Post # 1
I have a couple of newbie questions for all of you…
1. Just a general question..how long did it take after you got off the pill to start feeling “normal” again…granted I have been on BC for about 10 years so I don’t quite remember what normal was before that. I feel crampy and bloated more than not and am having a ton of lower back pain most of the month..
2. According to my chart I O’d this month on CD23. I am nervous about the accuracy of my chart bc I am a terrible sleeper, and I know you’re supposed to take your temperature after 3 hours of solid sleep, but honestly I don’t usually sleep 3 hours in a row throughout the night. Do you think this could be affecting it or that if it’s the same every day (not sleeping 3 hours) that it is fairly accurate.
3. Can I still get pregnant if I O on CD23. If my period is like it was last month, AF should be starting on Friday and I O’d this past Saturday… but again, this is only the second month I have been off BCP so I don’t know how regular my cycle is yet…
OK sorry for the ten million questions…thank you in advance 🙂
Post # 3
I was on hormonal birth control (pill, patch, and nuvaring at different times) for 10 years as well. I went off in July, and I didn’t start having “regular” cycles until October or so. I had super long cycles in the beginning and they started tapering down to 30-32 day cycles. Some people regulate immediately, while others have totally wacky cycles for many months!
Temping is dependent on accurate timing and good sleep every night. Different factors can raise or lower your temp and mess with the accuracy of your chart, so being a poor sleeper can make charting temps very difficult. Have you been charting your CM? Many ladies feel that if temps won’t be accurate, they can track their CM and get a good idea of what their bodies are doing.
You can get pregnant whenever you O – it doesn’t matter if it’s CD 14 or CD 33. It’ll take a while to get to know your body and your cycles. I totally recommend reading Taking Control of Your Fertility. I learned a ton and it made my charting experience a less stressful one. 🙂
Good luck and feel free to ask more questions! The ladies here are great!
Post # 4
1) It’s hard to say about feeling normal. I was on BC a similar amount of time and had acne afterwards, but I “felt” fine.
2) i think it depends on the person how much their temp fluctuates. There are nights when i feel like I’m sleeping terribly, but my temp is the same as I would expect. It’ll take you a few month to figure out how you work.
3) You can aboslutely get pg after O’ing on 23! But I would imagine your cycle will be a little longer than this month. There should be approx. 14 days before you start AF after O’ing although a lot of people have a shorter LP. Shorter than 10 is cause for concern
Post # 5
1) I think it effects everyone differently. I felt pretty normal right after coming off the pill. I did notice a change in my skin and I became much more emotional before my period than on the pill.
2)From what I’ve read it’s more important to be consistent with the time than with the 3hrs of sleep before hand. If you consistently wake up in the middle of the night, then all your temps will be effected by this and you should still get a readable chart. What you’re looking for is the overall pattern.
3) I O’d on cd28 the cycle I conceived.
Post # 6
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This is a really timely and valuable thread for me too! My first month off BC I felt weird all month — sore boobs, cramps, nausea, lower back pain, the whole 9. My first cycle was 36 days long. My second was 31. I’m currently on CD18 and my chart hasn’t detected a thermal shift. I have practically no CM (I feel like I had more CM my first cycle off BP than I do now!)
At any rate, the input others have given sounds about right! At least from what I’ve picked up from Taking Charge of Your Fertility.