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How long after stopping birth control pills or shots can I get pregnan

Chemical Birth Control

Birth control pills, the "Patch" and the "Depo" shot can cause fertility to be difficult after quitting. It can take from 1 to possibly 18 months for the reproductive hormones to regulate after stopping chemical birth control.

What is HCG?


HCG - human chorionic gonadotropin is referred to as the pregnancy hormone. HCG is produced by the developing embryo when it implants into the uterine lining. HCG is the hormone that is detected by pregnancy tests. HCG helps to maintain the corpus luteum in the event of pregnancy which maintains the high levels of progesterones.

What does luteinizing hormone do?

Luteinizing Hormone

Luteinizing hormone or LH is produced by the pituitary gland. This is the hormone that is released in a surge and causes the ovary to release the mature egg. LH is the hormone that ovulation predictor kits detect.

What is FSH?


FSH also known as follicle stimulating hormone. FSH stimulates the ovaries into maturing the egg(s) and into producing estrogen. FSH is produced by the pituitary gland.

What does progesterone do?


Progesterone is the hormone released after ovulation. Progesterone is responsible for the basal body temperature rising and for maintaining the uterine lining - in preparation for the fertilized egg. Progesterone is produced by the corpus luteum.

What does estrogen do?


Estrogen is produced by the ovaries. The closer it gets to ovulation, the more estrogen is released. Estrogen causes the cervical fluid to be thin and abundant and causes the basal body temperature to be low.

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