Post # 1
So, I was on the pill for basically my entire adult life, and I never ever ever got any PMS symptoms, including sore breasts. Now, I’ve been off the pill long enough for my body to finally start working again (even though my cycles are still long) and I’m wondering if the weirdness I am feeling right now is PMS or should I be avoiding wine?
Of course I am the one that posted about the pull out method, so I might just be thinking about it more this cycle since we accidentally played twister right before I O’d (hence my curiousity on the effectiveness of withdrawal method). But, ever since my O date (I’m 10dpo) I have had sore breasts, my first episode of heartburn in years, been really tired, super thirsty, and today, I’ve been having really odd twinges on my left (ovary?) area.
DH says I always worry that I’m prego when my period is late or skips (used to happen on the pill all the time) so not to overreact. But, are these common things to see in PMS and my body just isn’t used to it… or do you think I am maybe not overreacting this time?
Post # 3
If you have been on the pill since you’ve been getting your period, you might not know about your cycle very well without hormones. My PMS symptoms are always a lot less when on BC.
Post # 4
Okay, thanks… We will see. That makes me feel better though. It’s kind of crazy to feel my body “coming to life” again after being on the pill!
Post # 5
I was in teh same boat as you. On the pill for YEARS wit zero PMS or period symptoms. Nothing, zilch, nada. I did get sore breast my first 2 periods off of it, and a few twinges of pain in my ovaries. I also had sore breasts when I conceived, but Im guessing its jsut your body adjusting. Wait a few days and test to be sure, but you’re probably just getting used to your body again =o)
Post # 6
I think it’s normal to jump to the conclusion that you are pregnant when you are feeling PMS symptoms that are similar to early pregnancy symptoms, especially when you are still adjusting to being off the pill. However, I have been advised that “pull out method” (which DH and I have used for a long time) is not a very reliable birth control method and the chances of pregnancy are pretty high. So, my doctor recommended that I should avoid alcohol, take a multivitamin with folic acid, avoid caffeine, and eat a generally healthy diet, just in case I become pregnant (since even though we aren’t actively trying, we aren’t really doing much to prevent pregnancy either). The hardest part for me is giving up caffeine! Even if I don’t get pregnant though, these are healthy changes that will make me feel better regardless. Obviously, these are the kinds of things that you should decide for yourself with your SO and/or Dr., and probably not blindly take the advice of a random person on a blog (me!). But, I just thought I’d leave a little bit of info in case you were interested or hadn’t thought about it.
Post # 7
Thanks ladies. It is very strange/confusing. The only time I’ve had this many symptoms was when I tried out Yaz and didn’t get a period for months and was convinced I was pregnant…turned out once I went back to my original bcp it all went away. It took me 3 months to get my period after I went off the pill this time so I do think my body is just takign it’s time “waking up” …so I’m sure it’s pms and I’m just worrying because I’m good at it!
@sarahcisme: Yes, I’ve been taking prenatal vitamins for awhile now because it’s possible we might start trying anyway in a few months (waiting for some work stuff to get figured out), and my doctor recommended starting them sooner than later. I eat pretty healthy anyway, but haven’t been avoiding caffeine or alcohol. The most I’ve had is a few glasses of wine, and I usually have 1 coffee a day. You’re probably right though and I should ease off of that til I know for sure. I think I am going to buy some tests tomorrow and take one later this week, before the weekend. Not sure if 12-14dpo is long enough to detect anything though?
Post # 8
I think 12-14 DPO is long enough to test. Buy a sensitive one (First REsponse with the pink lines) are very sensitive. Give yourself some peace of mind
Post # 9
PMS and pregnancy symptoms were VERY similar for me.
Here’s two things I noticed that were different though.
Ibprofen is what I take when I start feeling cramping before my period starts but when I was pregnant that didn’t lessen the cramps at all. The cramps were also were a bit stronger than I usually get pre-period.
The other one was that if I do feel a little drained it’s usually the day my period shows up. But I’d been feeling drained despite having the time to rest and then felt really really drained and still no show. That’s when I tested and saw a little pink line.
Post # 10
My #1 strongest symptom when I was pregnant was sore breasts. I also had a little implantation bleeding (I thought I got my period but was actually pregnant). A little after that, I started getting realllllly tired/hungry and having to pee a lot. At around 6 weeks, I started feeling faint every now and then.
I would avoid wine/alcohol just in case. No reason to risk it. This is the time when a fetus is most sensitive to damage from alcohol.
Post # 11
Thanks ladies. I got a bfn on a first response test that I took first thing this morning, at 13dpo. I suppose it’s still possible but I’m thinking I’m in the clear. Oddly enough, too, my breasts are significantly less sore today than they have been since ovulation. I’m not sure how to make sense of that other than that it was ovulation related soreness?