Post # 1
So DH and I are still not actively TTC while we work on getting him back on board with parenthood. However, I decided not to go back on the pill, because I had been on it for 13+ years and I wanted to give my body a break from the hormones and give it a chance to regulate so when we do start TTC, I don’t have to start over.
Well, I forgot how awful it was to not know the exact day you were going to get your period. I’ve been wearing panty-liners and carring tampons with me everywhere in case it decides to visit while I’m in yoga, or at the beach, or in a 1/2 day offsite work meeting….
So far my 4 cycles off BC have ranged between 23 and 42 days and are no closer to getting more predictable. I know I’m not pregnant because DH and I have been using other protection.
Whine!!!! How do non-hormonal BC girls do it??
(p.s. – tried charting and it was an utter fail, so that’s not an option)
Post # 3
I’m so glad to see this post! There are so many I hate the pill posts, whereas I love the BCP and have wondered about this!
We are leaning towards no kids, but I have wondered how I would deal going off them if I ever decided I wanted them.
As for wearing liners all the time, I always at least had a 1 hour warning before any bleeding showed up. Of course it might be a few days as well, but it cut down on the unexpected to a max of 3 days at least. Do you not get that warning?
Post # 4
If you have no idea when it might start this might not work. But, I use a menstral cup, so it’s safe to put in around the time you should start just in case. I’m sorry your cycles are so irritating. I’m working on charting too and I am definitely not getting the hang of it 🙂
Post # 5
My cycles are not nearly as messed up as yours, but I still don’t know when it will show. I don’t get any “warnings” or anything either. I have paraguard, so that is how I deal with not using BC pills or hormonal controls. It made my cycles harder for several months, but now they are going back to normal. I usually just hope that I remember to put a tampon/panty liner in my bag around that time and have access to it at the right time!
Post # 6
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It’s because you’re still working it out of your system– once it’s completely out your body will go back to normal, and you’ll get a regular cycle again (but it might not be quite so close to clockwork, it’s usually wihtin a 2-3 day span for most women).
It’ll come– just relax and let your body do it’s thing, and in the mean time– carry the extras!
Post # 7
I can usually tell that I’m about to get my period — lots of cramps. Another warning sign is wetness (almost like watery CM) — it’s water from the endometrium as it begins to break apart. When either of those starts to happen, I’ll just start using tampons if I really don’t want an accident (teaching, giving a presentation, etc.). I waste a lot of tampons.
Post # 8
I feel like you’re me, but a few years into the future! I LOVE being on the pill – I know exactly when to put in a tampon because I’m going to start, on that day, within a couple hours. No variation. No staining panties, no wondering if I should run to the bathroom.
I have no advice to offer. It’s just a matter of waiting until you get pregnant, have the baby, and can get back on the pill! 🙂
Post # 9
I have noticed that my body odor slightly changes the day before I start. This is not something that anyone else around me notices, nor that DH notices, but I do. When you combine that with taking my temperature every morning a la TCOYF, I always know when it’s going to happen (and my cycles are still wonky as hell, 4 months off BC). Like a PP, I also use a menstrual cup, so even if I didn’t know when, I could put that it ahead of time.
Post # 10
That was the main reason I started charting. Once I see I ovulated from my temperatures, I know when my period will arrive within a couple of days window. I know you said the charting didn’t work, so I feel for you. It’s SO annoying.
I also keep a little back with liners, tampons, advil, bandaids, etc in my bag at all times.
Post # 11
I haven’t gone off birth control yet, but I’m nervous about when I do. I’ve been on it for almost a decade. Before I went on it I had irregular, heavy, and often very uncomfortable periods. I hope I don’t go back to that! They used to be torture!
Post # 12
I’ve been lucky, I get leg pain in my right side hours before. Your cycle should eventually get regular so hang in there.
Post # 13
OMG i just got back on the pill after about a year and a half. Before that I was on it for about 6 years. Wow. I love being on the pill. During the time off the pill I broke out soooo bad on my body and am still fighting some mean bacne!!
Post # 14
I’m not on the pill either for the first time in a few years. I’m not trying to conceivem but just off the pill for other reasons.
I HATE being off the pill because my cycle is alot heavier and my cramps are irritating since I never feel cramps while on the pill!
Post # 15
I have been off the pill/ring for almost 2 years now due to blood clot and I still haven’t gotten use to it! I mark when I started on my calendar so I have an *idea* when I should start the next month but I am always off by a couple of days, one time I started a week early. I carry tampons and Midol in my work bag just in case. I usually only have light spotting at first so I can catch it before I ruin a pair of underwear.
Post # 16
Well, I just got my period this morning on CD 36. Thank god it came while I was getting ready for work because I’m wearing a pretty pink dress and it would have been a nightmare if I didn’t catch it in time.
No signs whatsoever that it was coming, but I got cramps immediately afterwards and they were pretty bad all morning until the advil kicked in.
I can’t believe people choose to live this way (unless you have worse side effects while on the pill, then I obviously understand!)