If I stop taking the pill this month, can I get pregnant next month? Isn’t there any risk of getting pregnant as soon as I stop taking the pill? I’ve been taking the pill for 10 years, is there a problem with getting pregnant?
Can I get pregnant quickly after stopping taking the pill?
The contraceptive pill is a method that prevents fertilisation by blocking ovulation with hormones (often oestrogen and progesterone).
After stopping the pill, ovulation is stopped quickly because the hormones contained in oral contraceptives have a relatively short lifespan: for example, when you stop taking the pill pack after 21 days (as most packs contain 21 tablets), your period usually starts again within 24 to 48 hours.
This means that you can become pregnant as early as the cycle after stopping the pill.
Is getting pregnant as soon as I stop taking the pill a problem?
We often hear that it is better to wait 1, 2 or 3 cycles after stopping the pill to become pregnant so that the lining of the uterus can be rebuilt. However, there is no scientific evidence to prove that it is necessary to wait.
Many pregnancies occur as soon as the pill is stopped and they do not lead to more complications than others.
From the first month after stopping the pill, the endometrium (the lining that covers the uterus) is sufficiently reconstructed by the patient’s natural hormones to allow the embryo to implant itself in the uterus and pregnancy to begin normally.
Does the pill reduce fertility?
Many of us believe that taking the pill for several years reduces fertility. In fact, this is not true.
A study was carried out on 60,000 women using oral contraceptives. Among them, 2064 stopped taking the pill to have a child.
The results :
21% became pregnant in the first cycle, very close to the 20-25% of pregnancies not preceded by contraceptives.
79% became pregnant in the first year, a figure equivalent to non-users of oral contraceptives.
Furthermore, taking the pill does not seem to affect fertility since pregnancy rates after the age of 35 are similar between those who have taken the pill and those who have not.