(Closed) Did you wait to regulate before TTC?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

My dr. told me we could try right away after going off BC (I was on for 10 years!) every doctor seems to have a different preference.  Mine actually said some people have higher fertility their first month off BC.  It took me a few months to regulate.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

My doctor had told me to wait 1 or 2 cycles until we started TTC. For me, it was a little different though b/c my first cycle off the pill was 84 days long! So we waited a little longer to start TTC. It then took us 8 months (7 cycles) to actually conceive. So it did take us quite a while.

I should also mention that I was on the pill for 11 years.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

@roxy821:yeah, my sense is that there is no science to back up either point of view, so it just seems to be based on their personal experience.  I think the more long-standing view is to wait, but I have heard many doctors no longer stick to that.

I have also heard that the first month makes it more likely to have twins, but again I do not believe there is scientific evidence for that.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2000

I waited for one full period – that came like clockwork. 

However, the second month I did not ovulate on the regular 14-16 day mark. I actually ovulated & conceived the week after (between day 20-22). So when I missed my period the day I was expecting it, I had to wait 6 days before I got a BFP. Then at my dating ultrasound, it showed baby was about a week behind. 

I’d say go for it though – just be prepared that you could ovulate at different times and keep close track of what’s going on with your body, and prepare for a pregnancy (by not doing anything you’d regret if you found out you were expecting, etc.). I was worried that it would take me forever to get pregnant. I feel really blessed that it happened so quickly!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2000

(forgot to mention, I was on the pill for 11+ years as well) 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

My doctor didn’t tell me to wait. I got pregnant the second month after getting off the pill.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I don’t think it matters much either way.  A lot of ppl get pregnant the first month, but it seems like it takes a long time for other ppl to regulate as well.  TCOYF says it often takes up to 8 months to truly become regular.  But you can get pregnant without being regular, it’s just a lot harder to time.

I’m 8 months off, no PG yet (11 years on BC).  My periods have ranged between 32 and 40 days but most have been 32 or 33.  The tricky part is that I don’t know ahead of time which it will be so OPKs really help to tell when you ovulate.  I used Clearblue Easy.

I would have DEFINITELY charted my temps and used the Clearblue Easy right away if I had it to do over again.

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2000

@roxy821: there were only two, ahem, “chances” for me to get pregnant that cycle and when it wasn’t the suspected ovulation date, I had my OB chart from my second “chance” and it is exactly on track with where my baby is developing! 

Also, there are lots of smart phone apps that you can chart and put notes. That way if you conceive you can see what day it was most likely – or like me, which day for sure! 🙂 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think doctor’s like you to have two full periods to see how regular you are. It really helps them determine your due date. If you go off BC, and then you get pregnant right away, they have no idea if you ovulated/conceived around day 14, day 20 or day 30. And if they don’t know that info, it is harder to judge if the baby is growing correctly. 

My doc said either was fine… she said if I had time, to go off birth control, wait 3 cycles, and then start trying.

But she said if I was timing pregnancy for a specific time (let’s say I was a teacher, and I didn’t want to get pregnant until September, so I wouldn’t give birth before school was out), she said to stay on BC until the month before (in this case, August), and then go off BC and start trying right away.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Nope, we started trying as soon as I was off the pill.  Started getting my period right away, although my cycle was shorter than it had been the previous times I had been off BC.  I got pregnant on our third cycle of trying.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree with LoveHappy- it’s not going to hurt you or the baby to get pregnant immediately after going off BC, but if you have had one or two cycles in between the idea is you can better estimate when you will ovulate.

I think that’s sort of a moot point though- because from what I have heard is that if you had regular cycles off BC you will most likely go back to being regular immediately, whereas if you were irregular before you will continue to be irregular after, so it doesn’t really tell you much. My SIL is extremely regular-like knew down to the minute when she was getting her period-and ovulated exactly 14 days after stopping the pill, and got a positive 14 days after that. I, on the other hand, didn’t get my period for nearly 7 weeks after going off the pill. Some people on these boards have had to wait much longer than that even to get their first post-BC period. That’s really frustrating, because at that point you really could be pregnant at any time. So, if you waited for two cycles, you might have a general idea of when to expect a period.

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