Post # 1
Hi Ladies –
I’ve lurked on the boards for quite a while now but finally decided to join in.
A little background, hubby and I got married in October after being together for 7 years and living together for 4. During this time I have always been on birth control. It’s a long story, but I ended up switching doctors in early December and in the mean time, I ran out of my birth control. We’ve been using condoms since then but I have an appointment set up with my new doctor for early March. We are planning on TTC around our anniversary (October) My question is: do I talk to my new doctor about getting on bc again if I’m just going to stop taking it again in 7-8 months?
Post # 3
@jam12: Welcome and try to join the POAS threads…the ladies there are so helpful and supportive. That said, BC is really your personal choice, I think. You can talk to your md and you can go on the pill again, but just so you know when I got off it, my MD told me to be off it for 2 months before TTC….IDK if that’s going to be case with you once you talk to your MD. You can use protection until October or if you don’t want to take your chances of an OOPS!!! then go back on the pill until the time you should be off it TTC.
Post # 4
Welcome! Really it depends on what matters most to you — and whether you don’t mind using condoms (or a diaphragm, etc.). They are a perfectly good form of birth control if you use them properly, so I wouldn’t let fears of pregnancy push you to going back on the pill — unless you absolutely can’t get pregnant right now.
I’m one of the ones who had screwed up (nonexistent) cycles for months when I stopped BCP, so I wouldn’t go back on the pill for such a short period of time. But, of course, that is only what happened to me — most people have regular cycles again soon after coming off the pill. I would advise taking the opportunity to get your body back in a rhythm, read Taking Charge of Your Fertility, start charting, and perhaps use charting to avoid if you get sick of using condoms all the time. It’s what we are doing now and I like it so much better than being on the pill. That way you will be totally ready to go when you try to get pregnant.
Post # 5
I would highly suggest reading “Taking Charge of Your Fertility”. If you feel confident in just using condoms and staying off of BC I would say do that. Of course only if your okay with a higher chance of getting pregnant before you are officially ready to start trying. Some people regulate their cycle right after coming off BC, some people take multiple cycles. Good luck!