(Closed) Birth Control Questions

posted 7 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I didn’t really notice anything other than an irregular period for the first couple months. I was so nervous I was pregnant because my first period came really late and was more like light spotting. Then the next month was super long and heavy. After a couple of months, everything normalized itself back out and now my cycle is 29 days on the dot. I didn’t notice anything in terms of boobs or sex drive or hormones, though, but I think it’s different for everyone.

ETA – I use Period Tracker on the iPhone.. it’s free and easy. Now that I know my cycle length, it’s nice to just open the app and know I have 5 days til my period or whatever. You can also chart symptoms and it tells you when you’re ovulating/fertile, but I’m not sure how accurate that is. I just use it to know when Aunt Flo is making her arrival!

Post # 4
18641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

The 28 day cycle is just an average, that doesn’t mean that you will have yours at the same schedule.  I would consider charting.  There are a lot of threads about NFP on the TTC boards.

Post # 5
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Going off the pill didn’t affect my body at all. I didn’t gain/lose weight, boobs are the same size, not sickness, breakouts, etc. The only thing is the pill regulated your periods, now it will not. I recommed charting to determine cycle lenght, fertile period, etc. I didn’t and now after 4 months off the pill I need to start charting since I have had no regulatrity since going off.

Post # 7
1949 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I stopped taking HBC in Aug, and I’m currently mid cycle 3 right now.

i’ve gained some weight (but that’s also cause I stopped my “wedding diet” when I got married in Aug.

I’ve had a major face break out (like nothing i’ve ever experienced, but it didn’t show up until beginning of this cycle, and is going away now)

and I’ve been kida moody right around AF.

My cycles have been 39 and 41 days, and i’m currently on CD 26 with no o, so I’m thinking it’ll be another long one…

I chart, since we’re TTA right now, and it’s super helpful, although frustrating since I know things aren’t going on yet….

Post # 9
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I was off for a few months when I moved and had a hard time finding a new physician with time to write me a perscription, and found that it wasn’t that big a deal and I was pretty much my pre-pill self (I didn’t gain/lose weight, cup sizes or experience mood changes when going on or off). 

– my period was “late” (whatever that means, when I don’t have hormones forcing me into a 28 day cycle, before the pill I was on a 30-32 day cycle)

– more cramping before my period

– longer periods (7 vs. 5 days)

– more prone to zits/breakouts

Post # 11
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I stopped the pill on January 29 of this year after 13 years on the pill. My first cycle off the pill was 47 days long. And it was HEAVY…heavy cramps and bleeding. The next one after that was around 35 days long. Eventually I got regular after that cycle and are now at a regular 30 day cycle. Now I am not as heavy and don’t have as bad of cramps – it does get better! 🙂

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