1st cycle off BCP…when should I consider AF "late"??

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
10837 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’d like to know the same

Post # 4
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

After getting off the pill (which I was on for ten years previously), I had a 42 day cycle, a 56 day cycle, and then what would have been another 40-something day cycle except I got pregnant instead. So, there is really NO way of knowing when AF might decide to show up unless you’re charting AND ovulating (and it’s really common to not ovulate for a few months after quitting BCP so then you’d have no warning whatsoever on AF!).

Probably a good idea to just buy a big multipack of pregnancy tests and pee on sticks every few weeks, juuuuuust in case you are pregnant so you don’t go out on a crack binge by accident or something. 🙂

Post # 6
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@littlebee3:  It will definitely take some time for you body to get back to normal after the pills — even to what it was back before you took them. I certainly didn’t have 40 and 50 day cycles in high school, haha. it’s just those quirks from the pills trying to right themselves! It is pretty unlikely that you ovulated this first cycle off the pill (though it CAN happen and it DOES happen sometimes), so I wouldn’t worry too much about the tummy pains. What I would recommend is doing a bit of reading on charting and just getting a thermometer and taking your temp every morning. If you don’t want to get into all the cervical fluid measuring crap involved in charting, you can at least take your temps and record them in Fertility Friend and see if you ovulated. My first two cycles it was clear my temps didn’t go up, then the cycle I got pregnant it was like BAM there’s the ovulation date. At least if you know you haven’t ovulated then you know you can’t be pregnant!

As for the tests, I know a lot of bees buy them at the dollar store? I just bought the store brand ones from Rite Aid in 3-packs though since it’s not like I was using a ton of them. Just every 40 days or so to make sure I didn’t miss anything!

Post # 7
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I went off the pill in December and my cycles have been 47, 47, 45, 19, 35, and currently on CD32. I’m pretty sure I didn’t ovulate for several of those cycles. I just started consistently charting last month, but before that I had some awareness of the changes (particularly cervical fluid) that happen throughout your cycle. It’s for that reason I can say I don’t think I ovulated for many of my cycles. Unfortunately I don’t yet know what my typical luteal phase is, so even knowing if/when I ovulated doesn’t help me plan for AF’s arrival! Anyway, I’d recommend looking into charting. I think it’s interesting and helpful whether you’re TTC or not!

Post # 8
8818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Some people are still regular coming off the pill, others wait a while. It all depends on the person.  If you start to feel like you have pregnancy symptoms by all means take a test, but otherwise just hang on until AF shows.

Post # 9
3360 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

As others have said, it’s totally normal for you to have some inconsistent, and potentially long, cycles after coming off the pill.  I’m still only on my first cycle off, but I didn’t ovulate until CD19, so I’m likely going to be around 33 days if I have a normal luteal phase.  Since you’re not charting, you can’t know for sure, but you may have ovulated late or not at all yet.  If you want cheap tests, I’d recommend the Wondfo brand ones, which you can order on Amazon.  I got the combo pack of something like 50 ovulation tests and 20 pregnancy tests for around $20.

Post # 10
561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I was lucky I have stayed on a regular cycle since coming off BCP. 28 days no problem. I have been off since May and I was on for almost 5 years. I agree with everyone else. It’s hard to say because we are all so different. 

Post # 12
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My first cycle off Bc was 36 days. I had regular 28 day cycles on it. But I do believer my cycles were a bit longer before I started bc. 

Post # 13
1421 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Unless you are charting, you won’t have any idea if you are late for your period, or just haven’t ovulated yet.  My first cycle off the pill was 120 days and only ended with provera.  If I hadn’t been charting I would have been peeing on a lot of sticks. 

I’d recommend buying in bulk from Amazon.  You’ll get them sometime next week.

Post # 14
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It really depends on the woman, but in my experience after being on the pill for over 10 years, my first cycle was around 42 days and its been 28-30 days since so its been fairly regular for me.

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