(Closed) First month off BC and TTC– mostly rambling, but some questions

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy bee

I went off the pill in January, got my period about 3 weeks later, started to chart that cycle- which was all over the place, I was really frustrated that my body was so out of wack. The very next cycle I got my period and it seemed like a normal period. I continued to chart- my temps were a little off, but not too bad, much to my surprise that was the cycle we concieved. so about 7 weeks being off the pill was all it took. I am now almost 25 weeks along with a baby boy due in November.

I was a bit overwight and 35 years old, so I thought for sure it would take awhile to get pregnant. I would chart if I were you- that way you can tell if you are ovulating and it gives you so much insight to your cycle.

Good luck!

 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Congrats on this step! I would recommend to start temping. It really helped me figure out my body and to make sure I was actually ovulating after coming off the pill. Turns out that i ovulate way later than what my standard app was telling me. Also, try pre-seed..it’s sperm friendly lube 🙂 I would just stay laid back and realize that yes some people get pregnant on their first cycle, but others take a year or more (like me). I think I went into it thinking I would have sex and BAM get pregnant right away. Good luck though and have fun 😉 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I stopped my BCP, had my normal withdrawal bleed and got pregnant the first cycle. It was a longer cycle, didn’t get a BFP until CD45 (and I was testing so I know I didn’t get pregnant any sooner). Unfortunately that ended up being a chemical pregnancy, but then I got pregnant again the very next cycle. I got my two BFPs almost exactly a month apart. I’m now 15+5. I think I got pregnant unusually quick, so don’t get discouraged if it takes time. It’s not unheard of for it to take up to 6 months for your cycle to regulate after BCP. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Nazareth Hall

alynn91 :  I came off the pill June 24th, had withdrawl bleeding the week after and have yet to have a period. It’s annoying especially when baby fever is running rampant lol. Maybe you’ll be more fortunate in your TTC adventures. 

 

Best of luck!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

Welcome!  i would suggest you definintely temp!  If you only use OPK’s, you won’t know you ovulated for sure until you see a spike in temp.  My first cycle off the pill I got a positive OPK on CD19, but my temps show I didn’t ovulate.  I think my body went to ovulate, but was so out of whack it never did.  I got another positive OPK on CD24 and ended up ovulating on CD27!  Without temping I would have missed my fertile window. 🙂

I also reccomend reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility!  It was extremely helpful in understanding the whole TTC process.  I learned SO much about my body and fertility, it was incredible!

Post # 7
Hostess
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m in similar shoes.  I got my IUD (mirena) taken out in early July and am 33 and heavy.  We are not trying yet, though.  Using protectiong each time we BD for now.  I want to get back on a regular cycle, and with some other things going on in our lives, Sept is really the earliest that makes sense for us to start trying. 

Hopefully I’ll have a normal cycle again by Sept.  I’ve been charting and temping for a little over a month now, and have had 2 mini periods (I guess? 2 or 3 days of heavy spotting) and according to my app, my luteal phase was only 1 day long.  I’m still working out the kinks of proper data collection for my charts, though.  

I’ve skimmed through Taking Charge of Your Fertility and learned quite a bit.  I’m planning to pick it up for a more in depth reading soon.  

Good luck to you!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I don’t want to be a bearer of bad news, but thought I would share my story.  I came off BCP 18 months ago, had my normal withdrawal bleed, then it took 6 months for my period to come.  Since then it’s been a year of long irregular cycles, still no BFP.  I was like you, so excited, started charting right away, but it’s been let down after let down.

I truly hope this doesn’t happen to you.  Just try to prepare yourself that it may not happen right away.

As far as your weight, have you been basically the same weight your whole life?  Were you overweight in your teens?  If it’s a recent weight gain it might cause you some trouble, but if not I’d say you’re fine.  Definitely don’t resrict your calories too much while TTC if you’re trying to lose weight because it can affect your cycles.

Good luck to you!

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yes, I was on the BCP 16 years and came off and got pregnant a couple weeks later (had the withdrawal bleed and then ovulated within a relatively normal timeframe).  It can happen.  It can also take a few months for your cycle to regulate.  From what I’ve read, most women will return to what their fertility would have been within 3 cycles of being off BCP.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Swaneset Bay Resort & Country Club

I came off birth control at the end of April after being on it for 8 years. Had my withdrawal bleed and haven’t had a period since…. Because I’m 15 weeks pregnant! 

I didn’t temp or chart really. I used OPK’s to get some kind of idea if I was ovulating but I use that term loosely as we were expecting it to take a few months. Nope. Pregnant that first cycle. Had a positive OPK cd14 and here I am now. Due February 1st! You nevier know! 

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

lindsayE :  FWIW, I dont think you can have a luteal phase of only 1 day.  Most likely, you didn’t ovulate that cycle.  It takes 3 days of high temps to even confirm ovulation, so you can’t  confirm that O happened in this case.  I hope your cycles regulate soon!

Post # 13
Hostess
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

kes18 :  Thanks! I’m sure you’re right – I figured it was a combination of maybe I didn’t O at all and the fact that I’m still working out the kinks in my charting.  There were a couple of days in there where I was on the road and didn’t temp or OPK.  

I’m hoping to be back to normal in the next few cycles!  

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

lindsayE :  Yeah, it’s tough to get started sometimes!  It took me a good 3 months and then added OPKs to finally get my O date narrowed down.  I was waking up still at night at 3 or 4am so it also took me a few months to figure out that I was better off just temping at the same time each day vs. temping when I’d had the most sleep and then trying to temp adjust.  Good luck!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

You are hearing a lot of great easy success stories here, but honestly, be prepared for it to not be that easy.  For every person who states “It happened so easily” “Everything lined up as soon as I went off BC” there is one who took years of struggle.  I also would not go in with a target birth monh.  You are going to put a lot of pressure on you and your Darling Husband if you want to hit May/June 2017.  This may lead to more hurt feelings if it takes longer for you to get pregnant. 

Darling Husband and I went off BC as soon as we got married.  I had two years of irregular periods before we got pregnant.  I can’t tell you the number of birth announcements that made me cry in that time period because we just had it so much tougher.  We weren’t even putting ourself on a strict timeline. 

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