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How and when to plan a pregnancy after discontinuing birth control pills?


Biochemical pregnancy is a common occurrence in gynecology. According to statistics, at least 60% of all conception cases result in spontaneous interruption in the early stages. Moreover, the vast majority of women do not even realize that fertilization has occurred. Only observant patients who carefully monitor the menstrual cycle, monitor ovulation and have a blood test for hCG before menstruation is delayed, can determine this condition. These groups of women are planning a conception and are looking forward to a positive result.

Biochemical pregnancy lasts no more than 3 weeks. In this case, a woman has a delay of menstruation from one day to a week. Pregnancy tests can be positive and negative, but a blood test usually accurately shows the presence of chorionic gonadotropin. After a few days of delay, the functional layer of the uterus is rejected, and menstruation begins. The nature of the bleeding after a biochemical pregnancy may change or remain the same.

Reasons for unsuccessful conception

Gynecologists do not advise immediately planning a pregnancy after a biochemical pregnancy, since early termination can be caused by serious diseases. Reasons for spontaneous abortion:

  • failure of the second phase of the cycle,
  • an aggressive immune system response to the fetus,
  • fetal genetic abnormalities
  • thrombophilia in a woman
  • inflammatory diseases in the pelvis.

If a woman plans a pregnancy and monitors the work of her body, then she will be able to determine the biochemical pregnancy. In this case, it is recommended to take tests, undergo hardware and instrumental diagnostics.

When can I get pregnant if I had a biochemical pregnancy?

Before getting pregnant, you need to be examined. Gynecologists give this recommendation not only to women after spontaneous interruption. Diagnostic manipulations at the planning stage can reduce the risk of complications during gestation.

If the results of the examination show that the woman is absolutely healthy, doctors see no reason to prohibit pregnancy. It is allowed to plan conception at any convenient time.

When the diagnosis shows the presence of pathology, it is necessary to get rid of it before conception. Depending on the type of problem, planning will have to be postponed for 1-6 months.

Many women who did not know about biochemical pregnancy plan as early as next month. Medical practice shows that they become pregnant and successfully bear a child. To date, there is no evidence that the biochemical in the last cycle helps conception in this. However, such a hypothesis exists and continues to be analyzed by specialists.

If a biochemical pregnancy is the result of IVF

Biochemical pregnancy often happens as a result of in vitro fertilization. In this case, doctors are not allowed to plan in the next cycle. During IVF, a woman is forced to take potent hormonal drugs that cause a serious blow to her body. If the result is unsuccessful, the endocrine, reproductive and nervous systems require recovery. Doctors allow doctors to start the next IVF attempt no earlier than six months later. If you plan a new protocol earlier, there will be a high risk of recurrence of failure.

How to get pregnant?

To increase the chances of successful fertilization, doctors recommend an examination at the planning stage to exclude diseases and conditions that may interfere. To get pregnant, you need to have a regular sex life without the use of contraceptives. You can increase the likelihood of success if you track ovulation. To determine fertile days, you can use one or more of the following methods:

  • basal temperature measurement
  • conducting tests at home,
  • folliculometry
  • analysis of vaginal mucus,
  • calendar calculation.

If after independent termination of pregnancy a new one does not occur within one year, it is necessary to seek the help of a gynecologist. Having found the cause of the failure, you can solve the problem.

Biochemical pregnancy can occur several times during life. This condition is not considered dangerous to the woman’s health and does not require emergency measures. It does not create barriers to new fertilization, but involves a more careful attitude to one's own health. The probability of pregnancy after a biochemical pregnancy is high.

When to stop taking birth control pills?

Experts advise you to abandon contraceptives 3 months before the expected pregnancy planning. During this period of time, the hormonal system of a woman will be able to recover to a state preceding the start of oral contraception.

A three-month break is necessary for the formation of the menstrual cycle and the normalization of the ovaries. But worry, if you did not get pregnant right away, you should not. While the recovery process is in progress, you can take care of your health. Perhaps, during the period of hormonal contraception in the body, certain problems have arisen that need to be treated before conception.

How to get pregnant quickly after canceling the most popular birth control?

The choice of hormonal contraceptives is wide enough. Consider the most popular of them.

If a woman took Regulon, then it is possible to plan conception no earlier than 3 months after its cancellation. According to statistics, pregnancy occurs between 3 and 18 months of attempts, and this is considered the norm.

In the first months after the cancellation of Regulon in the female body, the reproductive system is prepared for independent functioning without undue stimulation. Also, the body in full removes the accumulated hormonal components. It is worth noting that Regulon does not have a toxic effect on the fetus and, if conception occurs immediately after its administration, there is nothing to worry about.

Yarina and Jess

Planning for conception can be started from the 3rd month after the cancellation of Yarina. But you should be prepared for two options for the development of events: pregnancy occurs immediately, in the first two cycles after the break, or conception will occur much later - about a year after the full restoration of the menstrual cycle. The duration of use of the Yarina affects this.

