Post # 16
I came off the pill after 10 years and got pregnant on the second cycle. I definitely know when I’m ovulating, I go a bit crazy, haha. But everyone is different. You can try charting or OPKs if you want to pinpoint your ovulation time, but if you have sex every couple of days you probably won’t miss it!
Post # 17
I was on the pill for 9 years. Took me 7 months to get pregnant after getting off but we were NTNP. I didn’t chart or use OPKs and sometimes we missed BD during my fertile window. I still don’t know exactly when I ovulate but I’m still pretty regular, my cycle is 30-31 days and I got my period right after finishing my last pill.
I do have a friend, however, that was on the pill for 15 years as well. She got pregnant 2 months after getting off – She’s expecting now, which is awesome!
Post # 18
I’ve been on birth control for 14 years(sometimes pill sometimes nuva ring throughout the years) allowing me to get my period every 3 months. I went off the nuvaring last December and my cycles automatically reverted to 28 days. No issue. We started trying to get pregnant and got success our 2nd cycle trying. Our first cycle I think I was wrong about when I ovulated. The cycle we got pregnant I used opks to tell me when my LH surge is and just had sex everyday.
Post # 19
snowflake2016: i was on the pill from about 15, came off it at 28 to start trying to conceive and got pregnant just before my 30th birthday. in that two years my periods were really erratic and barely had any. I think everyone is different though, my sister fell pregnant the first month with her first when she came off the pill. My doctor did day that because i started the pill as a teenager my body probably didn’t even have a proper cycle established so it was really difficult to track ovulation Etc from that perspective and then the lack of periods when I came off it
Post # 20
Read “taking charge of your fertility” it helped me alot to understand what was going on with my body/cycles. it will help you learn the signs of where your body is in its cycle. it will teach you how to chart too. It sounds overwhelming but it’s actually quite simple.
Post # 21
Some people will be regular right away and others might take ~3 cycles to regulate. Most regulate within 3 cycles from what I have seen. You do not ovulate on the pill, so you are not ovulating. I was on the pill from 13-29 (continuously) and I got pregnant about 2-3 weeks after I quit. It doesn’t matter how long you were on it. And FWIW, I had extremely irregular cycles at 13 that were causing me problems and that is why I went on it, since I have been off of it (after the birth of my first) I had very regular cycles for over a year before we decided to try for #2.
Taking Charge of Your Fertility is a great read if you want to read up on how to track your fertility signals.
Post # 22
I was on the pill from about 18-23, then the nexplanon implant (needed changing a couple of times) until I got married at 27 in September. Got the implant taken out at the end of October and now I’m 4 months pregnant at 28, so it didn’t take long for me to conceive at all, I conceived sometime in January so within 3 months.
Post # 23
snowflake2016: I was on the pill for 10 years. It took me about 2.5 months to get my first period after the withdrawal bleed, but after that, it came regularly.
However, I can tell you from experience – you can have horrible cramps and not ovulate. Even when I’m not on the pill & my cycles are regular, my body doesn’t ovulate naturally very often, but my cramps are still incredibly painful.
I also recommend TCOYF – very informative book and easy to understand. It will help you understand the signs of ovulation, too.
Post # 24
You don’t ovulate when you’re on the pill. That’s how birth control works. Ovulation is when your ovaries release an egg to be fertilized. The pill stops that from happening, so that no matter how much sperm goes up there, you don’t get pregnant because there’s no egg in the first place.
People who become pregnant when on the pill have been taking it irregularly, which means you don’t have enough of the hormones in you to prevent ovulating. If you accidentally miss a few pills, you can ovulate and then obviously become pregnant.
Pill history or not, there’s no real reason why you couldn’t get pregnant the first or second month; the hormones disappear quickly, which is why we have to take them every day.
Good luck TTC!
Post # 25
snowflake2016: I too was on birth control from 16-30 and came off when 30. It took about 4 months for us to get pregnant. That was us just not being on birth control, on the third month I started to play with the idea of temping and charting but never fully got into it. With our second child I got pregnant the first month trying.
Post # 26
kes18: Your post makes me feel a lot less worried when I TTC next year. I have also been on the pill since 13, due to VERY irregular periods with unbearable cramps. It’s been over 15 years now, and I am utterly terrified that my camps will go back to what they were before I started the pill. I am nervous it wil get in the way of my job, because from what I remember as a child I had to call my mom frequently to take me home from school because I couldn’t walk. I am hoping that once I do stop my pills next year, I will be pregnant quickly so I don’t need to experience many periods. Glad to know yours regulated and was not like what it was when you were 13!
Post # 27
snowflake2016: I just went off the pill this p;ast September, after being on it for 13 years. My first cycle after going off was 34 days. The next one was a little longer, as well. But, by November… it had somewhat figured itself out. I was about 25 days every month after… so a short cycle, which made TTC happen sometimes twice a month.
We didn’t have good timing the first 2 months, so I count November as when we actually started. I did use OPKs, and had been charting since September. I think both of these really helped. I got a BFP test March 31, so that was 5 cycles; I’m currently 9 weeks pregnant now.
I knew I was Oing by the increase in EWCM, and doing the OPKs and charting my temps.
I don’t know why March was different. I did take some robitussin to increase CM, and we used pre-seed every time since December. I even brought it with to Vegas when we were there at the end of January, which also happened to be my fertile week (no Vegas baby for us, but had hoped). But, obviously some timing worked and here we are.
You can’t guarantee the timeframe it will take to get pregnant. Darling Husband thought this, and month after month we still weren’t PG. So… you never know. Did I think it would take 5 months? Yes and No. Do I feel lucky that it only took us that long? Definitely. But, it easily could have been longer, and I still hope our baby sticks!
Post # 28
jackjackattck: Yes, I was very happy they seemed to have regulated over time! I didn’t have problems with cramps but I had extremely heavy periods that would last for weeks and then I’d have a few weeks off before it starting again. I thought it would take me awhile to get pregnant but that was definitely not the case with either pregnancy.
Post # 29
I was on the pill from 15 to 29. It took me 8 cycles to conceive, then a mc, a couple of months where my body recovered, then another 8 cycles to conceive my son. My cycles were completely regular after my first long cycle off the pill which lasted 45 days.
Post # 30
snowflake2016: i was on the pill for on and off for 10 years. i would take a break once in while.
I stopped taking the pill in March of 2014, but we didn’t start TTC until October of 2014 and I got pregnant in that first cycle of trying. My period became regular in May.