Post # 1
I am turning 30 soon and we want to start TTC in January next year. I am on birth control currently (the pill) and I know that it can take months for a some women’s cycles to get back to normal. Before the pill my period was often very painful (first day or two) and heavy, I would vomit sometimes from the cramping. Even after taking painkillers. (I have been ultrasounded for PCOS and showed no signs of it visually although I am insulin resistant and the two often go hand in hand. No other symptons though in terms of facial hair etc. But the fact that it took my mum 3 years to conceive me as well and she has had cysts/polyps makes me keen to not delay getting TTC in the event there are issues.)
We are going on a big trip to South America in Dec/start of Jan (trekking the Inca trail, trekking in Patagonia) though and I just am really not keen to potentially have AF while camping etc and trying to trek while massively cramping. This is assuming that I do cramp, who knows, maybe my body won’t anymore. On the other hand I want to go off well in advance of TTC, start charting etc. What do the bees think? Go off bc say 6 months before the trip and see how my body handles my regular cycle again so I know what to expect on the holiday? How did your bodies react after going off the pill? Any amazing painkillers for AF cramps?
Post # 2
I went off the pill a little over a month ago. I feel a lot better in general – I used to get crazy bad migraines, and I haven’t had one since I went off. I also seem to be in a better mood most of the time. Bad things are that my period is heavier, and my skin has reacted horribly – I used to have a nice complexion and now my face is full of zits :S
My cramping is about the same as when I was on the pill, but everyone is different. When I get cramps I find Midol is the only thing that works to get rid of the pain.
Oh, and we are planning to TTC in June or July. My doctor recomended to go off the pill about 3 months before trying in order to make sure my cycles were back to normal.
Post # 3
GeekChic: Thanks for the tips! I get zero pain on the pill at all during my period and it’s quite a bit lighter so I am dreading going off if it means the cramping returns! I am hoping there will be pluses too of course, I definitely think it affects libido.
Post # 4
Lollybags: well for me I always got my cycle right away after stopping BC for a bit (over the last 13 years) and of course now that I’ve stopped to actually TTC it’s not on schedule…. For me I feel fine. I used to get super heavy AF as well and cramping so Im praying that doesnt return :s but so far I havent got AF yet. I stopped April 5th and had AF that week…. so should have had AF around May 7th but nothing yet. I do think I may have O that week though so maybe Im just 2 weeks “off”. If I was right then AF should be around 21st….so we’ll see and that means it only took a few extra weeks to regulate.
I would hate to be AF on a trip like that too….but at the same time I know some people waiting for AF 4-5 months after stopping BC, so…. hmmmmmm, maybe do a test run? go off for 2-3 months and see what its like and then take it again in the fall for the trip etc?
Post # 5
How old were you when you started the pill? I started taking it when I was 17 and remembered having horrible cramping with periods as well. I would have terrible cramps when AF came while on the pill as well, so I just took it continuously to avoid periods as much as possible. When I got off BCP at age 27, my periods were totally normal and painless, so clearly my body had changed in those intervening 10 years. Maybe you’ll be the same!
Also, I ovulated and got pregnant on my third cycle after getting off the pill, which was a total of 4.5 months between the last pill and the BFP.
Post # 6
My doctor told me 3 months off the pill before TTC. That’s what I did but I kind of wish I had gone off earlier. Just to give my body a bit more time to get back to normal and to learn my cycles. I went off at the end of January, started trying in April, but it’s a bit tricky since I don’t know my average cycle yet. I’m charting so that is helping but in hignsite, I wish I went off about 6 months before TTC.
Post # 7
This is always an interesting thing. My doctor told me that he has found that women are generally more fertile in the 2 months after stopping the pill but other people have had their doctors say that they should wait. Personally, I got pregnant in my second month off of the pill.
Post # 8
I met with my dr last month, and she recommended going off the pill only 1 month before TTC. I was very regular before going on the pill, though, so I’m not too worried about getting my cycle back.
Post # 9
my gyn said 2-3 months before ttc. i finished my pills 4 months before we wanted and didn’t refill for the extra month. my cycles started back up normally right away.
now once i started ttc, well that’s another story.
Post # 10
I got pregnant my first month off the pill. Not sure how long you have been on them, but I was on for 16 years and my periods were extremely long, frequent, and heavy before I went on them. So I think my body had regulated somewhat over the years because when I went off they didn’t go immediately back to that.
Post # 11
Lollybags: we are on the same page. I went to my OBGYN in March and asked her this. I said DH and I are going to start TTC between Nov 2014 and Jan 2015- when should I go off the pill being that I have been on it for on and off 10 years. She told me I could stop in the summer- but if I wanted to stop now, thats ok too. She said this will give your body time to go back on a regular cycle.
Post # 12
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I got pregnant my first month off the pill. I know that a lot of women don’t return to their cycle for several months, but the fact is, some do right away. For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend going off the pill unless you would be ok with getting pregnant right away.
Post # 13
Lollybags: I had the same debate – we’re heading off to hike the Inca trail in 2 weeks!!! I am still flip flopping back and forth, but think I’ve ultimately decided to stay on the pill until after our trip.
I don’t want to run the risk of having cramping or anything while on the hike, not only because I don’t want to be uncomfortable, but also because if I get sick because of eating or drinking something, I want to be able to recognize that it is that, and not from going off the pill.
I’m also using the pill to time my periods so I don’t have it while on the trail.
And, knowing I’m on the pill means I can enjoy all the wine I want in Argentina, guilt free 🙂
Post # 14
I went off the pill and 2 cycles later we have a baby on the way! Just remember that it can happen really quickly, I thought it was going to take a long time too! I would just get off the pill after your trip, you never know.
Post # 15
ugh way before, i went off the pill months ago and I am still not regular