(Closed) When to stop the pill? How else to prepare?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

No advice on when to stop the pill, but you should begin taking prenantal vitamins now or pretty soon 🙂 Happy TTC!

Post # 4
3720 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

If you stop the pill now and use condoms you will have plenty of time to regulate your cycle and chart. Many people take 3-6 months to regulate.

However, if you don’t want to use protection, wait until this summer. I know many people who got pregnant the first month, but more who got pregnant after 4 months or so.

Post # 5
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

You dont really need to do anything beyond just stop the pill a couple months before you want to start trying, so your body can regulate. 

People go SO overboard with the TTC stuff. Just relax and have fun!

Post # 6
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Pollywog:  I agree with this.  I’m one of those people who got pregnant the first month after getting off the pill.  If you’re willing to use some other kind of protection, or possibly getting pregnant right away won’t be the end of the world, go off of it a few months earlier to allow your body to regulate itself. 

Post # 7
3624 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I just stopped taking the pill and have started to learn how to chart my cycle. 

I told my husband that I didn’t want to get knocked up RIGHT away and he just said “babe, I’m a sniper”. LOL 

Post # 8
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Wait until you finish the pack so you start your period like normal.  Then just don’t start taking the next pack.  If you stop in the middle of a pack you risk throwing off your cycles and taking longer to get back into a regular cycle.  Once you stop taking BCPs you can start TTC immediately.  Some doctors say wait so you can establish a cycle but there are no medical risks I am aware of from getting pregnant right after going off BCPs.  In fact, a lot of ladies get pregnant their first cycle off BCPs.

Post # 9
986 posts
Busy bee

My doctor told me yesterday to come off the pill 3-4 months in advance, start taking prenatals at that time, and then around 5-6 months start actively trying. 

Post # 10
5479 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I came off the pill about 8 months before we started TTC.  We used condoms as prevention and had no issues or pregnancy scares before we were ready.  I did start charting my temps & taking prenatals about 3 months before we started trying (mainly to see if/when I ovulate, and to get into the habit of taking my vitamin daily).  I liked the free app for FertilityFriend since it was easy to use and would predict my ovulation and period days.

If we hadn’t been successful right away I planned to start charting CM and using OPKs but we didn’t want it to be a science experiment right off the bat- we just enjoyed doing the BD when we wanted to and we happened to get very, very, incredibly lucky our first month 🙂

Post # 11
4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

As some of the PPs have mentioned, there’s no right or wrong way to go about this. Do whatever you feel comfortable with.

Personally, I stopped my pills a few months before we planned to TTC because I was having issues with spotting mid-cycle and I figured my body needed a break from the hormones. We used condoms for a few months and I began charting to make sure I was ovulating normally. We ended up moving our TTC timeline up by several months (we thought it would take awhile!) so we pulled the goalie three months afer I stopped the pill, and got a a BFP on our second cycle trying.

I had grand plans to start prenatals shortly after stopping the pill but I kept putting it off, so I didn’t end up starting them until I found out I was pregnant.


Post # 12
1934 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My doc had told me to be off the pill ideally 6 months before TTC (after I was on the pill for 10 years).  

Post # 13
3471 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

Begin taking prenatal vitamins now, and stop the pill any time.  The sooner you stop, the more time you’ll have to get your cycle back to normal, but if you’re not ready to be pregnant right away, use a non-hormonal backup.  

Post # 14
8222 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My doc said to wait at least 2 months after stopping the pill to TTC. She said sometimes you can release more than one egg after not ovulating for so long, and so the chances of having multiples goes up (maybe not a big deal for some people, but I don’t think I want twins!). And some pills change the lining of your uterus and you should allow some time for that to regulate again before getting pregnant.

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