How to Get Pregnant after Coming off Birth Control
I can’t tell you how many women come to me because they can’t get pregnant after getting of the birth control pill. Many women have irregular cycles, no period, no ovulation, delayed ovulation and/or a very thin lining after having been on the pill for several years. Some women even have symptoms of polycystic ovaries (PCOS).
I also have many women come to me because they miscarried after getting pregnant when they came off the pill. Oftentimes women’s eggs aren’t maturing and ready to ovulate.
What usually happens if you go to your doctor and the doctor puts you on Clomid or other fertility drugs to try to force ovulation. But in many cases, this adds fuel to the fire. If the body isn’t ready to mature an egg for ovulation, you can’t get water from a stone. The fertility drugs can’t force the body to do something it’s not prepared to do. The hormones first need to be regulated.
For many years, the use of birth control forced your body to suppress your reproductive hormones. This also reduced blood flow to your uterus causing a thin uterine lining. That’s why your period was so light on the pill. And because your hormones were suppressed, that’s why you had less PMS symptoms. If you went on the pill to regulate your cycle, that means your cycle and fertility already had issues before going on birth control that were just masked by suppressing your reproductive cycle.
The first thing you need to focus on before getting pregnant is re-establishing a healthy cycle and uterine lining. Your hormones need to be balanced and blood flow to your uterus needs to increase. Even if you do end up using fertility treatment, you still want to focus on getting a healthy cycle first to have a better chance of it working and not just adding more drugs to your body that will interfere with your hormonal balance.
Usually once you get a healthy cycle, you’re able to conceive naturally. Luckily Chinese medicine is awesome at bringing back a healthy cycle. Of course it takes time so you need to be patient, but it’s worth the wait.
The tools of Chinese medicine, including self-acupressure, dietary support, acupuncture, castor oil packs and Chinese herbs can all help you to get back on track and get pregnant after coming off the pill.
To get started in balancing your hormones, you can sign up for my Free Fertility Resource Library on this page.
In support, Heidi