Stopping BCP mid-pack?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

I have stopped mid-pack multiple times. My first go-around, I was on Orthocept (combo pill) and had what you described -breakthrough bleeding that lasted about a week, and later on my period. As soon as I stopped taking that pill, my symptoms were gone. It was like night and day. My cycles were the same, but I can’t speak to ovulation post-pill…maybe it was later.

I was on Micronor (a POP) for just over a year and stopped mid-pack recently. Symptoms gone overnight, period came when it was expected to, etc. My first two cycles did have shorter than normal luteal phases – about 9 days. This last cycle, it was 10 days, so they’re gradually getting longer, my cycles went from being very short (25 days) to being a more typical 29 – 30 days.

I’m now on my 3rd cycle and things have regulated. While it certainly happens that some women might be regulating 6 months, 12 months or longer after the pill, it does seem for most folks it’s generally a few months.

I’d just stop now if you’re done with the side effects.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@LissieBear:  I was on ortho tri cycles lo for 17 years, just stopped last week. Dr told me to finish out the pack and then stop, not to stop mid pack. Unfortunately I just said uh huh and didn’t ask why! 🙁 so that’s all the info I have. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

When I stopped taking them, I was SO over it that I just stopped mid-pack. I had bad breakouts and lots of spotting. This was like, ten years ago though so I can’t give you any specifics. Maybe if I had waited and finished out the pack it wouldn’t have been so bad, but maybe it didn’t matter either way….

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@LissieBear:  Unless you’re having issues you think are caused by the hormones in the pack it’s a good idea to finish the pack so you have a period like normal and then start on day 1 of your first cycle off BCPs.  Each new cycle starts with the first day of your period.  If you stop mid-pack you will still get a period but because you are stopping mid-pack it may take more time for your cycles to straighten out off the hormones.  Best to start with a fresh cycle by finishing a pack so you know day 1 of your first cycle off BCPs.

Since I stopped at the end of my pack when I went off BCPs, my first cycle off BCPs was the “normal” 28 days.  After that my cycles got longer and longer until I had a 69 day cycle.  After that I alternated between a 30-40 day cycle and a 60+ day cycle.  So my most “normal cycle was the first one off BCPs.  My doctor told me this is normal and why a lot of women get pregnant their first cycle off BCPs and that when I was ready to TTC I might want to consider going back on BCPs for a short period of time and then TTC my first cycle off BCPs. I’ll find out next year when we start TTC because I don’t plan to stop taking my pill again until we start actively TTC.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would finish the pack, just because the hormones and sudden lack-thereof can throw your body out of whack. I tried skipping a placebo week (during our honeymoon I was supposed to get my period) and instead of getting no period, or a late one, I got a lovely two week one!! Hubby was absolutely thrilled. haha So I would just finish the pack, just to be safe. PLUS, then you can get AF immediately upon stopping, and can start charting right away! If you stop it now, who knows when AF will arrive, so you won’t be able to start your first full chart until whenever that may be. But, it’s your call 🙂 Exciting stuff!!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I say stop now if you want to.  I couldn’t find anything bad/dangerous about stopping the pack mid-cycle so I did it.  I had a my break-through bleed a few days after stopping the pill.  Then, I had a 28 day normal cycle and mine stayed pretty much regular thereafter with a few days of variation depending on which day I ovulated that cycle.  Since you are already spotting, it can be difficult to pinpoint when the first day of your period would be to start the new cycle.  That might be something you want to monitor while doing FAM.  Mid-cycle spotting can be indicitive of other issues that you may want to work on before TTC.  Good luck!

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