Post # 1
Although I’ve been off BCP for over 3 months, I haven’t really had any normal cycles. So far I’ve had:
-One cycle of 35 days that ended with a few days of light spotting, barely a real period.
-One cycle of 65 days that ended (just yesterday) with more of the VERY light spotting.
According to the charting instructions in TCOYF, I’m supposed to chart the first day of RED blood as the first period day, and I’m not having that – just a little bit of brown (sorry if TMI).
So do I count this as a period??
I’m not even having as many cramps as I did when I was ON birth control pills!
This is just one of the many confusing symptoms I’ve had since being off birth control pills. What gives? And should I count the period or not?
Thanks for anyone who can shed some light…-Miss PP
Post # 3
@Miss PumpkinPenguin: Nope. Neither of those counts as a period. I would contact your ob/gyn. He/she will probably prescribe provera to induce a period. That might help get your cycles back. If you don’t regulate after a few more cycles, I’d think they’ll do some bloodwork on you to see what the issue is. Do you have any PCOS symptoms?
Post # 4
@bunny, thanks for the reply!
1. i think i met you in person at a durham bee meetup a few years ago. 🙂
2. several years ago i got a PCOS diagnosis, if you can call it that. at the time, my gyn told me that i “didn’t look very PCOS” but that i met criteria since i had a longstanding history of irregular periods, easy weight gain/difficult weight loss, and elevated testosterone, although i wasn’t insulin-resistant. as a remedy, she of course put me straight on BCP. 🙁
Post # 5
Yup. No red, no period. Just spotting. That’s really common during long (probably anovulatory) cycles. My first cycle off the pill was 120 days and only ended with Provera. Things finally came back on track, though. It took about 7-8 months to start getting regular, predictable cycles again. My poor ovaries didn’t know what to do at first — but they weren’t broken!
Post # 6
@bluegreenjean: thanks for sharing your info; that’s helpful. although i worry i won’t ever get “back on track” since i never had a “track” to begin with. since i first started having periods (age 12), i never had monthly cycles until i went on BCP in my early 20s.
Post # 7
@Miss PumpkinPenguin: Aw. That sucks. Get as much info as you can from your doctors about yourself. PCOS is sometimes overdiagnosed (it’s the go-to diagnosis for anyone with irregular cycles).
Post # 8
@bunny: You took the words right outta my mouth~
Post # 9
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Definitely make an appointment to see your Ob/GYN. Since you have a history of irregular cycles there is no reason to wait this out any further.
Don’t be discouraged though. I kept going back and forth between a 30-40 day cycle and a 60-70 day cycle for the year+ I was off BCP. We were charting to avoid pregnancy but one of those cycles I ovulated super early (10 days or more early) and I fell pregnant. So long cycles are not the end of the world.