Questions about TTC after BCP

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

HopefulSim:  I came off BCP in March and O’d that first cycle on CD22. My 2nd cycle I O’d a week later on CD28, got pregnant, and unfortunately had an early MC. But everyone is different coming off BCP; hopefully you O right away and get nice regular cycles!

Our original plan, and now current plan again, was/is to TTC this December and in the mean time get to know my cycle through charting using Fertility Friend. I’m loving charting and having all the data recorded from each cycle so I can easily look back and see where my cycles started and how they change after stopping BCP. Good luck to you!!! (Feel free to join either the Waiting to TTC board and/or the Charters of the Hive board if you’re interested in tracking your cycles with charting).

Post # 3
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Worker bee

I asked my doctor about this at my last appointment and she told me if my cycles were regular before I should have no problem ovulating the first cycle after I stop the pill. She also told me that you have a higher chance of conceiving twins the first cycle after the pill…. I then left the office scared! lol

I just stopped the pill and we arent charting or temping so I have no idea if I ovulated or not this month but we just “do it” when we want and if a baby comes a baby comes!

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My cycles went back to normal right away.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

Took me three months to ovulate! So stressful and shocking! My cycles never normalized, but I did finally get pregnant nine months later. I vote go off as early as possible just in case. I had no reason to suspect it would take so long.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

HopefulSim:  I’m not TTC until next summer, but I did come off BCPs in late April because I had no idea how long it would take my body to regulate. DH and I use the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) as our primary BC method, with condoms during my fertile week. While I did ovulate that first month (and have since I’ve been off) my cycles have been irregular and are still working to regulate themselves-and hopefully they will! That first month off I O’ed on CD20, second month off CD17, and this past cycle O’ed on CD28. Who knows what this cycle will bring. Each woman is different. Some come off and their cycle goes completely back to “normal” while others take months to regulate or even ovulate again. You just won’t know until you come off BCPs. Good luck TTC!

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I ovulated within a week of stopping hormonal birth control, and my cycles were completely regular, 28 day cycles immediately (exactly the same as before BC). However, since then, I haven’t ovulated every month (no way of knowing if this was normal for me before the pill, but I suspect it was).

We tried to TTC immediately, and are now on cycle 8.

Post # 10
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Newbee

@HopefulSim: I’d been on BCP for over 10 years and came off in May.  My first cycle was 53 days (and I’m not sure I even O’d).  Now on day 44 of my 2nd cycle – I O’d on day 39 which means this cycle should be about 53 days again!    DH and I are not TTC until November and I’m glad that by then I will have had 6 months off BCP along with charting and temping to get to know what’s going on with my cycles! 

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I was on BCP 16 years.  My periods were very irregular before BCP FWIW, but that was obviously a long time ago and I was a lot younger.

I didn’t chart but I must have ovulated within 2 weeks of stopping because I got pregnant.  I thought my cycles would be very irregular after stopping so I was pretty surprised.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My first cycle off the pill was 114 days. I O’d on day 104. My 2nd cycle was 41 days and I O’d on day 27. This is my 3rd cycle off and Im on day 7. We are not TTC until November so Im hoping every cycle gets shorter and shorter. I never got a chance to know if I had regular cycles or not before going on the pill since I got my period a little older (14) and went on the pill young for acne (15).

I vote get off early if you think there is any chance you will not be regular!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m not too much help because I just got off BCP last Saturday, so this will be my first month TTC.  But I did go off the pill for about 5 months, about 5 years ago.  It took me about 6-7 weeks to get my first period post-pill, then about 4-4.5 weeks between the next few cycles before I went back on the pill.  I’m crossing my fingers that I regulate that quickly again this time around! 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Not everyone is lucky enough to ovulate on their own after BCP.  I stopped 11 months ago and last month had my first period (progesterone induced).  It took a long time of my Doctor saying let’s wait a little long before I was referred to a fertility specialist.  I now know I have low estrogen and we are finally on our way to TTC.

im not trying to scare anyone, just to make you aware of what can happen.

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My doctor recommended going off BCP one month before TTC, so I’m planning to stop taking the pill in September and TTC in October. 

I haven’t had problems with my cycle regulating when I’ve stopped taking BCP in the past, but that’s been a while.

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