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How does getting off the pill affect your ovulation? Right away?

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Dr. Philip Chenette
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In brief: 3 month delay common

Over half of all women ovulate right after stopping the pill.
Roughly a third require up to 3 months to start ovulating and 10 percent require 6 months or more. Luteal phase defect, where ovulation occurs but pregnancy-supporting hormones are low, is common after stopping ocps. A good strategy is to wait 2-3 months after stopping the pills to try to conceive.

In brief: 3 month delay common

Over half of all women ovulate right after stopping the pill.
Roughly a third require up to 3 months to start ovulating and 10 percent require 6 months or more. Luteal phase defect, where ovulation occurs but pregnancy-supporting hormones are low, is common after stopping ocps. A good strategy is to wait 2-3 months after stopping the pills to try to conceive.
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