Post # 1
I don’t know if anyone has had a similar experience and can offer an insight or positive thinking on my situation. I came off the pill the end of July (after being on it 8 straight years). I had 2 light periods (31 days, then 31 days). Been temping and using opks…I didn’t ovulate the first month and the second month I did but had a 5 day luteal phase. After that I got no period…went to the gyno and they did a million blood tests (all came back 100% perfectly in range and normal). Had an ultrasound done to rule out any cysts. The gyno said I had “follicles” which was a good sign and meant I was ovulating (at some point I think she meant, not at that moment.) No cysts and my doctor felt confident I do not have PCOS. She gave me provera which I took and I got my “period” from that on CD 72 finally! (4 days of light brownish pink–no red). Now I’m on CD 20 with still no ovulation. I guess I thought that after being off the pill for 5 months things would be back to normal by now. I’m wondering what could be wrong with me…prior to being on the pill I had very regular cycles. It’s just frustrating that I can’t even try to get pregnant when I’m not ovulating :(. At what point would you make an appointment with a RE? If all my blood work came back normal and my ultrasound shows nothing wrong…what is going on?! Sorry to vent…just need some support! Thanks guys!!
Post # 2
I came off the pill in August of this year and my cycles are still long. O for me is sometime between CD 21 and 29. First cycle was around 34 days, second was 39, third was 34 and this one looks like it’ll be around 35 depending on when O actually happens. I went on it in the first place to help control acne and the first three months were great, but this month my skin is NOT happy. I asked my GYN about it and she said that it’s perfectly normal to have that happen and it can take up for a year for your cycle to regulate. The TTC stress doesn’t help anything either.
I would wait for a few more months and keep temping. It might be that you are ovulating, but your temps don’t show it clearly enough for FF to pick up on it yet. I don’t use OPK’s, but I know other bees have found them useful! Maybe that would be something you could try to see if you’re ovulating? Having all the blood work come back normal is a great thing! If within a year they aren’t normal, I would go back to your GYN and ask for other options. It might be that you need to get a “jumpstart” with metformin or clomid or something similar to get your body to ovulate and help it remember what it needs to do. There should be other options that your GYN can do before you look at an RE.
I’m sorry you have to go through this. I know its rough 🙁
Post # 3
Weddingobsessed: I was on the BCP for 8 years as well and came off in March of this year. My cycles have been irregular and are getting longer. I’ve O’d anywhere from CD20 (which was a freaking miracle in hindsight) and this cycle looks like O on CD35. I average a CD28 O. You might just have longer cycles where your LH fluxuates and you can get little surges where your OPK gets kind of darker then goes back to super light a few times before truly becoming positive. I’ve also noticed super light periods with lots of spotting. Each body is different. Maybe look into natural ways to try to shorten your cycle and bring on O. I hear vitex helps a lot of women here regulate and soy isoflavens from CD3-7 apparently give you a stronger surge of estrogen at the beginning of your cycle which is supposed to help bring an earlier O. If this cycle is unsuccessful I’m going to try that second option myself. Do a little research and try something to help your body and cycle regulate. GL!
Post # 4
I hadn’t ovulated in 6 months (came off the pill after being on it forever) when my OBGYN prescribed me clomid. We did provera to bring on a period, followed with clomid, and I still ovulated late–but I did ovulate, finally! I think some of our bodies just know what they’re doing more than others :-/
Post # 5
We live in an age of instant everything… But our bodies are still the same as they have been for thousands of years… I know it sounds trite, but just be patient, love your body and it will come back into balance. It’s natural for it to do so! Trust your body and I’m sure you will ovulate soon! Good luck hun
Post # 6
My cycles after coming off BC (which I only took 2 years) were 93, 37, and 98 days. Sometimes things are just quack after artificial hormones. My blood tests and everything were in the normal range also.
Post # 7
I was on BCP for 15 years. My first cycle off was +110 days, 2nd was 53, 3rd was 42 and after that they averaged 35-40 days.
Taking BCP essentially cuts off communication from our hormones to our lady parts. We don’t allow our bodies to function naturally for years (sometimes decades) and then expect them to go right back to normal when we stop the pill. Sometimes it just takes a long time to re establish that communication.
Post # 8
Thanks for sharing that with me! Makes me feel less alone! did your periods go back to normal after those long cycles?
AOriver: You had a few rough cycles as well! Glad to hear they went down to 35-40 days finally! I like your explanation of bcp cutting off communication with our hormones..you are so right!
Post # 9
I bought vitex but was hoping I wouldn’t have to use it…I also started acupuncture 2 months ago but I’m not sure how long it takes to see results with that/ I am definitely going to look into soy isoflavens–thank you!!!
I wish I could be more patient!! I seriously thought after 5 months I wouldn’t be having this issue but I guess I’m just unlucky and need to wait longer :/
I think I will probably have to go the clomid route eventually since I don’t see this issue getting any better. My SIL tried clomid for one month and altho she didn’t conceive that cycle it really regulated her and then she conceived naturally a few cycles later!
Thank you so much for all your kind words and support! I have been doing opks but honestly they get depressing after they are negative day after day! But I guess it’s the same feeling with temping and not seeing a temp shift ever!
Post # 10
I charted for 3 months (opks, bbts, etc) and always o’ed later (for me) in the month (CD18, or 19). I know that’s not as late as you but I will say this: I’ve since stopped charting and cooled off on things, and have o’ed several days earlier (CD13-ish) both of my last two cycles. All this to say, I second PP that sometimes it helps to just relax and let your body do what it’s gonna do. If the docs say everything is OK, which it sounds like they do at this point, and your body is still regulating off of BCP, then try to just let it happen naturally. I know that’s so much easier said than done, but stressing will definitely not help you o any sooner. Your body is gonna o when it o’s, and unfortunately there’s not a whole lot you can do at this point, so try to relax 🙂
Post # 11
I had a similar experience to the PPs. I stopped BC and my period wasn’t regular for nearly 2 years. I had very long cycles and only ovulated 4 times the first year. The second year was better and now 3 years out, my cycles run from 28-33 days on average.
Although I’m not TTC, I was very concerned, but my OB-GYN said that its really quite normal for the body to take some time to regulate after discontinuing hormonal contraceptives and to ride it out for awhile.
Post # 12
You sound a lot like me. I went 72 days without a period after I went off the pill, then settled in for a few regular 31-day cycles. After about 6 months, I talked to my gyno, and they determined that I wasn’t ovulating… I had all the blood tests and 3 ultrasounds – nothing out of the ordinary could be found. They told me the same thing about follicles…they put me on Provera (twice), too.
My doctor prescribed Clomid to make me ovulate. I had to take a few months off due to other menstrual issues and timing conflicts, but I just finished my first dose of Clomid, so we’ll see how this cycle goes. (FX!)
Have you talked to your OB-GYN? I would do that before going to an RE.
Post # 13
yes, they went back to my version of normal (35-45 days).
Post # 14
Part of me definitely wonders what would happen if I just stopped doing opks and temping and checking cm! But the other part of me wants to keep collecting “data” to show my dr. if this continues!
FX for you!!! I hope the clomid works!!
I’m glad after a few years your cycles finally returned to normal! FX it doesn’t take years for me! It’s crazy what bcp can do to your body.
Post # 15
Update: i have had lots of ewcm today and some yesterday…fingers crossed O is coming soon?! Opks are still negative