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Does using birth control hurt my chances of getting pregnant later?

News flash: Birth control = rubber, STIs = glue.

by Tina Raine-Bennett, MD, MPH

Women under 30 years old are incredibly fertile—their ability to get pregnant is at its peak. In the U.S., about three in four sexually active women under 30 are using some type of birth control. But many of them ask me, does using birth control now hurt my chances of getting pregnant in the future? Sigh of relief: it does not.

All reversible birth control methods will help prevent pregnancy while you’re using them, but none have long-lasting effects on your ability to get pregnant when you stop. That’s why women who use the Pill but accidentally forget to take it for a few days can get pregnant that month.

Let’s look, for example, at how long it takes for women to get pregnant when they quit the Pill compared to when they quit non-hormonal fertility awareness methods (FAM, sometimes called natural family planning). A big study of over 2,000 women who quit the Pill after using it for an average of seven years found that 21% were pregnant in one month and 79% were pregnant in a year. Women who stopped using FAM had very similar rates of pregnancy, with 20-25% pregnant in one month and 80% pregnant in a year. In other words, women who quit the Pill get pregnant just as fast as other women, even if they’ve used the Pill for years.

Women who quit the patch, ring, or IUD get pregnant at similar rates. Contrary to popular myth, modern IUDs do not hurt your future fertility. For some women who stop using the implant or the shot (Depo-Provera), it can take a few extra months to start normal menstrual cycles again. There may be a delay of up to two months after stopping the implant and up to six months after stopping the shot, but this varies from person to person, and most women get pregnant soon after stopping these methods.

Okay, so birth control doesn’t hurt a woman’s chances of having a baby in the future. But there is something that does: untreated sexually transmitted infections (STIs). By the age of 25, one in two young people having sex will get an STI.

One of the most common STIs is a bacterial infection called Chlamydia. It’s transmitted by sexual contact, and can be prevented by using condoms. It’s easy to treat with antibiotics, but it’s sneaky: three in four women with Chlamydia don’t know they have it because they have no symptoms. Half of men with Chlamydia have no symptoms either. The longer a woman has an untreated STI like Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, the higher the chance that it will cause scarring in the tubes that connect her ovaries and uterus. That scarring makes it difficult for an egg to travel the right direction, and hurts her chances of getting pregnant in the future.

If you had sex with a new partner and didn’t use a condom, you can still protect yourself by getting tested. Luckily, getting tested for Chlamydia or Gonorrhea is easy and painless: you just pee in a cup. Getting treated just means taking some pills for a week. If you test positive, you can tell a partner he or she should get tested and treated using an anonymous e-card. And for future hookups, you can learn more about talking to a new partner about using condoms.

If you’ve never been tested, check out GYT—Get Yourself Tested, Get Yourself Talking. Lots of health centers around the country offer free or reduced cost testing. Find a place to get tested and keep infertility from sticking to you!

Tina Raine-Bennett, MD, MPH, is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco, and Medical Director of the New Generation Health Center. New Generation is a family planning and STD clinic for adolescents where Dr. Raine gets to do what she loves best: help young women.

are there any other things that can cause a woman not to b able to have children?

2012-04-19 20:59:07 UTC

Janae006

Thanks for your question.  There are other things that can make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant, but most of them are uncommon in healthy women under age 30. Other causes include: - not having a period (which can be caused by losing a lot of weight quickly, stress, eating disorders, and polycystic ovary syndrome) - reproductive tract problems(such as endometriosis or fibroids) - health problems (like thyroid imbalances and diabetes) - and chromosomal abnormalities. Also, researchers estimate that about half of infertility is related to men. Usually a health care provider can help a couple figure out what's going on with a few tests. You can read more about this issue here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/infertility/DS00310/DSECTION=causes.

