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How long should I wait after stopping birth control before trying to conceive?

The time it takes to conceive after stopping birth control depends on the type of birth control.

The amount of time you should wait after stopping birth control before trying to conceive can vary depending on the type of birth control you were using and your individual circumstances.

Here are some general guidelines for different types of birth control methods:

Oral Contraceptives (Birth Control Pills):

  • Combination birth control pills (contain both estrogen and progestin): Many healthcare providers recommend waiting until you've completed one full menstrual cycle after stopping the pill before trying to conceive. This helps your body return to its natural hormonal balance.

  • Progestin-only pills (mini-pills): You can often try to conceive shortly after stopping progestin-only pills, but it's still a good idea to wait until your menstrual cycle returns to normal.

Depo-Provera (Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate):

  • After discontinuing Depo-Provera injections, it may take several months for your menstrual cycle to return to normal and for you to regain fertility. It's not uncommon for it to take up to a year or longer for some individuals. Be patient and consult your healthcare provider for advice.

Intrauterine Devices (IUDs):

  • Fertility typically returns immediately after the removal of a non-hormonal (copper) IUD.

  • Hormonal IUDs (e.g., Mirena) may have a temporary impact on fertility, but it usually returns shortly after removal.

Implants (e.g., Nexplanon):

  • Fertility generally returns quickly after removing contraceptive implants.

Contraceptive Patch or Vaginal Ring:

  • You can often try to conceive soon after discontinuing the use of these methods, similar to combination birth control pills.

Barrier Methods (e.g., condoms, diaphragm):

  • Fertility returns immediately upon discontinuation.

Sterilization (Tubal ligation or vasectomy):

  • These are considered permanent methods of contraception. While reversal surgeries are possible, they may not always result in restored fertility. Discuss your options with a healthcare provider.

Remember that every individual's body reacts differently, so there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It's advisable to consult with a healthcare provider before you stop using any form of birth control to discuss your plans to conceive, your specific birth control method, and your medical history. They can provide personalized guidance and help you make the best choices for your unique situation. Additionally, they can offer preconception counseling and ensure that you are in good health for a healthy pregnancy.


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