(Closed) Testing after coming off of BC — When should I do it?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@squishycupcake:  sorry I missed this one! I see your just coming off birth control it can take a while to get out of your system. My doctors told me to give it 4 months post birth control until we started trying. As far as pregnancy symptoms if you haven’t been off BC for a while that might be causing all the odd symptoms your body just trying to adjust back to normal. hope that helps a bit. GL

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

When I was coming off of BCP I felt *awful.* If you’re not checking your cervical mucous and charting your temperatures, you’re only guessing on your ovulation date. And especially because you just came off birth control, it might take awhile to get back on a normal schedule (although there are a lot of women on this board who got pregnant their first or second cycle off, so anything is possible!)

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Every woman is different.

For me, nothing really changed except my skin.  My cycles were always 24 days on BC and they were the same off. (I took B6 to increase my cycle up to 28 days). My advice is to see when AF comes the first time. If your cycles are usually 28 days and you don’t have AF in 30 days, go ahead and test.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I came off BC in December.  My first cycle was 30 days and I felt great until a week before AF when I experience all the symptoms you listed above.  It turns out it was AF rearing her ugly head.  I think I had experience any PMSsy sort of symptoms in so long, that I thought they were pregnancy symptoms instead.  The cycle after that was 33 days long, same AF/pregnancy symptoms.  Now I’m on day 36, no period in sight, but still testing negative for pregnancy. 

Everyone said coming off the pill, your body would take a little bit to adjust, but mine is straight up WONKY 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

All that being said, test away!  Get some cheapos and go crazy 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My sister got pregnant her first month off bcp’s and I’ve heard several other ladies on here say the same- it’s not impossible!! I think I’d wait to see if you get a period come April 4th and if you haven’t come the 8th, I’d test.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I had awful pregnancy symptoms my first two cycles off BC. If you truly did ovulate last wednesday, you can try testing this weekend. My symptoms were not at all normal for me even from when I was off BC before so just keep in mind that your body can change and what you think is “normal” never really is. Good luck!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would wait until at least April 6th and then test if AF hasn’t come. I would also HIGHLY recommend reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@squishycupcake:  May I also note that I said you should wait to test until 4/8 if AF has not arrived, but I’ve been in your shoes with a pregnancy scare and it aint that easy to wait! So while I say you should wait, if you’re anything at all like myself, test away!!

Post # 13
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Helper bee

@squishycupcake:  Period trackers and other apps like that are only as good as the data you put in. Since this is your first cycle off BC, the app doesn’t have any real data to go off of since all your previous cycles were hormonally regulated. You have to chart your basal body temperature to accurately get a good estimation of your O date. If you truly did ovulate last Wednesday, it would likely be too early for you to be feeling such strong pregnancy symptoms. It would also be too early for you to get a positive because the fertilized egg wouldn’t have even implanted yet.

That being said, it’s entirely possible you ovulated already and that you will get pregnant this cycle. I would personally wait at least until your period is due to test. Keep in mind that you could ovulate late this cycle, which could delay your period and give you false negatives if you actually are pregnant. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee

Unfortunately, when you’re TTC, you find out that “pregnancy” symptoms can also be ovulation symptoms, PMS, the flu, etc. Symptom-spotting is so bad for our (collective “our” here) emotions and stress levels, but it’s so hard to avoid doing. Good luck with your TTC journey, and I hope your “getting of BC” symptoms actually are pregnancy symptoms.

Post # 16
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Newbee

Hey girl! you may be experiencing the effects of coming off BC. when I switched from the pill to the ring I had the same symptoms and all but convinced myself I was pregnant, despite three negative tests and my time of the month being a full 11 days late. Give your body a full 30 days free of hormones before you TTC. My told informed me that the risk of miscarying is reduced greatly if you give yourself that full month break. Let your body get back to its original cycle, and make sure not to stress. Just breathe and remember it will all work out in the end the way that its supposed to. Best of luck to you!! 

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