Post # 1
So I’m off the pill after being on bc for over a decade. It’s too early to tell if there are any side-effects, but so far so good. I was supposed to start a new 21 day pack on 1/26, which I didn’t. Assuming I stay on the same cycle (which I don’t know will actually happen), I should get AF on 2/18.
DH and I been BD since I’ve been off the pill and I realize it may sound completely silly or irrational, but woudl it actually be possible for me to get pregnant this early since I haven’t even determined what my “regular cyle” post birth-control looks like? I ask because if I don’t get AF on time, I know it would be factored to the change in hormones due to going off the pill, but it could be because I am pregnant.
I am obviously hoping for the latter, but I want to know if anyone’s been in a similar position where you aren’t actively charting yet but ready to start a family. I also wanted to know if there was anything you did during this “transition time”? I’d like to stop caffeine and booze (I drink wine with dinner sometimes and I like my morning coffee, so it’s not a lot..but I’d like to cut it out completely) as soon as I know I have a BFP, which is why I also want to know if it’s even feasible to take a test and if do, how soon can I test?
Thank you all for reading my post – I know it’s a little scattered but DH and I are very new to this so every bit of insight or advice helps 🙂
Post # 2
Unfortunately, there’s no answer. You could get pregnant your first month, or you could be like me and still not have a period (or ovulate) 5 months off the pill. If you’re late, take a test- get some cheap ones.
Post # 3
You can absolutely get pregnant once you are off BC. The instructions warn that if you go more than two days without taking it, you have an increased change of pregnancy. Some women report getting pregnant immediately after stopping due to a “surge” in hormones, while others say it takes a while for their body to get back on track.
I am in the same boat as you. This is my first cycle without BC. So far so good, although I JUST got a positive OPK yesterday (CD 27). I thought I had missed it earlier in the month because of the CM I was seeing, but nope! I’m just taking it day by day. Now that I have an idea of when I O’d, I can measure how long I should wait before taking a pregnancy test. If it’s negative, I think I’ll start temping next month, also. Right now, I just do daily OPKs and I use FF and OvuView apps to help me record symptoms and BD.
Good luck to you! I look forward to seeing your posts since we are going through similar things. I have to admit, my complexion is slowly going downhill, but I sort of knew that was going to happen.
Post # 4
I haven’t been in your boat but I literally just
read a post where a woman went off BCP and got pregnant like, the first time they BD’d. I just think everyone’s different. For others it takes months to get their cycle back on track, if at all. If I were you, maybe I would POAS on Feb 18th, when you would normally expect your period when you were on the BCP, and go from there.
Also, I just want to put this out there: moderate consumption of alcohol and caffeine is fine during the TTC period, and personally, I kept my mug of coffee a day habit during my pregnancy. There is something to be said for keeping the stress on your body low. If you’re happy to quit these things, great. But don’t feel compelled because you feel you have to, because sometimes quitting something like coffee, which in moderation has no affect on a pregnancy, will aggrevate you more than if you just continued to drink it.
I will not stop flogging this book: The Panic Free Pregnancy. It will ease your mind and give you the realistic low-down on things to give up and things to continue while you’re pregnant. It has had an immensely positive impact on me physically and emotionally during this pregnancy.
Post # 5
I was on BC for ten years and got pregnant a week after I was off. Others take a lot longer to ovulate. It really depends, but I wouldn’t put the things you enjoy doing on hold such as drinking wine because it could take a long time to get pregnant.
Post # 6
Its possible to get pregnant right away, or it could take months to even ovulate again. The only thing I would start doing right away is taking prenatal vitamins with folic acid.
Post # 7
It depends on how long it takes you to ovulate and have a regular cycle. You can ovulate within a week or two of going off the pill or it might take longer to adjust. Only time will tell.
I conceived within 2-3 weeks after stopping the BCP (and I was on for 16 years). And no, you don’t need to cut out booze until you get a + pregnancy test. I would personally enjoy it while you can. I would say the same for caffeine but it depends on how much you drink, as it is safe to have a cup of coffee while pregnant.
I would wait until you miss your estimated period date to test but know that if you don’t get your period or a + test, then you just haven’t ovulated yet and might have longer cycles.
Just take some prenatals and you’re fine.
Post # 8
Thank you all! I guess it’s just an endless list of ‘what-ifs” in this scenario haha. I’m taking prenatals and haven’t changed anything else for now.
I will post updates since so many of us are in the same boat.
Thank you, I’ll have to add that book to my list.