Post # 1
We have recently started TTC and I have been looking into how soon after getting off BC people got pregnant. I came across all sorts of timelines but the one thing that kept popping up is that it ended in a MC. Do any of you bees have experience with this? Did your first pregnancy after stopping BC end in MC? I’m just scared to get my hopes up if I do get pregnant now :/
Post # 2
Miscarriages are quite common in general, more so than most people realize.
Post # 3
MissIsa: yes, it’s common, but no more common than miscarriages when you haven’t been on birth control. Miscarriages are common– up to 25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. But that means 75% of pregnancies don’t end in miscarriage. Odds are, everything will be fine. If they aren’t, you’ll get through it and try again.
Post # 4
MissIsa: Like others have said, miscarriages in general are very common. Many of my friends have had one or even two or more (and also have healthy children), and those are just the ones that have told me- I’m sure others have chosen to keep it private.
When I got pregnant, I was cautiously optimistic. I was thrilled to be pregnant, but I knew that just because I was, it wasn’t a sure thing that there’d be a baby out of that pregnancy. After hearing the heartbeat and making it to the second trimester I felt much more confident, and even more so after the ultrasound at 20 weeks. Best of luck to you on your TTC journey!
Post # 5
I don’t see how birth control has much to do with anything. Miscarriages are somewhat common. So your chances of one should be the same- birth control or not.
I got pregnant right after I went off BCP and she is 17mo old now. I’ve had friends with healthy pregnancies (no miscarriages) and some who have had a miscarriage on the first pregnancy and some on the second pregnancy.
Post # 6
My first pregnancy after BCP ended at 6ish weeks, but I do not believe it was due to the birth control. Early miscarriages are extremely common, there are a ton of women who have early miscarriages/chemical pregnancies without even knowing it, because they never tested.
I know someone who missed 2 pills and ended up pregnant. That kid is now a healthy 12 year old girl. You just don’t know until it happens.
Post # 7
Following, as we’re about to start TTC soon, and I’m going off my BCP’s after my period is done this coming weekend (not starting a new pack).
Not sure about what their BC preference was, but have had a few friends have MC’s – either with their first or their third. So… it can happen to anyone.
Post # 8
MissIsa: I had the same concerns after my Dr. told us to wait at least 3 months from stopping BCP to TTC. Our initial plan wasn’t to wait at all so it kind of threw a rench in our timeline. Her explanation was that the hormones DON’T stop when you stop the pill (despite what I’ve read), specifically estrogen. The only thing that I’ve found online about having too much estrogen is that it can cause you to have a MC. I’ve read a lot of conflicting points about when the hormones from BC leave the body but the majority said the 3 month rule was once standard practice, but there is little to evidence to support it the theory (since MC are just unfortunately common). We only decided to just wait 1 month before TTC since it could very well take several months anyways. Perhaps it was a risk but something felt better about starting now versus then, of course if we end in MC then I’m sure my Dr. would say “and this is why I said 3 months” (she’s like that). When I was looking around at timelines I saw just as many women TTC immediately after stopping bc as there were women who waited 3+ months before TTC.
I agree with the other bees though, MC is unfortunately pretty common regardless of whether or not you were on BC.
Post # 9
MiaBella03: I’m pretty sure they say (or used to say, as I think that is outdated advice) to wait 3mo is so that you have cycles that are more regulated and normal so they can better date your pregnancy. If you have a few irregular cycles coming off BCP dating your pregnancy is more difficult. Of course, in this day and age they can easily do an ultrasound to date it. Hormones are out of your system in a matter of days, how else would you have people missing 3 pills and ending up pregnant? I’d maybe find a new doctor and not one that would say “I told you so” to a MC.
Post # 10
MiaBella03: kes18: My doctor told me that getting pregnant right off the pill would be fine and have no negative affects. She said that she preferred me to wait three months so it’s easier to date the pregnancy, but said it’s really no big deal.
Post # 11
I got pregnant first month after stopping bc back in 2011, I went on to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Stopped bc again in July, got a BFP in august, I am currently 8 weeks so still early days but so far so good.
Post # 12
kes18: MrsCallalily: Thanks ladies! I thought my Dr. might be worried about dating as well, so I asked her why it was necessary to wait and she just said that the estrogen levels would be too high from the bcp. No reasoning behind it that I deserved to know so I looked it up. I said that I read the hormones would be gone within days after stopping the pill which is why it’s crucial to not miss a pill…. but she wouldn’t hear any of that and dismissed it as baloney. She also had a student Dr. in the rm so I guess I was making her look bad? Either way both of my theories were dismissed and I felt like a horrible person who was willing to put a child at risk. Oh and she also said I need 3 months of folic acid built up in my system anyhow and so I should wait before conceiving. Up till then I was getting 400 mcg from my multi for months but apparently that never happened though since she acted like that day was the new starting point. Since then I have 400 mcg from my multi plus 1 mg from the supplement. According to her that was fine until I got pg and then I could start my prenatal… if you ask me though I’m worried it’s too much folic. I’ve also read that as long as you have the folic in your system before conception then you haven’t missed out of the crucial nutrients but perhaps I was wrong since she said otherwise. I don’t mean to sound like I’m bashing my Dr., she’s great other times but that day I didn’t feel like a patient who was being heard and but that’s how it went down so what can you do.
I appreciate the information though! I already feel a lot less worried than I did an hour ago about the decision we made. And you’re right Kes18, my Darling Husband also has said I need a new Dr… it’s just hard to find a family Dr. here and you can’t just grab your chart and shop around. I could go to my Dhs but his is a male Dr. so I guess I would need to find a separate female gyno. But I guess it’s something to consider since I don’t feel too comfortable going back there if I got pg before the 3 month mark that she gave us. Sorry, for the rant… I was somewhat talking to myself there. Again, I do appreciate the feedback and clarification 🙂