Post # 1
Once DH and I decided to TTC, I made an appt with my gyn to have a preconception meeting. The day of my appt the office had to reschedule me… for over 9 weeks later. Since we wanted to get the ball rolling, I started taking prenatals and reading up on TTC to-dos. By the time I got in to see my doctor, i had already been off the pill a few weeks but not had my period yet. She ran a few tests and I found out a few days later I was not immune to rubella. She suggested I get the booster shot and wait 3 months from date of shot to TTC.
DH and I debated for a while and ultimately decided to get the shot since this way there is no risk of something avoidable hurting our baby. In the interim, I had gotten a normal period and ovulated.
Flash forward to Friday, my period was due to start according to my tracker app. I had an appt with my regular doctor to get a flu shot. Since she and my gyn are in the same practice, she saw I was flagged for the rubella booster. I told her I had not gotten my period yet so I was concerned it could cause damage if I was indeed pregnant. They did a urine test in office and she said my test came up negative and gave me the shot.
It is now Monday and still no period. This is only my second cycle off BC, so its possible that its just my body readjusting, right? do i have any reason to not trust the doctor’s office’s urine test? should I test?
Post # 3
Everyone’s cycle is different, and you really can’t tell what your cycle should be unless you have been off the pill and tracked for months. Even then, there are fluxuations based on a number of factors (eating extra sweets increases insulin which can increase androgen, which could lead to a later period) You are also not even a full week off yet. Also, what the docotor uses is going to be a lot more accurate than an at home test. Relax and wait. I’m sure Aunt Flow will show up soon.
Post # 4
thanks for the input!
i have been off the pill for 2+ months but i know it can take longer to adjust… it just seemed strange that my first period came right on schedule for the 28-day cycle and this one is still nowere to be seen :/
Post # 5
@bostongirl27: The fact that you had all of this on your mind in the first place cold be messing with your period.
And the fact you just came off the pill not that long ago- the fact that you got a shot— there’s a million reasons why your period could be delayed.
I definitely do not think there is a reason to be concerned at this point….
Post # 6
The exact same thing just happened to me last week! I had my measles/mumps/rubella shot, flu shot and TB test recently done.. and my period was late by 3 days.. (I’ve been off BC since May and have a pretty good idea of how long my cycles are..)
So I guess my cycle went a bit weird for some reason.. But AF decided to show late.. I was told to wait one month after the shot before TTC. (Even though we are TTA right now). So hang in there!
Post # 7
Doctors dip stick tests arent that sensitive as you would think. They can be equivilant to dollar store brands, or EPT’s….you should try a first response and ease your fears.
You probably ovulated later than usual due to stress.
Post # 8
My doctors… both PCP and OBGYN… the wait after the rubella ahot is only one month. I confirmed by looking the CDC website. So if you do end up pregnant as long as you’re out of the one month mark you should be okay. Also, even if within the timeframe cdc says chances of defects are low ( I think). I certainly hope the 28 day/one month rule is accurate because I am pregnant now (just got a BFP) this week and my O date mustve been just past the one month period. Hope that helps! 🙂
Post # 9
I stopped taking BC (not ttc, just hated what the pills were doing to my hormones), and 10 months later my cycles still don’t come “on time”. I started using a cycle tracker app which helps me predict ovulation and periods, which really helps me know where I am and what I should be expecting. my cycles have ranged from 28 days to like 42 days. Getting more normal slowly, but I really wouldn’t be concerned if its only your 2nd period off of BC and its less than a week off. I wanted to share just to ease your mind 🙂
If you’re worried, I would take a first response test just to know one way or the other.
Post # 10
@bostongirl27: Your period can be delayed for many reasons….the shot, just getting off the pill and needing time to regulate, stress, thinking about it, etc. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you are pregnant though. I would take an early response test in the meantime though 🙂
Post # 11
update: i decided that things were just delayed because of hormones readjusting and maybe stress as some here suggested so i didnt worry about it through christmas. yesterday, when my period still hadn’t come I decided to just take a test so i could see for myself it was negative and nothing to worry about. i took 3. they were all… POSITIVE!!
i have called my ob/gyn’s office and told them i need to talk to someone asap. i am waiting on a return call from them… but i am freaking out a bit… CALL ME BACK DOCTOR’S OFFICE!!
Post # 12
@bostongirl27: congratulations! To put your mind at ease, my doctor gave me the booster shot and then told me we didn’t really have to wait to TTC. So fingers crossed you will be fine.
Post # 13
@wandering_gypsy: that does put my mind at ease a little! thanks! i am just worried getting this stupid shot for a disease i would probably never get could have done damage :/ i want to be 100% happy about this news!
Post # 14
@bostongirl27: OMG! Congratulations!!!!! I’m sure everything will turn out just fine. That’s so exciting =)
Post # 15
I’m a medical student and just took the USMLE step 2 (boards to get your MD). There was actually a practice question regarding a woman who became pregnant soon after Rubella booster. The question answer stated that as a physician- this is totally fine and this pregnancy would be able to commence normally and that there are limited to no side effects of the booster if the woman does happen to conceive before the allotted wait time. However- I’m not an MD yet, and this is just from one test question (not really a medical text book). I hope it allayed your fears a little and your doctor helps more!