Ovulation After Stopping Birth Control


Dear Midwife,
I stopped taking my pills on Feb. 27th. How long would it take me to ovulate.

I am really excited and want this to happen asap. Thanks for the help!


Women vary *tremendously* in how long it takes to ovulate when they come off the pill. Some do so the very day they don't start a new pill pack; others can take up to two years.

Meanwhile, have a really good time!!!! and try not to stress--it will happen at exactly the right time.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.