Post # 1
…because we want to begin TTC at the end of this year. Problem is my ‘friend’ is totally erratic =(
I stopped taking the pill back in January, the first month it came after 30 days, the second month, after 35 days, and now this time I am 13 days past due =(…(no I’m not preggers, I took 2 tests in the last 2 weeks, and also we have been ‘safe’).
Before I got on the pill, when I was a still in my teens (got on when I was 18, got off before I turned 28), my periods were regular, so I am super bummed that now I have to deal with this.
Anyway, I called my doctor and she told me that 1 missed period is not the end of the world, that it could take months for my body to get adjusted to being off the pill. I just have to wait it out =(
I guess my question is, for any bees who were regular prior to getting on the pill…how long did it take to for to be regular again?
Post # 3
I went on the pill at 15 and came off at 26. I was regular before then but never went back to anytime of regularity. I charted every month so at least I could see what was going on when my period lengths were all over the place. Well I ovulated 1x in the 7th months and we are expecting. I would recommend charting, it at least helped me to feel somewhat in control and try to understand what was going on with my body.
Post # 4
I went on the pill at 14 for painful periods and came off at 24. It took me about 6 months to regulate. I went off about 5 months before our wedding because we knew we wanted to TTC right after and I didn’t want to worry about the regulation time. My cycles started out really long and gradually got shorter.
Do you chart? I found it extremely helpful in understanding my cycles, and we were lucky to get pregnant two months after our wedding on the second month of charting.
About what your doctor said – if you reach 60 days or so without AF, then they should want to do something to induce your period. My OB said that 60 days was really the cutoff of how long she would let someone go without a period.
Post # 5
I was on the pill for 12 years. I started AF at 13 and was regular, then started running track and didn’t have a period for 5 months. After that, it was completely irregular so I went on BCPs.
When I went off of it, I got sick 5 days later. I almost passed out at work twice and had to be taken to the ER. My GYN thought I was miscarrying but it turned out to be my body having issues with too many hormones. It looked like I had some sort of weird infection…it took a few weeks to adjust. I have been regular ever since…9 years now.
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2011 - Sweet ceremony by the sea and sunset celebration on the North Shore of Hawaii
Welcome, lady! 🙂
I was on the pill for 11 years and was one of the lucky ones who’s AF started up like clockwork once i got off. it may be because my BCP dosage was really low? for all my other girlfriends, it too 6-8 months for their cycles to normalize.
Post # 7
Thanks Bee’s, everyone is being so helpful!
Post # 8
Yup. I was on the pill from 16 to 29. Went off in January and had my first (seemingly) normal cycle last month. You’re not alone!!
Post # 9
I was on the pill for 11 years and it took my body about 8 months to regulate. It was serious torture. I would have 45 day cycles which is incredibly frustrating when TTC.
Post # 10
I was on the pill for about a decade, and my cycle regulated almost right away when I went off of it, but I have lots of friends who took months and months to normalize. And that seems to be more the norm on here, too.
Post # 11
I second the charting advice. I started charting immediately after stopping the pill a couple of months ago, and it has been a great way for me to get to know what my body is up to. That, plus reading TCOYF, which helped me to actually fully understand the menstrual cycle. With charting, I can tell pretty accurately when I ovulated, and it helps me to know when my period is coming. Without that, I know I’d feel kind of nervous and be afraid that my period was going to start unexpectedly, or worry that I was pregnant if it didn’t come when I expected. But now, since I can tell if and when I ovulated, I can predict the period.
Now, charting won’t make your cycles magically be regular, but it might help you feel better about knowing a) what your body is doing, and b) when you can expect your period. It would also be really helpful once you start TTC.
Post # 12
Unfortunately I’m in the same boat! I was fairly regular before I went on the pill. Came off BC in February. 1st cycle was 35 days, and now I’m on day 43 of my second cycle. I am so frustrated, especially because we wanted to TTC starting in June. I haven’t been charting, but I plan on starting after AF shows so I can get a better idea of when to expect her.
Post # 13
I’ve been off the pill for over 18 months and I’m still not entirely regular (29-37 day cycles), although the variation has got smaller over time (I had a couple of 40+ day cycles in the first 12 months).
Post # 14
Thanks Bee’s, it’s really been frustrating. Just have to be patient and will be looking into charting!
Post # 15
I was only on the pill for like 2 years and it still took me nearly 9 cycles to regulate. I was still getting my period, but the cycle length was all over the place. Unfortunately it’s just one of those things that varies so much from person to person.
Post # 16
I haven’t gone off BC yet, but my friend was on the pills for a LONG time, and it took at least 6 months for her period to regulate, but still about a year before she felt completely “normal” again.