(Closed) For bees who have stopped using BC- did you ever have really long cycles?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My cycles seem to be about 31-33 days long.  I recently stopped using HBC as well but when I was in college and not on the pill my periods got farther and farther apart.  Like I was missing entire months.  I played lacross, rugby, and have always enjoyed distance running so I was burning so many calories with physcial activity that my body stopped menstruating.  I went on the pill because of this.  Now I’m using fertilityfriend to chart my body temperatures to see if/when I ovulate and to keep track of my cycles.

If you are concerned you can always schedule an appointment with your women’s health provider to make sure you are ovulating appropriately and don’t have any underlying conditions.

*Edit- spelling

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yes!!! And it still freaks me out! Generally my cycles are about 30-33 days (that was normal before I went on BCP many many many years ago) but I had one cycle that was 45 days. You better believe I peed on a stick. The other problem I have is that I get really tender breasts before my period now (didn’t when I was on BCP), so that freaked me out a little too, lol! Give it a few more days and see what happens.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I want to say it’s normal because that is what is happening to me. My first cycle off BC was 31 days, the next was 52, and the last one was 47. I would give it a few more days or jusy buy a test from the dollar store so you aren’t really wasting your money. But if you were careful and used condoms every time and none broke then I would imagine you should be fine.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I have had a 37-40 day cycle ever since I went off birth control 3 years ago, I have no idea if it will ever go back to 28 days like it used to be.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

That’s happened to me everytime. It takes a few months for your body to get back to normal. I think it took me about 9 actually…

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Yup, didn’t get my period for an entire summer after I went off BC. It was convenient– but as you mentioned, highly unnerving. 

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have been off for about 8 months, and I am between 30-32 days so far

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Thank you for this post. I just stopped birth control two days ago and was wondering what was in store for me and was going to post the same thing.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Once I came off the pill, my cycles slowly stretched out to about 5 weeks.  Your body is just finding its natural cycle.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My cycles seem like they’re getting a bit longer too. Also, AF stays around longer–7 straight days, when on BC they were more like 3 or 4 days. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

It can take up to a year (sometimes longer!) for your body to regulate itself after being on hormonal BC.   When I went off, I had two very light periods in the first six months before they settled down into a 35 day cycle for a few months… then they started stretching out again.  Prior to getting pregnant, my cycles were anywhere from 35 – 42 days and that range varied from month to month.   Fortunately, I got pregnant with no issue so irregular cycles don’t necessarily have to mean anything is wrong.

Also, strangely enough – my periods are a lot lighter and shorter than they were on BC.  With no BC at all, they are three days, which includes one day of moderate flow, followed by two days of light flow and then it’s done.  

Post # 15
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Worker bee

Funny – before HBC I widely varied how long, on HBC it was somewhere btw 28-32 days.  I came off in December 2010 (health reasons, not TTC) and I’ve been spot on 28 days since.  It’s almost frightening.  

 

@Ree723: Mine too.  Since coming off it’s maybe 3 days max, on HBC more like 5, even 6 days.  

Fiance credits (partly) me coming of HBC with the two of us getting our heads on straight and offically pursuing the relationship.  

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@tinylittlebird: I got off of them this past year and my cycle is all wacked out now. It came one normally and didnt come for another 3 months. The doctor said that was normal. I am still waiting for my sex drive to come back though.

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