We spend so much learning about contraception option and birth control options as a way of not getting pregnant, but what happens when we we actually want to start trying for a baby? And what about after the baby? What then?

Fortunately the experts from Kin Fertility – Australia’s first online subscription service for the pill are here to share their expertise by answering all of our tricky pill questions.

They’ve covered everything from when to stop the pill to try for a baby, when to restart, what to do about breastfeeding and everything in between below …

When to stop taking the pill if you’re trying for a baby

It can take anywhere from zero to six months for your ovulation to return after quitting the pill. For most versions of the pill, estrogen is released to suppress your ovulation and also any chance of pregnancy. Unfortunately for those looking to start a family, there’s no completely precise answer to when ovulation will return: it varies from person to person.

However, a good place to start is quitting the pill (and any contraception) about three months before you actually want to start trying.

The pill and breastfeeding

If you do choose to take the pill while breastfeeding, ensure that you’re on the lowest dose possible and don’t start a new pill until at least 4 weeks postpartum. Talking to your doctor is a great place to start here, but the pill is generally not recommended for people breastfeeding, as the estrogen in the pill can cause a decrease in breast milk.

If you’re not breastfeeding, then you’re free to use the contraception that works best for you.

Importantly, talk to your doctor if you have any questions about contraception, and also ensure that you’re not already pregnant because starting any new contraception.

Kin Fertility is Australia’s first online subscription service for the pill.

The mini-pill

The mini-pill is a birth control option that contains the hormone progestin, and not estrogen. Commonly prescribed for breastfeeding mothers, ‘progestin’ is a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone. In the body, progesterone supports the development of your uterine wall to make it suitable to host a fertilised egg.

At high levels, however, progesterone prevents ovulation and causes cervical mucus to thicken, making it hard for sperm to get through. Without a thick, cushy, uterine wall to grow in, an egg will not flourish and there will be no chance of implantation.

There are no placebo pills in a mini-pill dosage.

Returning to the pill after having a baby

If you’re up for returning to the pill after having a baby, it’s recommended that you wait at least three weeks before starting.

Whether or not you choose to breastfeed your child will greatly influence the types of contraception you can take, so always have a good chat with your doctor to find the right option.

Kin Fertility are answering all our pill questions from when to stop the pill to try for a baby, when to restart, what to do about breastfeeding and everything in between.

The pill and hormones.

The combined pill works by keeping the levels of two hormones, estrogen and progesterone, equal at all times.

Doing this stops the pituitary gland in your brain from signalling a release of hormones that trigger ovulation: Follicle Stimulating Hormone (signals the growth of ovarian follicles) and Luteinizing Hormone (prepares a mature egg follicle to burst and release the egg.

Your cervical mucus is also impacted by the pill, changing the consistency to make it harder for sperm to get through.
How a lack of hormones can cause spotting and bleeding

If you’re on the combined pill, the sugar pills in your pack don’t contain any hormones. This triggers the body to release the uterine wall – even when one hasn’t been built up. The thinner uterine wall will mean you have lighter and shorter periods, but it’s still common to experience “withdrawal bleeding” from the reduction in hormones.

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