Welcome to The V , our weeklong series devoted to all things sex and reproductive health. This is a safe space free from "taboos" because there's no reason women should feel awkward talking about their bodies. That said, we'll be clearing up any misinformation on the subject, starting with this huge misnomer: The "V" in this case doesn't refer to the vagina but the vulva, which is the anatomically correct term for external female genitalia including the opening of the vagina. Stay tuned all week for need-to-know guides on birth control, tips for taking your orgasm to the next level, real-life stories about endometriosis, and everything in between.
How Long Does It Take to Get Pregnant? Well, That Depends
7 Reasons for a Missed Period After Stopping Birth Control | Parents
It often feels like women spend most of their lives trying not to get pregnant. Will it take longer? Could you get pregnant right away? First, you should understand how birth control works and what kind of pill you take.
7 Reasons for a Missed Period After Stopping Birth Control
How long it will take to get pregnant after birth control depends partially on what kind of birth control you were using. For those that take birth control pills, 1 in 5 conceive the first cycle after discontinuing the pill, and a little more than half conceive after six months. By the one-year mark, about 8 in 10 are pregnant. However, your choice of contraception does matter. If you had implants or a hormonal IUD, your fertility may take longer to return.
Some women go through years of trial and error and side effects before landing on a method that works for them. Some women are rejecting it because they want to start families. Others are simply done putting their bodies through the wringer. Which begs a shift in the conversation: What happens to our hormones after birth control? One former colleague told me that after being on the pill for a decade, it took two years for her body to feel normal again, for her period to regularize.