After a decade (or maybe two!) of taking birth control you’re ready to grow your family. Before you enter the world of timed intercourse and checking your cervical fluid, it’s important to take some time and learn about your cycle. We are here to help.

Here are some tips for coming off hormonal birth control when you’re ready to expand your family.

1. Set appropriate expectations.

Expect it to take at least 3 months for your body to figure out exactly what it is supposed to be doing. This might mean you have irregular cycles or heavier than normal bleeding for a while. Your natural hormone cycle has been suppressed for a long time so it’s to be expected that you body will take some time to adjust.

2. Don’t Panic!

If you went on birth control for something like acne or painful periods it’s common for those things to return after quitting. Almost all problems that arise can be treated naturally with nutritional tweaks, botanical medicine, and/or acupuncture!

3. If your period does not come back within 3 months of coming off the pill, again don’t panic!

Most women will resume their natural menstrual cycle within 1-3 months post birth control but there are some that take longer. In this case, make sure your doctor knows what is going on. They might want to run some blood tests and in the meantime, make an appointment with your acupuncturist so we can use our diagnostic superpowers to get to the bottom of what’s going on and give you the appropriate herbal medicines and acupuncture treatment.

4. Focus on health and trust your body.

Your body is incredibly smart and knows exactly what it needs to become more balanced and prepare for a baby. Your job is to learn to listen to it. Focus on treating your body to healthy, nourishing food, exercise/movement, plenty of water and sleep. Do your best to enjoy this phase of your life and trust that if there are any bumps in the road, you won’t have to navigate them alone. (Hi, that’s why we are here!)

Quitting hormonal birth control is an amazing opportunity for you to connect with your body and take control of your reproductive health. Be sure to check out our blog on preconception care to learn more about preparing for pregnancy!

Have more questions on this subject?

Dr. Emily Rea is here to answer your fertility questions and walk with you on your fertility journey. Send us a message any time!