Getting pregnant after the pill
In the past, women who wanted to have a baby were often advised to wait roughly three months after coming off the pill before trying to get pregnant. Three months is approximately how long the body takes to get back to its natural rhythm after experiencing a surge in hormones. In some cases, it can take up to 18 months for the hormonal balance required for pregnancy to be restored. This is especially common if a combined pill (oestrogen/gestagen) has been used.
Getting pregnant immediately after coming off the pill has its disadvantages. Take the following examples:
If you get pregnant directly after coming off a hormonal contraceptive, you are one and a half times more likely to have non-identical twins or multiple births, especially if you have been taking a hormonal contraceptive for an extended period of time. Also, the moment of possible fertilisation cannot be calculated because you don’t know exactly when the menstrual cycle has started. This can take a few weeks or even months. Because of this, the expected date of birth cannot be determined either. Therefore, waiting for menstruation to occur is a good idea after coming off the pill.
Pregnancy after the three-month injection
Trying to get pregnant after coming off a cycle of the three month injection system also has its disadvantages. For example, it is common to have to wait twelve months or even longer to conceive. This extended waiting period is a result of the injection altering the cervical mucus.
Whether coming off the pill or injections, observing your cycle with a cycle computer, such as Cyclotest Baby allows you to know when your cycle has returned to normal. Cyclotest Baby is also capable of pinpointing your fertile days when intercourse has the highest chance of resulting in pregnancy. Therefore, using Cyclotest Baby directly after coming off your hormonal contraception can increase your chances of getting pregnant by letting you know the best times to conceive. To learn more about getting pregnant after hormonal contraception and using Cyclotest Baby, contact RDO Medical.