How soon did you go off hormonal birth control before TTC?

posted 9 months ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I went off hormonal bc in 2016, I track my cycles, by putting the start and end of my period in an app, during times when my fertility on the app says it’s above a 2 we use the pullout method. I have never been pregnant and am wondering why I wasted money and messed with my hormones for years on bc. No idea if it would work for everyone but it works for us! We will probably TTC in 2020.

Obviously, we had discussed and were prepared to have a baby if we were surprised.

My Dr. said we would start prenatals and test my vitamin levels and other things 6 months before TTC.

 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I came off BC in August. I got pregnant in December. 

So long as you’re charting (and maybe pull out while during most fertile), you may be ok but this isn’t 100%. I do know people who have been successful with not getting pregnant and NFP. 

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I would not get it replaced if you want to start TTC in October. I came off the pill in August and I didn’t start ovulating again until December. My cycles are very irregular, but are seemly starting to regulate a bit now (7 months later). 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

With our first and second I was off for 1 cycle and got pregnant. With our third, I skipped a week (long story), then started retaking it, and found out a week later I was pregnant. Again. So, while it may take some people a while to regulate, i did not have that issue. Good luck!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

keikochan :  I went off in the end of May and we started trying in July. I was on a pill (Minastrin 24fe) and my cycle started right back up on time, thankfully. I would not get your implant replaced so you can give your body time to get back to normal. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I was on the pill for over 10 years and my menstral cycle came back normal right away after stopping it. Everyone is different though.

I started TTC at 28 and my Darling Husband was 29. We are now 30 and 31 and still not pregnant though despite charting, prenatals, supplements, being healthy, and doing everything right. (We are diagnosed as unexplained infertility.)

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I stopped BC in June 2018 after atleast 10 years of pills and the ring. Engaged Dec 2018. But I am not planning to TTC until probably 6 months after wedding. So it probably will be 1.5 years till actually TTC since I quit. Figured thats more than enough time to regulate and get everything back to normal. Which honestly I think I was already back to normal after 6 months.

I got the fertility friend app to track and we use barrier methods. I show I am ovulating but we aren’t trying. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I just got my IUD out in January because it expired and decided not to get it replaced as the plan is currently to try around the holidays this year. We are just using Ava bracelet and withdrawl method until then. Obviously we are okay with a happy surprise otherwise we wouldn’t be doing withdrawl as our birth control method. FWIW when I switched from the BCP to my IUD I didn’t get a period or ovulate (guessing based off lack of period and lack of fertile symptoms) for 6 months. Then I started getting a light period as well as ovulation symptoms and now after my IUD I got a withdrawl bleed and then my period 30 days later. I will let you know how withdrawl method works out as I’ll be on the baby boards if it doesn’t work :p LOL My opinion is that hormones mess with a lot of people. Some more than others. If you are okay with the possibility of getting pregnant than I would give yourself at least 6 months off of it. I would use protection until you are ready to accept a happy accident. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

In your shoes I wouldn’t get the implant replaced. But just to be extra careful in case you happen to get pregnant sooner than planned with NFP, I’d start taking a prenatal vitamin a month or two before you get your implant removed so your folic acid levels and such are good. 

We’re not TTC yet but I came off bc shortly after our wedding. No oopses yet but we use condoms as our backup. I was on hormonal bc for 12+ years before that and my cycles came back right away. 

PS If you want to track your cycles more closely and don’t think BBT will work, you might look into the Ava bracelets. I think @duchessgummybunns has posted about using them for the same reason. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I went off my BCP in October 2017 and we started trying immediately. We had one early miscarriage after 6 months of trying, but otherwise have not gotten pregnant, despite being young and healthy (also 30 and diagnosed with unexplained fertility). My cycle normalized right away and I have pretty textbook looking cycles every month. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I’d consider looking at a daysyfetility monitor over an Ava bracelet – I’ve come off birth control and am using fertility awareness with a Daysy. The first cycle is all amber (meaning you may be at risk of pregnancy) but once you have a natural period (not a withdrawal bleed from birth control) then you start getting green (not fertile) and red (fertile) days. However you track your cycle, it will take a while for you to learn your body so you may need to get creative in the bedroom!

We’re hopefully not going to conceive until September, so far so good!

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