Most women who take an OC for at least 1 year resume their regular menses or are able to become pregnant within 90 days of cessation.
Most women who take an oral contraceptive (OC) continuously for at least 1 year resume their regular menses or are able to become pregnant within 90 days of cessation, according to the findings of a recent observational study.
The study included almost 200 women between the ages of 18 and 49 years with a history of regular menses and who continuously used levonorgestrel (LNG) 90 μg/ethinyl E2 (EE) 20 μg for at least 1 year.
Of the 187 women who completed the study, 181 resumed their periods and four became pregnant (combined 98.9%) within 90 days of the last OC dose. Median time to return of menses was 32 days.
Davis AR, Kroll R, Soltes B, et al. Occurrence of menses or pregnancy after cessation of a continuous oral contraceptive. Fertil Steril. 2008;89:1059-1063.