Post # 1
I’m a regular lurker around here, but lately I’ve been so frustrated and confused that I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and writing a post!
My DH and I just started TTC. We would love to have a baby in the next year and I know from my nesting boards lurking that it can take a while. I was prepared for that. What I was not prepared for is my stupid period taking so long to start! I stopped BC at the beginning of Oct and haven’t had so much as withdrawal spotting–nothing! I spoke to my Gyno and she said not to worry about it until I hit the six month mark. Six months?!
it’s beginning to feel so frustrating because I hardly feel like we’re “trying” when my body isn’t cycling. I find myself getting jealous of other Bees who complain about having long cycles a because all I can think is, “We’ll at least you have a period to tell you where you are!”
anyone else been through this? Any magic tips to jump start AF?
Post # 3
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 # 4
@Glasgowbound: Thanks for the advice. It’s a lot easier to wrap my mind around 2-3 more weeks than 3-4 more months!
Post # 5
@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
@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
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
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
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 # 10
@candy11: I agree. Originally I wanted to take the laid back, if-it-happens-it-happens approach to the first few months of ttc, but I’m starting to think I should chart just to understand my body better.
@E_Lynne615: I’ve taken more PT this month than in my whole life. No such luck 🙁
@jasn: I think knowing that can happen is part of what is making me such a crazy woman. I feel like AF is nature’s own BFNPT, so without that I find myseld symptom spotting like crazy and wondering if that’s why I haven’t started.
@pinkshoes: Thanks for sharing. I’m glad you finally regulated. Do you mind me asking if you had any initial withdrawl bleeding? That’s the main thing that’s concerning me. I expected to be a little irregular in the beginning, but I figured I’d at least get initital spotting from stopping the BC hormones.
@fresitachulita: How interesting. Do you mind me asking if it took the full six months for you to get back on a regular cycle? I’m so glad you didn’t have any trouble conceiving–that gives me hope that this isn’t related to a bigger problem.
Post # 11
@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
@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
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
@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
@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!
Post # 16
@kes18 and @pinkshoes: No, I never did! That’s the part that seems so strange to me. Granted, I was on an extended ocp and only took inactive pills every three months, but I always pills within two or three days of stopping the active pills. This time? Nothing! I tried to explain the difference to my Gyno but she brushed it off as normal.
@confusedbridehere: I’m sorry you’re in the same situation. If it makes you feel better, Ive POAS about four times in the last month (overkill, I know)!