When Should You Stop?

Are you thinking of starting a family and are currently on birth control? When should you stop using it and when can you start trying to conceive?

Doctors have some recommendations for you!

If you are currently using oral contraceptives such as the pill, doctors suggest stopping 2-3 months before trying to conceive. Their hope is that you will have at least one regular menstrual cycle before becoming pregnant.

If you are using Depo-Provera or Norplant, doctors suggest ending 3-6 months prior to when you are hoping to conceive. In general it usually takes a few months to get your period back after using these products.

If you are using an IUD, you only need to stop 1 cycle before possible conception.

And finally, if you are using a diaphragm or condoms, you can discontinue use right before you try to become pregnant.

As always, you will want to check with your own doctor to find out what would be best for you!!

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