Dr. Thomas Lyons from DeKalb Medical Physicians Group answers a reader’s question about pregnancy and birth control.
Q: I’ve been on birth control pills for five years. How long do I have to wait after stopping the pill to try for pregnancy and how long will it take to get pregnant?
A: The overall effect of the pill is to suppress ovulation, but the hormones in the pill don’t stay in the system beyond a day. This means you can start trying immediately after stopping the pill, but it will take about a week of no pill to allow the potential for ovulation and therefore pregnancy. If your cycle is regular after stopping the pill, your most fertile cycle will be the second one after you stop the pill. If you have six regular cycles and are not successful with getting pregnant, see your gynecologist.
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