2012-04-21 16:21:37 UTC

Tina Raine-Bennett

HI I HAD IMPLANON FOR THE FULL THREE YRS HAD PROBLEMS WITH IT ONLY IN THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRST FEW MONTHS AFTER THAT HAD REGULAR PERIODS EVERY MONTH WHEN IT EXPIRED I WAS ON THE PILL FOR A MONTH & THEN HAD THE IMPLANON INSERTED AGAIN FOR ANOTHER EIGHT MONTHS, HAD IT REMOVED AND TRIED THE PILL ONCE MORE FOR ABOUT TEN DAYS. MY HUSBAND AND I ARE TTC FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS ALREADY,THE WHOLE TIME I WAS ON BC I ALWAYS GOT MY PERIOD TOWARDS THE END OF EACH MONTH, MARCH TWENTYNINTH I STOPPED TAKING THE PILL AND IN MID JUNE I ONLY HAD SPOTTING FOR TWO DAYS & THEN A WEEK LATER ANOTHER TWO DAYS. NOW IN JULY I GOT IT ON THE 5TH & HAD IT FOR A FULL 7 DAYS. MY QUESTION IS HOW LONG SHOULD IT ACTUALLY TAKE ME TO FALL PREGNANT IF I KEPT SWICHING BACK FROM IMPLANON TO PILL?? KEEPING IN MIND THAT I COMPLETELY STOPPED BC SINCE MARCH 29TH...ITS BEEN REALLY FRUSTRATING FOR ME PLZ HELP WITH MY QUESTION..THNKU

2012-07-24 11:28:38 UTC

ROXANNE

The hormones in the implant are supposed to disappear in a matter of days after removal. Most women who were ovulating before they got the implant will ovulate within the first month after its removal and 94% of women ovulate within 3 months of an implant's removal. So based on this, perhaps ovulation will start soon for you, if it hasn’t already. Similarly, pills don't "stay in your system" when you stop taking them. If someone takes a full cycle of pills, then stops, the normal cycle should kick in pretty quickly. It's possible that in some women, things may take longer, but then it's also possible that your periods were irregular for reasons unrelated to the birth control. Without knowing your age, what your periods used to be like, or what your bleeding was like on the implant, it's hard to say whether it was switching methods that has affected your cycle. It can (and usually does) take more than two months to get pregnant. We generally say a fertile couple has an 85% chance of getting pregnant in a year, which is about 8-12% chance in a given month. So people shouldn't get too frustrated early on. If your periods stay irregular, you may want to get checked out, because irregular periods may make it harder to time sex to get pregnant. But if your periods get regular, your chances of getting pregnant within the next year are high.

2012-08-22 20:21:06 UTC

Bedsider Medical Advisor

The hormones in the implant are supposed to disappear in a matter of days after removal. Most women who were ovulating before they got the implant will ovulate within the first month after its removal and 94% of women ovulate within 3 months of an implant's removal. So based on this, perhaps ovulation will start soon for you, if it hasn’t already. Similarly, pills don't "stay in your system" when you stop taking them. If someone takes a full cycle of pills, then stops, the normal cycle should kick in pretty quickly. It's possible that in some women, things may take longer, but then it's also possible that your periods were irregular for reasons unrelated to the birth control. Without knowing your age, what your periods used to be like, or what your bleeding was like on the implant, it's hard to say whether it was switching methods that has affected your cycle. It can (and usually does) take more than two months to get pregnant. We generally say a fertile couple has an 85% chance of getting pregnant in a year, which is about 8-12% chance in a given month. So people shouldn't get too frustrated early on. If your periods stay irregular, you may want to get checked out, because irregular periods may make it harder to time sex to get pregnant. But if your periods get regular, your chances of getting pregnant within the next year are high.

2012-08-22 20:26:13 UTC

Bedsider Medical Advisor

When i got married i only took the pill for 2 1/2 month & then i stop taking it cause i kept on forgetting & my husband wanted a baby so now its ben a year & i haven't got pregnant plus the pill i had my period twice a month & it would b really short & it wasent as usual how my period was & now im wondering if the pills would ben causing me preoblems

2012-08-28 06:32:49 UTC

crystal

i been on the depo shot for over 5 years how long do u think it will take for me to get pregnant after i get off of it?

2012-09-29 23:37:19 UTC

amber

What about the nuva ring my parents and I are worried about infertility in the long run?! Do you know anything about the nuva ring haven't rally had any problems I'm just worried about conceiving later on down the road

2012-11-17 03:47:23 UTC

Chandler schulps

WHAT ABOUT THE DEPO SHOT CAN YOU STILL GET PREGENT AFTER YOU STOP USEING IT......

2012-11-25 01:35:59 UTC

catherine

Ive had the shot one time for 2 months and i stoped getting it. i tried getting pregnant then. i havent got my period since december & took pregnacy test but came put negative :( help me please?

2013-02-12 04:50:29 UTC

Abby

I was on the pill from the age of 15 to 26/27 of age. I am now 30 going on 31 in August. I have not been able to conceive. Could this be because I was on birth control for too long?

