Post # 1
Hi all! Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and help me. I have been obsessively searching the internet trying to find answers.
I haven’t been on birth control for all that long. I think just shy of a year. I switched brands back in March and have been on Ortho Cyclen since then. Well, hubs and I have decided it’s time to get off the birth control.
So last night would have been day 2 of week 3, but I did not take my pill. I know I should have just waited until the end of the pack but a friend of mine told me that it will make no difference in how long it takes me to get a regular cycle, so I just quit.
Even though I am in week 3, is it possible I could still ovulate soon? How long will it take for my periods to regulate? How long did it take you to get preggo after going off of the pill!
Any stories, knowledge or advice is welcome!
Post # 3
I actually just went to the gyno today, and we were talking about TTC. I asked when I should come off the pill to start and he said “Ideally you should be off for 3 months” before trying while taking a multivitamin. So maybe wait until you get your period without the pill before you start really trying.
Post # 4
It takes different people different amounts of time to get back to ovulating after stopping the pill. Some people get back to normal right away, some people take months. I actually got pregnant on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo taking it perfectly, so it definitely depends on the person!
Post # 5
Everyone is going to be different.
I went off at the end of a pack, had a normal cycle that month, then the next cycle was extremely long.. I was charting so I know I ovulated at CD108 and wound up pregnant.
So really, it just depends on each person…
Post # 6
I agree with previous posters – it’s very individual. Just want to point out that you could theoretically ovulate within a couple of days when stopping mid-pack…otherwise, it wouldn’t be so important to take the pill daily.
Post # 7
@Cwoodward: I’ve heard women ovulate right away, like days, whereas some don’t for several weeks or months. I’d recommend reading Taking Charge of your Fertility, and beginning charting your temperatures to see if you regulated right away. Best of luck! Congrats on TTC!
Post # 8
Bummer- started a withdrawl bleed today!
Post # 9
It’s definitely very different for every lady. BCP threw off my hormones completely and it took me 17 months and a complete change in diet, loss of weight, etc to get it back.
As someone else said, you would be wise to wait a couple of months to allow your body a chance to get back on track. BCP impairs your bodies ability to process folate (commonly known by it’s synthetic counterpart folic acid). Since you need that for pregnancy for both you and a baby, it’s better to let that build back up. 🙂
Post # 10
@dodgercpkl where did you find the info on bcp and folate? I’m anemic and wonder if my bcp are hindering me.