How soon fertility returns after discontinuing birth control varies considerably, depending on factors such as birth control type, age, and overall health status. At Patel & Patel MD, we understand the uncertainties surrounding restoring your fertility after stopping birth control. Our dedicated team is here to provide expert guidance for women transitioning from birth control.

If you encounter trouble conceiving, we also offer fertility evaluations for both partners. In this post, our team aims to shed light on the timelines and expectations of regaining fertility after discontinuing birth control, providing a clearer picture of this critical phase in your reproductive journey.

Contraceptive reversal time

The time it takes to become fertile again largely depends on the birth control you used.

Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)

Hormonal and non-hormonal IUDs are some of the most convenient and effective birth control methods. IUDs that are inserted into the uterus by a healthcare provider offer long-term pregnancy prevention — up to 10 years, depending on the type. 

One of the major advantages of IUDs is that they’re not only long-term but also immediately reversible, making them popular among women who prefer an option that enables them to start trying to get pregnant right away. Once an IUD is removed, fertility returns quickly, usually within a month. This rapid return to fertility and their efficacy and convenience make IUDs an attractive option for many women.

Pill, patch, and ring

With methods such as the pill, the patch, or the ring, you could potentially get pregnant as soon as you stop using them. Their effects reverse quickly, as these are month-to-month prevention methods. You could start ovulating and become pregnant within the first month after cessation. However, for some women, their cycles may take a few months to completely normalize.


The birth control shot, Depo-Provera, can take longer to clear from your system, delaying the return of fertility for several months. On average, it takes about 10 months after the last shot for women to get pregnant, but it can take up to two years for some.

Signs of ovulation after stopping birth control 

After discontinuing birth control, keep an eye out for signs of ovulation, which include a slight pain or ache on one side of the lower abdomen, an increase in cervical mucus, and a slight rise in body temperature. Understanding these signs can help you better predict when you might be most likely to conceive.

The timing of pregnancy after discontinuing birth control can greatly vary based on the type of contraception used and individual body responses. Discussing your plans with a health care provider, such as the experienced team at Patel & Patel MD., can give you personalized advice and ensure you’re as healthy as possible for a potential pregnancy. 

It’s perfectly normal for it to take a few months for your menstrual cycle to stabilize post-birth control. Every woman’s body is unique. If you have any concerns, we’re here to assist you. Your journey to parenthood might be just around the corner, and we look forward to supporting you through this exciting new chapter.

For this and all of your family planning and women’s health needs, give us a call at our South Charleston, West Virginia office to schedule an in-person or telehealth visit with a Patel & Patel, MD provider today. 

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