As in the case of Yarina, the conception after the abolition of Jess can be planned in 3 months. These drugs have a similar composition, however, in Jess the dosage of hormones is lower. Normally, pregnancy after stopping this contraceptive should occur within a year.

After the cancellation of Novinet, it is not necessary to take a break before planning pregnancy. But most gynecologists recommend waiting 3 months to establish a normal menstrual cycle.

At this time, difficulties often arise, for example, the lack of regular menstruation. Therefore, pregnancy may occur later than expected by the end of the first year of planning.

But there are exceptions to the rules. In some women, pregnancy after birth control pills Novinet occurs immediately, in the first cycle. Such a rapid conception does not affect the course of pregnancy, because after taking the drug, it is quickly excreted from the body.

Problems that may arise

Following contraception, the following unpleasant changes may occur:

  • failure of the menstrual cycle, characterized by lengthening or shortening of the cycle, sometimes a complete absence of menstruation,
  • problems with conception that occur in some women after prolonged use of drugs (at least 3 years),
  • cardiovascular pathologies that intensified or occurred while taking contraceptives, such as angina pectoris, varicose veins, thrombosis, pulmonary hypertension,
  • violation of lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, especially in women who smoke.

Rules to follow to get pregnant faster

If a woman wants pregnancy after birth control pills to come in the near future, first of all she must correctly finish taking the drug. It is important to finish the started packaging to the end, in no case throwing a reception in the middle. Proper abolition of oral contraceptives will avoid complications associated with hormonal imbalance.

But giving up birth control can’t guarantee a quick and easy pregnancy. Much depends on factors such as the woman’s age, her state of health, and the duration of contraceptive use.

Fewer problems with conception occur in young healthy women aged 18 to 24 years, provided that birth control pills have been used for no more than 12 months. In this case, the menstrual cycle can recover very quickly - after about 1-2 months, or even earlier.

Women aged 25 to 30 years may require about a year to restore the reproductive system. After 30 years, not all women become pregnant, the process of restoring the ovaries lasts longer, especially if hormonal contraceptives have been used for several years without interruption.

There are no ways with a 100% probability of guaranteeing pregnancy after birth control pills. You can only advise planning women to take care of their health, eliminate bad habits, take vitamins. A positive attitude and the absence of health problems increase the chances of a desired pregnancy. More About Pregnancy Planning →

Myth one: after hormonal contraceptives, a multiple pregnancy occurs more often

It really is. The mechanism is easy to explain. Artificial hormones that enter the body inhibit reproductive function. After their cancellation, the ovaries begin to function in an enhanced mode, restoring their work.

During this period, the probability of the simultaneous maturation of several eggs, and hence the onset of multiple pregnancy, increases. This phenomenon is more characteristic of the first menstrual cycle after the abolition of birth control pills.

Myth two: after the birth control is canceled, you can not become pregnant within 3 months

This statement is justified. But compliance with this condition is not always mandatory.

If the drug was prescribed to a woman by a short course to stimulate the ovaries, then pregnancy after birth control pills can be planned immediately after they are canceled. In the case of prolonged use of contraceptives, it is really better to refuse this venture, giving the body time to recover.

Myth three: prolonged use of birth control pills negatively affects a woman's reproductive function

This fear is explained by facts from the past when contraceptives were made with fairly high dosages of hormones. Such funds were more difficult for women to tolerate; they required mandatory interruptions in admission so that the body remembered its immediate function.

Drugs manufactured today can be taken continuously. But you need to remember that a long reception requires a mandatory restoration of the menstrual cycle before planning pregnancy.

Myth Four: Hormones Can Affect Future Children

It is proved that the hormones that make up oral contraceptives do not accumulate in the body. Therefore, you should not worry about the health of the future generation.

Even if conception occurred directly on the background of taking the drug (such a probability exists, although it is very small - about 1%), this is not an indication for termination of pregnancy. In this case, contraceptives cancel and further bearing of the child occurs without features.

Pregnancy after birth control

Pregnancy after birth control pills proceeds just like any other - with its own risks and problems, depending on the age and health of the expectant mother. Information that artificial hormones taken earlier can cause fetal malformations is unfounded. If pregnancy has come and is developing, taking hormonal contraceptives in the past will not affect its course.

The only thing that birth control pills can influence is the conception of twins, triplets, etc. The risk of multiple pregnancy increases if a woman has used oral contraceptives for more than 6 months. This effect lasts during the first cycle after discontinuation of the drug.

If pregnancy does not occur after hormonal contraception for more than one and a half years, you need to consult with specialists. Most likely, the problem will be solved by hormonal therapy and stimulation of ovulation, but you should not hesitate to consult a doctor. The sooner a woman begins treatment, the less time and effort will be required for the desired pregnancy.

Posted by Olga Rogozhkina, Doctor,
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