2013-03-20 13:26:32 UTC

Christy

I was on the pill from the age of 15 to 26/27 of age. I am now 30 going on 31 in August. I have not been able to conceive. Could this be because I was on birth control for too long?

2013-03-20 13:26:32 UTC

Christy

You may never get pregnant on the depo shot, it totally ruins your chances,, and messes your body up i got off it the first round after getting advice from 5 different doc. on my chances of conceiving

2013-07-22 00:07:47 UTC

ashleigh

Counting from the day you got your last shot, it may take 9 months to begin normal ovulation and menstrual cycles again. That's why health care providers advise women who may want to get pregnant in the next year to try methods other than Depo. However, after 9 months, the chances of getting pregnant are the same for women who used the shot as for women who used some other method.

2013-07-25 21:11:46 UTC

Tina Raine-Bennett

Counting from the day you got your last shot, it may take 9 months to begin normal ovulation and menstrual cycles again. That's why health care providers advise women who may want to get pregnant in the next year to try methods other than Depo. However, after 9 months, the chances of getting pregnant are the same for women who used the shot as for women who used some other method.

2013-07-25 21:11:46 UTC

Tina Raine-Bennett

Hi Abby, thanks for your note. It sounds like you got the shot once, sometime last fall. Each shot of Depo Provera works as very effective birth control for 3 months. For some women, the shot works for longer than 3 months. It could take up to six months after getting a shot for a woman to have a normal period again and be able to get pregnant. It sounds like you are concerned, so I definitely recommend checking in with your health care provider.

2013-09-18 17:52:06 UTC

Tina Raine-Bennett

Hi Abby, thanks for your note. It sounds like you got the shot once, sometime last fall. Each shot of Depo Provera works as very effective birth control for 3 months. For some women, the shot works for longer than 3 months. It could take up to six months after getting a shot for a woman to have a normal period again and be able to get pregnant. It sounds like you are concerned, so I definitely recommend checking in with your health care provider.

2013-09-18 17:52:06 UTC

Tina Raine-Bennett

I was on the shoots at the age of 15 i took the shoots two times then stop it made me bleed a lot I'm 26 now n i get a period bout every three years n i want children wat can i do i just got on the pills to see will that help well it r do i have to do some else my name is Whitney

2013-09-30 08:01:43 UTC

Whitney Walker

I was on the shoots at the age of 15 i took the shoots two times then stop it made me bleed a lot I'm 26 now n i get a period bout every three years n i want children wat can i do i just got on the pills to see will that help well it r do i have to do some else my name is Whitney

2013-09-30 08:01:43 UTC

Whitney Walker

I was on the shoots at the age of 15 i took the shoots two times then stop it made me bleed a lot I'm 26 now n i get a period bout every three years n i want children wat can i do i just got on the pills to see will that help well it r do i have to do some else my name is Whitney

2013-09-30 08:01:43 UTC

Whitney Walker

Probably should get off the pills... If you want children etc, go to your doctor and ask about a treatment to bring back your period and try to help your fertility.

2013-10-13 06:13:01 UTC

Julie Dickerson

I,am using oral pills for 3 month, and i used to miss some days in the forth month and now i did'nt see my period. does that means I'am pregnant?

2013-10-25 12:15:38 UTC

maryam

I,am using oral pills for 3 month, and i used to miss some days in the forth month and now i did'nt see my period. does that means I'am pregnant?

2013-10-25 12:15:38 UTC

maryam

If i had my son on may 28,2013 and been on the depo sing august.but was supose to get second shot on september 9,2013 but missed that appointment,but have been sexually active with my partner since i came home up until now...could i be pregnant?

2013-10-31 08:44:31 UTC

Mechelle Hunter

Hi i was wondering ... if i had my son on may 28,2013 and was on the depo since august but was sceduled to go back september 9,2013 to get my second shot but didnt and been active with my partner since i missed that one could i be pregnant?

2013-10-31 08:24:56 UTC

Mechelle Hunter

If i had my son on may 28,2013 and been on the depo sing august.but was supose to get second shot on september 9,2013 but missed that appointment,but have been sexually active with my partner since i came home up until now...could i be pregnant?

2013-10-31 08:44:31 UTC

Mechelle Hunter

I have to be on the pill in order to get my period. Will I be able to get pregnant because of not getting my period without the pill??

