Post # 1
My husband and I have been married close to a year and a half. Shortly after getting married, I toyed with the idea of going off birth control for my overall health but in the end decided to stay on until our honeymoons were over and until we were ready for kids. Its been since the beginning of this year since we went on our 2nd honeymoon and I’ve celebrated my milestone 30th bday this year as well, so I feel its getting to be that time to make some big changes.
Recently, I was coming to the end of my yearly prescription for BCP and before I went to the doctor for my annual check up, I asked my husband if I should be getting another 12 month, 6 month prescription or not get one at all. He said to get 12 months and figured we’d be going off sometime around the beginning of next year. However, I guess I got the prescription for nothing lol because after much deciding we have decided that my pack of BCP that I finished last week was the last one. I’m officially going off BC!!
For me though, I can’t help but feel a bit anxious. I’m excited to be going off but also a bit anxious. Not because of getting pregnant but because I have been on it for about 10+ years and I feel this is a whole new thing for me and my body. I can’t recall what my periods were like as a teenager prior to going on it. I do know I was regular and that I didn’t have acne. I usually only got the monthly blemish or two during my cycle. I have been reading up on what to expect going off BCP and its ranging all over the place!
I was taking Ortho-Tricyclen and for the most part it seemed to do really well for me. I can’t recall any effects it had on me but maybe a slight weight gain although it was so long ago that I really can’t remember. I read that BC can make you have either an increased/decreased appetite when going on and also the same when going off. I know everyone is different and everyone is going to experience going off it differently but for myself, I’m just not to sure what to expect.
How did you feel to make the decision going off BC as an individual? How did you feel to make that decision as a couple? Did you notice anything when you went off (specifically BCP)?
Post # 3
ive been toying with idea with my husband. We’ve only been married a month but have been talking abou children since we got engaged 3 yrs ago.. As a couple we bothe feel at peace about it.. yet i am a lil nervious to ttc just cuz i have PCOS and dont want the let down of negative tests and or misscarriage. But i told him all this and he feels like he understands and we are both christians so thats a different dynamic in itself.
i did take myself off bc last spring into summer well nit voluntarily but insurance ran out on my moms end so i was without for about 4 months. i didnt feel any different. i kinda didnt think about it at all. lol i hope all goes well for you and that ttc is an easy rode on your end! Much prayers and encouragement
Post # 4
I recently went off BC too! I am 29 and went on it when I was FIFTEEN!! I went off it for health reasons, not TTC yet. I was worrying about being on BC for so long. Anyway, I had some weird cramping for the first two weeks after I stopped taking it. It’s been over a month now and I got my period already. I feel totally normal! I was also worried because when I researched going off BC, some women had horror stories about emotions, not getting their periods, moodiness, etc. I haven’t had that problem and I am loving charting my cycle in my Fertility Friend App! I hope going off BC goes as well for you as it has for me. 🙂
Post # 5
I’m also thinking about doing this too. We are not planning on TTCing or anything yet (have only been married 7 months) but my husband thinks its probably not good for my body. I still have to decide on what I’m going to do cause frankly I’m scared. I like knowing when my period is coming!
Post # 6
sounds like we are alike!! Im scared too. And I misy definitely like knowing when it’s coming!!
thank you so much!! I hope all goes well for you too!! 🙂
I’ll have to remember that app when the time comes to try for babies.
Post # 7
@Imhisbride: I just went off BCP 3 weeks ago. DH and I are not going to TTC until the summer but I wanted to be back to a normal cycle for a few months first. Plus I had some annoying side effects from being on the BCP that I thought were not worth dealing with anymore.
So far I have been feeling pretty good other than the past few days. I am now 18 days into my first BC free cycle and I have been having strange lower abdomen pain and some bloating. I hear that it’s normal though so I am really hoping it goes away quickly. My worst fear is that I will will start breaking out like I used to when I was younger so I’m still crossing my fingers that it doesn’t happen.
Good luck to you!
Post # 8
@Imhisbride: I was on tricyclen for 10 years and I loved it. I never had any side effects, never switched around my pill brand or had any issues, so I was a little nervous to stop taking it in april. I have been off for 7 cycles now.
