Preparation is essential for getting pregnant after birth control prior to trying any technique. It may not be obvious, but a woman’s reproductive system may have undergone some major changes upon using birth control methods; thus, making it difficult to immediately conceive. Preparation is key if you want to get pregnant after birth control and it does need time.
Here are possible effects and waiting time if you plan on getting pregnant after birth control:
* After taking the pill
It is advisable to try to get pregnant after at least 3 months of stopping the pill. In some cases, it takes a year or so for a woman to get pregnant after taking the pill because her body needs more time to recover and her reproductive system to neutralize.
Your doctor may advice you to continue taking your last cycle of pills before fully stop taking them. You also need to wait at least 2 menstrual cycles prior to getting pregnant after birth control in order for your body and hormones to reach their normal rhythm once again.
* Barrier-type contraceptives
Barrier-type contraceptives such as the intra-uterine device and condom do not have a direct impact on the hormones or the process in the reproductive system. By simply removing them you can safely get pregnant without waiting for your body to neutralize or become normal.
* After Depo Provera shots
If you had Depo Povera shots, each shot usually take effect around 3 months. Pregnancy is close to impossible even after the 3-month duration and it may take longer if you had regular continuous shots. Some women wait up to 18 months before they get pregnant because of the potency and the number of months they received Depo Povera shots.
* Removal of implants
The effects of implants, such as Norplant, during and after it has been removed depends on a woman’s body and response of the reproductive system. Getting pregnant after Norplant may take months or years especially when you have your implants for a long period of time. Some women may get pregnant only after 6 months after the implants have been removed, while some would have to wait longer and others may become pregnant earlier.
Some practical tips to increase your chance of getting pregnant after birth control:
One of factors that can increase a woman’s chances of getting pregnant after using a certain type of contraceptive is timing. Natural pregnancy methods often require the right timing in order to ensure that the male’s sperm will meet the female’s egg. One such method is by using the fertile period of the woman when timing sexual intercourse. Having withdrawn from contraceptives, you can plan and time your intercourse during your fertile days to increase your chances.
Another factor that can help you increase your chances of getting pregnant is through proper nutrition. By avoiding certain foods and eating the ones that promote pregnancy can surely help your body prepare for the most awaited event. During your withdrawal from birth control, it is advisable to also avoid caffeinated and alcoholic drinks, and eating more foods that can help improve your chances on getting pregnant easily and fast.
Eat more foods that are high in folic acid (a B vitamin also referred to as folate and B9) such as fruits, whole grains, leafy green veggies, fortified cereals, breads, pasta and rice.
You may also take prenatal vitamins, calcium, Vitamins B12, C and D, Iron and Zinc. Consult with your doctor regarding these supplements and other natural methods of improving your chances to get pregnant.
By having these tips in mind, you can increase your chances of getting pregnant after birth control. Remember that patience and time are essential factors, and rushing things don’t prove any positive results. So plan your pregnancy ahead, stop taking or using any contraceptive properly, and talk to your doctor about it to be on the safe side.