I have been on Zovia for about a year and a half. I am 22 years old. My husband and I are not planing on having kids for maybe another year or two. But I dont want to get off birth control and then have to try for years before I actually get pregnant (I had a friend who had to try for 8 years before she got pregnant, she was not on Zovia though). I would like to know how much time in advanced I should stop taking Zovia when I decide to start trying. Also, what is the proper way to get off birth control so it does not mess up my cycle. I have not had any bad side effects on this pill. I am a little more moody but nothing that I can't handle. I have actually lost weight and my periods are very mild and short.
Most gynecologists recommend that you get off birth control and use non hormonal methods, like condoms and spermicides, for six months before you try for children. This allows your hormones to return to pre-Pill levels and allows you to ovulate regularly. It can take most women up to a year to get pregnant but it depends on how fertile you are. Some women get pregnant the first month or two, others take a little longer but the majority can get pregnant in one year of trying. Taking 8 years is unusual. I would guess there were other factors involved there like spotty ovulation, endometriosis, low sperm counts or something. When you go off the pill it is best to do so at the end of the pack. Once you are down to the week of inactive pills, just stop taking them and dont start a new pack. Your periods will likely become heavier and longer off the pill.
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