Post # 1
This is my first post on the board. I was married October 2, 2010 and have been very happily married since. My husband and I are planning on TTC next Spring (2012). I’ve been on the pill for about 7 years and had very irregular cycles before I got on it. I’m worried my cycles will be too irregular to track once I go off. How far in advance do I need to go off the pill to determine my cycles? Also, I have no idea about the methods used to determine ovulation. Do I need to set up an appointment with my doctor to go over this and other ways to prepare?
Thanks in advance, ladies.
Post # 3
@nest10phd: Welcome! I think you’d want to talk to your doctor about irregular cyles and what might be causing it. You might have some issue going on like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). There are quite a few of us who are diagnosed with this on the boards. I would talk to your GYN and see what they want you to do. For me, the first few cycles off hormonal birth control were my most regular and now i’m going on 6 months without a cycle (grrr.) and we’re trying to start a family now.
I would highly recommend the book Taking Control of your Fertility to help you understand what exactly your body is/should be doing and when. It will teach you how to chart, which once you get on some sort of cycle will help you figure out when to try for a baby in your cycle.
Post # 4
I am in a similar situation, but I can only tell you what I’m doing to prepare.
I’ve been on BC for 13 years. I will be going off in January, TTC in May.
I read “Taking Charge of your Fertility” per the advice of fellow bees and learned a lot about how to track your fertility cycle.
I will begin temping and tracking my cervical mucus in January to get an idea of when I ovulate and how long my cycles are.
Darling Husband and I will be using condoms between January and when we are ready to start trying in May.
I told both my OBGYN and my internist that I would be trying to have kids during my annuals. My internist did some genetic testing (since I am in in a high-risk group) and my OB told me “well, maybe I’ll see you before your next annual with some good news!”
Other than that, I’ve already been taking prenatal vitamins for a few months and I’m exercising regularly and trying to get lots of rest.
Post # 5
I agree with PPs. A trip to the gyno to discuss period irregularity is a good plan, as is reading Taking Charge of your Fertility. It’s very informative and can help you learn more about your cycles and what questions you’d like to ask your Dr.
Post # 6
All of these are all good suggestions. I think I’ll start taking prenatals and reading Taking Charge of your Fertility since it’s so highly recommended! It’s a little scary thinking about getting ready to TTC and the roller coaster of emotions I’m sure is to come. My husband, who’s about 6 years older than me (he’s 33, I’m 27) has been a little more vocal about his desire to have children sooner than later and actually told me he’d like to start trying next Spring. However, last night I mentioned the idea of going off BC to see how my cycles would be and he nearly choked on his food!