Post # 1
My partner and I are planning to start ttc at the end of the year/beginning of next year.
i have been on oral BC for 8 years..I know theres a huge chance we could get pregnant first cycle ttc after going off the pill but I was wondering when you ladies would recommend coming off the pill to regulate my cycles and when I should start prenatals, as I know they are definitely beneficial whether you are ttc or not.
thoughts? Regulate my cycles for the year? Or just a couple of months before we ttc?
also.. We don’t like condoms! Hahaha. But we would obviously have to use them or use the rhythm method or something of the like.
Post # 3
It’s up to you. You can go off a few months early and chart to find out when you’re ovulating or go off right before trying since you don’t know how long it will take for your cycle to regulate.
Post # 4
You could start prenatals now. If you aren’t prepared to use condoms, try withdrawal. I mean, hey it’s better than nothing! But seriously, once you go off BCP you should be prepared that you could be pregnant very quickly. Both me and my best friend got pg during the first cycle, and mine was when I thought I wasn’t ovulating….
i would go off in the fall and use an alternate method if you don’t want a baby before your wedding/you’re ready!
Post # 5
I went to my OBGYN at the end of January. She recommended me going off BC two cycles before we were ready to start trying. I also have no history of difficulties with conception, so that could vary if that is present in your medical history. She started me on prenatals right away. She wanted to get a build up in my system. You can get them over the counter, but she wrote a prescription because the prescription ones tend to have more of the good stuff in them.
Hope this helps!! Good luck with your planning! 🙂
Post # 6
My health care provider suggested coming off hormonal bc 1-3 months prior to TTC, but I came off the pill maybe 8 months prior? I charted my temps to make sure my body ovulated on its own, then I stopped charting since we weren’t actually TTC yet. We used condoms to avoid pregnancy, and I picked back up with charting a few months before TTC to get a good idea of what a normal cycle looks like for me. I started prenatals 3 months before TTC as well. I was on various forms of hormonal bc for over a decade, so I wanted to make sure my body had plenty of time to regulate and get any wonky cycles out of the way!
Post # 7
Personally, I stopped the pill about six months before we *planned* to TTC and four months before we actually started trying. I charted in the meantime and we used condoms which I agree is not super fun, but we dealt with it.
As for prenatals, I recommend starting them at least a couple of months in advance but I didn’t actually take my own advice on that one. I need to take iron-free prenatals and they’re pricey so I put off starting them until like two days before I got my BFP. Oh well. I was at least on a normal multivitamin so I was still getting folic acid, etc.
Post # 8
I am on prenatals now. I don’t plan to go off of BC until late summer to not try/not prevent.
I would start prenatals right now. I think they say you can start them up to a year before you try to have a baby. Also, if you are going to be very active with TTC then I would stop BC now if you want to allow your body time to regulate its cycles.
Post # 9
My gynocologist told me you should have one cycle off BC before TTC. Just to let your body regulate itself once. But then again its totally fine if you go off and TTC right away. He also said just take folic acid instead of a prenatal because thats the most important and its way cheaper.
I will be going off all my meds pretty much right after the wedding. We probably wont be TTC for at least 8 months but i have made him aware it could happen.
Post # 10
My gyno told me to start taking pre-natals three months before we TTC, and we could start trying as soon as I came off the pill.
Post # 11
Ooh, I started my own thread, but just saw this thread! These are helpful tips. I just made an appointment to see my doctor at the end of next week to get some tips about coming off BC / starting prenatals. I hope that was the right thing to do!
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@skipatroller7: Pish posh. Finish your last pack of pills and start trying immediately. Doctors only ask you to wait so they can better estimate the baby’s due date however the baby’s due date will change multiple times over the coruse of the pregnancy anyway because every time they measure you and the baby, it will give you a different EDD. A lot of women get pregnant their first cycle off the pill with no problems during their pregnancy and no birth defects.
Post # 13
@skipatroller7: I think this is really a personal decision for what you are comfortable with. If you are ok with the idea that when you stop taking BC that your cycles may not be regular right away, then you can probably wait. If you really want to give yourself a cushion of time before you TTC, then maybe come off 3-4 months beforehand. I had very regular cycles pre-BCP but my first cycle post-BCP (after 15+ years on the pill) was almost 60 days long. We also dislike condoms and so did not stop BCP until we were ready to try, but I was ok knowing that the process might take some time. I hope that helps!
As for the prenatals, you really can’t start them TOO early. I started about 3 months before we wanted to start TTC.
Post # 14
Thanks ladies! I will take it all into account when the time comes 🙂
Post # 15
I started taking prenatals a few months before we TTC. I was taking prenatals while on bcp. I finished my pack of BCP and got pregnant right away. Everyone is different.
Post # 16
What kinds of prenatals are you ladies taking? We are waiting to TTC within the next few weeks so I just went to the drug store and picked up a 90 day supply of a generic brand and have no complaints so far – been taking them for about 2 weeks – but some of the designer options (ie Women’s One a day) offered packs which included taking two pills each day. What kids are you guys taking? Is there any real difference? Did you take one off the shelf standard kind to start with and then switch to a different/more expensive brand once pregnant?