Post # 1
This is not exactly baby related but I couldn’t decide between this board, wellness or intimacy.
I take BC continuously. I try to take a few days off every 3 months so that I can have a period but sometimes, it just doesn’t come. In researching edometriosis, it says that sex is less painful the week of ovulation but I’m just lost when it comes to determine when I ovulate, if I even do.
Would charting help this? Any other ideas? I’m clueless.
Post # 3
@nyebride: Hmmm, I’m kind of confused as to what the question is, but I’ll take a stab at it.
If you’re still on BC, you don’t ovulate. But I think you’re asking how to determine when you ovulate when you’re off birth control (to get pregnant?). You will probably have to go off your BC for a few months until your periods get regular again. Everyone’s cycle is different, but everyone ovulates 14 days before their next period, so you just need to time it. (ex, if you have a 28 day cycle, you will ovulate on day 14 and if you have a 35 day cycle, you would ovulated on day 21…get it?)
Do you have endometriosis? If so, the continuous BC should be suppressing it ectopic growths of tissue (this is where the pain comes from) so it really shouldn’t matter when you have sex.
Hope that helped.
Post # 4
Is your BCP meant to be taken continuously? Or are you skipping the sugar pills?
I know that it’s very common for women to occassionally (or not so occassionally) skip their sugar pills to avoid having a period, but if this is something you are consistently doing, you should probably talk to your doctor about the effect it is having on your body.
It sounds like you’re concerned about your health, and that is ALWAYS cause to talk with a doctor, doubly so when it concerns prescription medication that you are taking. The medications are designed to be taken a specific way (that’s why they give you a pill for every day, haha, with the date next to it so you can’t forget, even if you’re like me and totally helpless with remembering stuff), and it can be dangerous to adjust the way they’re taken – by skipping pills or “taking days off” or whatever. Please please please talk to your doctor, or at least visit a low income clinic if you don’t have insurance at this time!
Your health isn’t something to take risks with 🙂
Post # 5
@ddw: Obviously I don’t the OP’s specific medical history, but it’s pretty common for physician to prescribe monophasic birth control pills to be taken for 3 months in a row while skipping the inactive tablets. This is definitely pretty common if there is an underlying medication condition. It’s no different than taking a medication like Seasonale.
@nyebride: Charting will probably not be too helpful because birth control suppresses ovulation. I couldn’t tell by your post if you have been diagnosed with endometriosis or just suspect that you may have it. Either way, having a discussion with your physician may be helpful!
Post # 6
It was a doctor that told me to take it continuously, this isn’t of my own doing. Yes I have endometriosis but since I’ve been put on the generic version of Yaz, the pain outside of sex is worse- I am trying to get switched back to Yaz. He said I don’t really need to take a break but every once in awhile the cramping gets SO bad and I am so miserable I stop for a few days when my pack ends to “alleviate” the problem. It seems me having a period creates nice sized polyps in my uterus.
I have to have my breasts checked by a boob surgeon because I have two lumps that have to be checked out until 2 years is up and when she was doing the sonogram last time she said “You’re lumpy today. Where are you at in your cycle? Oh that’s right you take your BCP continuously so you probably don’t keep track.” While it didn’t make sense that you could track when on BCP, I took it from her that there is a way. But I guess not.
Post # 7
I’m currently using the Mirena IUD (getting it out in two weeks!) and have been charting just to get into the habit of it for about the past 3 months or so. Considering how irregular my cycle is due to BC, and the fact that less than half of women on Mirena ovulate, my charts have not been helpful at all. I’d say if you want to chart just to get in the habit of it, go for it. Otherwise, it’s not really going to tell you much since your BC is likely preventing ovulation.
Post # 8
@nyebride: Was the skipping a few days every 3 months also doctor prescribed?
It sounds like your doctor knows your body; why not give her a call to chat about how the medication works and whether there’s any way to track your ovulation while on it?
Post # 9
@ddw: He says taking a break is not mandatory but it’s okay the way I am doing it. I plan on discussing this at my next appointment but just wanted to see if someone else was in the same boat and how they did it.
If things go accordingly I’ll be off the pill at the beginning of next year when we start trying for kids.
Post # 10
I am taking BC continually. I was on Lybrel for a few years (it’s the pill that has no off pills) and now I’m using the Nuvaring for 4 weeks and immediately switching to another. I have endometriosis too and this has helped a lot with period pain but I have some other issues that cause continual pain that doesn’t have to do with my cycle.
Post # 11
@socalmeli: “Everyone’s cycle is different, but everyone ovulates 14 days before their next period…”
This is NOT true. The time between ovulation and the first day of your menstrual period is called your luteal phase, and it is normally between 13 and 16 days. 14 days may be the average, but woman can have shorter or longer luteal phases. For instance, mine is 15 days. Some women who have luteal phases shorter than 10 days have trouble getting pregnant. You are correct in implying that the time between ovulation and the first day of the next cycle is consistent from cycle to cycle, but from woman to woman it could be quite different.
@nyebride: Charting may help you determine when you ovulate, but it would be most accurate without BC pills in your system at all. I’d refer you to Taking Charge of Your Fertilitly, by Toni Weschler. If you search for that book title on the forums here, you’ll find lots of discussion about it.
Post # 12
@Looopy: This book is on my “To buy” list. I am going to have to order it online because all the bookstores I have gone to do not have it.
Post # 13
@nyebride: I also have endometriosis and ran into the same issue. My pharmacy changed me to the generic (they have to per my insurance if one is available) and my symptoms suddenly came back after years of being just fine. My doc put me on a pill that doesn’t have a generic so they can’t switch it on me and I’ve been fine since.
I took regular pills, though, so I had a brief “period” every month. I didn’t have pain though. The BCPs suppress ovulation and keep the uterine lining from thickening, so the bleeding it just a let down from the hormones, not an acutal period. Talk to your doctor. Sounds like you need different intervention. Good luck! I know how much it sucks.
Post # 14
@Looopy: woah sorry, my bad. The ‘medicine’ answer is 14 days.