In this second part in a series of blog posts on this topic, we address how couples can increase their chance of getting pregnant. Couples can improve their odds of getting pregnant without infertility treatments by ensuring that they are having intercourse in the most productive way or making changes to their lifestyle habits that can impede their fertility. Before seeking fertility treatment, couples should first try everything they can do to enhance their prospects of natural conception through their normal fertility.
Step 2: Stop using birth control well in advance
A preconception visit with an OB/GYN is also an opportunity to discuss the timeline for discontinuing birth control. Certain hormonal birth control methods, like Depo-Provera shots or oral contraceptive pills, can affect hormone levels and make pregnancy harder to achieve for some time after use has been discontinued.
It’s estimated that it can take up to 18 months for the average couple to attain pregnancy after Depo-Provera discontinuation and an average of four to six months after oral contraceptive pills are discontinued. A better understanding of what previous birth control practices mean for conception can be helpful to couples as they endeavor to start their families.
About 85 percent of couples in their 20s and mid-30s become pregnant within 12 months of trying. So for many couples, conception is not only possible but probable. However, other couples may benefit from speaking with a medical provider on ways to improve their chances of becoming pregnant.
For other tips on how to get pregnant on your own, visit our web page, How to Get Pregnant on Your Own.