How many months after stopping contraceptive pills can I start planning for pregnancy?

Q. Will I necessarily experience withdrawal symptoms after stopping birth control pills?

Answered by
Dr. Ishwar Chandra Rai
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 05, 2023

Hi doctor,

I have stopped my birth control pill called tablet Junel FE 1/20. What are the normal symptoms of getting off it? How long should I wait after getting off the pill to start trying for a baby?



Welcome to

I understand your concern.

Contraceptive pills contain mainly two hormones estrogen and progesterone. They prevent ovulation and hence there is no pregnancy. When you decide to get pregnant you should stop to take such kinds of pills. After taking off contraceptive pills you can resume your period after two to four weeks. It depends on the body's constitution, lifestyle, disease conditions, stress, or climatic changes. The first period after taking off contraceptive pills may be troublesome but the second time will be normal. So if you are planning to conceive, then you should plan after your second period.

Thank you and good luck.

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