Post # 1
DH and I are going to start actively trying to have a baby in about 6 to 8 months. I’n currently on the pill (alesse), so I was wondering when I should stop taking it to let my hormones regulate themselves again? I know once I stop taking it that they’ll be a chance I’ll get pregnant before we start actively trying, and that would be fine if that happened too. When did you all stop taking the pill?
Post # 2
CanadianBride456: I stopped taking the pill in mid April and we started actively TTC in October. Doctors will tell you that you can get pregnant immediately after you stop taking the pill. We used the “pull out” method until we were ready to start trying
Post # 3
I stopped taking the pill in February and we just started TTC. It took me about 3 months to get a period after stopping the pill and I am still not regular.
It really depends on the person and it seems like there is no “rule” on how long it takes to regulate your cycle. I’ve heard dr’s say that if you are regular before you started the pill you should go right back after you stop & other dr’s have said it can take up to a year to become regular. So its up to you on when to stop!
Post # 4
I’d say 3-6 months before starting TTC. Some people regular right away, others not so much.
Post # 5
If you’re fine getting pregnant immediately, I would go ahead and quit so that if your body needs longer to regulate you have the time.
I got pregnant immediately after quitting BCP.
Post # 6
I agee with kes18…you never know how long it will take your body to regulate after coming off the pill…I had perfectly regular periods before coming off the pill and when I came off I had 2 31 day cycles and now I’m on day 50 with no sign of ovulation or a period :/ My doctor said it could take 6 months to a year for some people to have their cycle regulate again. So I vote the sooner the better you come off just so you aren’t dissapointed if things take a while. Good luck!!
Post # 7
I had similar questions because I’ve been on birth control for over a decade. But my doctor told me that it was fine to keep taking birth control right up until we were ready to start trying. In fact, he said that the first month off BC is often the most fertile month. So that’s what I did. I’m only a month out, but my period just showed up right on schedule at 29 days. I think some people will have regular periods no matter when you come off BC and some people will have irregular periods, no matter when they come off BC but there probably are a minority of women who will take time to regulate periods after coming off BC. So I guess it just comes down to a personal preference about if you want to go off before you start TTC.
Post # 8
I’d stop 3-6 months before TTC and use a backup method.
It took 7 months (!) for my cycle to return after a decade on bcp. I know I’m an outlier, but there you have it. I have friends who got PG on the first cycle after stopping, so there’s also that possibility.
Post # 9
My doctor advised me to go off the pill at least one full month before TTC. My first cycle off the pill was slightly longer than normal (32 days vs. 30), but I’m into my 3rd cycle now and so far everything seems to be working pretty normally.
Post # 10
I stopped taking the pill 6 months before I anticipated we’d start trying (it ended up being a year because of other circumstances). I was really glad I gave myself that time – I didn’t have problems with my cycles regulating, but I had plenty of time to get to know my body and understand my cycle so I actually knew how to properly time sex and recognize what was normal (or not normal) for my body once we started. I’d give yourself at least 3 months, but 6 would be better.
Post # 11
CanadianBride456: Do you remember if you were regular or irregular before the pill??
I stop taking bcp in april 2014 & still haven’t got pregnant… I think you should stop the pill now & just use protection if you don’t want to get pregnant just yet.
Post # 12
I would stop at least 2 months. But more important then when you stop BC is that you start taking prenatals before you start trying to conceive to reduce risk of neural tube defects. So start taking prenatals before you stop the BC. I didn’t know that and only started taking them when I stopped BC. I would just start taking prenatal a immediately.
Post # 13
I would stop now. My first and 3rd cycle of BC was 90+ days. What a waste of time waiting another 7.5 months from stopping BC to start trying until we could *really* start trying.
Post # 14
Daisylovex3: it’s been so long I really can’t remember! Plus I was 18, so I wasn’t really keeping track of my period. It came when it came.
Thank you all for the wonderful advice! As a coincidence, I have my annual pap this week, so im going to run it by my doctor and see what advice she has.
Post # 15
CanadianBride456: I went off the soonest I could be happy about a pregnancy, but about 2 months before I was ready to actively try. My obgyn told me to go off the pill when I was ready to get pregnant and odds are it would happen in less than 3 months. I’ve been off the pill for a little over a week and my body isn’t going back to normal– I’m still waiting for my withdrawal bleed. I mention this because doctors work in averages and trends and there are a lot of outliers in fertility.