A 31-year-old member asked:
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just quit bcp after 16 years taking it. do some hormones stay in my body & prevent pregnancy for awhile??

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Dr. Celia Dominguez
33 years experience Fertility Medicine
No: Usually if you were regular before you started the birth control pill and you presently aren't menopausal then the hormones actually return to "normal" fairly rapidly!
Answered on May 12, 2015
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Not at all: It works by keeping a rather CONSTANT amount of the hormones in the pill floating in your blood to prevent egg release & make your womb less suitable for pregnancy. Once that level drops (a few days at most) you can release and egg & get pregnant. That's what happens to some who get pregnant on the pill. If you stop it, consider your next contact a possible pregnancy.
Answered on Sep 7, 2017

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