(Closed) Missed period, BFN, off birth control for the first time… confused.

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
6943 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

It’s rare to go off BC and have a completely regular cycle right away. I’d say that “period” you had right after you stopped BC was actually just a withdrawal bleed and you’re just experiencing an irregular cycle. Perfectly normal. It might take a few months before you notice your cycle normalizing.

I was on BC for over 15 years before I stopped. My first cycle after stopping was something like 35 days. I’ve heard of people going even longer. 

Post # 3
1283 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2022 - Maui

That second bleed is a withdrawl bleed, mine lasted about 4 days so I counted that as my period, ie: start of this cycle. If you count the 2nd bleed as the start of your cycle, are you still late? If so, then your body is most likely still adjusting to itʻs only cycle so log everything in an app.

Post # 4
908 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

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tulipdazey :  Have you read Taking Charge of Your Fertility? It’s really great at explaining all the TTC stuff without being too overwhelming at all. 

It is really normal to have abnormal cycles for a few months after coming of BC. And as far as your period being late, unless you remember your cycles from before getting on BC (and depending on how old you were at the time/how many cycles you had before BC), you probably don’t know your normal cycle length. The pill causes withdrawl bleeding during the placebo week, so you will have “regular” cycles always. So keeping track of your cycles for a few months will help you figure out your normal. Are you counting your period as late from the bleeding you had right after coming off the pill? Your week of spotting could have been breakthrough bleeding from ovulation, or your body just trying to figure everything out.

But for now, I would just keep BD until you get your period, since you might ovulate in the next few weeks. If you’re a little Type A like me, you can also start using OPKs now to see if you’re gearing up to ovulate soon, and/or temping to see if you get a temp shift before your period comes.

Post # 5
7424 posts
Busy Beekeeper

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tulipdazey :  Yeah, as pp said, don’t put much stock in what happens your first cycle off the pill. My first cycle after coming off the pill lasted 32 days, followed by 24 and 26 day cycles, respectively. It think 26ish is more normal for me, so that first cycle off the pill was definitely an aberration. I would keep testing every few days since you guys are TTC, but don’t worry if it takes AF awhile to arrive. Just in reading the ttc boards I’ve seen many bees saying their first post-BC cycle was 40+ days long. 

I second pp’s recommendation to read Taking Charge of Your Fertility. As for temping/OPKs, that’s up to you – some people find it stressful to start with all that right off the bat. Personally, I realized that ttc was already going to make me a ball of nerves so I figured I might as well arm myself with data about what’s going on with my body lol, and actually started temping the cycle before we were officially TTC. Charting is kind of an emotional roller coaster but I like it!

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