Post # 1
Question for you ladies who were previously on birth control pills that worked for you and subsequently went off of: How soon after you stopped taking the pills did you start to have some hormonal issues?
I have read enough threads to know that most people have SOME issues when they go off, spotting, weirdly long cycles or missed periods, breakouts, etc. But I’m wondering how quickly those things kick in?
Here is my situation: I’ve been on the pill for 12 years. It has worked fine for me, but I’ve decided to go off of it (not for TTC reasons, we will still be avoiding pregnancy). I wanted to go off a few months ago but things keep happening that get me scared to go off and I push the timeline back. First I wanted to wait until after my summer vacation to make sure I didn’t have my period at the beach. Then work was really stressful and I didn’t want to add possible mood swings to work stress. Now we have another vacation coming up in September and I’m not sure if I should stop taking my pills before it or not.
If I do stop taking them, we will be gone from day 14-19 of my cycle, which will be from 10-15 days after I would have usually started taking a new pack of pills.
The main reason I’d want to quit before the trip is because the way my insurance works I can’t just buy 1 month of pills I have to buy 3 months at a time, so it feels like kind of a waste of money to get a new 3-pack.
But on the other hand, I don’t want to risk having my period/spotting at Disney and/or have crazy side effects that make me cranky on our trip haha.
So what are your thoughts, women who have been through it? Does the crazy stuff usually happen only after a few weeks? Or is it pretty immediate?
Post # 3
It’s impossible to know what your body will do… I actually didn’t have a period for a month or two (scary!!!) and then bled for 2.5 weeks. After 3 months everything was back to normal.
Post # 4
I don’t think my mood swings were very bad at all– which is one of the things I was most worried about since they used to be awful and weren’t great even on the pill. However, it’s very unpredictable when you will get your period, so that could be very frustrating around a vacation.
My main changes were increased libido, my skin is a lot more oily (plus its summer, so that doesn’t help with that) but not breaking out a lot more, and I gained a little weight, although I can’t say I’ve been eating great or going to teh gym a lot either.
I have been charting my temps, which helps me predict when my period will start even if my cycles aren’t the same length every month.
Post # 5
I actually felt better after coming off BCP. I had been on some form of hormonal birth control for about 12 years. I noticed that my sex drive went way up 🙂 As for regulating, well for me that happened more quickly than I expected. I had a long-ish cycle my second month I think? Anyway, I started charting my temperature since we were avoiding pregnancy at the time (I came off the pill almost a year ago). We used condoms as a back-up, and had no issues at all with avoiding sucessfully. Also, having been in the routine of charting my temps really helped when we decided to start TTC.
Post # 6
I was on it for probably 8 years and I honestly had no symptoms at all. Periods stayed right on track, no crazy feelings.
So I guess everyone is different, hopefully you’ll get lucky like me!
Post # 7
I get side effects from every single thing. BCP always give me crazy issues but I was on it for many, many years. I was terrified to go off recently but I picked a month that I didn’t have a lot going on just in case. For someone who has serious side effect issues my body felt completely normal!! I didn’t have any issues at all except I was a bit tired for a few days. My period came 28 days later and has been on track since. you just never know!
Post # 8
I’ve been off the pill since April. I noticed more pimples and oilier skin within the first month or two. I’ve had some spotting leading up to my period as well but I was actually getting mid-cycle spotting while I was still on the pill, which is part of the reason I decided to go off them. My cycles have been a pretty normal length, no other issues.
Post # 9
@CorgiTales: You should call your insurance company, and see when your plan year starts. If it’s before September, your BC copay might be $0. Not avoiding your question, just a thought!