Post # 1
I’m getting married this weekend (!!) and we’ve decided to stop BC after the wedding and NTNT. It’s time for me to start a new nuvaring and debating just skipping it. I have a MUCH better sex drive when I’m off BC and I’d love to enjoy my honeymoon a little bit more that way. But I’m worried that my cycle might be shorter than expected, which means it could impede the honeymoon fun, instead of helping it.
So can you tell me what your first cycle off BC was like? Was it shorter or longer?
Post # 3
Mine was the same (28 days). Stayed the same for several months, and about 8 cycles off BC is when it got a few days longer (now 30-31 days).
Post # 4
I’m on CD 39 of Cycle 1 off BC and there’s no end in sight! I HATE not knowing exactly when i’m going to get my period. I’ve been wearing liners since CD 30 but it’s a no-show for now. I can’t wait until it regulates!!
Post # 5
Pre-BC, I had 30-32ish day cycles. I was on BC for 9 years, with the standard 28 day cycle. I just stopped BC a little over a month ago, and my first cycle was 25 days. I’m currently on my 2nd cycle post-BC, and I think I will ovulate tomorrow based on my +OPK, so this cycle will likely be 30 days.
Post # 6
My first cycle after going off BC was 84 days. So not kidding! I have a feeling I’m not the norm though!
Post # 7
Mine was pretty much the same. Maybe 2 or 3 days longer.
Post # 8
Mine was about the same. First cycle off BCP was 30 days.
When is your honeymoon and when are you taking out the NuvaRing? You’ll still likely have breakthrough bleeding after you take out the NuvaRing, which could come into play if your honeymoon is right after the wedding.
Post # 9
I’ve gone off BC twice– the first time my cycle was at least 45 days, when I just started back up on the pill (with Dr’s ok). This time, it was 39 days.
It helped me that I started temping the first month. My chart was a little wonky, but you could see the clear shift around ovulation so I knew within a day of when I would get my period. Otherwise, like @ExcitedScaredBee: I go crazy not knowing when it will start.
Post # 10
@Future MrsB: Do you remember the length of your cycle from before you were on BC? *IF* your cycle regulates immediately, it should be about the same as it was before, but – like many PPs have said – it can take a few months to regulate. If anything, however, I think you are safe to assume that it will be longer than 28 days.
Post # 11
Ugh, I just went off the pill a few months ago after being on it for about 6 years (I just start adidn’t new pack after my period). It took 6 weeks to get it again, and it’s been 5-6 weeks again without one. And I’ve been moody, hormonal, and breaking out all along like perpetual PMS. The one cycle I did have was actually about average length for me, roughly 4 days.
I too went off the pill to see if I would notice a change in my sex drive (I got a copper IUD before going off it). So far, no real change, just a lot of hormones. I’m going to give it another month or so to see if my hormones buoy back to normal, then think about going on the pill again.
Post # 12
The first time I went off BCPs, I had been on for almost 12 years. My first AF came just 5 days after going off of it. I started having some issues…almost passed out at work twice. My GYN really thought it was a miscarriage for some reason and ran tests. I wound up in the ER TWICE from it. Turns out my body wasn’t used to having its “own” hormones.
The last time, I took it 2 months back to back b/c AF was supposed to arrive the day before our wedding. I went off of it after that pack and my first cycle was 31 days…actually started on New Year’s Eve which was a buzzkill.
Post # 13
@Future MrsB: Hey: I haven’t had my first “real” period yet but I am due to come on this Sunday (assuming everything turns back to normal)…. However, I can say that my last pill was on 26 April (after being on it for 15+ years). I had my withdrawal bleed 29-3 May (2-3 May was me pretty much just spotting), and I am now waiting for my first cycle off of BCP.
So far, there have been no breakouts or moodswings…. sex drive HAS increased.
I feel GREAT so far!!!! But ask me how I am once I get my first REAL period, lol!
CONGRATS to you!!!!
EDIT: I forgot to mention that I did have an ovarian cyst recently which was VERY painful but I got thru it….. so I guess I should say… OTHER THAN THAT, I feel great, lol….
Post # 14
@hergreenapples: Wedding is 5/27 and honeymoon is 5/30 – 6/8. Nuvaring is out now, and I was actually supposed to replace it on Sunday, but I’ve been so busy with wedding stuff, I haven’t been ble to stop at CVS to pick it up. And since now I’m mostly on it to keep my period away during wedding/honeymoon, not prevent pregnancy, I’ve been a little lax.
@septcabride: I’m not sure. They were pretty regular before the first time I started BC, in 2009. Then I went off it for about 9 months, and during that time they weren’t as regular as before. They were a little longer and not as regular, but then I ended up using the morning after pill twice, which really extended my cycles. So now I’m not sure what it’ll go back to.
Thanks for all the input everyone. I’ll probably talk to Fiance and see what he thinks and if he wants to risk it.
Post # 15
my first cycle after BC was 85 days with literally one day of spotting in the middle :/ after that first cycle, it took 5 45 day (average) cycles until i returned to my normal 30-35 day cycles just a few months ago! BC did not agree with me lol