Fertility after the Pill

The Pill and Fertility: Becoming Pregnant After The Pill

The advent of the birth control pill ushered in the sexual revolution of the 60s and 70s - and to this day, the pill is a leading method in keeping fertility "in check" until the time is right to conceive a baby.

The pill functions by affecting female hormonal balance - inhibiting ovulation (the release of the ovum or egg by the ovarian follicle. By suppressing ovulation, no ovum or egg is available for fertilization.

There are three primary hormones responsible for regulating fertility and either supporting or hindering conception (luteinizing hormone, estrogen and progesterone). These female hormones facilitate ovulation - or they can contribute to the contraceptive aspect of the pill in suppressing ovulation. In taking the pill daily, you are providing your body with constant flow of estrogen and progesterone and your body is "tricked" into believing you are pregnant. In effect, when you take the pill, your hormone levels suggest a condition of pregnancy. The result: Your body decreases the production of hormones like LH that are necessary to the maturation of the egg and ovulation. Without LH, ovulation will not occur. (You may recognize LH as the hormone detected by ovulation tests).

The following are some key questions that women who are looking to conceive in the future may ask.

First, does taking the pill impact fertility in the future?

The good news is that the pill has not be shown to decrease fertility (though it may take some time after you discontinue the pill for hormones levels to regulate). This can be a source of frustration for women who want to become pregnant immediatley after they stop taking the pill!

How long does it take for fertility to return after I go off of the pill?

If you are planning a pregnancy, it is not unusual for the body to take 3 months to get "synchronized" after going off the pill. In rare instances, it may take as long as 6 months. FertilAid for Women is a product commonly used by women coming off the pill to help restore optimal reproductive hormonal balance quickly.

How will I know if I don't ovulate after I go off of the pill?

If you do not get regular periods after 6 months of being off the pill, you are probably not ovulating normally and should see a doctor. Other easy ways to determine if you are ovulating include ovulation predictor testing, basal body temperature monitoring, and checking various body signs.

What can I do to become fertile after taking the pill?

The key is good health, a sound, sensible diet, exercise and reading up on fertility charting and how to predict ovulation, your most fertile time of the month. Some fertility supplements like FertilAid can also assist.

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Comments

he did not ejaculate inside me and there was no precum

in the last month i came off the pill which i had been on for a year and the other night i had unprotected sex for about 5 seconds. is there a high possibility of becoming pregnant from this?

I am 26,i ve been taking yesmin for 6 months now,i had unprotected sex, 5 days after i started taking my pills,he didnt come inside me..could i be pregnent

although it can take months for your period to straighten out it does not have to, i came of the pill in 2007 and i never had a period after that untill 9 month later when i gave birth to my now 3 year old son! hope that sets every ones mind at ease it Will happen or not when it wants to x

Sir, i was used contraceptive pills on continue 7 days for and then i found i am pregnent i.e already result shows positive, now 3 and half months elapsed, is it any side effects in baby and how much pl suggest what are care should be taken.

I have a 12yr old boy and 7yr old daughter. Why is it so hard deciding on baby no 3. Money is very tight as i lost my job and my husband only gets work here and there. I still long for a baby please help me Sad

my periods have me irregular since the age of 12 ive been on the pill since.i stoped taking the pill so me and my husband can have a baby. But my period still was'nt regular so my doctor put me bak on the pill i decided to stop taking them in march the have been regular since!
But this month they did'nt im now 16 days over i done a pregnancy even this morning but negitive. I feel dizzy at times and sick im still confused wat to do???
Please help!!

my periods have me irregular since the age of 12 ive been on the pill since.i stoped taking the pill so me and my husband can have a baby. But my period still was'nt regular so my doctor put me bak on the pill i decided to stop taking them in march the have been regular since!
But this month they did'nt im now 16 days over i done a pregnancy even this morning but negitive. I feel dizzy at times and sick im still confused wat to do???
Please help!!

I came off the Yasmin pill at the end of may and I got my period the 3rd off June til the 7th of June, I got sex with my boyfriend on the 20th we didn't use protection just the pull out method he was about to come and he pulled out and then he did it again but he wiped it off with a tissue and then we done it again and he didn't come anywhere near me..then I was just lying on him for a while. I was due to get my period on the 1st of July it's now the 2nd of July..should I be worried is it just the pill stopping my period or am I pregnant.. Please help me!!

I was on the pill since the time I was 16 (I had terrible periods and they were always irregular). I am now 35. My husband and I decided we wanted to try to have a baby so I stopped taking the pill in January, 2011. I am happy to say that less than 2 months later we were pregnant! I am due early December and baby has been healthy and active so far. Wishing you all the best of luck in getting your own little miracles.

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