2013-11-04 01:25:33 UTC

Kati Rizzio

I have to be on the pill in order to get my period. Will I be able to get pregnant because of not getting my period without the pill??

2013-11-04 01:25:33 UTC

Kati Rizzio

I have to be on the pill in order to get my period. Will I be able to get pregnant because of not getting my period without the pill??

2013-11-04 01:25:33 UTC

Kati Rizzio

i only had one depo shot and i stopped taking it in October 4th what is my chances of getting pregnant??

2013-11-12 20:26:20 UTC

megan

I been on birth control for eight years and still not pregent and i have also skipped some and still not pregent

2013-11-12 23:10:38 UTC

Alicia

Hi maryam - thanks for your question. Based on what you wrote, it's hard to tell if you are pregnant. We always recommend talking with your healthcare provider if you are concerned. If you need help finding a provider, our clinic finder can help: http://bedsider.org/where_to_get_it

2013-11-20 22:50:33 UTC

Tina Raine-Bennett

I hope this is a horrible joke. You are so young and having a baby is huge responsibility that you can't undo. Don't you want to go to college, start a career, get a house first? This decision will not only impact you but the father and most importantly the child. Have you thought this through all the way? Please think this through....

2013-11-30 22:26:57 UTC

Heather

I've taken birth control since I was 13, when I got my period. I am now 33, I have been off the pill for a year in a half. I have no children, been married now for a year. Do you think that I've made it extremely harder for myself by being on Birth control for so long. At the most thru the years off and on I've been off them total maybe 2 years. My husband really wants a child. I want to wait until next summer to start trying to conceive. Do you think me starting birth control again for a few months is a bad idea and will make it extremely hard for me to even get pregnant. ( I've gotten pregnant once when I was in college and got an abortion.. That was a time when I was off the pill for a few months.) I know that was a lot, but I'm trying to decide whether starting the pill again is a good or bad idea.

2013-12-03 15:28:27 UTC

Tammy

I've taken birth control since I was 13, when I got my period. I am now 33, I have been off the pill for a year in a half. I have no children, been married now for a year. Do you think that I've made it extremely harder for myself by being on Birth control for so long. At the most thru the years off and on I've been off them total maybe 2 years. My husband really wants a child. I want to wait until next summer to start trying to conceive. Do you think me starting birth control again for a few months is a bad idea and will make it extremely hard for me to even get pregnant. ( I've gotten pregnant once when I was in college and got an abortion.. That was a time when I was off the pill for a few months.) I know that was a lot, but I'm trying to decide whether starting the pill again is a good or bad idea.

2013-12-03 15:28:27 UTC

Tammy

I've taken birth control since I was 13, when I got my period. I am now 33, I have been off the pill for a year in a half. I have no children, been married now for a year. Do you think that I've made it extremely harder for myself by being on Birth control for so long. At the most thru the years off and on I've been off them total maybe 2 years. My husband really wants a child. I want to wait until next summer to start trying to conceive. Do you think me starting birth control again for a few months is a bad idea and will make it extremely hard for me to even get pregnant. ( I've gotten pregnant once when I was in college and got an abortion.. That was a time when I was off the pill for a few months.) I know that was a lot, but I'm trying to decide whether starting the pill again is a good or bad idea.

2013-12-03 15:28:27 UTC

Tammy

You wont get pregnant right away, It takes 3 months to almost a year to start ovulating again. Ive been off the shot for over 2 months, been having unprotected sex and Im still not pregnant

2014-01-06 23:01:15 UTC

G.W. Bush

Hi Whitney, thanks for your note. It sounds like your period is irregular, and the pill can help with that. The pill will also prevent you from getting pregnant. So if you are trying to have a baby now, you can talk to a nurse or doctor about your period and when it's best to try.

2014-01-08 21:52:19 UTC

Tina Raine-Bennett

Hi Mechelle, Thanks for your question. Did you get your first Depo shot sometime in August? If yes, then your second shot should have been scheduled for sometime in November. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it's safe to go up to 15 weeks between Depo shots. If it has been more than 15 weeks since your last shot, you could get pregnant.

2014-01-08 21:53:19 UTC

Tina Raine-Bennett

Hi Whitney, thanks for your note. It sounds like your period is irregular, and the pill can help with that. The pill will also prevent you from getting pregnant. So if you are trying to have a baby now, you can talk to a nurse or doctor about your period and when it's best to try.

