If you are planning to become pregnant, it is ideal to
have a full
menstrual cycle before you try to conceive.
of time it takes for a woman's full fertility to return after stopping birth
control varies for each woman and depends on the birth control method she is
using. Your ability to get pregnant gradually decreases as you age, starting at
age 25. Poor health and irregular periods may also decrease your fertility.
After you stop any form of birth control, you may have a more difficult time
getting pregnant simply because you are older than when you started using birth
If you get pregnant shortly after stopping the Pill,
don't worry. Using oral contraception just before a pregnancy doesn't increase
the risks of miscarriage or fetal problems. But if you don't have a
normal menstrual cycle before you become pregnant, it might be a little harder
to accurately predict your due date.
May 3, 2012
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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