(Closed) Any positive experiences going off of BC??

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Not sure I can help too much with “positive” experiences, but I recently went off the pill and its taking a very long time for my periods to return.

I consider that a positive, only because it’s much less hassle to have no periods! lol

Other than that, I am finding that my boobs are getting smaller, which also makes me happy!

But in all seriousness, I am not planning on TTC until later in 2013, so like you, wanted to get off the pill and let my body work itself out.  I’m personally glad I did, because I wasn’t expecting it to take so long for my periods to come back.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i lost like 15lbs! that was definitely very positive…….unfortunately i have had some acne breakouts as welll…..less positive…

 

 

definitely start chsrting so yiu are ready to go next spring and dont be surprised if it takes some time to get regular again….thats why you gsve yourself this buffer period

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think so far I have had a pretty good experience going off the pill.  I wish I could have known that earlier, I thought about going off a few months before the wedding to let my body regulate before we started TTC but I was worried about acne breakouts for the wedding, weight gain to fit in my dress, etc so I didn’t stop til after.  I am in my third month off.  First cycle was 27 days, second was 30, looks like this cycle will be about 30 too based on my ovulation date.  So all in all, fairly regular I think.  I had a few mood swings my first month off , even less the second month, and none so far this month.  I also had a few hot flashes the first month off probably from my body adjusting to the fluctuating hormone levels and trying to keep them stable.  Nothing major at all.  I expected to get bad acne breakouts but never did.  I feel pretty good off the pills, and I am glad to not have to take anything anymore. 

As far as specifics, I will say sex has been more enojyable since I have been off the pill.  The pill causes your body to not produce as much “lubricant” like it normally would, so I was always pretty dry on the pill and needed to use KY or something.  Since I have been off, I have never needed to use a lubricant so that has been great.  My periods have also stayed shorter as they were on the pill.  Before I started the pill my periods would last a week with terrible cramps so I thought that would happen again when I went off.  Instead, my periods have only been 4 days and while I have had some cramping worse than wheni was on the pill, it is not nearly as bad as it was before I went on them. 

From what I have heard, I think most people feel better off the pills.  It may take a cycle or two to adjust to the hormone levels, but after that you shold be fine!  Good luck!

 

ETA: Unfortunately I didn’t lose weight when I went off, I gained it but I stopped taking the pills after the wedding and we had a 3 week honeymoon so I think the weight gain was more from that than the pills themselves ๐Ÿ˜›

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

I can’t comment on the acne because I had it even while on the pill, but I just FELT so much better off of it

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

A lot of people lose weight and/or find it easier to lose weight. Oh and increase in sex drive!

(I’m still on the pill though so I have no personal stories)

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My periods have actually been shorter, my boobs got smaller (not so good for me bc they are already on the small side), and I seem to have a few more breakouts and be more oily.  It is good you are getting off of it now, because I just expected to get pregnant right away and no luck so far, (but only been trying for 2 months now).  My luteal phases are pretty short with spotting in them too, so not so great either.  I would definitely recommend charting and temping to see if and when you are ovulating and how long your luteal phase is.  Had I not been charting, I would have had no idea I ovulated a little late and had a shorter luteal phase, so hopefully it corrects itself soon (I am also going to take VitB Complex to try and help), but if not, I at least have documented information to take to a doctor if/when I decide to go.  

Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

 It hasnt been positive or negative.. i had a pimple here n there when i was on the pill n its actually less frequent of an occurance now. I stopped taking the pill back in september ( i had only been on it for 3 months cus i had just had my son) I have yet to even see my little friend. I hear it takes a while somtimes!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@sarahjc0015:  my midwife suggests taking them right when your TTC

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yes. I am not TTC, but I went off the pill last winter. I felt so much better within a month. My mood improved. My cycle became regular and almost normal (after years of it being 40-50 day with many missed months). And my time of the month wasn’t a horrific, crampy affair. 

I will say that the downside is that my acne came back, I gained weight, and I contribute sliding in to a depression from suddenly getting off the pill. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@sarahjc0015:  I’ve thought about starting to take them just in case I happen to conceive as a surprise while off the pill…but haven’t started yet.  I guess I am waiting for the periods to resume.

So far, I have gone 52 days without a period.  It’s weird though, because I do tend to have some pms symptoms once in a while – headaches, cramping, breakouts, etc. but no period.

Thankfully, I downloaded a period charting app for my iPhone, so I can record whats going on.  If you haven’t done so, I definitely recommend!

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@ohmybears48:  Have you had your thyroid levels checked?  Some of your symptoms (depression, weight gain) can be indicative of high thyroid levels.  If you’ve had a routine blood test lately, they *should* have checked TSH. 

Edited to clarify: low thyroid production is indicated by high TSH levels…kinda confusing, but wanted to clarify.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@sarahjc0015:  Oh, but two positives are I am a lot less “down” during the entire month and get a lot less headaches (which is why I quit taking them in the first place because of the bad side effects, THEN convinced Darling Husband that I am so incredibly baby crazy that we should start trying).  I feel like I have way more energy than I did when I was taking it.

I also think I am less hungry but I don’t know for sure if I have actually lost weight. Probably not, but I never gained weight either (I am a completely normal weight for my height and tend to never really lose/gain weight no matter what I do…so very lucky!). 

The small boobs thing really sucks. But what do ya do I guess (get knocked up so they get really big I hope in my case!!! Haha!). Maybe time to get a little better push-up bra…lol.  DH still thinks they are fine, so that’s all that counts I guess. 

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