going off BC – how long to return to normal?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Sorry, I don’t think this can be generalized.  I’ve seen women on the pill for many years regulate immediately and women who were only on the pill for a few months take a long time to regulate.  If anything, I would assume there is a better chance of correlation with whether you were regular before starting the pill.  However, I have also seen cases where women who were not regular before the pill got pregnant their first cycle and vice versa so again it is a case by case basis.  FWIW, I was on the pill for about 7 years and i regulated immediately after stopping.  I was always extremely regular before I went on the pill too, so i suspect that may have had something to do with it in my case.

Post # 4
7656 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@mrssinger321:  I don’t think you can generalize. I was on it for 6 years, and I went back to normal right away (with lighter periods than before though so actually a positive). I was regular before the pill but had very heavy miserable periods with terrible cramping and migrains.

Post # 5
847 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@mrssinger321:  agree, everyone is different but for me, I was on the pill for 15+ years with no break and returned to normal immediately coming off. Then after my son, I went back on the pill for 8 months, recently came off and again, my cycle returned back to normal immediately….. so it all depends on the person. Good luck to you, I hope everything works out.

Post # 6
1534 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@mrssinger321:  my OBGYN told me that there is no correlation as too how long you are on it and when your cycles regulate again.  Sorry!  hopefully you get lucky!

Post # 7
1030 posts
Bumble bee

It just depends on the person. My cycles were sooo irregular before I went on the pill. I was on the pill for 12 years, when I went off, I had picture perfect 28 day cycles.

Post # 8
8906 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t think it can be generalized like that.  My cycles were very irregular (long, heavy, and very frequent) before I went on, but I was very young when I started them (13). 

I was on BCP for 16 years and got pregnant immediately after coming off so I don’t even know how long/short my cycles would have been had I not gotten pregnant.  It’s very possible my body eventually regulated itself over time.  I was just happy I didn’t start bleeding an insane amount 2 weeks after going off, that was what my cycle was like when I was young.

I’d say it just depends on the person.

Post # 9
13703 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Noope, I dont think that has anything to do with it.  I was only on it for 2 years and my cycle was whack for 7 months.  And then I read about people who were taking it for a decade+ come off it and bam, pregnant.

Post # 10
1348 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think it depends on the woman and her natural cycles. The pill had be on a 28 day cycle, when I’m about a 31-33. So it took me about 6 to 7 months to get regular again. 

As far as TTC goes, you can always try before you’re regular. You might not be able to temp and know your O date, but you can always BD a lot and hope that it works. 🙂 

Post # 11
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

It also depends on the type of pill. I’m assuming you were on the more common one – the combination birth control pill, and not a POP.

I bounced back immediately after 2 years of birth control use. The first year was a combo pill; the second year was a POP. I ovulated within a week of coming off of the pill, and my cycles were pretty regular after that. But…POPs tend to have fewer side effects, including lingering side effects after they’re done.

Post # 12
891 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@mrssinger321:  I was on BC (nuvaring) for 8 months and the first cycle off was normal (30 days).  I’m pretty sure I didn’t ovulate that cycle though, only reason I believe that is because the cycle after that I felt ovulation pains and got a BFP.  Good luck!

Post # 13
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I was on the pill for nearly 10 years and went back to normal immediately. My first cycle was 32 days (ovulated around CD 20) and I got pregnant on my second.

Post # 15
7169 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@mrssinger321:  i was on BCP for 14 years.  when i stopped, i was on a regular 28 day cycle immediately.



Post # 16
47 posts

I was on Bcp for 5 years and it took me about a year to become normal. Actually scratch that…over a year. I’m still irregular but I think it might just be my body too 🙁

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