How far before Before TTC did you drop BC?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
  • poll: How long after dropping hormonal BC did AF take to regulate?
    1 cycle : (15 votes)
    29 %
    2 cycles : (3 votes)
    6 %
    3 cycles : (5 votes)
    10 %
    4+ cycles : (28 votes)
    55 %
  • Post # 3
    359 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @The_Future_KB:  I stopped BC in July and still

    dont have a regular cycle. I took the pill for 11 years, and still didn’t expect it to take this long to regulate. 

    Post # 5
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I stopped taking bc around 9-10 months before ttc. I would have a normal cycle then a really long one, but it regulated completely around 4 cycles after I stopped taking the pill!

    Post # 6
    883 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I stopped in February and my cycles were slowly getting shorter (although were still around 34 days) when we conceived last month. I was on the pill for over a decade. 

    Post # 7
    375 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    13yrs on bcp’s, so far 2 months off and no ovulation or period yet Frown

    Post # 8
    76 posts
    Worker bee

    Stopped taking BC over a year ago and my cycle is still irregular. Prior to BC, it was normal, during it was normal and then after stopping it (I had been on it for 7+ years) my cycle just went crazy. 

    Post # 9
    1986 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    5 years on birth control pills, stopped taking them in October, have gotten 2 periods, but not regular or normal. We are not trying, not preventing until May, when i will start charting etc. 

    Post # 10
    1164 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @The_Future_KB:  I’m glad you posted this! We are going to start TTC in April after we get married but I’m wondering if I should stop the BC before that. 

    Post # 11
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I guess I’m the strange one – was on the pill for 18 years. Went off and was normal pretty quickly. Cycles were short, 25-27 days, but I always ovulated and AF always came. It wasn’t a big adjustment for me coming off the pill. 

    The day I ovulated varied though – each cycle off the pill, I would ovulate earlier in my cycle

    Post # 13
    2813 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I stopped taking it in July… Had one wonky cycle, two or three regular ones and got pregnant on the fifth! (First cycle of TTC rather than TTA.)

    Post # 14
    614 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I stopped taking it over a year and a half before we TTC, for other reasons. I’d been on some form of birth control for 12 years, and that particular pill for 4 years. My cycles came back regular immediately, which surprised me because I had never had regular cycles before without BCP. The only thing that happened over time since then is my ovulation date has become a little earlier and my LP has lengthened a bit. That took about 7 cycles. 

    Post # 15
    174 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I stopped at the end of August, and had a ‘normal’ 32 day cycle, then the next cycle we TTC and got our BFP. I had thought it would take much longer so I guess we were lucky.

    Post # 16
    446 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I was on the pill for 8 years before coming off of it in July. I don’t really remember how my cycles were pre-BCP, but they’ve been very regular now. Cycles range between 27-29 days. However, everyone is different. I’d give yourself a few months to adjust just in case.


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