Prepare for your successful pregnancy
You’ve been on birth control or preventing pregnancy and now you’re thinking about trying to get pregnant. Congratulations! While this is an exciting time, it is important to know that birth control can affect the way your cycle functions. By being in tune with your body, you can successfully plan your pregnancy.
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THE IMPACT OF BIRTH CONTROL ON YOUR SYSTEMBecause some types of birth control alter your hormones, it can take time to adjust after coming off birth control.
You may react in one of two ways when you stop taking birth control:
- Pill/patch, ring, Nexplanon or hormonal IUD (Mirena): You will have a withdrawal bleed caused by those hormones leaving your body. It is not considered a period until after you’ve produced an egg – ovulated. After your withdrawal bleed, you will ovulate before you have a period.
- Non–hormonal IUD (Paragard): Your cycles will be the same as they were when you were using the IUD. The difference is that the intrauterine environment will now be friendly to conceiving and implanting a pregnancy.
If you weren’t having a period while on birth control, it may take a few months for your uterus to have a thick, pregnancy-ready lining. Often an ultrasound will help date a pregnancy in the first few months.