August 20, 2019

Should You Wait to Get Pregnant After Stopping the Pill?

The short answer from an Ob/Gyn

Stop taking birth control pills

Q: Do I need to wait for the hormones in birth control to exit my body before I try to get pregnant?

A: It’s a myth that you should wait at least three months to try to conceive after you stop taking the pill. Once you stop taking the pill, the hormones will be out of your system in a matter of days and you could start ovulating and conceive right away.

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Some women believe that if you do happen to get pregnant within three months of coming off the pill that it will increase your chance of having a miscarriage – but that’s simply not true.

Thinking of getting pregnant in the near future? It’s a good idea to schedule a preconception health visit with your doctor first. This appointment can help identify any potential risks to you or your baby during pregnancy, address any medical issues and ensure you are your healthiest self.

– Ob/Gyn Salena Zanotti, MD

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