When Should I Quit Taking Birth Control Pills?

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
My husband and I want to start trying to get pregnant in December. I'm currently on birth control pills and have been on them for almost 4 years.

When do you recommend that I stop taking the birth control pill in order to conceive in December?

ANSWER

The usual recommendation is to stop three months in advance and use condoms for that period. Your other choice is to stop in December.

If you start your pill pack on Sunday, be sure to have intercourse that Sunday (that you don't start your next pack), Monday and Tuesday, even if you are not finished with your menses.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.