Post # 1
so last month I went off BC for the first time in close to 10 years. This month, my “period” came on the same exact day it would have if I had continued the BC. I assumed it was my period but it’s been 3 days and its EXTREMELY light. (Only need a regular tampon once a day which doesnt get fully used, the 2nd doesn’t have anything on it and no need for anything overnight. Sorry Tmi maybe). I heard something about potential implantation bleeding and now I’m all nervous i may be pregnant. Does anyone have experience with going off BC and weird periods or implantation bleeding? I know i should take a test and will first thing in the AM but I hear it may not be accurate unless its when you first get up. Thanks bees!
ETA: My fiancé and I have been using condoms as a form of BC.
Post # 3
Sounds like a period to me. Are you using a back up method of BC?
Post # 4
@purplepie45: Yeah, I kind of spoted like that, with very light flow for a few days every 2 or 3 weeks for about 3 months before I got my “real” period. I was charting my temp, so I knew I hadn’t ovulated, yet I kept getting light flows/spotting. Not sure if that’s considered a period or anovulatory cycle or what, but it just wasn’t normal for a while.
Post # 5
@purplepie45: I went through the EXACT same thing last week, and I’m 99% sure I’m not pregnant, unless I have managed to fool every pregnancy test so far (I am actively TTC). It’s not impossible, but it’s also not very likely.
I’m with pinkshoes… I think we have probably both just experienced a period/spotting at the end of an anovulatory cycle post-BCP.
Post # 6
I *think* that when it’s anovulatory it’s called breakthough bleeding instead of a period.
Post # 7
I was on bc for 11 years before I went off. When I first went off, I was temping bc we were trying to get pregnant. I knew based on my temps that I did not ovulate, but I got my period within 1 day of a regular cycle on the pill. I didn’t really notice a much lighter flow but the blood was much brighter and just different than the last 11 years. I then actually had some more blood about two weeks later – this was a much shorter time period and lighter amount. I went on to read later that this blood would be consistent with right before I ovulate and my temps backed this up for that cycle it appeared that I ovulated (it was a longer cycle too). What I read is that this is fairly normal and happens to others.
Of course, you could be entirely different, but I thought you may also have a similar experience in that right off the pill you may not have even ovulated the first month or that this blood may be to signal that you are going to ovulate soon. Good luck to you!
Post # 8
I had implantation bleeding for 3 days..I would take a test 🙂
Post # 9
Also adding that the 2 cycles before I got pregnant after I quit taking the pill I had spotting at least a day before AF started, so the cycle it was implantation bleeding, I thought it was just really early spotting for a few days, but then it stopped and I was charting and my temp went back up so I tested after the 3 days of it and BFP! I didn’t “feel” pregnant at all, though, I didn’t have any symptoms other than normal PMS.
Post # 10
My periods were actually really light when I got off the pill.
You’re probably not pregnant but take a test if you want to be sure.
Post # 11
This is right up my alley! I was on BC for about 9 years and i decided to go off of it around June of 2012…and I didn’t get a period until January of 2013….all of those months i had spoke to my doctor and he explained that everybody is different and when you are on birth control for so long it can sometimes take a while for your period to come back…i kind of thought it was sketchy haha but it eventually came and now it comes every month. sucks. but i was kind of nervous all of those months…
Post # 12
@purplepie45: I had implantation bleeding for 3-4 days which I thought was a light period!! Take a test!!
Post # 13
Took a test – 2 actually – to be sure and both negative! I actually have since gotten a heavier period so it must all relate back to going off the birth control! Thanks so much for all the support! 🙂
Post # 14
When I went off of birth control, my next period was exactly when it should have been but it was only three days and VERY light. My next cycle was 60 days long! And the one after that was 45… It took quite a few cycles for my body to get back on track. So yeah, going off the pill can really mess your body up for a few months!