(Closed) Going off BC – questions

posted 10 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

There’s a ton more info about this on the baby boards…check em out!

A lot of bees chart temps and find it very helpful in learning about their bodies and both preventing and trying to to conceive.

I think it’s a great idea to go off the pill early.  I am 30 and was on the pill for 11 years and my cycle is getting closer to regular, but is not quite there yet.  It’s hard to time sex when TTC when you don’t know how long your cycle is!

Post # 4
817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Just FYI, I was on the pill for 8 years. I ovulated the first month I was off of it and got pregnant! I kind of always beleived that it took a while to get out of your system, basically….but I was wrong!

I think you should discuss all this with your doctor.

Post # 5
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I, too, got pregnant my first month off the pill. My cycle returned to “normal” right away. (I was on the pill over 10 years or so) So just be prepared that you may get pregnant right away and definitely use protection since you want to wait awhile.

Post # 6
4122 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We use the STM method coupled with abstinence during fertile times. We have avoided successfully and easily… not to mention naturally.

I would def. rec the book Taking Charge of your Fertility as they are also in depth about going off BC. You can also take classes with instructors through the couple to couple league. We didn’t but a lot depends on your comfort levels and learning styles. I already knew a lot about it when I went to learn it so I didn’t feel the need for a class.

I just want to say, you’re making an excellent choice! Hopefully some of the others using it will pop in here. Some have been successfully avoiding for over 3 years already! 


Post # 8
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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@ctbridetobe: I had been on the pill for over 10 years as well, and was soooo over it.  I stopped taking hormonal birth control right before the wedding last year and my cycle is still not completely regular.  It’s been bopping around at 4 weeks, 3 weeks, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, etc.  We are using the good old fashioned pull out method or “withdrawal” to be more proper.  My doctor doesn’t endorse it, but its been working for us. Its also listed on the Planned Parenthood website as a valid form of birth control, that’s how I convinced DH.  The only problem is when my cycle is late… then I start to get a little nervous.  I bought Taking Charge of your Fertility, but frankly I’m too lazy to follow all charting – its very complicated!

Post # 9
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Just a heads up – I wouldn’t plan on being able to use FAM to prevent for at least several months after you quit the pill. 

I went off BC three cycles ago (after being on it for the better part of 12 years).  In my three cycles off of it, I’ve been able to see that I’ve ovulated each month.  However, my cycle lengths have varied, sometimes ovulation is day 14, sometimes it’s day 18.

It’s been hard to identify the times when I’m 100% sure I’m NOT fertile.  This is not because I don’t understand how (I read the book) – but because of the varying cycle lengths I mentioned, combined with the fact my body is still “resetting” and temps/ cervical fluids don’t always follow a normal pattern you would expect during this time.  If you plan to track cervical fluid in addition to basal temps, it can take months and months off the pill for your body to recover to where the fluid pattern is “normal” again. 

Basically, at this point for me, there are very few days a month (really only right before and after my period) where I’m 100% sure all signs say I am safe.  We will be using condoms for a while until I feel more confident with it.

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