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Have you been popping those little white pills since high school? Take a pass on your prescription a few months before you plan to start trying, says Christopher Williams, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist in private practice in Charlottesville, Virginia, and author of The Fastest Way to Get Pregnant Naturally. That goes for other forms of hormonal birth control too, including the patch, the ring, Mirena IUC, and Implanon. (You should stop getting Depo-Provera, injectable shots of progesterone about nine months before you want to try getting pregnant.)
"After you've been using birth control for awhile, it may take your body a few cycles to start ovulating regularly and be primed for pregnancy," he says. Plus, this gives you time to track your cycle to figure out exactly when you ovulate (step #2), which is key for timing your babymaking.
FYI: Once you stop using birth control, you can get pregnant at any time. So if you're not quite ready to see that pink line on the stick, make sure to use a barrier method like a condom or diaphragm in the interim.
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