Post # 1
Hi everyone! I’m a sorta new bee…I used weddingbee to plan my wedding, then I went away for a few years, and now I’m back (under a new username for privacy!) Regardless, nice to meet you and thanks for reading.
Anyway, my husband and I were planning to TTC this year. I had been on BC for the last 10+ years and stopped taking it at the end of May, with the thought of allowing my body some time to come off the pill. I also wanted to start charting somewhat to get an idea of when I would ovulate. I had a withdrawal period after I finished the last pack in May, and then got a very light period at the end of June. But now I haven’t had a period since.
We have been BD’ing without protection since July. I really freaked out when I missed my period at the end of that month. When I missed it again in August, it was even more confusing. And I am now on CD85 or something ridiculous. I have no idea what my cycle is supposed to be like or what it was like in the past when I was not on BC because I was a teenager then and didn’t really pay attention to it. I should also mention that I have POAS’d multiple times, the most recent of which was this morning with FMU, and all were BFNs.
I haven’t had any significant life changes recently, no real stress, and no weight changes. So none of that would explain the lack of a period.
I guess my question is, did this happen to anyone else when they first came off the pill? It’s frustrating because I feel like we can’t TTC if I’m not getting my period, and therefore probably not ovulating. I had purchased some OPKs but feel it’s a waste to use them right now. Also, I’ve been temping every morning and my temperature has not fluctuated more than 0.2 degrees over this whole time.
I need some encouragement, so any thoughts/advice/similar stories are appreciated! I’ve been reading the TTC boards a lot lately, and understand that it does take time for one’s body to get back to “normal” after coming off BC. Luck to all the TTC ladies!
Post # 3
It sounds like you’re not ovulating. I’d give it a couple more months and then make an appointment with your doctor — 10 years on BC is a LONG time, so your body might just need a little extra time to adjust.
Post # 4
@cmbr: I was on bc for around 7-8 years and when I finally came off it I got reallllly light periods or no period at all for around 3 months then I went back to my regular 28-30 day cycles. If you feel like this is going on too long I think you should make a dr appt, why not? They might have some insight for you, good luck!
Post # 5
i stopped BC (not TTC, long story, but TTC is irrelevant here) and I didn’t get my period again for 2-3 cycles. Body sort of has to find its own rhythm again.
Post # 6
This can happen coming off of BC, especially if you were on it for a long time.
Your body hasn’t ovulated in ten years, so it might take a while for your natural rhythm to reassert itself.
If you’re really worried make an appt with a gyno.
Post # 7
I went off BC this year, and got my period 23 days later, then my next came 83 days later (the day I left for my Caribbean vacation too–awesome luck, right?!).
I don’t know if I even ovulated those cycles. After our trip, I was ready to buy OPKs and start charting, since we were ready to try and I assumed it would take months to determine when/if I was ovulating. I actually got pregnant the first month after the 83 day cycle.
I’ve heard it can take a few months for your body to regulate cycles, and some women never have regular cycles. I have a feeling that if I hadn’t gotten pregnant, I would still have wacky periods, and I just happened to ovulate ~CD14 like I hoped.
Post # 8
@lillieb33: This is exactly what happened to me. After a year I went to the doctors and was told that I don’t ovulate so I was giving a drug to help me ovulate and BAM pregnant first go. Goodluck and I hope you get your BFP soon:))
Post # 9
Thanks for the reassurance, everyone. I do have an appointment with my OB/GYN next month, so I will definitely bring it up then. It’s good to know that I’m not the only person this has happened to. It’s like a lot of people have said on here, you just are worried about preventing pregnancy for so long that you just expect it to happen the first time you have unprotected sex! =)