(Closed) For those who are not TTC but plan to within the next 6months-1year

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Post # 92
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I semi-forgot about this thread!  I have an update on how my body adjusted post-BCP. My cycles have been consistently 30 days which is great!!!! However, the paralyzing AF cramps that landed me on the pill in the first place have come back full force. *sigh* sacrafice I’m going to have to endure. DH would love to start TTC right away now, but I would like at least a couple months to settle in, but I wouldn’t mind if it happened either. The only form of “birth control” we’ve been using is the PO method which has worked for 3 months now. I suppose I’ll switch from my standard multivitamin to a prenatal this week. 

How is everyone else doing??

Post # 93
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Hey guys- can I join this thread? I’m currently on CD23 of my first cycle off BC. It’s been a wild ride already. I had a lot of cramping and bloating the first few weeks, along with some headaches and back pain, but I think those symptoms might finally be going away. I haven’t O’d at all though so I have no idea how long this cycle is going to be. DH and I are planning to start TTC officially next year, but my main concern is just establishing a regular cycle where I’m ovulating. Even that sounds a bit daunting right now! I hear so many infertility horror stories on here. I really just want confirmation that my body is doing what is should be.

Post # 94
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Did anyone’s doctor recommend a certain time to go off BCP before TTC? Not so much for side effects but i guess more to get your cycle back in order and make sure you are ovulating?

Post # 95
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Well, just went off BC this weekend, and already I feel like crap. I’ve been on various BCPs for almost 7 years, and this last one was the worse. I gained over 20lbs since I went on it about 1.5 years ago, and just haven’t been myself.

My biggest concern right now is regulating after coming off. I was always irregular, up until I went on the pill (at 18). I’d have a period one month, then not around for 3 months, or 7 months, etc. It was so stressful having no idea when it would come. I started charting this week, just to make myself pay attention to my cycle.

We’ve talked about TTCing in the late spring, just before summer. I really hope I become regular, but if not, I’ll probably be talking to my doctors come mid-Summer. I cannot stand being irregular, plus my sibling has PCOS, so I do know it’s in the family…

Post # 96
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@StaceyA: I’m interested in the answer to this also – we aren’t TTC yet, but I’ve been on BCP for over 10 years and I’m worried that in 6 months to a year when we are ready, it’s going to take forever for things to regulate after being on for sooo long!

Post # 97
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@StaceyA: I didn’t ask my doctor, but a girlfriend did and they told her to wait until the end of the pack. A friends Mom (who delivers babies) also said to wait until the end of the pack.

Post # 98
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@MrsMcGyro: This response is for you and anyone else that recently stopped/is going to stop taking BC.

I stopped taking mine in July and it took me about 2 months to get “regular.” It wasn’t a total horror story, but you are doing the right thing by charting. I had one cycle that was about 40 days (the second one off BC I think) and I totally panicked because I was convinced I was pregnant. I wasn’t, but it would have been comforting to be able to look at my temps/fertile signs and know before I had to take a test.

If anyone is coming off BC I would highly recommend reading “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” and starting to chart with a thermometer. It really helps you see and understand what you body is doing, and it can show if you are ovulating or if you might have a problem.

I was so worried about my fertility because my Mom had tons of issues, but charting has soothed my mind because based on what I can see, my body is doing what it should be! We haven’t started TTC yet because we aren’t getting married until May, but I would be more than happy to share my charting experience so far with anyone who has a question ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 99
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@snoie: In addition to waiting til the end of the pack, what about how long before you really want to TTC to stop taking the pill at all?  I’ve heard things from “it can happen as soon as you go off” to “it can take over 6 months after your last pill” – I know it will vary for everyone, but I wonder if there is a recommended timeline for how long to be off the pill before you can/should really TTC?

(Sorry for my ignorance if this is a stupid question, I am just starting to look into all of this stuff as we are just starting to think about TTC in the next year – great timing for this thread to get bumped!)

Post # 100
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@Mrs.JA: Yes, wondering the same question ๐Ÿ™‚ I know to wait until the pack is finished once the decision is made to go off them all together, but don’t know if people have been recommended to stop taking them all together a month before, or a few …. or if it possibly depends on the doctor?

Loving all the questions and having people to discuss this with!

Post # 101
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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@MrsMcGyro: I also had terrible migraines for about the first 3 weeks after initially coming off.  There’s definitely light at the end of the tunnel because they do stop.

As for the other concerns posted about how long to stop the pill before TTC, I have had friends with a variety experiences.  One got pregnant the first month, but had a “not so smooth” pregnancy.  The other miscarried after getting pregnant right away, so potentially the lining was not sufficient.  I think it’s safe to say to wait a couple months, but it’s certainly possible to have a healthy pregnancy right away as well.  I’m approaching cautiously; hence, going off the pill in October!

Post # 102
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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@MsYellowJacket: Yes! At first I thought they were caused by my allergies, but then I realized it was the pill. Those things really screw you up!

Does anyone else feel that they’re generally more pleasant off BCPs though? I’ve noticed a huge difference in my mood lately. I’m much nicer/more bubbly than I was while I was on the pill, despite the withdrawl symptoms.

Post # 103
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@MrsMcGyro: I’m 100% more fun to be around. Also, my libido has returned with a vengeance and it’s really nice to WANT to have sex. Just sayin’ Wink

Post # 104
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@MrsCarnival: I am hoping I will be feeling the same once off the BCP! I can basically peg the exact days i’m going to be pleasant, and the days I am going to be a mega beast with an extremely short (read: non existant)  fuse. And what the heck is it with the lack of (or zero) sex drive?! Gah. Looking forward to that coming back once the pills are gone and not just every once and a while! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Post # 105
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

DH and I are planning on TTC in Jan. 2013 – so excited!

Post # 106
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m hoping we’ll be able to start TTC within a year or so (though a house is going to come first). I recently got some really good news from my ob/gyn that the endometriosis appears to have stayed away since I had a lap last year, aside from some minor residual pelvic pain. My doctor wants me to try either Mirena or Lupron, but I really hate the side effects that go along with those, so I’m going to stay on regular BC until the time comes to TTC.

DH is so funny…he started taking a multivitamin after I read somewhere that it’s good for the man to take vitamins, too. ๐Ÿ˜› Right now, I’m not doing anything special. I do take a B-complex and D3, but that’s more to supplement my thyroid meds and alleviate symptoms than anything else.

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