Post # 1
Hi Bees! My husband and I were married this month and we have known for a long time as soon as we got married we wanted to have a child. We both want to have three children so we want to start now. We can financially support this many and can provide a loving home. The thing I’m wondering is, I have been on birth control for ten years now, will this lower my likelihood of getting pregnant right away or is that an old wives tale? We will be TTC after February of next year. Have any of you bees been on birth control for a long time and had no difficulty getting pregnant? or vice versa? Any input is appreciated 🙂
Post # 2
BC does not affect the ability to get pregnant. You might want to come off of it soon though to give your body time to adjust back to it’s natural rhythm. The book Taking Charge of Your Fertility can help you understand your cycle and when the best time to get pregnant would be.
Good luck with TTC!
Post # 3
BCP does not affect your ability to get pregnant. Some people have regular cycles right away after quitting and others have wonky cycles that take a while to regulate. No way to know until you stop taking them. I’ve heard your fertility should go back to whatever level it would be had you not taken anything.
As for me, I was on BCP for 16 years and got pregnant 2 weeks after I quit taking them (I quit at the end of a pack FWIW- don’t quit in the middle of one). The BCP really did it’s job for a decade+ since I had no other pregnancies.
Post # 4
Thank you both for your responses
Post # 5
I was on the pill for 10 years, then came off about a year before TTC, and I got pregnant our first month trying. I was charting my cycles throughout that year off the pill, and they went back to normal pretty quickly – I started ovulating right away. It’s really hard to tell how your body is going to respond, because some women do take awhile to re-regulate after hormonal BC, but it’s definitely possible for you to go back to normal quickly. I’d recommend getting off the pill now so you have a few natural cycles to regulate (and track cycle length at the very least, if not ovulation) before trying.
Post # 6
MrsPierce2014: I just came off BC after 10 years. This cycle has been interesting to chart. I can’t tell (mainly because I can’t remember) if things are the same as they were before just yet. We’re also going to start TTCing in Feb/Mar. 🙂 Good Luck!
Post # 7
MrsPierce2014: I would recommend coming off any hormonal BC now to give your body time to adjust. While it’s true that some people fall pregnant almost straight away, others can take 6 months for their body to really adjust and fall back into a natural rhythm. In my experience (people I know, etc) it’s about a 50/50 split but I have no idea what they say medically regarding how many women struggle v how many fall pregnant easily.
Post # 8
As others have said, it’s probably worth coming off birth control now to give yourself a few months for your cycles to go back to normal.
Also, if you’re not already, now is probably a good time to start taking prenatals.
Post # 9
MrsPierce2014: I was looking online and fertility friend had some interesting stats, not sure on the science behind it
They say that 58% of “all first cycles after discontinuing oral contraceptives were ovulatory (identified with BBT shift) with sufficient luteal phases (greater than 10 days).”
Then they break down the rest if you want to look through it.
Post # 10
MrsPierce2014: you should be fine…. it can take a few cycles to level out but some people are back to normal within a month. My cousin got pg 3 weeks after going off the pill (on it for years and she was 33 or so). I personally went off and had one “long” cycle of about 40 days and apparently I was back on track because I got pg right after. I’ve been on the pill since 20yrs old and Im currently 34. Everyone is different and some bee’s it does take a few months to get a regular cycle just because of their bodies adjusting but rest assured it wont affect your fertility!
Post # 11
I really appreciate everyone’s response! You all were extremely helpful!
Kes18: I will take a look at that site, it sounds like it has some interesting information! 🙂
Post # 12
Id recommend getting off the pill now to let your body regulate. I was also on the pill for over 10 years. I’ve been off of it now for 8 months. My first cycle off of it was around 110 days, then two 43 day cycles, and one 35 day cycle. I’m on my 5th cycle since coming off and we’re going to start TTC this cycle. It’s frustrating that I haven’t been able to develop a pattern and having no idea when I’m going to ovulate.
Post # 13
I would say definitely come off the pill now because you just never know how your body will respond. I know plenty of people who came off and got pregnant the first or second cycle but I’ve been off the pill since the end of July and although my cycles have been a normal 31 days the past 2 months I’m pretty sure through charting that I’m not ovulating. Everyone is different and my doctor said it could take up to a year to completely regulate after going off the pill. Best of luck!!
Post # 14
BC pills should not affect your fertility, but I would come off of them now to give your body time to regulate back to normal. And start a prenatal if you haven’t yet.
Post # 15
AOriver: I wish you the best of luck!!!