Post # 1
i’m sure there are threads on this but i can’t find them so i apologize in advance. i’m wondering if anyone has any insight.
i was on the pill from the time i was 19 until 30. i went off 5 weeks ago. i still haven’t gotten my period and have little to no signs of it coming at all. last week i had some pms symptoms (sore boobs, bloating and cramps) but they went away quickly and now nothing. i feel like i’m going through puberty again, not knowing what’s going on or what to expect. anyway, i guess my question is, if you have been on BCP for a long time, how long does it take for your body to regulate itself? We are going to be TTC in June and i’m hoping i’m back to normal by then. I’m kind of scared that my body doesn’t remember what it’s supposed to do!
Post # 3
it can take a few months to regulate. i would wait another month or two, then go to your doc if it doesn’t fix itself.
Post # 4
I went off of long-term birth control at the end of July … it took until early December to have a period, I had insane symptoms the whole time, and I am cycle day 41 with no signs of a period again …. I am going to try to pin down the fertility specialist at the hospital when I am working next to see what we can do!
Post # 5
Your body will remember. It can take a few months to stabilize so relax a bit before you get too worried. I was on BCPs from the time I was 15 until 28. I was regular right away but it still took us 10 months to conceive.
Post # 6
I’ve posted about this before so sorry if I sound like a broken record to other posters who’ve read my story. I was really stressed about this issue myself. I was on the BCP from 17-28. It took me a full (exact!) 90 days to get my period after I went off. I had an appointment with the MD who had said wait 3 months, if you don’t get it, we’ll bring you in. I got my period like 5 days before the appointment. After that, my cycles have still been long… the next one was 45 days, and now they have tapered off to about 37 days. I started charting which has made me feel better because I can see that I’m clearly ovulating, it just takes my body a little while to get the momentum to ovulate. I’m hoping my cycle continues to shorten, as I’ve now been off for over 6 months and I wouldn’t call myself normal yet even though I’ve been regular with the longish cycles. I think for some people, the body takes a long time to start producing enough hormones on its own for everything to work right again.
Five weeks is not that long in my book, but I can understand how stressful it is because I personally was freaking out that I’d ruined my body! I would recommend calling your doctor if you get to 2 months. They’ll probably say wait another month and then come in. If they do bring you in, I think they give you something to jump-start it. In my research, I heard many women just need something to get their bodies up and running again.
Good luck and feel free to PM me if you have any other questions!
Post # 7
I was on BCP from 19 to 28. (I’m 29.) When I went off, I was charting and it took 41 days for my 1st none BCP period to come. Everyone is different though.
Post # 8
thanks everyone. i just hate the uncertainty and i got myself freaked out especially since i’m starting to get a bit of baby fever and we’re planning on ttc. glad to know i’m not the only one who’s gone through this and that all of you seem to be on your way to a normal cycle. i appreciate the info! good luck to you guys too!
Post # 9
I was only on the pill for a year and then the ring for a year and had the same issue when I stopped. My cycle was VERY irregular. Like @monalisa670 I was charting and I WAS ovulating – just long cycles.
I think my body is really sensitive to the hormonal changes. I still haven’t gotten my period after giving birth – but I’m super curious to see if it will have regulated itself after pregnancy.
Post # 10
I was on the pill from 17 to 37…I went off & was pregnant within 3 weeks! So becareful. I thought it would take much longer due to length of being on pill & my age. But after I did get pregnant then the doctors started telling me how you are actually very fertile the first month after coming off low dose bcp. Never ever heard anything like that before.