Last BC Pill Today – When to Start Charting?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

You really need to give your body time to regulate after stopping BC. It depends on the person but can take months. For me, BC affects me a lot so it always takes me a long time to regulate after stopping any form of BC.

I wouldn’t track yet, based on the fact that it won’t give you an accurate depiction of your cycle anyways. I would wait a month minimum. Maybe start tracking in August when you start TTC?

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

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ladyvictoria :  I’d just start tracking with Ava. If you do have a weird first cycle, I bet there is a way to discard that data. Even so, you may find you have weird cycles for several months — so tracking them right away may make sense for you.

I got my period a day early by my definition of normal (cd28), but every cycle since then has been long and wonky — I think 11 months in (and 1 mc) my cycle is finally figuring out its normal. Pre-bc, I had super regular 28 day cycles, but now I’m irregular and averaging 34 days — so be prepared for things to have changed in your body!

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Busy Beekeeper

I would probably activate Ava the day you start bleeding, which would be cycle day 1. The fact that you were very regular before the pill makes it likely (though of course not certain) that your cycle will be regular again, though it may take a few cycles to level out. 

When I stopped the pill, I had my normal withdrawal bleed right on time, and then a 32-day cycle after that. The second cycle off the pill was 24 days, and after that they averaged 26-27 days, which was also my “normal” before I was on the pill. So I’d say I had two abnormal cycles, but after that things were back to normal. Everyone’s different though.

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Busy Beekeeper

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ladyvictoria :  Yep! Whatever day you start bleeding (not spotting but actual bleeding) would count as CD1. And yeah I was lucky…although I think my experience is sort of typical just based on what I hear from other women anecdotally. I def know some women though whose periods just never returned for several months when they came off the pill and they had to take meds to jumpstart their cycle. It’s a crapshoot – you just can’t know what’s gonna happen until you do it unfortunately. Good luck!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Following! While we won’t be TTC just yet, I will be charting and temping. Today is my third day with no pill, and I am temping with a thermometer. So, I only started charting now to get into the habit. I know the app I use lets me discard that chart.

Let us know how Ava works for you. I’m interested. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Sugar Beekeeper
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I started as soon as my period finished after going off BC (didn’t know about CD 1 being the day the period starts, back then!)with the understanding that it might take a while for things to regulate. Luckily for me, everything was “business as usual” and my cycles stayed on the same track as when I was on BC. Plus, having the information helped me notice patterns to be able to tell if my cycle was out of wack.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
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ladyvictoria :  I just started with Kindara. You can put all of that data in there as well. It had a thermometer to sync with it, but I just my own. I go back and forth on my opinion of Fertility Friend. Maybe it’s just not “cute” enough or I just don’t have enough data. Not sure. 

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Buzzing Beekeeper
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ladyvictoria :  start on the first day of your period, CD1.  It is withdrawal bleeding the first time but that’s okay.  Just use the first day as CD1.  I had withdrawal bleeding as normal (couple days or whatever after my last one) when I quit BCP.  I was on BCP for 16 years but my cycle was fairly normal straightaway (it was actually abnormal when I went on BCP to begin with so my body regulated itself finally over all that time). Cycle Day 1 is always the first day of your period (not spotting, but red flow).

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Buzzing bee

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ladyvictoria :  Yeah… it’s not the fault of the pills — just something weird my body is doing. I know most folks return to what their cycles were like before bcp.

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Sugar Beekeeper
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ladyvictoria :  Yes ma’am, due anytime now!

Goodluck to you on your TTC journey. These boards were a life saver for me when we were TTC!

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