant. There are mixed feelings about this in the medical field.
Some doctors will advise you to try and get pregnant right away while others will tell you to wait for a few months. The general consensus is that you should wait until after you have your first period before you start trying.
This is so that you’ll know if you’re having your period and if you’re ovulating. Although having a menstrual period doesn’t always mean that you’re ovulating, it’s a good indication that everything is okay.
Waiting until after your first period will also give your body a chance to regulate itself for one cycle and to pinpoint your days of ovulation.
If you’re not menstruating after taking birth control you’ll need to talk to your doctor to see if there are any other fertility factors that need to be taken into account.
Age Factors and Birth Control Pills
While most healthy women will have no problem getting pregnant after they’ve been on the birth control pill for a few years, some women may find that they have an infertility problem.
For many of these women, their age will be a big issue. As women wait until their late 30s and early 40s to have their first baby, their fertility has decreased from when they were younger and more fertile.
If you’ve waited until your later years of fertility to try to get pregnant you’re going to have to be a bit more patient than younger women.
Talk to your doctor about a reasonable length of time for you to try to get pregnant before it’s time to start infertility testing and perhaps treatment.
Remember that we all make choices about when to have children that are best for our individual circumstances.
Checking in With Your Fertility
Once you decide that you want to have a baby it’s advised that you schedule an appointment with your ob-gyn about six months beforehand.
If you’re taking birth control pills your doctor may advise you to stop taking them at this time and use condoms until you’re ready to get pregnant.
You’ll also want to check a few other things at this time to ensure that you’re in optimum health for conception. This includes blood tests and updating any immunizations you might need.
Ask your doctor what supplements you should be taking as well as whether you should perhaps lose weight before pregnancy. If you’re smoking you’ll want to give yourself at least six months to kick the habit.
Don’t Panic After Birth Control
If you don’t get pregnant in the first couple of months after you stop taking the birth control pill, don’t panic. On average it takes about three months for your fertility to return to normal.
Some women may even take as long as six months before there is regularity once again with their menstrual and ovulation cycle.
It’s important to remember that every woman’s body is different and will react in different ways to changes in hormones.
If after six months you’re still not pregnant your doctor will start the process of finding out if there are other infertility factors that need to be looked at. Until that time, relax and take it easy.