AF taking her sweet time after stopping BC

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

This is very typical of people coming off of birth control. It can take a while for your body to figure out how to do things on its own and regulate 

I’d give it another 2-3 weeks and if no AF, call your doctor again

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

@AmberFl:  I highly recommend charting. If all is well, you should be able to confirm ovulation and your period should be coming in a couple of weeks after that. If you have any questions, there is a great Charters thread you can stop by for more answers. Good luck!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@AmberFl:  Well have you taken a pregnancy test at all? I’m just thinking that’s maybe why AF isn’t showing up….?? 🙂  

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My sister went off birth control (after 10 years) and got pregnant before her period returned. Just because you haven’t gotten your period yet doesn’t mean you aren’t ovulating and can’t get pregnant!

It’s the same reason why we warn women to use birth control postpartum (I’m a nurse)…many women find themselves pregnant again before their period returns, because they thought no period = no chance of pregnancy. Not true!

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My period took 3 months to return after stopping BC.  And then followed by another 90+ day cycle before returning to my regular 45-49 day cycles.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I had the opposite problem, periods were coming very frequently at first, every 21 days, I’m pretty sure I wasn’t ovulating….and it was just breakthrough bleeding for the first 6 months or so. Doc told me the same thing, not to worry about it, it can take 6 months for your brain to start communicating with your ovaries like they are supposed to.

We weren’t “trying” yet, we used barrier methods for the first 6 months, but ust as she said, things got more back to normal, cycles got longer (26-28 days) although they never got as heavy as they were before and while on BC, but I had no trouble concieving after that, although it did take us a few months. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@AmberFl:  Dang!  And these stories of AF taking forever to show up after going off BC are really freaking me out – I just went off BC at the beginning of the month and DH and I are NTNP/TTC…. now I’m thinking I should have waited for AF first so I could figure out my cycle?? Oh well.. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@AmberFl:  After I went off the pill it took 49 days until I got a period.  Now my cycles are slowly going down in length.   Its completely frustrating when your body is adjusting after going off the pill.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I didn’t get my period after stopping BCP because I got pregnant within 2 weeks.  I did bleed after implantation (enough to make me think it was my period) but that’s a different story.

Did you stop BCP after going through the full pack?  I stopped after the active pills, had bleeding (like normal because it was just like a regular BCP cycle for me), and then got pregnant a couple weeks later.  So if that’s what you mean by withdrawal bleeding I had it…but I had it every month on BCP.  Did you bleed immediately after stopping the active pills?

Sometimes it takes people a while to ovulate after coming off BCP, so maybe you should try charting so you can see what’s really going on.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@AmberFl:  Yean, I got the regular withdrawal bleed then period 3 motnhs later.  I missed the fact you didnt ge tthe regular withdrawal bleed too!  Did you finish the last pack completely? That is very odd. 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@AmberFl:  I’m in a similiar boat. Stopped BCP in October, no AF yet. the hardest part is wondering if its just messed up bc of the pill or because of something else…. I don’t even know when/ if I should POAS! If I had done proper research I would have definitely stopped taking BCP a lot sooner! 

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