AF after CD98! Finally!

posted 4 months ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

Congrats!

I have had historically unpredictable/long cycles (like, at age 12, had a 120 day period then 65 days off). If you’re considering TTC I’d definitely considering talking to your GYN because that’s a loooong cycle, even coming off BC. Just check in and see how your hormones are doing. You’ll want that information if you decide to temp/use OPKs, etc. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Amen sister!ย 

I went off the pill in August after being on if for most of my adult life. So far my cycles have been:

  • 1st – 42 Days – no ovulation
  • 2nd – 68 Days – possible ovulation
  • 3rd – 76 Days – O’d on CD67
  • 4th – 37 Days – possible ovulation on CD27
  • 5th – Currently on CD 10

So there’s really no way of knowing what your body will do. Both my sisters went right to perfectly regular cycles straight after the pill and I have no known issues so I really didn’t expect my body to be so crazy. It hasn’t been fun. If you’re like me and want to know what to expect and not buy a million HPTs I would suggest temping. After being on the pill for so long it’s nice to see your temp start to drop when you get AF so that you can be prepared (don’t want to be stuck at work without a tampon!). Or to see that you definitely O’d and to have a better idea of when AF should arrive (you don’t want to be waiting from CD 28- CD 90 for AF to show up!). If you’re on a timeline temping also let’s you build up some data for if you need to go see your Dr.

Good luck, hopefully one cycle was all you needed to clear out the pipes and get things going again!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Congratulations!  I don’t mean to derail your thread, so please let me know if I am.  But I was wondering how long you have been on birth control?  I am on my last two days of it (yayy!!!), so I am trying to figure out what to expect (although I know everyone is different).

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

tommywantwingy :  Thank you! Good luck TTC! Hopefully you will get pregnant before I start trying (in August!) Sorry I don’t have any thermometer suggestions.  Maybe if you join the May POAS board, the people there might have suggestions!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

tommywantwingy :  I bought this one https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B013CVQ476/ref=pe_386430_203249460_TE_dp_f1

It’s fine, I love that it has memory so that I can temp without even really opening my eyes or using my brain. I just pop it in my mouth and go back to sleep and look at it again to record it later. It’s not as fast as some that are advertised, but to me that means that it’s more accurate. 

But yes, wait and see what happens this cycle. I think for most people their cycles get shorter and shorter until they regulate, but for me they just kept getting longer. Unfortunately my Dr refused to do anything until at least 6 months, but I know that other women have gone to their Dr to get a 5-day progesterone prescription to induce a withdrawl bleed once their cycle reaches a certain length (ie: is too long) which basically hits the reset button. If you don’t want to start temping you could wait until Day 60 of this cycle (if it goes that long) and do that option before starting temping the next month. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

 tommywantwingy :  Nice! the memory function is key! You’ll hear all the ladies on here talk about Taking Chage of Your Fertility (TCOYF). It’s a good book but has SO much info that it can be kind of overwhelming. If you sign up for the Fertility Friend app you can subscribe to their “how to chart” emails and I think that’s generally all you need to know. 

Basically it’s like this: Set an alarm for the earliest you wake up (ie: If you wake up at 6am on M/W/F and 7am on T/TH then you should take your temp at 6am EVERY day). When your alarm goes off roll over, stick your thermometer in your mouth under your tongue at the back until it beeps, then either get up, or go back to sleep until your real alarm goes off. Don’t do ANYTHING before you take your temp (don’t go pee, talk, sit up etc). 

If you do that you will be fine. Some things may effect your temps (like drinking or sleeping with your mouth open etc) but overall you should still be able to see a pattern. 

Good luck and don’t stress about it if it seems like it’s not working. Just wait and see!

Post # 13
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Newbee

YAY!!! I can imagine the relief!

I am on CD104 after my withdrawal bleed from stopping birth control. I was carting temps and CM until day 100 but the temperatures were so erratic and there was no sign of ovulation so I decided to give it a rest for my own sanity until AF.

I went to the Dr. on CD77 and she tested my blood for: pregnancy, thyroid, estrogen, testosterone, and prolatin. Eerything came back normal and she said it looks like my body is just taking longer than normal to get the pill out of my system and if I don’t get AF or a BFP by 6 months she’ll give me a prescription to start AF. This has given me A LOT of peace of mind.

I started birth control pills at 20 for 2 years, off for 2, and back on for 6. For much of the last six years I only took a week off 4x a year and then, with Dr.’s ok, took it continuously for the last 1 1/2 years. I’m turning 30 in a few weeks and I’ve always been a healthy weight.

Here’s where it gets interesting: my Dr. asked me if I lost weight while on the pill. I had lost 20 pounds (and gained 16 back). But difficulty getting AF after stopping birth control pills does seem to have a correlation with weight lost while ON the pill.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

tommywantwingy :ย  It is very frustrating to have long cycles after coming off BC – I recently got a BFP on day 102! So don’t stop “trying” if you are TTC now – it can happen late! I had kind of given up on the “cycle”and it is frustrating to not know when you are ovulating, but keep on trying!

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