Post # 1
I came off BCP in June in order to TTC. Well during that time I was having some seriously messed up cycles most recently including a 41 day period. I went to see my doctor and she said I need to go back on BCP to help regulate my cycle and hopefully jump start ovulation. I started taking my BCP again on Friday, November 15. I don’t want to be on BCP for 3 months. Is it ok to take it for 1 or 2 months? Or should I stick with my doctor’s recommendation of taking them for 3 months? TTC is hard.
Post # 4
I’m not a doctor so take this with a grain of salt:
I wouldn’t do this. It’s really normal to have irregular cycles when just coming off birth control, and you weren’t even off six months. Do you kow if you were ovulating,during that time? Just because they were not “regular” lengths does *Not* mean you were not ovulating. You might have been, (or you might have been pregnant with a very early m/c) but the only real way to know is charting.
Again, not an endocrinologist, but I don’t understand how birth control would at all prompt ovulation. It will regulate the hormones in your body to give you a period every 28 days or whatever, but it is specifically designed to keep you from ovulating.
So essentially length of cycle has some to do with ovulation (for example, you might ovulate at different times of the month, but the time between ovulation and the onset of your period is almost always the same), but it’s not directly tied in such a way that I think birth control would help at all.
If I was you, I’d probably stop taking the birth control right away and get a second opinion. I would also suggest reading the book “taking charge of your fertility.” It’s really informative and easy to read (though it is long).
Post # 5
I wouldn’t do this as well. Birthcontrol will not regulate your actual cycle at all, and it’s not unusual for women to have irregular cycles because of the pill for 6+ months after stopping it.
Honestly, I think that going back on it is just going to screw with your body even more.
I agree with the above post by @Mrs.LemonDrop: try reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Maybe look into using OPK’s to determine when you are ovulating.
Post # 6
@monique1218: I would listen to your doctor, or at the very least discuss with her only taking BCP for 1 or 2 months. While some people take a long time to regulate after coming off BCP, I’ve also heard that some women are most fertile 2 weeks after stopping BCP. So, I’d do lots of BDing when you stop again!
Post # 8
@urchin: right? All I can think is that going back on BC would and then stopping would just be putting yourself back at step 1 because it would essentially erase any “regulation” your body has already done.
I don’t know… It seems really counterintuitive to me. I hope the OP is actually seeing a specific gynocologist or endo for this. I, personally, don’t think a regular family practice doctor (especially if they are older and not up to speed on medical developments in this area) should be handling such a case.
Post # 10
I wouldn’t either if you are serious about TTC. It may take months for your cycle to regulate after being off of BC. Periods on BC aren’t even actually periods. They just come because it’s normal. If you go back on BC and decide to go off to TTC again you will most likely run into the same problems again. Like PPs said, it is possible to conceive even with such irregular cycles, so I would just give it some time.
Post # 11
@Mrs.LemonDrop: Again, I agree 100%. I mean, when you’re on birthcontrol, yes, your bleeding is predictable, but it’s not even a real period you are having when you are on the pill.
I think it is a misconception that the pill regulates your cycle. It just masks problems if you have an irregular cycle.
OP: were your cycle regular before you went on the pill initially?
Post # 12
I havent read the past comments so excuse me if I am just repeating but…
BCPs do not regulate your cycle, they mask your cycle. Whenever you get off the BCP next time, your original problem will still be there. OBGYNs often use BCPs to “fix” any problem in the world related to women’s health. I suggest you find a new doctor who is willing to get to the bottom of the problem. Saying that, long cycles can be normal. In fact mine range from 32-45 days. I have taken some natural means these last few months to regulate (red raspberry leaf tea, multivitamins, exercise, etc) and I have noticed great results, but I am also going to bring it up to my OBGYN next month to make sure everything is normal.
I would NOT go back on BCP if I was you.
Post # 13
I have been on the pill for 10 years and I don’t remember what my cycles were before that. I was not ovulating when I was off bcp. When I was at the doctor last Thursday my thyroid was tested and results came back completely normal so that is not an issue. My doctor is a family physician and she is the only doctor I have ever seen.
I have been taking the bcp for 3 days now. Should I just finish the pack at least?
Post # 14
OP, I would never advise stopping a medication without approval from your doctor. But I would HIGHLY advise you look into calling an OBGYN and getting an appointment. I think your family physician may be over her head regarding giving you this kind of advice about BCPs and ovulation. I would call whenever you can to set up an appointment with an OBGYN and discuss what is going on.
Post # 15
I agree you should go to a OBGYN to help you with TTC. I don’t see how getting on normal BCP will help you to ovulate.
Post # 16
@monique1218: How do you know you were not ovulating when you got off BC? Just wondering, because that is something that I unfortunately think people sometimes assume incorrectly. Particularly if your thyroid is functioning correctly, it seems unlikely that you would not be ovulating, or your system working out 10 years of hormones to eventually start ovulating. (Some people take the better part of a year to regulate. That’s something they don’t tell you when you sign on to BCPs)
I used to have very irregular cycles and thought there would be a huge problem when we started TTC because I was afraid I wasn’t ovulating. Well, I actually am, although I never ovulate anywhere near that mythical “day 14.” It’s more like day 18-22 with a 12-13 day luteal phase. Meaning my cycles are about 30-36 days; that’s *my* normal.
I can’t tell you what to do, I can only say that I personally would not finish the pack. But that’s a medical decision I would make based on my knowledge and research of the subject area. You need to make the best decision for you. I do, however, encourage you to look more into the subject matter (There are so many bees on here who swear by “Taking Charge of Your Fertility), so that you really understand and can ask the “why” type questions when your doctor perscribes a course of action. Knowledge really is power in the world of TTC.
@wildflowerbee: OBGYNs often use BCPs to “fix” any problem in the world related to women’s health.
Ugh. I know. The more I learn about all of this, the more it straight up makes me angry. Because it seems like the doctors who are willing to “fix” ovulatory problems with birth control pills will turn around in 3 months and start with clomoid and IUI – all of which can be a god send, but can also be totally unnecessary.