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Getting Pregnant Q&A: How Soon Can You Conceive After Quitting Birth Control?

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How soon will I be able to conceive after quitting birth control?

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Dr. Hill says: Ovulation could return as early as the next menstrual cycle after you stop taking your birth control pills, although regular cycles (every 24 to 32 days) could be delayed for a few months. Once your ovulatory cycle fillays does return, your chances of getting pregnant are about 20 percent per month. If your regular cycles don't return within six months after you stop taking birth control, be sure to talk with your doctor.

TNB editors say: Like many aspects of conception, this one still remains a bit of a mystery. One Nestie, Julie, for example, didn't hit her normal cyclage for close to four months after she kicked the pill, and didn't conceive until nearly seven months after. Then, on the other hand, there's Nestie Meg, who conceived within only a month of stopping! (Man, was she suprised...) So what's a girl to do? Play it safe by starting your prenatal vitamins and adopting healthy habity before going pill-free...and, of course, use a condom until you're rea;;y ready for a bun in the oven.

-- The Nest Editors

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