Post # 1
I stopped taking my BCP at the beginning of the month in preparation for TTC sometime in the next year. Darling Husband and I are using condoms for now, so theoretically I shouldn’t be preggers…but I have to admit we’re a little unpracticed with them and there was some questionable leakage a couple of times (apologize if that’s gross/TMI).
I assume my cycles will be unpredictable for a while, but I wasn’t sure when I should consider myself “late”. On BCP, I had a 28 day cycle like clockwork. I’m currently on CD31 (first one off the pill) and I’m not worried or anything, but thinking if AF doesn’t show up by next week I should probably take a pregnancy test.
Any thoughts from some more experienced gals? I’ve been on the pill so long, I have no idea what my body is doing! I’ve noticed a few changes (a bit more breaking out, less moody, CM changes) but I don’t know if I’ve even ovulated or not. Help!
Post # 3
I’d like to know the same
Post # 4
After getting off the pill (which I was on for ten years previously), I had a 42 day cycle, a 56 day cycle, and then what would have been another 40-something day cycle except I got pregnant instead. So, there is really NO way of knowing when AF might decide to show up unless you’re charting AND ovulating (and it’s really common to not ovulate for a few months after quitting BCP so then you’d have no warning whatsoever on AF!).
Probably a good idea to just buy a big multipack of pregnancy tests and pee on sticks every few weeks, juuuuuust in case you are pregnant so you don’t go out on a crack binge by accident or something. 🙂
Post # 5
@iarebridezilla: haha no crack binges planned any time soon thankfully! I’m thinking my cycles may end up being long as well (at least for a few months). I can’t remember what they were like when I wasn’t on the pill, but I think they were on the longer side. I wasn’t planning to buy pregnancy tests unless I was really late…but I may just get some cheapos online. Any recommendations? I’ve only bought one test, ever, haha.
I’ve been having the weirdest tummy troubles over the last couple weeks, so I’m wondering if that has anything to do with getting off the pill, too?? I keep thinking maybe I’m having ovulations pains or cramps, but I think it’s been GI issues. I’m so out of tune with my body since BCP kept me at a really level baseline.
Post # 6
@littlebee3: It will definitely take some time for you body to get back to normal after the pills — even to what it was back before you took them. I certainly didn’t have 40 and 50 day cycles in high school, haha. it’s just those quirks from the pills trying to right themselves! It is pretty unlikely that you ovulated this first cycle off the pill (though it CAN happen and it DOES happen sometimes), so I wouldn’t worry too much about the tummy pains. What I would recommend is doing a bit of reading on charting and just getting a thermometer and taking your temp every morning. If you don’t want to get into all the cervical fluid measuring crap involved in charting, you can at least take your temps and record them in Fertility Friend and see if you ovulated. My first two cycles it was clear my temps didn’t go up, then the cycle I got pregnant it was like BAM there’s the ovulation date. At least if you know you haven’t ovulated then you know you can’t be pregnant!
As for the tests, I know a lot of bees buy them at the dollar store? I just bought the store brand ones from Rite Aid in 3-packs though since it’s not like I was using a ton of them. Just every 40 days or so to make sure I didn’t miss anything!
Post # 7
I went off the pill in December and my cycles have been 47, 47, 45, 19, 35, and currently on CD32. I’m pretty sure I didn’t ovulate for several of those cycles. I just started consistently charting last month, but before that I had some awareness of the changes (particularly cervical fluid) that happen throughout your cycle. It’s for that reason I can say I don’t think I ovulated for many of my cycles. Unfortunately I don’t yet know what my typical luteal phase is, so even knowing if/when I ovulated doesn’t help me plan for AF’s arrival! Anyway, I’d recommend looking into charting. I think it’s interesting and helpful whether you’re TTC or not!
Post # 8
Some people are still regular coming off the pill, others wait a while. It all depends on the person. If you start to feel like you have pregnancy symptoms by all means take a test, but otherwise just hang on until AF shows.
Post # 9
As others have said, it’s totally normal for you to have some inconsistent, and potentially long, cycles after coming off the pill. I’m still only on my first cycle off, but I didn’t ovulate until CD19, so I’m likely going to be around 33 days if I have a normal luteal phase. Since you’re not charting, you can’t know for sure, but you may have ovulated late or not at all yet. If you want cheap tests, I’d recommend the Wondfo brand ones, which you can order on Amazon. I got the combo pack of something like 50 ovulation tests and 20 pregnancy tests for around $20.
Post # 10
I was lucky I have stayed on a regular cycle since coming off BCP. 28 days no problem. I have been off since May and I was on for almost 5 years. I agree with everyone else. It’s hard to say because we are all so different.
Post # 11
@iarebridezilla: I may buy a cheap 3 pack like that if I don’t start by next week. Wouldn’t hurt to have on hand, and I’ll probably use it before it expires anyway! I wasn’t planning to start temping yet (just charting AF on FF for now), but I’m considering it next cycle. I’m kind of easing into the whole charting thing, since I’m not sure how in depth I want to go with it.
@emb610: I’m wondering if maybe I didn’t ovulate either! I’m glad to know that it’s not uncommon. I’m not officially charting yet, but like you I’ve been aware of changes (especially of CM) for the last few weeks. It’s been a little weird, honestly! But I’m glad to know my body is doing something. Hopefully getting ready to make a baby before long 🙂
@SadieBee: I may buy that pack later on! Since we’re not planning to TTC until closer to Christmas (at the earliest), I may hold off on using OPKs til maybe October or so. Hopefully by then I’ll have a better idea of when I’m ovulating. That sounds like a good price though!
Thank you all so much for your advice!
Post # 12
My first cycle off Bc was 36 days. I had regular 28 day cycles on it. But I do believer my cycles were a bit longer before I started bc.
Post # 13
Unless you are charting, you won’t have any idea if you are late for your period, or just haven’t ovulated yet. My first cycle off the pill was 120 days and only ended with provera. If I hadn’t been charting I would have been peeing on a lot of sticks.
I’d recommend buying in bulk from Amazon. You’ll get them sometime next week.
Post # 14
It really depends on the woman, but in my experience after being on the pill for over 10 years, my first cycle was around 42 days and its been 28-30 days since so its been fairly regular for me.
Post # 15
@bluegreenjean: oh my goodness, 120 days!!? Good thing you were charting! I’m hoping AF will show up in the next week or two so I don’t have to start testing :/ I might just go on and buy that pack on Amazon though. I’m just afraid I’ll be tempted to use them too often since I’m a bit of a control freak.
A baby would be wonderful, but ideally we’d like to wait a few more months! I took a 2 year break from BC when I was in college, and I think my cycles came back pretty regularly but were longer than 28 days. I just don’t remember though, since I had no reason to think I might be pregnant at the time and had no plans to TTC any time soon.
Post # 16
@sassyt: I’m hoping that’s what mine does, too! That would be nice for it to be somewhat predictable. I’m glad I’ve given myself a few months to figure it out before we even start TTC.