(Closed) Going off the BCP midcycle & breakthrough bleeding

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

In my opinion, and I’m by no means a doctor, the only thing you can do at this point is wait for your body to figure itself out. You can’t really predict what your body will do once you take it off of birth control. Give your body some time to get back to regulating off the pill. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

MrsMellyBean:  Yeah, finishing the pack would have been ideal, but at least you were toward the end of the pills when you stopped. No matter what any AF on BCP is just “breakthrough bleeding” since you don’t ovulate on BCP to cause a real AF. I would consider what you had to be “AF” though for charting purposes, starting with the first day of bright red blood as CD1 and go from there. This first cycle off the pill might be odd with your body trying to figure out what to do. You might ovulate, you might not, no way to know for sure until your chart shows you the proof after the fact. Go for TTC this cycle, just know it might be an odd one since it is your first off the pill and that is completely normal. Feel free to join the Charters of the Hive thread on here if you haven’t yet. They use fertility friend to track their cycles and are very knowledgable in charting and helping each other out. I was one of them until I got pregnant. GL!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I stopped my pill in mid May when I had 4 left. 4 days later I got the breakthrough bleed which lasted 4-5 days (around normal af length). I just waited for my next real af to start but was using cheap wondfo tests every once in awhile since I didn’t know when I might ovulate. I found out near end of June I was pregnant. I got pregnant around beginning of June. Some women can get pregnant right away and some take some time to regulate. I had never experienced ovulation pain or signs so I just tested occasionally until either I got a positive or af showed up. I was very fortunate and am now 13 weeks pregnant. Good luck!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

There’s no way to know how your body will respond. But it’s really great that you’re temping because then at least you can track things as you go and know what your body is up to! That’s gonna be so helpful. So we can’t tell you if you’ll ovulate this cycle, but at least you’ll know when it happens.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

MrsMellyBean:  

I charted when we would BD and my last 4 af to get an idea on my fertile window but I did not temp. I never got my real af. I started testing a week or 2 before I got my positive. I had no reason to think I was pregnant but I wanted to know as soon as I was. I tested maybe every 4th day. Then one day on the bus home the bumps were hurting my boobs and I normally don’t have much sensation in them so that was odd to me. I took a wondfo at home and the line was super faint I wasn’t sure it was there. I took another one in the morning and it seemed a little darker but still hard to see. That night I took a First response and it was very clear. I was very surprised at how fast it was.

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 3 months ago by  mrs.scott14.
Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I think the others have explained it well, no matter what your AF after bcp is just a breakthrough bleed.

I just wanted to share my experience because I feel like I was you back in March (although I finished my last pack).  I started temping using Fertility Friend and was very excited and unsure what to expect.  Nearly 6 months later I am still waiting for my first AF.  I was on the pills for 9 years.  I feel very sad at this point that my body isn’t doing what it should.  I stopped temping after about 6 weeks as I wasn’t detecting ovulation (temps would go up for one day, then drop the next.  It was making me miserable), I wasn’t pregnant, but AF was nowhere in sight.

I’m not at all suggesting this will happen to you too, but it is another side of the story.  Congrats to those of you that got you BFP so easily.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Any “AF” after you stop birth control (even for the week off) is still breakthrough bleeding and not a real period.  You’re fine.   I would expect a real period 28 days or so after the breakthrough bleeding/AF started when you quit the pill.  But don’t be surprised if it’s a little longer, as it can take awhile to regulate.  You could just as easily have a 35 day cycle, for example.

Post # 12
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Newbee

The same thing happpened to me, got so excited about ttc and decided to go off the pill mid-pack. I expected to get breakthrough bleeding around 4 days afterwards since thats how long it would take to get my “period” on the sugar pills, but it’s been a week and I still haven’t gotten anything. Is this normal? I’ve been having very mild camping throughout the week though. Hopefully I didn’t mess up my cylce too bad. 

Post # 14
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Newbee

MrsMellyBean:  I actually got it right after I made that post!  Funny how things work out that way. I’m really hoping I ovulate this cycle as well. I’m just so impatient with these things. Fortunetely I’ve heard many stories of BFP’s soon after stopping BC even mid-pack. Hopefully thats us! 

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