Post # 1
I know that I am VERY early on in the TTC process but I’m having a fear that I just can’t shake. While on BCP I very infrequently had periods. In the last year I think I’ve gotten my period twice. My doctor told me not to worry about it but I’m really concerned that I won’t have a normal cycle or be ovulating.
Has anyone else experienced this? Outcomes?
Post # 3
I wouldn’t worry too much. But if you aren’t getting your period and your doctor doesn’t see anything wrong with that then I would get a second opinion. Without your period you most likely aren’t ovulating (I’m not a doctor it’s just what i have been informed) which could become a big issue when TTC. If they are irregular like one month 28 days, next month 36, and so on that is one thing but getting it only 2x a year could be a much larger issue.
Post # 4
Honestly, I started worrying the second that my period started getting irregular (I had been off BCP for some months though) so I know how you feel. I had to push my doctor to do a hormonal panel lab work-up. He kept insisting nothing was wrong, then tested me, and bam…I have PCOS (diagnosed in Sept).
I really hope that for you it’s nothing to worry about but honestly, I am SO glad I pushed my doctor. I knew something was not right and I could not shake it either. It was much better than sitting there and thinking about all the things it might be. Plus I started treatment much sooner than if I had let it go.
I really hope for you that it’s nothing, but I would tell your doctor that you would feel better getting it checked out. *Sending good thoughts your way*!!
Post # 5
You weren’t ovulating while on BCPs. That’s how the pill keeps you from getting pregant. The bleeding that most people have while on the pill is synthetic, so don’t worry about not getting your period while you were on the pill.
How long has it been since you went off of them though? For some women it can take months before they start ovulating again after coming off BCPs.
Post # 6
The last type of BCP I was on (Loestrin 24), the first couple months my period was really light and short, then it stopped completely. I’d have spotting every couple months during my inactive pills, but most months nothing at all.
Now that I’m off BCP, my cycles are normal again.
Post # 7
@Sunshine1810: thanks for the info! I am always happy to hear about people going with their gut and standing their ground with their doctors. I know that it isn’t an easy thing to do.
@MrsMcGyro: I just got off BCP last month. I am hoping htis is just an unfounded fear as I don’t have any other reason to worry that I won’t be able to get pregnant. Thanks for the info- I feel much better and think I just need to chill for a couple months before I worry.
Post # 8
@abbyful: that was the kind of BCP that I was on too- I’m glad to hear that you started cycling normally again once you got off of it. Did it take a while for your cycles to regulate?
Post # 9
@drakela2: if you just got off BCP there is really nothing to worry about. i think to chill for a couple month sounds like a good plan. do you remember how your cycles have been prior BCP?
Post # 10
I was on a low dose BCP also (yaz) and didn’t have a period for over a year before I stopped taking the pill. My doctor said it was normal and I didn’t worry too much about it. My cycles came back right away after I stopped the pill. Those kind of pills are designed to make your periods lighter, I wouldn’t worry about it too much.
Post # 11
It can take several (2-4) months to get a regular cycle. If you still aren’t regular, I would start temp charting. That will give you a really good indication of what is going on in your body. After a few months of temp charting, then go talk to your doc. Having the charts will allow you to back up what you are saying.
I would highly recommend “Taking Charge of Your Fertility”. You will never look at your body the same way again!
PS- are you sure you aren’t pregnant?
Post # 12
@drakela2 – I stopped mid-pack (July 9), had my period a month later (Aug 8) and it’s been regular ever since, I’m on my 4th cycle since then.
Post # 13
I switched to BCP after being on the depo shot for several years – during the 12 months I was on the pill, I did not have one single period (it was a tri-phasic pill where I was supposed to have a period every month). My doc had me go off the pill as I was 30 and she said that there may be problems with my fertility and it was best to start working on it now. I went off in Jan 2010, and got two very light, short periods, one in April, one in June. DH and were long distance from Jan – June and reunited in June one week after my period had ended. We didn’t think there was any chance of us getting pregnant so we didn’t bother with BC (we weren’t too fussed if we got pregnant even though we weren’t actually trying at the time). Sure enough, we got pregnant that first week, although we later miscarried at 5 weeks.
Fast forward a year, my cycles somewhat regulated at 35 – 45 day cycles after the miscarriage but were still very light – one proper day of a period and basically spotting for two more days. DH and I made the decision at the end of Sept, mid-cycle, to stop preventing and see what happened. Sure enough, we got pregnant that very first time and I’m now 9 weeks along.
Moral of the story – it is something to look into with your doctor, but a lack of periods does not necessarily mean problems with fertility. Before our m/c last year, I was convinced I would never be able to get pregnant. Before getting pregnant this time, I was convinced that the m/c pregnancy was just a one time fluke and would probably never happen again.
Lots of luck to you as you start your TTC journey!
Post # 14
I wouldn’t worry too much until you give your body a chance to adjust. I had been on birth control on and off for many years and went off to TTC in july. I got pregnant really quickly and it totally surprised me. I was convinced I was going to have infertility issues from being on the pill for too long which in hindsight makes no logical sense. Talk to your doctor or find a new one if you are really worried and your cycle doesn’t start to get back to normal after a month or two.
Post # 15
I just wanted to say that I have SUPER light periods. Like to the point where some months I’m like -was that even my period? I always worried that I would have trouble getting pregnant but I guess I am very lucky because I got pregnant twice on the first try each time.
Post # 16
@KoiKove: I took a test just to be sure but it as a BFN.
Thanks everyone for the info and support- just another example of why I love the WB community!