Post # 1
I have been on birth control for almost 11 years, not straight, I have taken some breaks.
DH and I would like to start TTC later this year, around Oct/Nov.
I just had my period last week, and was supposed to start my new pack Sunday night, and I didn’t because I thought that now might be a good time to get it out of my system.
For ladies who took the pill, how long did it take you to conceive after not taking the pill anymore?
Post # 2
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
For some women the first one or two months off the pill are super fertile. For others, they need to be off the hormones for a few months to allow their cycle to regulate. It really depends on why you were on the pill in the first place and whether you have other reproductive issues like endo or PCOS. Remember you have to take the pill at the same time every day for a reason: the hormones get flushed out of your system approximately every 24 hours.
It’s really up to you whether you want to go off now or right before you TTC. I plan to go off the pill right before we TTC because the last time I was off the pill the first two cycles were less than 30 days but then I had cycles that were more than 60 days so that it took a year for me to figure out my cycle (I rotate between a 30+ day cycle and a 45+ day cycle.) I want to get pregnant within a specific window so I am not in my third trimester during the summer (we live in Florida and I would die, seriously.) So our best option is to go off immediately before starting to TTC.
Post # 3
I stopped the pill about 3 years before we decided to TTC (I got a copper IUD instead). I had been on it for 8 years at that point (non stop) and enough was enough. I hated how it made me feel.
My cycles regulated immediately, and turns out I am quite fertile…
Everyone is so different, it’s really hard to know how long it might take to regulate.
Post # 4
Daizy914: following this! be good to know
Post # 5
beachbride1216: i started taking birth control when I met DH, and I will be honest, we wanted to have sex without using a condom. I never had any pregnancy scares, I took it everyday at the same time. I know some women take it to regulate their period, but I never had that issue.
What is endo? I know about PCOS, but how do I know if I have any of those issues?
And I have read a lot about charting but I don’t know how to keep track of it, can you help me with that?
Post # 6
I came off the pill for a couple months last year as I felt I’d been on it for too many years solid and I had too much of a build up of hormones going round my system. That may not be a thing but I was starting to get way more emotional in my cycle and it just wasn’t right. I didn’t want kids though as we are not married (I don’t believe in such things!) so in the end to be safe and sound I went back on the pill after a few months again. I haven’t had any OTT PMS type symptoms again so maybe giving my body a break for a while was a good idea.
I found my cycles regulated really quickly when I was off the pill but I never got any inclination that I had started ovulating again. I know some people are fertile the minute they stop birth control and others it can take up to a year. Just wondering what correlation there is between stopping birth control, your cycles being normal and regular and then starting ovulating again? My FI and I was to TTC as soon as we are married.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Daizy914: Endo is endometriosis.
As for charting I highly recommend buying a copy of Taking Charge of Your Fertility and checking out fertilityfriend.com to learn how to chart your morning temperature and other signs of fertility like cervical mucus and breast tenderness. It will help you figure out when and if you ovulate so you know when you are most fertile and when you should take a pregnancy test.
Post # 8
I was on the pill for 10+ years, with one one month break for minor surgery. I stopped taking the pill in May, kind of in the middle of the pack (I was on seasonale) I found out I was pregnant in august. It probably would have been sooner, but I work away from home during the summer months.
Post # 9
I had one gyn tell me to wait a few months to allow the uterine lining to return to normal, and another tell me to try right away as it has a slightly higher chance for conception (and twins…). I’m not really sure there’s a “right” answer for everyone.
Post # 10
Daizy914: You are smart to be thinking about this now! I stopped taking HBC after about a decade on the pill, and did not get a period for 4 months. My doctor finally prescribed Provera to induce a period and, hopefully, jump start ovulation. I wish I had gone off the pill sooner to give my cycle time to get back to normal. Trust me, once you’re ready to TTC, every month you don’t ovulate is….painful.
Post # 11
Daizy914: You wont know until you start having your periods. If there are issues it will be apparent. Otherwise assume you are healthy.
I say go off now and just avoid your window. I went off in July and though we haven’t avoided my fertile window, i’m still not pregnant. Its different for everyone but the longer you allow you body to do its own thing the easier it will be to understand when you TTC.
Post # 12
My doctor recommended stopping the birth control 3 months before I want to TTC. He also recommended starting a prenatal vitamin at the same time. I am currently not trying but once he heard I was engaged he wanted to give me all the info. So I don’t have any actual experience but I thought I would share his recommendation.
Post # 13
I came off the pill about 6 months ago. The research I have done, and discussions with doctors, the pill is out of your system within days… not months. Doesnt matter how many years you have been on it.
I have decided to get to know my cycle and birth control that way. I have started taking Estrosmart, which i call the miracle vitamin. I was worried coming off the pill that I wouldnt be regular(in the past i never wass, would go months without a period) And since I started takeing Estrosmart, I have been the most regular i have ever been, even compared to being on birthcontrol. I recommend every woman look into this pill. Its all natural herbs and minerals. I have battled acne for the past 4 years, and my acne is next to done. I barely get a cramp or mood swings. It have helped alot of woman become pregnant too. Think just from regulating ovulation and such!
Post # 14
Daizy914: I stopped in February and we’re planning on TTC this summer. Like you said, I figured I’d rather get it out of my system when we aren’t trying to understand my cycle better before we do start trying. The only problem has been that every month I find myself sort of hoping for an “oops!” 🙂
Post # 15
Like others have said, some women have no problems coming off the pill, and others find it takes their body awhile to get back to normal cycles. I took my last pill July 2013, with the idea that we might start TTC in January, so I was giving myself 6 months. We’ll actually start this coming July, so I’m ending up with a year off the pill (and a year of charting data) by the time we TTC. I did start ovulating right away, but I’ve also been able to identify some other issues with my cycle that I’m working to fix before we TTC. I can’t comment on how quickly I got pregnant (because I’m not yet!), but I am glad I gave my body that time off the pill to regulate and get to know my cycle again.
ETA – I had been on the pill for 9 years before I came off. I started when I was 18, and I had no clue what was “normal” for me at that time or if my cycle would have naturally changed during that time either way, so I wanted to know what was normal and make sure my cycle was healthy before starting to TTC.