When to stop taking BC pills before TTC?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
  • poll: When would it be best for me to stop taking BC pills?
    On our wedding day, 3 months ahead of ttc : (23 votes)
    66 %
    The day before our honeymoon : (5 votes)
    14 %
    6 months ahead of ttc : (6 votes)
    17 %
    Other (please explain) : (1 votes)
    3 %
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I was on BC for over 10 years when I first started TTC with my ex-H.  The first cycle after going off the pill was HORRIBLE.  My body apparently went into attack mode and 5 days after going off it (and we weren’t using other protection) I had major issues.

    I almost passed out at work several times….and had no idea until people said my face had gone completely white.  I started bleeding heavily and my doctor thought I might be having a miscarriage….not sure why…maybe b/c we weren’t using other forms of protection.  I was in the ER twice and they did blood work and found out my body was trying to “fight off” some infection.  They didn’t do a PG test but my GYN said that as long as I had been on BCPs that my body was having issues adjusting to it…basically trying to make its own hormones.  

    I’m in NO way saying this is gonna happen to you…just sharing my story.  I went on BCPs when DH and I were first together and the hormones were TOO strong but when I went off of them I had issues again although not as bad as the first time.

    For me personally, only the month after stopping them was the bad one….after that it returned to a normal cycle with me ovulating every month.

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    415 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My experience wasn’t so scary but it’s taking me a while to regulate post BCP. But my doctor strongly recommended to me that I go off the pill 3 months or so prior to TTC, which is why I’m recommending it to you. She recommended using condoms until we were ready to really try. Part of the reasoning was that should you conceive it’d be easier to figure out the baby’s true conception, whereas the unpredictability of a cycle of BCP could be confusing.

    If you’re worried about it taking a while to regulate, you could absolutely go off the BCP earlier. Just make sure to use backup protection. And start charting once you go off so you start to get a sense of what’s going on and what more fertile periods you might wanna avoid having sex.

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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @TheHaesterReturns:  Because you have read TCOYF I would suggest coming off now. Start temping and figure out when your fertile days are and use that information to prevent getting pregnant before you want to. Coming off BC can really mess with your body. Thankfully my period regulated right away but not everyone’s does. I always wonder if I would have gotten off BC sooner if we would be pregnant yet.

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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I stopped my pills about three months before we started trying, and we conceived on our second cycle of trying. I don’t really believe in that magical fertility period after getting off the pill, I think it’s better to give your body a few months to regulate.

    I voted three months before/wedding day.

    ETA: I felt completely normal after going off the pill and my cycle regulated quickly, but everyone is different!

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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’d wait til the wedding unless you’re willing to use a backup method to prevent pregnancy up til the wedding. Personally, I tossed out the BC right after the wedding, cause I was really okay with being pregnant at any time. It’s a tough balance, becuase in theory  you can get pregnant the first month off of BC, but on the other hand it could take your body a long time to adjust to being off it. I say err on the side of stopping earlier! 

    FWIW, I’ve been off for about 3 weeks and feel no different. 

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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I am SUPER irregular without BC. My first period coming off of BC didn’t arrive for 7 weeks. I was taking pregnancy tests every week. When my period finally came, I cried (although I was grateful to at least know at that moment where I was in my cycle). I got pregnant my second cycle, 2-5 weeks after that period, depending on which U/S you went by (husband to this day is convinced the doctors were wrong the first 8 months of my pregnancy and when I gave birth at 39 weeks, I was actually only 36 weeks along).

    I didn’t do anything special- I didn’t even finish my pill pack. I was maybe two weeks in when my husband suggested we start trying. I chucked that pack and never looked back. I do not think though there is any magic fertility surge after coming off the pill. My SIL went off the pill and got pregnant exactly two weeks after- her cycle was immediately normal upon taking her last pill. My mother on the other hand, did not get a period for months after going off BC and had to actually take fertility drugs to regulate her cycle.

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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @canadablue:  I read your doctor’s rationale for waiting to TTC after going off BC–to better know the date of conception. Is that the only benefit to waiting? It just seems to me if you’re ready to be pregnant, waiting an extra few months for your body to regulate isn’t worth it just to have a better idea of exactly how far along you are. Is there a reason that’s important? 

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    4679 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    My GYN said to wait a minimum of two months after going off the pill to TTC. Some pills can cause a thinning of the lining of the uterus and you want to give it time to get back to normal. Also, there is a very slight increase in your chance of twins right after you get off BCP.

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    415 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @TheHaesterReturns: I went off my BCP at the end of July and am still a little wonky. But I was wonky before I went on the pill so pretty sure it’s a combo of my age, and what used to be borderline PCOS. I’ve had my period every month however, just the cycles haven’t stabilized at a particular length. I’m on my forth cycle off the pill.

    @hippomama: Her reasoning was solely to do with the due date. You could get pregnant right away off the BCP if you wanted (and people do). Old school thought was that you were more likely to have a miscarriage but that’s not accurate. 

    I started trying as soon as I was off the BCP due to my age and because she said she’d be willing to ‘see’ me if there were any PCOS style problems if we’d gone 9 months without conceiving. Ideally I’d like to be pregnant before I turn 35 in June.

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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Thanks for the response, that makes sense! I’m impatient and didn’t want to wait, so I’m glad to hear there’s no significant reason you have to :)

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    258 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    My doctor recommended that I stop 6 months before TTC.  Just to let your hormones regulate.

    Good luck!

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    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @TheHaesterReturns:  Just be sure you use back-up BC if you want to wait until the honeymoon to TTC. I went off BCP after 12 years at the end of October. I thought there wasn’t a chance we would get pregnant so why bother with other contraception. And yep, I’m pregnant. So, so excited, but we were planning on not actually TTC until Jan. or Feb. Long story short, make sure you’re ready to be pregnant or use another form of BCP.

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