2014-01-08 21:52:19 UTC

Tina Raine-Bennett

Hi Mechelle, Thanks for your question. Did you get your first Depo shot sometime in August? If yes, then your second shot should have been scheduled for sometime in November. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it's safe to go up to 15 weeks between Depo shots. If it has been more than 15 weeks since your last shot, you could get pregnant.

2014-01-08 21:53:19 UTC

Tina Raine-Bennett

Hello, My Name is Mrs, Julie Daniel, i was barren for 34 years, i tried all my possible best just to get pregnant but to no avail until i met this powerful herbalist named DR OGIRIKOBO who gave me a fruit of the womb which help me a lot, now i am carrying my second baby, here is his email dr_ ogirikobo@live.com you can contact him for such help too.. thank Julie Daniel

2014-01-21 18:56:48 UTC

Julie Daniel

Hello, My Name is Mrs, Julie Daniel, i was barren for 34 years, i tried all my possible best just to get pregnant but to no avail until i met this powerful herbalist named DR OGIRIKOBO who gave me a fruit of the womb which help me a lot, now i am carrying my second baby, here is his email dr_ ogirikobo@live.com you can contact him for such help too.. thank Julie Daniel

2014-01-21 18:56:48 UTC

Julie Daniel

Hey Mrs.Daniel can you please give me the correct email address for this doctor because I'm really in need.

2014-01-29 04:46:29 UTC

Amina miles

Hi, ive took the shot ffor a year and got off it sep.2103and been trying o have kids how do i know if i can cuz ive been having UTI and no peroid yet?

2014-02-06 17:51:52 UTC

lillacyboo143

Hi Johna, Thanks for your note. Some things you might want to consider before getting pregnant: First, Your body is not done growing. The bones in your hips will keep growing for another five years or more. Before the bones finish growing, there is a higher chance that a baby will get stuck during birth and the mom will need surgery. Second, babies born to young moms are more likely to have health problems, including being born too early or being very small at birth. Third, having a baby costs over $10,000 each year. This calculator shows some of the costs: http://www.babycenter.com/baby-cost-calculator. To learn more, you might want to check out stayteen.org. You can even email Stay Teen at admin@stayteen.org and someone will respond to you in a couple of days. Finally, we always recommend finding a trusted health care provider that you can talk with. If you don't have one, you can find one here: http://bedsider.org/where_to_get_it. We hope this information is helpful!

2014-02-09 22:06:12 UTC

Tina Raine-Bennett

Hi Johna, Thanks for your note. Some things you might want to consider before getting pregnant: First, Your body is not done growing. The bones in your hips will keep growing for another five years or more. Before the bones finish growing, there is a higher chance that a baby will get stuck during birth and the mom will need surgery. Second, babies born to young moms are more likely to have health problems, including being born too early or being very small at birth. Third, having a baby costs over $10,000 each year. This calculator shows some of the costs: http://www.babycenter.com/baby-cost-calculator. To learn more, you might want to check out stayteen.org. You can even email Stay Teen at admin@stayteen.org and someone will respond to you in a couple of days. Finally, we always recommend finding a trusted health care provider that you can talk with. If you don't have one, you can find one here: http://bedsider.org/where_to_get_it. We hope this information is helpful!

2014-02-09 22:06:12 UTC

Tina Raine-Bennett

Hello, and thanks for you question. You can check out the chart above, and see that it can take a little longer to get your period back after stopping depo provera ('the shot'), but pregnancy is still possible. If you're having other symptoms when you urinate that's a separate issue that should be evaluated by a medical provider.

2014-02-11 04:13:05 UTC

Colleen Krajewski, MD, MPH

I was prescribed birth control to prevent further ovarian cysts. I've only had one in my life. I'm 18 and im worried about taking it and the side effects I may experience.

2014-02-20 15:54:43 UTC

Vithusha

I was on the Depo shot for 3 years. and got off around 05-06 i tried the ring ONCE in 2010 and the medicine made me sick. Ever since then I never got back on any birth control methods and still have not been able to concieve.

2014-02-25 13:40:25 UTC

diva20721

I was on the Depo shot for 3 years. and got off around 05-06 i tried the ring ONCE in 2010 and the medicine made me sick. Ever since then I never got back on any birth control methods and still have not been able to concieve.

