What You Need To Know About Trying To Conceive After Stopping Birth Control

Are you on birth control? Do you still plan to have more children?

Then you need to read this guide carefully to help you understand what to expect as you hit the road to conception and pregnancy with your partner.

Natural birth control: For getting pregnant after using these methods (withdrawal, fertility awareness, calendar method, basal temperature and cervical mucus indicators) all you need to do is to stop and start having unprotected intercourse with your partner. Your understanding of how this method works would even aid you to calculate almost perfectly your ovulation and fertile period.

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Barrier methods:  This method includes the use of male condoms, female condoms, the diaphragm, and the cervical cap. Barrier methods do not tamper with fertility. If you use this method and you want to try for a baby, you just need to stop.

Pills, patch, and vaginal ring: To stop the effect of the usage of pills, patches and vaginal rings all you need to do is to stop using them. Your fertility may return in a matter of days to a month. The sign to know that you are ovulating again is when you start seeing your period regularly.

The progestin-only mini-pill: This is a pill that contains a reduced dose of progesterone. It is taken daily and potent for about 24 hours after you take the last one. Since it effect is only for a day, fertility can be reversed if you do not take it the next day and henceforth. This is great for a woman is trying to conceive.

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Depo-Provera (The shot): This method involves taking an injection of synthetic progesterone every three months. Fertility can return (if another shot is not taken) between the 13th week to a year or more. If you have not seen your period after a year after you took your last injection, you need to see your doctor.

The implant: This is popularly called ‘Implanon’ which is a small rod inserted under the skin of the upper arm. When you are ready to try again, all you need to do is ask your doctor to remove it and the contraceptive effect would stop.

Intrauterine device (IUD):  Ask your doctor to take it out for you. IUD does not affect your fertility, as it would still be the same as when you had the device inserted into your cervix.

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Tubal ligation and Vasectomy:  This is a permanent form of birth control for people who do not want any more children. Women do tubal litigation while men do the vasectomy. Sometimes people who do this have a change of mind and may want to have kids. In this case, reversal is complicated and expensive with no certainty of success. The chances of being pregnant after a tubal litigation reversal is between 31 and 38%.There is a high risk of having an ectopic pregnancy.

For vasectomy, it is hard to reverse this. A key factor that affects this is the length of time the vasectomy has been carried out. The longer it is the lower the chances of having a reversal success.   Alternatively, in vitro fertilization can be used as a birthing method for those who want to have kids after tubal litigation and vasectomy


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Breaking Stereotypes With The Work-From-Home Dad Trend

Work-from-home dad? Yes, you read right!

The work-from-home dad phenomenon is fast becoming the new normal.  Many men chose to leave their paid job to pursue entrepreneurship, which offers time flexibility compared to their paid jobs while others are forced to be one due to job loss.

In many homes, the women are the breadwinner, this may look odd because of the social and religious stereotypes we all believe in that stipulates that the woman should be at home and the man should be out and about making money for the home.

Many at times the choice to stay at home for many men is difficult to make because of the social perception associated with men who do not go out of their house. Some women may even be accused of using voodoo or love portions on their spouse in order to make lose their desire to work outside the home.

Being a stay-at-home dad is not synonymous with being jobless or useless. In recent times many men have successfully run offline and online businesses worth millions from the confines of their home while looking out for the kids. There are factors to consider before taking the bold step of being a work-from-home dad

Have a side hustle: many men who opt out of full-time employment to work for themselves have either marketable skills or side hustles with the huge prospect of growing big if more time was devoted to it. Do not take a leap out of your job to the unknown out of the zeal of being a work-from-home dad without test running this business to see if it would hold up. You can offer your skills on online platforms that require such skills.

Mutual understanding: Couples must come to an agreement on the choice of who works and who stays at home. It would not make financial sense if the woman who earns more have to stay at home because the man who earns less has to work to prove a point. All the angles to this decision must be considered dispassionately.

Prepare yourself for wrong perceptions: it is still not popular to find men work full time from home. You have to be prepared to encounter misunderstanding from well-meaning people who are concerned about your ‘joblessness’ all because you do not step out of your house as much as other men do.

Once you are certain that this idea of being a work-from-home dad will fly. Take the step and work hard it. It might be rough at the start but you certainly will pull through and grow big if you don’t give up.

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