Post # 1
Darling Husband and I will be TTCing summer of 2017! Whoop whoop ☺️! Im thinking of stopping BC this summer to regulate and start tracking my cycles. Im wondering what other TTC/mommas have done to prepare?
I was told I might have PCOS because I had a random ultrasound that showed one of my ovaries where follicles were everywhere and all the same size. The doctors ive spoen with are not willing to diagnose me though, since I have no other signs and am 130 and 5’7 which they say is not “typical” of people with PCOS (the internet says otherwise, though). Anyways, I am thinking the extra time will help me to see whats going on and make any changes in diet/supplements/etc for our TTC timeline.
What did you do? Any reccomendations for me?
Post # 2
I don’t have PCOS but I stopped taking birth control pills 1.5 years before we started TTC. I had slightly irregular periods before getting on the pill, was on it for 8 years and wasn’t sure what it was going to be like once I got off of it. I ended up being really regular with no issues.
Post # 3
I had clockwork periods, no health concerns, same with Darling Husband. I stopped my pill in March and we actively tried (diffent from your situation) until we got our positive in October. I think that it can be risky to stop your BC until you’re ready (if you’re having sex!)…Some people end up pregnant the next month even with health diagnoses! I think its a great idea to get off the pill and start charting or whatever but consider condoms or abstaining during your fertile window if you’re hoping to wait for awhile before baby.
Post # 4
I stopped the pill in mid November and got pregnant at the end of December. It was a huge surprise.
Post # 5
I was going to do this too. Stopped for a couple weeks, but then decided it was silly since we weren’t even married yet so I would just go back on the pill when I got my period. Well that period never came — because I got pregnant! Yep, the first month. I was so lucky to have it that easy, I know! But it was a shock at the same time. Just be aware that sometimes it does happen immediately!
Post # 6
I stopped last April. I was pregnant four months later.
Post # 7
I stopped the day before our wedding and we started trying right away. I got pregnant about 2 months later.
Post # 8
I stopped the pill in July. Started trying in September, found out I was pregnant on New Years Eve.
Post # 9
I got Mirena out in November. charTed to avoid until we TTC our first cycle and conceived in May. I’d suggest only coming off bc If you would be OK with getting pregnant.
Post # 10
Excited To Bee: I went off BCP in December and we started TTC in March, wish i had gone off sooner as my cycles have been all over the place. Charting will help narrow things down also.
Post # 11
I stopped three months before we starting TTC. We used the pull out method and condoms if it was close to my fertile window (I used an app to roughing track when the window was), but then again, we would have been 100% okay with having a baby during that time if we were to get pregnant.
That being said, I wish I had gone off much sooner, because it’s been almost 6 months and I still have yet to have a regular cycle, in fact the spotting just continues to get worse and I haven’t had a positive ovulation test yet. So, in my experience it can take a good while for things to even out after BC. My doctor said to come in 4 months after going off if things didn’t regulate and I have an appointment to see her next week.
In short, go off as soon as you can if you are okay with the chance of getting pregnant or don’t mind other forms of BC. BC can hide a lot of medical issues (like your PCOS), so it’s best to get that sorted out now if it’s true. It really is so hard to tell – you could be like those above who got pregnant right away or like others who it took a long while for things to normalize in your body. Good luck, it’s an exciting time!
Post # 12
Thank you all, we are definitely okay with having a baby earlier if it happens, but will most likely use other forms of BC/abstinence during fertile window. Im too nervous that if I don’t take the year to let my body figure things out, it’ll make it that much harder when we start to TTC.
Post # 13
Excited To Bee: I got pregnant 2-3 weeks after I quit my BCP. So if you’re okay with it earlier then go off earlier. If not, use another form of protection.
Post # 14
I was on Nuvaring for a few years. I have PCOS and went off birth control in July. I havent had a regular period since. I went on Metformin and started having cycles that are irregular. I agree with others about people getting pregnant a month or two after going on BC, however if you do in fact have PCOS, it could be a different situation. Were your cycles regular before BC? I am average weight for my height and I have no other reason to think I PCOS beside my period irregularity, insulin resistance, and facial hair/acne issues. Best of luck to you!
Post # 15
TTC at the start of 2017! I have already stopped taking BC and tracking my cycles. I have 26 day cycles… Like clockwork for the last 3 months. Our BC right now is tracking ovulation and the pull out method.
That being said… We are prepared and OK with if I get a BFP before 2017. While are trying to prevent that, we can’t get “mad” if it happens before because we are not using protection!