How long off birth control?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
1849 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  My OB/GYN recommended that I go off BC one month before we wanted to start trying. I was surprised…I didn’t think it was enough time, and I had been on the pill for a long time. However, I finished my pills at the start of March and DH and I conceived in April. I think a lot of it depends on your own medical history. Good luck! 🙂

Post # 4
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Mars62312:  I went off BC in early April. My first cycle off was 35 days – a little longer than average, but still within the realm of normal.  I have been on BC so long I have no clue what my cycles used to be like – but I’m pretty sure they were probably a bit longer than 28 days even back then. 


I couldn’t tell you how long my 2nd cycle off BC would have been since I got pregnant! 


It’s really different for everyone though.  I’ve heard of people getting back to normal right away, some take a year, some take a few months, some are regular for a few months then their cycle goes haywire.


FWIW though – we were very effectively using the pull out method (before I got pregnant) and the ONE time he did not pull out, we got pregnant! So, be careful! 😉  We’re in the same boat as you though – would have been more convenient to start TTC in september but were fine with any surprises that came!  And really, how much of a surprise is it when you know you didn’t pull out?! 

Some Drs say it doesn’t matter when you go off, some recommend having 1-3 cycles before TTC. It all depends on the doctor.  Do what’s comfortable for you!

Good luck!


Post # 6
4514 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Mars62312:  It was recommended by my OB to get off the pill at least 3 months before actively TTC.  I got off the pill in October, 2011 and my first period after off the pill was exactly after 28 days.  They have been regular since then. Sometimes its off by like a day or two, but that isnt so bad.  GL in your journey and FX you get your BFP in November, like you want! 🙂

Post # 8
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Not trying to get prego but I’m not on HBC for medical reasons. I stopped in early January and basically bled for 4-6 weeks straight, then went almost two more months of no bleeding before I had a regular period. Now they’re regular again. So 3-4 months. In the past when I’ve gone of HBC it’s taken about the same time. good luck!! 🙂

Post # 9
181 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

my first cycle off was 29 days and remained that way up until i got pregnanct 3 months later

Post # 10
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My first cycle off the pill was 36 days, and went back to 28-29 days after that.  I had been on the pill for 12 years, and had highly irregular periods before that.


Post # 11
4296 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Every single person is different. I however regulated right away.

Post # 12
527 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I just ended my first cycle off of the pill. It was 45 excruciating long days! I had no idea whether I was KU or not since we were TTC, so I POAS everyday (sometimes a couple days per day) and was always dissappointed when I got a BFN. Anyways, my period just started today. My last period was on May 11. I am hoping after this cycle, they will start to regulate. We are also TTC so it is possible, I won’t have another cycle? LOL and then I will be in the same boat all over agian! I would recommend  stopping BCP at least 2-3 months prior to TTC. Just to give your body time.

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