(Closed) Help me decide….to go off BC now or in a few months?

posted 7 years ago in TTC
  • poll: Would you get off BC pill now, or in a few months?
    Get off BCP now to give your body time to regulate : (25 votes)
    63 %
    Get off BCP when you are closer to TTC : (14 votes)
    35 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    115 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I posted on your other thread but I wanted to share something with you. I remember you saying your cycles were never regular before taking BC. Mine weren’t either. My doctor told me to go ahead and stop the BC so that my hormones can regulate. She said it can take 6 months to a year. I do have the acne problem but I am proud to say my cycles have stayed pretty regular since stopping. Still not as normal as most people (every 45 days) but still great considering what it was. I suggest getting off now and maybe using backup BC until you are ready to start TTC. I hope this helps you some.

    Post # 5
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    115 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    My doc did do blood work and said there is no reason I couldn’t get pregnant but that with my cycle history it could take longer than most. I’m trying not to stress about it though. We’re technically not wanting to try until next June but my doc said to go ahead and stop. If it happens before that, then we’re ok with that. It hasn’t happened yet so I think it may take quite some time for things to go back to normal.

    Post # 7
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    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @cherrycoke: I know that it’s recommended a lot on here, but I LOVED the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It’s really informative re: your cycle, your body, hormones, etc. We plan to drop pills right after the wedding but not TTC for at least a year or a year and a half, so I’ll just chart (temperature, cycle pains, and other things covered in the book) and use condoms during key times.

    I’d stop your pills now if you’re comfortable (other than the acne issue, but the sooner you’re off the sooner you’ll hopefully regulate or be able to go to the derm to get some meds). The book is SO worth reading. 

    Post # 9
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @cherrycoke: Mine’s tabbed and underlined, lol. I’ll re-read it over my class break this Dec just to make sure I’m familiarized again before we make that jump ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 10
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    115 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I would recommend going to the doc and having some labs drawn. She’ll probably tell you the same thing mine told me. Patience is a virtue and acne won’t last forever (hopefully). @NDBee has great advice too. My doc also recommeded that book. I have yet to read it though.

    Post # 12
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    139 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    My only advice from someone who has a story very similar to yours is to use back up contraception if you go off BC.  I had irregular cycles and had been on birth control pretty steadily for about 8 years.  I decided to go off in August to regulate my cycle but we weren’t officially TTC.  Hubby and I decided we would give ourselves some time to see what happened naturally before worrying about tracking cycles/temperature taking since we were not in a hurry.

    Needless to say here I am with a new house, graduating from grad school, and 7 wks pregnant.  Don’t get me wrong- I am very excited about the baby but I should have been smarter about the timing.  The human body is an amazing thing and you may not need as much time as you think to get your cycles back to normal again.

    Post # 13
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    769 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    i went off BCP in august after 10+ years on it. i’m glad i did, even though my acne has come back! my cycles have been long (41, 39, 35 days), so it’s been really good to know that now instead of in the spring when we went to try. i also agree with PPs that say to read TCOYF. charting has been awesome (with a big learning curve in the begining, so use backup protection) and now i feel like i have a handle on my body, etc. i’m using topical stuff to take care of my acne and i feel like if i had done that in the first place of going off BCP, it wouldn’t have gotten as bad as it was a couple weeks ago. i’m hoping that as my hormones continue to even out (my cycles keep getting shorter, so i’m hoping for some regularity soon!), then my skin won’t be as bad. good luck!

    Post # 14
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    Don’t get off the pill until you are READY TO BE PREGNANT!!!  I have 6 pregnant friends right now.  And 4 of them got pregnant within 2 months of being off the pill.  So my advise is don’t get off the pill unless you are mentally prepared to be pregnant pronto.

    Post # 15
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    44 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I am in pretty much the same situation as you…except I got off my BCP’s about 2 months before the wedding so it had time to get out of my system and give my body a chance to regulate when we start to try in 2012. Sort of a mistake beacuase my skin started breaking out right around my wedding! It started getting bad a little before 2 months of being on the pill. However, now I am happy I did it a little in advance because I think my hormones will be regulated when we start to try, which is very important in being able to get pregnant.

    One important thing I want to stress is that acne coming off of the pill is hormone related, so anything you put on your face to try and treat it like Proactiv or anything else is not likely to help it. Hormonal acne is caused by fluctuating hormones, so it is an internal issue, not an external one. Here are some amazing things I have discovered after doing SO MUCH research lol: get some organic maca root. It is a natural supplement that is known to regulate the levels of estrogen and progesterone in your body. When those levels are fluctuating and trying to regulate, that is what causes your body to break out. I started off slowly, taking 1 pill a day, and now I take 4 pills daily, and after 2 weeks my skin is almost perfectly clear. Before the maca root, my chin was horrible with huge bumps, which I have never experienced before so it was horrible to my self esteem. Maca root is also supposed to be great for fertility because it balances the estrogen in your body if you are producing too much or too little, and also regulates your periods. Definately give it a try, it is natural so you can take it whenever you want.

    Second, the other thing that has helped my skin after the maca root did most of the work is a routine of cetaphil cleanser, cetaphil lotion, and also tea tree oil for spots. PM me if you have any questions!

    Post # 16
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Darling Husband and I just went through the same dilemma! We had been planning to TTC next summer, around our 1st anniversary. I just finished my pack of pills and won’t be refilling. We decided to go off to give my body time to regulate. (I’ve never been too thrilled about taking BC anyway, so I can’t wait to get off!) From reading on here, it takes some people only a couple of months, but some take a lot longer for things to get back to normal. I’m reading TCOYF (as many others have recommended) and taking prenatals. I’m going to start charting and get a better handle on what’s going on with my body. Best of luck to you and your hubby!

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