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How Soon Can I Get Pregnant After Stopping Contraception?

How Soon Can I Get Pregnant After Stopping Contraception?

How fast you can get pregnant after stopping contraception depends on what type of birth control you use. If you’re ready to start your family or add a new baby to the family, you can find the help you need at The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group.

Our experienced providers offer family planning consultations to support you in realizing your family dreams. When you get pregnant, you can benefit from our pregnancy and prenatal care services.

And, if you try to conceive for at least a year without success, you can discuss your options for diagnostic testing and treatment for infertility.

Factors that influence conception

The method of birth control you use is a main factor in your ability to get pregnant after you stop using it. Different contraceptive methods influence your body in different ways.

Barrier methods

When you use only barrier methods of birth control, you can get pregnant any time you have sex without them. Barrier methods include condoms, sponges, diaphragms, or other cervical caps.

Hormonal birth control

Hormonal birth control methods, such as pills, patches, and vaginal rings, contain estrogen and progestin. You can get pregnant fairly soon after stopping these methods. However, it can take 3-12 months for you to conceive.

If you use progestin-only birth control, such as a Depo-Provera® injection, it can take up to 18 months to conceive. If you use the Nexplanon® implant, pregnancy is possible soon after you have the implant removed.

Intrauterine device (IUD)

If you use either the hormonal IUD or copper IUD, you may become pregnant as soon as your next menstrual cycle following the removal of your IUD.

In addition to your choice of birth control, there are also other factors that can affect your fertility. For example, your age and overall health can play a role in your ability to get pregnant. And, if you have endometriosis or another medical condition that causes irregular periods, you may have a difficult time conceiving a viable pregnancy.

Getting help for infertility

About a third of couples experience female-related infertility and another third experience male-related infertility. The remaining third of infertility cases occur for no identifiable reason.

If you have sex without any form of birth control for 12 months or longer without achieving a pregnancy, you may need infertility assistance. Our team can perform a comprehensive evaluation to identify large fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and other medical conditions that can lead to infertility.  We can also treat these conditions through a customized care plan.

If we can’t identify the cause of your infertility, we can refer you to a specialist for additional treatments, such as artificial insemination or in-vitro fertilization. And, once you become pregnant, we can provide you with prenatal services.

We also offer high-risk pregnancy care if you’re carrying multiples, have underlying health conditions, or have other issues that can negatively affect your health or the health of your baby.

If you’re considering getting pregnant or are pregnant and need care and guidance on your journey, we can help. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group today.

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