Congratulations! You are off the pill and are ready to take the first steps towards bringing a new baby into your family. This is an exciting chapter in you and your partner’s lives, one full of fresh and exciting hopes and dreams. However, it is important to realize that having been on the pill can change the game plan in some very important ways as you try to conceive. Lets take a look:
Q: How long after taking the pill can we start trying to conceive?
A: After making the decision that the time is right to have a baby, of course you want to see the positive sign on the pregnancy test right away. Any delay can be really difficult! But women are 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 (progesterone/estrogen) was used.
Q: What should I know about becoming pregnant after being on the pill?
A: Its important to realize that becoming pregnant immediately after coming off the pill may cause certain anomalies.
If your menstrual cycle has not yet returned or is not yet regular and you do become pregnant, the expected due date of the baby will be difficult to correctly determine. This is because the moment of fertilization can not be accurately tracked without accurate menses. It can take a few weeks, or even a few months, before menstruation returns with complete regularity, so it is always a good idea to wait an adequate amount of time before becoming pregnant.
Additionally, if you become 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.
Q: What should I know about becoming pregnant after coming off a three-month hormonal injection cycle?
A:Trying to get pregnant after coming off a cycle of the three month injection method of birth control has an even greater disadvantage. As a result of the injection dramatically altering the cervical mucus, it is commonly advised to wait twelve months or even longer conceive.
It’s hard to get away from it, the bottom line is that an influx of hormones will alter you body’s natural rhythm, and you may have to wait quite a while to actually become pregnant. This waiting time can be agonizing – after all, the reason you stopped using contraception was so that you could finally see the long awaited plus sign on the pregnancy test!
Q: What can I do restore my natural system after coming off hormones?
It is clear that traditional birth control methods, with their hormonal altering substances, are going to take a toll on the natural system of your body, and can affect your general health and your desire to become pregnant. The liver filters all the toxins out of our body and is especially taxed by the overload of synthetic hormones. Additionally, the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, that are in charge sending hormonal messages, are also thrown out of balance with the influx of synthetic hormones.
Fresh wholesome foods can help you detox your body and bring it back to its natural state of functioning. Protein, healthy fats, and fiber aid in hormonal production while green leafy vegetables are critical in detoxing the liver. Medication can also cause a general depletion of vitamins so be sure to eat a rich varied diet and supplement your intake with a with a multi or prenatal vitamin.
Q: So what are the alternatives?
Well, hindsight, as they say, is 20/20 and not having these synthetic hormones racing around your body at all is the best thing when it comes to planing a pregnancy. Using Natural Family Planning (NFP) or the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) for your contraceptive needs is a great way to avoid the problem of hormones completely, and having this knowledge before taking the pill would have been great. But once your cycle has returned after birth, you can kick off with these natural fertility methods.
By simply using knowledge of your body’s cycle and ovulation dates, NFP and FAM can be an effective natural birth control solution for most women. And as an added benefit, when the time to conceive comes along, you can simply transplant the knowledge of your body which you accrued during your contraceptive period to plan for an accurate conception.
Getting started with NFP or FAM is easy when you use a cycle computer like the Ladycomp. Observing your cycle with a cycle computer allows you to avoid intercourse or use protection during your highly fertile days for contraceptive purposes. When you know when your highly fertile days are, you can also pinpoint the days when intercourse has the highest chance of resulting in pregnancy. Therefore, using cycle computers for contraception can later help increase your chances of getting pregnant at the desired time.
Ladycomp, Pearly and Babycomp are designed to give you control and understanding of your fertility without disrupting or changing your natural internal harmony.
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