I feel great, didn’t notice and changes in my weight, and my periods have remained pretty regular. I did download the fertility friend app so I could track my periods and know the ball park dates to expect AF to show. The downside is that I definitely have had changes in my skin. My skin was never perfect, but since coming off BCP I have had constant breakouts, including on my neck ( which I have never ever had before). So that sucks and I’ve been a little self conscious about it.
Overall it felt really great to go off and I was happy with the decision. I would have stopped sooner but didn’t want to risk bad skin at my wedding (good thing I waited!). DH and I practiced pull out method since coming off until we started TTC, but we did have the discussion that there was a possibility it could happen with that method and we were ok with it.
Post # 9
I was on the pill for 13 years and stopped almost 2 months ago to TTC. I used to have acne and heavy painful periods. The first month I was all over the place with wierd hormonal symptoms and even got a cyst on my ovary that ruptured-very painful! Now I am much better, but still haven’t had a period yet. I kept driving myself crazy thinking I might be pregnant. Now I am charting and feel so much more in control. I got 3 zits right away, but now my skin and hair are perfect, better than on the pill. Oh and 4lbs of water weight dropped off in the first week. Sweet .
I think the most important thing is not to stress. Keep in mind you may not have regular cycles right away and that is NORMAL. Try not to overanalyze all the interesting new sensations in your body. Warn your hubby you may have some mood swings (or not), just in case .
Seriously though, relax and it will all be good.
Post # 10
I have switched BC a few times and have been on it for 8 years. One of the times I had to switch was because regular Ortho tricylin made me mega crazy. I was off for two months before I got a new script and I got my period like clockwork same as if I were still on the pill, I didnt notice any ill effects from getting off, only that I was basically a sex fiend because for me BC basically removes all sexual desire! I am excited at the prospect of being married and feeling comfortable ending my BC and just seeing what happens!
Post # 11
I was on the same pill as you for over a decade, had slightly irregular periods beforehand (but I was a teenager so who knows). Had regular periods right away, so I assume I was ovulating, and we got pregnant our 4th month off. I had a similar experience – I had one pill pack left, and then when I finished my second-to-last pack, I realized I really didn’t want to start another one. So DH and I talked about it and ended up starting TTC a month earlier than originally planned. If we hadn’t gotten KU when we did, I think I would’ve started temping or using OPKs or something to be more proactive about it, but since it was all new we just kind of BD-ed a bit more in the middle of my cycle and hoped for the best. Clearly it worked out! Good luck!
Post # 12
Thank you! 🙂
I ended up skipping a cycle with a new pack of BCP’s during my wedding and I recall being very emotional and I did break out for that month. But shortly after my body realized I had a new cycle date then it quickly got used to it and went away. I always had a good complexion prior to starting so I’m hoping for the same now that I’m off.
Yeah, I’m not looking forward to the all over the place hormonal symptoms if I end up getting them but I’ll just know exactly what its from and hopefully be able to control them lol if I even get them. Fluid retension loss I could definitely do with haha
I do think my sex drive has been affected slightly so I’ll see if that changes now that I’m off 🙂
Crazy how suddenly when your close to the end of the last pill pack, your plans change slightly and making the decision to go off is just the right and most sensible thing to do. I have a friend who actually is in the same situation as me right now except she’s not quite done her last pack yet lol
Post # 13
I’ve been on BCP since I was 17 and I am 29. I am planning to get off it in Jan and start TTC by the end of March. I am nervous too! My periods pre BCP were terrible, long, heavy, painful, with two incidents where I fainted on the street. I have heard so many different scenarios, some say their period was still regular, some say they were bad but never as bad as they used to be, so I guess you really don’t know till you’re there! Good luck!!
Post # 14
Thank you! And your right, you never know what the outcome will be until you go through it. Hoping for the best though lol fingers crossed 🙂
Post # 15
I’ve been off the BCP for 2 weeks and its been 1 week since the end of my cycle. You are right, I am noticing a slight change in my skin. I’ve noticed I’m a little bit itchy. Just a little itch here and there but nothing serious really.
Post # 16
I took my last pill yesterday. We are not TTC until next summer, but I wanted to let things regulate…. I am nervous that my cycles may take awhile to be normal. I also like the idea of not taking hormones. Kind of nervous about what going off will be like…. I have been on the pill for most of the last 13 years. I have gone off once or twice before, for maybe a year, and don’t especially remember awful symptoms… FX that that will be the case this time around!
I am going to chart to avoid for now.