Post # 1
I stopped taking Yasmin (I know, I know, I’ve heard of all the law suits) 7 months ago. Anyway, I was on BC pills for 10 years! I started off using that infamous patch, and then I don’t even remember the few different BC pills that I took after that, and then the one I took the longest, for the last 5 years or so, was Yasmin.
DH & I are going to start TTC in December, and so I got off the pill back in February with the idea that I would be regular by now. I was regular before I got on the pill, and never had any issues while I was on the pill, so I was not prepared for what happened. My periods have been erratic, to say the least. From 31 day cycles to my last cycle which was 64 days! My doctor wants me to come in this week (on day 3 of my period) for blood work to check my hormone levels.
I’m glad that I’m taking care of this now, so that if I have any issues I can take care of them before we TTC, but I’m still super nervous about what it all might mean.
Has anyone else been in my shoes? Whether your took Yasmin long term, or another BC pill, were your periods this erratic after 7 months?
Any feedback would be nice,
Post # 3
I was on BCP for 7 years. My period was wonky as hell for about 4 months but then evened out into an exact 28 day cycle. I’m glad you’re going to see your doctor now to try and figure out what’s going on, but I hear it can take up to a year for your body to figure out it’s rhythm again.
Post # 5
I took Beyaz for three years before getting off it to TTC. My doctor told me I shouldn’t have much problem bouncing back to a normal cycle since I am in my early twenties. It may have something to do with age? I’m not exactly sure but she mentioned if you were over 30 it could take up to a year to become ‘regular’ once you were off the pill. I’d be a little concerned but everyone is different. It could simply take your body a long time to regulate. Just a thought. Hoping the dr’s visit will help settle your mind!
Post # 4
@LiliKitty: Thanks, yes I heard it could take some people up to 1 year, but it’s still so scary to think that my body is not able to regulate my periods =(
Post # 6
@SimplyChic11: Thanks for your feedback, I was 27 when I got off the pill, I’m 28 now, hope that my age doesn’t have anything to do with it, or I would’ve stopped taking it earlier.
Post # 7
@OhBeeHive84: Easier said than done, but don’t stress. It’ll make it worse. You’re working with your doctor so you’ll get it all figured out.
Post # 9
I was really scared of that happening and I’ve heard plenty of stories about it, but I was OK. The first cycle was long, like 40ish days, but then it settled into t 30-33 day cycle after a month or so. It’s good you went off well before TTC so you can work it out now. I was also extra nervous since I’d read it could be worse in your 30s, and I’m in my early 30s.
Oh and to the Yasmin/Yaz thing, I was on Yaz for a long time and asked my doctor about the lawsuits. She wasn’t terribly concerned, since it had been working for me for a long time.
Post # 10
I was on Yasmin for a decade. I went off last July to TTC. My period came back and was super regular. I got pregnant in 4 cycles. I gave it three months of avoiding to work out my cycle before those 4 cycles. I’m sitting here with my son sleeping in my arm as I type this. Also, I was 31 when we conceived, delivered him at 32.
Post # 11
I doubt your age has anything to do with it… I’m 37 and I just came of BC in July for the first time in TWENTY YEARS. My natural cycle was long before I went on BC, and it’s pretty much exactly the same as I remember it as a teenager. My first period was the usual “breakthrough” style you get while on BC, and I was dreading my first “natural” one, but 32 days later (on the nose!) it arrived and was actually easier than my periods on BC. Lighter flow, cramp about 1/4 as painful, and only lasted 3 days. No acne, no mood issues, and 32 days later… came again.
So, I would say it’s totally individual, and since you’re going to be actively TTC shortly, testing the hormoes etc… is a good first step.
Post # 12
i never became regular after being off BCP for 9 months (on it for 12+ years) and then I got my BFP and i’m now 25 weeks.
Post # 13
I never had regular periods before, but was on various pills for 7-8 years. When I went off, I had one “normal” cycle, then the next was completely screwed up. I wound up pregnant on cycle 2 by mistake (yea yea, totally didn’t expect to ovulate after 50 days of no period). I ovulated on CD108, so talk about a long cycle.
One thing you could start doing is charting your temps to see if your ovulating. I started charting when I went off, as I wasn’t sure about my irregular periods returning and wanted to be prepared for when we wanted to TTC. Can’t depend on a chart when you don’t have a cycle to go by yet 😉
Post # 14
I agree that age is probably not a factor for everyone. I’m 30 and went off BC three months ago. I had been on the pill for 12 years, the last 7 or so on Seasonique. I had a 27 day anovulatory first cycle and have had two 29-day cycles with O on CD15. We’re not pregnant yet, but I’m not stressing it too much. FI was out of town the first time I O’d so it’s really only been one round of “effective” trying for us. I am having some problems with having no EWCM. I do wonder if that was because of BC, and I’ll start looking into that in the next couple of months if it doesn’t resolve itself.
Post # 15
@OhBeeHive84: You’ve been on the pill for 10 years.. that’s a long time. I imagine it’s pretty normal to have your body change a bit in those years. Not sure if you can blame your irregular periods on Yasmin, though. I am not sure BC pills even have long-term effects like that.
I was always irregular before I went on the pill at the ripe old age of 17. I have no idea what it’s like to be off the pill… I’m 27 now. I imagine like PP say, your period will be a bit weird for a few months, but then even out. It’s good you’re getting tests done, and I hope the doc can figure out what’s going on… but I am not sure it’s the pill that caused it. Bodies change.
Post # 16
How long you are on the pill shouldn’t make a difference to how long it takes you to regulate. The good news is the longer you are on the pill the lower your chances of ovarian and uterine cancer — so there’s a plus. (Women on the pill 10+ years have a dramatically lower risk).
I read up on this a lot — it took me five months to ovulate after I stopped birth control pills. (MY first cycle was 120 days and endend with Provera.) And my first few cycles once I started cycling were strange. It took me eight months to start having typical (for me) cycles. I suspect stress had something to do with it taking me so long to get back to normal. I was also quite lean for me at the time, so I increased my body fat (fat = estrogen). I don’t know why it took me so long, but I did start working again.