What You Need To Know About Trying To Conceive After Stopping Birth Control

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Are you on birth control? Do you still plan to have more children?

Then you need to read this guide carefully to help you understand what to expect as you hit the road to conception and pregnancy with your partner.

Natural birth control: For getting pregnant after using these methods (withdrawal, fertility awareness, calendar method, basal temperature and cervical mucus indicators) all you need to do is to stop and start having unprotected intercourse with your partner. Your understanding of how this method works would even aid you to calculate almost perfectly your ovulation and fertile period.

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Barrier methods:  This method includes the use of male condoms, female condoms, the diaphragm, and the cervical cap. Barrier methods do not tamper with fertility. If you use this method and you want to try for a baby, you just need to stop.

Pills, patch, and vaginal ring: To stop the effect of the usage of pills, patches and vaginal rings all you need to do is to stop using them. Your fertility may return in a matter of days to a month. The sign to know that you are ovulating again is when you start seeing your period regularly.

The progestin-only mini-pill: This is a pill that contains a reduced dose of progesterone. It is taken daily and potent for about 24 hours after you take the last one. Since it effect is only for a day, fertility can be reversed if you do not take it the next day and henceforth. This is great for a woman is trying to conceive.

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Depo-Provera (The shot): This method involves taking an injection of synthetic progesterone every three months. Fertility can return (if another shot is not taken) between the 13th week to a year or more. If you have not seen your period after a year after you took your last injection, you need to see your doctor.

The implant: This is popularly called ‘Implanon’ which is a small rod inserted under the skin of the upper arm. When you are ready to try again, all you need to do is ask your doctor to remove it and the contraceptive effect would stop.

Intrauterine device (IUD):  Ask your doctor to take it out for you. IUD does not affect your fertility, as it would still be the same as when you had the device inserted into your cervix.

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Tubal ligation and Vasectomy:  This is a permanent form of birth control for people who do not want any more children. Women do tubal litigation while men do the vasectomy. Sometimes people who do this have a change of mind and may want to have kids. In this case, reversal is complicated and expensive with no certainty of success. The chances of being pregnant after a tubal litigation reversal is between 31 and 38%.There is a high risk of having an ectopic pregnancy.

For vasectomy, it is hard to reverse this. A key factor that affects this is the length of time the vasectomy has been carried out. The longer it is the lower the chances of having a reversal success.   Alternatively, in vitro fertilization can be used as a birthing method for those who want to have kids after tubal litigation and vasectomy