How many weeks need to pass before I will be able to know I’m pregnant?
What should I do to prepare for pregnancy?
When should I stop taking the pill so I can get pregnant?
I get asked this question a lot. I always tell people to stay on the pill or most other form of contraception until they are ready to get pregnant. The pill does not stay in your system long term and when you stop taking it there is generally an immediate return to fertility. This does not mean you’ll get pregnant the first month you’re off birth control though. The odds of pregnancy with a healthy woman (ovulates monthly) and a healthy man (normal sperm count) are about 85% in a year of trying for a baby. Those are good odds over a year, but that means that it may take several months to conceive, and that’s just being human, not due to delayed effects of your birth control. If you do decide to stop your birth control pill, or any other form of contraception, finish out the month of pills (or the ring, etc), don’t stop in the middle of a pack.