(Closed) Getting off BC?

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 16
9818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Mine was regular right away, at least I ovulated within !2 weeks of quitting them.  I was on it for 16 years.  I actually went on it for extremely irregular cycles which were awful and I couldn’t live with them.  So my hormones must have worked themselves out over time.  I went on it young -13 years.  I actually had an oops pregnancy as soon as I went off but after that birth I skipped all birth control and my cycles were still normal.

Post # 17
8757 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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JiminyCricket :  my cycles took a little time to normalize and after over a year and a half of trying I’ve never been pregnant. But my best friend got pregnant her first month off the pill (as in stopped BC and never got a period before finding out she was preggo). It can vary SO much that I would say either use the pill or some other method until you’re actually ready to get pregnant. 

Post # 18
31 posts
  • Wedding: January 2016

I stopped taking my pill in early February.  My cycles were pretty regular right from the get-go.  I ovulated on CD 16 for my first three cycles and then on cycle four it went to CD 14.  I got pregnant cycle five.

I was pretty lucky as I didn’t have a hard time coming off of the pill at all.  My hormones were manageable and I didn’t have any breakthrough bleeding at all.  I did gain a few pounds but that was the only struggle for me. 

Post # 19
30 posts
  • Wedding: October 2014

I discontinued birth control back in February of last year, and it’s just now finally returning back to normal! It took nearly 3 months to get my period back, and it was extremely irregular for a very long time. That does seem to be unusual though, so you probably won’t have as weird an experience. We haven’t attempted to conceive yet (early next year for us, after job stuff settles down), so no advice on that front. 


If it does take a long time though, try not to worry too much. Everything I was reading on the internet was pointing to 3 months being the normal amount of time for traditional cycles to resume, but I think people just don’t share their stories as much if they have a differing experience.

Post # 20
285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I was on the pill for 9 years, and when I came off I didn’t get a period for 6 months.  Since then my cycles have been long and irregular.  A year and a half after coming off the pill I am still irregular, still no BFP.  Currently taking clomid to regulate ovulation.

Like other bees have said, it can vary so much, you just have no idea.  But after going through this I wish I had stopped the pill way sooner than I did.

Post # 21
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I got off BC as soon as I knew that I would be OK with having a baby (before we even talked about trying). My body was back to normal on cycles the very next cycle, came 28 days like clockwork BUT my hormones were kind of out of whack with slight mood swings and definitely acne! It took about 8 months before things felt like they were smoothing out. It’s been about 1 year now to the date and decided to start TTC and things are looking up… good luck you!

Post # 22
564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I’d go off – long term pill use can shrink your ovaries and basically shut them down for a bit. This reverses but sometimes not right away. It can take months or even up to a year. A lot of women do bounce back right away but you never know if you’re one who will take longer. So I think it’s probably good to go off and let your system reset. Call this things I wish I had known a year ago, because now I have ovaries that look super old and I can’t tell if it’s the pill use or not and I’m of an age where waiting to see if they bounce back is using time I don’t really have. 

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