TMI Went off BC Pills for a month, need advice- to take, or not to take?

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

Honestly these are questions for your doctor, not strangers on the internet.

But, yes, your periods will not be coming regularly like they used to because your body is going through hormonal changes by the lack of hormones you took from the pills. It really depends on the person, but it may take a fews months for your body to regulate itself from not taking the pills. Taking BC pills also do not affect fertility–please don’t buy into that BS.

About restarting a pack, I would definitely recommend you call your doctor about that.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

coachhw:  I just stopped end of September, and it’s been 7 weeks since my period.  I just saw my doctor on Tuesday and she said it was normal and that some people can take up to 3 months to get their period after coming off the pill.  I’m staying off b/c my husband and I are TTC, but my doctor told me not to worry and if my period hasn’t started and no BFP after 3 months I should give her a call. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

kellynn323:  I stopped at the end of September too, and no period! My doctor told me the same thing, but I’m getting a little worried. 

coachhw:  I would say you have to decide if you would be ok with an “oopsies” if you go off the pill. If not, then stay on it. I had a headache for the first 2 weeks being off the pill, then my skin flared up, but otherwise I don’t notice a big difference.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

My last pill was September 30th.  I had my first period Nov 8th – 11th.  

So for me, I got back to normal (assuming I don’t go bonkers next month) almost immediately.  I was on BC since 2006.

Ditto PPs – definitely go to a doctor if you are concerned. 

EDIT: As far as symptoms from getting off BC… I had a few days where I was suuuuper moody.  Definitely out of character for me.  I also had a reduced appetite.  I did have some minor breakouts, but nothing serious.  I thought my hair was getting greasy faster too.. Thought I was crazy.  Maybe not!

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Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

RunnerBride13:  So have you gotten your period yet?  Just curious since we are in the same boat…I had some pink spotting last night and I got really excited that I FINALLY got my period and we could start trying again in December, but it was only spotting, and today still no peroid…all though I’ve been having cramps through the night and most of the day so far.  I plan to take another test Saturday morning if my period doesn’t come, but this is really obnoxious!!  Are you TTC right now? 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

kellynn323:  nope no period, it’s been 7 weeks. No spotting, nothing. We aren’t TTC but would like to soon. I was worried this would happen…

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

RunnerBride13:  Sorry you are going through this as well!  Lucky you realized to get off BCP and give yourself sometime to regulate before trying…I had no idea it could take so long to regulate 🙁  Good luck to you when you guys do start trying!!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

coachhw:  Why don’t you look into one of the more localized hormone BCs? Mirena IUD (I have one and love it, no side effects AND no periods), the implant, ring, etc?

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

coachhw:  I went off of BC a few years ago to try to get my libido up.  I immediately got terrible acne and greasy hair (libido didn’t increase though)…  I gave it about 5 months and eventually went back on because I couldn’t stand the greasy skin and hair.  I recently went off of BC to TTC and this time around I haven’t gotten nearly as bad skin and hair.  I have more breakouts than I did on the pill, but not as bad as last time and my hair isn’t greasy at all.  The pill I was on was the same the whole time…  So I had vastly different reactions several years apart.  If I were you, I’d probably go back on BC.  Plus then you don’t have to worry about getting pregnant before you’re ready.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I feel like I could have written this post myself!! Pharmacy was supposed to give me a 90 day supply and they only gave me 60- I was forced of BCP for a month because I am now overseas with no access to a pharmacy (developing country). 

Anyway I was off for 7.5 weeks before I finally got my period (yesterday!!). I ovulated for the first time in probably a decade too, so that was weird (definitely  had the acne, cramping, etc). My period has been heavier and involved a lot more cramping, which I expected.

It is totally normal for the period to be delayed after coming off BCP. I have done a LOT of research over the past few weeks, including talking with my doc back in the states. There is no evidence BCP messes with fertility, but the body is not used to producing estrogen on its own so periods are a bit messed up often when you come off of them. 

I talked to a doctor who told me I need to wait to get my period before starting my next pack, so that is what I’m doing. I’m planning a Sunday start tomorrow. Good luck!

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

If you really don’t want to have kids for a while, I would get back on BC.  If you don’t like having to take pills, Mirena (and the new IUD Skyla) are both good options that have longer term BC effects with nothing that you have to do.

As others have said, BC does not mess with fertility and having a delayed period after stopping BC isn’t unusual.

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