Post # 1
First time on TTC board. Looking for some words of encouragement, advice, or to hear from anyone else who has gone through this!
I went off my pill mid feb and experienced the regular break through spotting that you get when you screw up your pill mid cycle. I haven’t gotten a period since, (and no I am not pregnant). I went to see an OBGYN last week, had blood work done on June 12, and my FSH levels came back as a 15, which apparently is a good sign that I am ovulating. She said we wont progress with any other tests until Mid-July.
I am still nervous though, I will be happy if I get a period in July, as I will be back to normal, and etremely happy if I get a positive pregnancy test…. but I know how sad I will be if I go another month with no period.
Has anyone else been through this? I would love to hear your stories…
Post # 2
Not TTC, but FWIW when I went off the pill it took me 6 months to get my period back. Now they have been coming monthly 26-29 day cycles. I had regular 30 day cycles prior to the pill with no known issues. I have heard it can take up to a year to get your period back and that is considered normal. However if you are TTC, I don’t blame you for going to the doctor sooner.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2016 - Montego Bay, Jamaica
I quit mid cycle in January and got my withdrawal bleed. It took 111 days to get my period. After that I had a weird 18 day cycle and I just came off of a regular 30 day cycle so it makes me happy I am starting to get shorter cycles. I haven’t ovulated yet though :/
Post # 4
els2016 : tommywantwingy : thank you both! good to know you both went through something similar…
tommywantwingy : did you have your FSH levels tested?
Post # 6
KB87 : I feel you… it’s so annoying not knowing when your cycles will end and when you’ll ovulate etc. I went off the pill in August and since then my cycles have gone like this:
- 42 days – no ovulation
- 68 days – possible ovulation
- 76 days – ovulation – CD 67
- 37 days – possible ovulation
- 72 days – ovulation – CD 61
So as you can see it can be very crazy. Have you been temping or anything? I read Taking Charge of Your Fertility before stopping the pill and started temping and using OPKs right away and I’m thankful that it’s given me a little insight into what’s going on with my body and if I’m ovulating etc. Otherwise I would have gone mad testing to see if I’m pregnant all the time (long cycles are the WORST for that). I’m also going to see a RE next week, which will only be at the 10 month mark instead of the customary 1 year (at least where I live). This is partly because I showed my Dr all my data and said “ok clearly it’s not just my timing, something is up” so at least with all the data I’ve collected I have some legs to stand on.
That being said, it hasn’t been that long. So if you have time, give your body some time to adjust. My only reason for diving into the deep end is because I am trying to get pregnant and deliver before needing another surgery.
Good luck to you!!
Post # 7
It took 10 months for my period to come back. I wasn’t trying to concieve at the time. After 10 months of nothing it came back totally regular and I got pregnant the first month we tried. Now I’m breastfeeding and 11 months postpartum and my period is still MIA. I think maybe some people are more sensitive to the hormones?
Post # 8
My first cycle off the pill was 5 months (150 days) then 80 days now my most recent cycle was 59 days. Its been frustrating but theyre getting shorter and i was able confirm ovulation the last 2 cycles which is good. My friend had a similar pattern and said it took her a year before she settled into a regular cycle length. Its been 9 months for me and im just starting to feel somewhat normal again.
I was on the pill about 15 years and ill never go back on after this! My advice would be to wait it out, try to distract yourself (its hard i know!). Most likely your body just needs time to start producing the hormones on its own.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone! Hearing you all go through something similar makes me feel a lot better. I was feeling like such an annomily after speaking to friends who got their periods back right away. It’s so funny, for some reason I thought “oh, as soon as I go off the pill I will get preganant right away”….The irony of spending all of early adulthood trying NOT to get pregnant, then when you finally want to get pregnant, it’s not that easy at all!
Post # 10
Not to freak you out, but high FSH does not necessarily indicate that you are ovulating – especially in the case that you aren’t getting a period. You can’t get a period unless you ovulate. FSH levels truly aren’t reliable unless you have them drawn at baseline of your cycle (CD 3) because that will indicate your ovarian reserve as well as how hard your hormoenes are working.
Typically, your body produces more FSH to try harder to get a follicle growing – so high FSH levels indicate that you may be having trouble ovulating and your body is working overtime to make it happen. This is common with women who have poor ovarian reserves (not a lot of eggs left) as the body is pumping out estrogen and FSH to grow follicles into maturity.
I would meet again with your OBGYN and ask for provera to induce a period – followed up by baseline tests done to check FSH, AMH, estrogen levels as well as an ultrasound to see how many follicles you have on your ovaries. If you can confirm ovulation, then proceed with a progesterone test 7 days post O. That will give you a better indication of whether you need to see a specialist or just be patient. It can take awhile for your body to regulate after coming off the pill, which is why I suspect that your OB doesn’t want to do anything else until mid-July. However, 5 months without a period or ovulation would be enough time, in my opinion, to move forward with testing.
Post # 11
BeverlyGeese : I’m glad you added that! I was going to say AFC and AMH also need to be checked, especially with an FSH of 15.
KB87 : I second everything BeverlyGeese said above. FWIW, it took me about 4-5 months for my cycles to regulate after being off the pill. It was quite annoying to wait! Every body is different and some take longer. In the meantime I would see if you can get those other tests to get a full picture of your fertility.
Post # 12
I was on the pill for 8 years. When I got off, I finished the pill pack and had the typical withdrawal bleed. I didn’t get my period until 90 some days later! The cycle after that I ovulated on CD28 and fell pregnant. I lost that baby, but my cycles after that were around 42 days. Longer than before the pill, but I’ll take the consistency!
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2014 - Nazareth Hall
els2016 : I went off the pill over a year ago and it wasn’t until I started clomid that my periods came regularly. On clomid I sat around a 35 day cycle, now on letrazole I’m at 28 days. Before that my cycles were anywhere from 70 to 40 days which was insane.
Now we are dealing with some MFI and trying to figure out how to overcome it.
Post # 14
Just an update! I took a progesterone challenge 2 weeks ago and took a clear blue ovulation test today and tested positive for LH surge! Looks like I may be ovulating. I’m not sure – would I test positive on the ovulation test if I wasn’t? I had more blood work done prior to the progesterone challenge and was told all my levels were good for everything – so hoping that it would jump start my system …
Post # 15
KB87 : Ovulation tests do just that – test for a LH surge. While a positive is a great indicator that you are about to ovulate, it does NOT confirm ovulation happens. Some women can get multiple positives in a cycle, some can get the LH/Estrogen surge but not actually release an egg. The only sure way to confrim ovulation is through temping, blood work, or an ultrasound to look for a collapsed follicle/corpus luteum cyst. With that said, most women who get positive tests are in fact, ovulating, and don’t necessarily need to confirm any other way. If you aren’t doing any of the above, then if you do not get your period in about 14 days and/or a positive HPT, then it is possible you just had a false surge.