Post # 1
Hi ladies… I used to be around the boards a lot during my wedding plan, but haven’t been on much since. The Hubs and I are just starting to talk about when we want babies. I’m currently reading “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” and want to use this method to get off birth control, regulate my cycle, and then start trying.
Here’s my question, and I’m hoping that someone might have an answer. I am currently ON birth control. If I start taking my temperature while on birth control, and tracking my CM, will I see the pattern? Or since birth control is supposed to PREVENT ovulation, will my body act like it is not ovulating, therefore not showing a spike in temperature, etc?
The reason I ask is that we may start trying in January, so I’d like to be off BC October, November and December. But, I’m starting a new cycle next week, and I’d like to track (temps and CM, according to TCOYF) while ON birth control to get the idea of how to do it. I’m a little nervous to go off birth control, start tracking and “hope” that I am doing it right without knowing what to look for.
Post # 3
I am also ON the pill and I am also planning on using the FAM method once I stop taking the pill.
I think the only benefit from tracking while you are on the pill is to get yourself in a routine to take your temperature etc… Of course since you are on the pill it will be completely innacurate and you shouldn’t have any temperature spikes etc. I don’t think there is much you can do until you get off the pill.
Post # 4
You won’t see your real charting pattern, so there isn’t any benefit to charting while on birth control.
Post # 5
You cannot chart your fertility signs while on hormonal birth control. It absolutely will not work. For the interim while you are not on the pill but still not ready to be pregnant, you can always use a barrier method of some sort. It will also probably take a month or two for your cycle to regularize after you get off the pill and for the pattern to show up really strong, because the hormones will be leaving your system. Good luck!
Post # 6
Thanks for the great answers ladies. I am looking forward to being off hormonal birth control and charting, but am also nervous because all of the responsibility lies on ME recording and charting properly! I’ve learned so much by reading TCOYF so I’m really looking forward to using it… but not looking forward to using condoms as backup… LOL!!!
Post # 7
You may want to talk your time frame over with your OB/GYN, since I recall reading that it could take up to six months or so for your cycles to normalize after going off birth control.
Post # 8
There’s a chapter in TCOYF about coming off BC… I didn’t read it however as I’m not on it… lol
Post # 9
two bits of advice that I’ve heard/read many many times: one, the OPT tests are great to use to figure out when to TTC. Also, if you stress about it, it makes it more difficult to conceive. The more relaxed you are, the better your chance is of conceiving.
as to your question, it’s pointless to do it while on birth control. also, don’t forget that it can take a while for your body to fall into a regular cycle again after you quit (which I’m sure is also in the book somewhere).
Post # 10
I spoke with my OB/GYN, and she said there is a lot of different information out there. Some docs recommend waiting a full cycle after coming off birth control before trying, while others say you are most fertile right when you come off BC. She recommended to wait for one period, and then begin trying. Of course, she mentioned cycles might not regulate right away, but when she discussed “trying,” I think she meant casually trying (every other day, etc), and not necessarily pin pointing the few days I am ovulating. I personally would like to be off birth control for a few months before trying. But we’ll see… I need to finish the book, and then perhaps I should consider going off birth control sooner!
@KLP2010: I haven’t read through the whole book yet, so I will have to read that chapter about coming off BC. That will be great for me!