2014-02-25 13:40:25 UTC

diva20721

That will mess your body up because once you start birth control you have to take it everyday and if you just stop you'll confuse your body because thats what happen to me i s skipped the pill and i got my period and it was longer then a week and heavy so dont play around with taking that and im just telling you from my experience and im 16

2014-03-11 17:49:44 UTC

Aleesha

It can take from 12-18 months after the depo to get pregnant and thats what my doctor told me and it doesn't make you sterile as long as the doctor is professional

2014-03-11 17:51:56 UTC

Aleesha

I got the Depo shot 3 times the last time was Dec 2013 it is now March 31 2014 . Is It possible for me to have a baby now ?

2014-03-31 18:13:08 UTC

Alyssa Hicks

I just changed my birth control I was using the implant in my arm, I got it taken out a week ago and had unprotected sex with my husband. We were hoping to have another baby...I was wondering how long it usually takes to get pregnant after having the implant out and having unprotected sex??

2014-04-10 01:42:23 UTC

Abby Smith

I just changed my birth control I was using the implant in my arm, I got it taken out a week ago and had unprotected sex with my husband. We were hoping to have another baby...I was wondering how long it usually takes to get pregnant after having the implant out and having unprotected sex??

2014-04-10 01:42:23 UTC

Abby Smith

I was on the pill from age 15 to 20 years and now I am 21 and I have been off of the birth control for a little over a year and I am wanting to start a family soon. but the only problem is that the pill made me gain a lot of weight and I was wondering is it possible that I can not conceive a baby because of the birth control? also I was also wondering If I have been off of birth control for just over a year is their a chance that I can conceive a baby and what is the chance of me getting pregnet?

2014-04-30 23:39:38 UTC

Krystal

Im 26 years old I've been on the pill since the day my period started at 15. I was calling Walgreen to get my pills filled it took them 3 weeks to do this being they were calling the wrong health unit. I got pregnant with in that short period of time not even trying. Things will happen when there ready. I never had any scares prier to that and I don't have any other kids ither. My ole man ither has no kids and he's 28.

2014-06-02 22:03:00 UTC

genie

Well we are trying to get pregnant and we have.no luck at all?. We have been together almost.10 years my doctor says.im really.fertile and he.is suprized I.dont have any childen.yet.. any suggestions on how to get pregnany?

2014-06-14 07:06:01 UTC

Nicole

Hi Nuria - It sounds like you have a lot of reasons to see a doctor. Your arm should be checked out, and it would be great if you could have a longer conversation about what contraceptive method you want to use.

2014-07-09 00:54:39 UTC

Colleen Krajewski, MD, MPH

Hi Nuria - It sounds like you have a lot of reasons to see a doctor. Your arm should be checked out, and it would be great if you could have a longer conversation about what contraceptive method you want to use.

2014-07-09 00:54:39 UTC

Colleen Krajewski, MD, MPH

Does anyone know anything about the ortho evra patch? I was on it continuously for around seven months but I never took it off.. I switched it every Tuesday but never had the week off I'm trying to get pregnant however it's only been a couple weeks since I've taken the patch off and I've had my period BUT I keep getting a negative pregnancy test.. Does anyone know how long it will take for me and my fiancé to get pregnant? Please help.

2014-07-23 03:52:54 UTC

Mel

Does anyone know anything about the ortho evra patch? I was on it continuously for around seven months but I never took it off.. I switched it every Tuesday but never had the week off I'm trying to get pregnant however it's only been a couple weeks since I've taken the patch off and I've had my period BUT I keep getting a negative pregnancy test.. Does anyone know how long it will take for me and my fiancé to get pregnant? Please help.

2014-07-23 03:52:54 UTC

Mel

Does anyone know anything about the ortho evra patch? I was on it continuously for around seven months but I never took it off.. I switched it every Tuesday but never had the week off I'm trying to get pregnant however it's only been a couple weeks since I've taken the patch off and I've had my period BUT I keep getting a negative pregnancy test.. Does anyone know how long it will take for me and my fiancé to get pregnant? Please help.

2014-07-23 03:52:54 UTC

Mel

If you only took the patch off two weeks ago, it's not surprising that your pregnancy test is coming back negative. It takes longer than that for the vast majority of women who haven't been on birth control at all/in years to get pregnant, and you won't even necessarily have a positive test result so quickly even if you *are* pregnant. You should really talk to your GYN. Strangers on the internet are going to be of very limited use.

2014-07-26 18:40:04 UTC

Jane

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