Post # 1
So, I went off the pill about 5 months ago now after being on it for 10 years. I am hoping Darling Husband and i can try to concieve after this summer. But my cycles have been alternating between 22 and 26 days and my periods are literally only 2 days. I recall my periods being 5-7 days prior to ever taking BC, and while on BC they were 4-5 days long. My mom and sister both state theirs are very short and always have been, like 2-3 days tops…but again, this wasn’t the norm for me 10 years ago, mind you I was 20 then, I”m 30 now.
I was worried I might have gotten pregnant and not realized it or that I wasn’t ovulating or that I’m just too old and took the pill for too long and now nothing is going to work right. So I did see the doctor and she told me not to worry, that things should go back to normal within 6 months and that If I want to get pregnant I should just go on vacation. =/ She confirmed I wasn’t pregnant, and she did some research and found the average timeframe for women who get off the pill to resume ovulation is about 3-6 months….or often less than 3 months for many of them.
She checked my thyroid which was normal, and said there is no reason for futher testing until I’ve been activley trying to concieve for at last 6 months or so…
Darling Husband and I are holding off until I graduate from my school program this summer..so I’ve just been preparing myself by getting off hormonal contraception, eating better, taking the right supplements, etc….but now I’m worried nothing will work right.
Just the other day (might be TMI) but I bleed a bit unexpectedly during intimacy on day 19 of my cycle…it stopped right after but this kind of thing frustrates me even more, just worrying something is wrong…when all these things are happening that never happend before when I was on the pill.
My skin is terrible too now…=
Anyone else out there concieve after being on the pill for so long?
Post # 3
@fresitachulita: i was on the pill for 11 years and it took me 8 months of trying to get pregnant for my son ; ) it will happen.
Post # 4
Have you read this thread yet? It might help answer some of your quetions:
Having a light period doesn’t necessarily mean anything is wrong. It’s also not uncommon to have different cyle lengths, particularly when you first come off the pill and your body is trying to regulate itself.
I highly reccomend you get a copy of “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” and give it a read. I know a lot of us really swear by this book, because it is really easy to read, straightforward, and also answers a lot of questions and myths about TTC and lady cycles. lol.
Then, if you’re still worried about whether or not your ovulating, you can always chart and use OPKs to confirm. I, like you, was worried about becoming normal after so many years on hormonal birth control. So I had my Mirena taken out pretty early – around 10 months before we start actively TTC – and am charting. This is my first month charting, and while I think I missed the day I was going to ovulate for OPK, my temp shift does confirm that I probably ovulated. It’s reassuring.
The length of your cycle isn’t always the same, because your ovulation can occur on different days. Generally though, you Luteal Phase (third phase – after ovulation) will be about the same amount of days every month.
Good luck! and Congratulations!
Post # 5
Your body can change a lot in 10 years, and while you’re on the pill those changes are masked, so you don’t have a chance to become familiar with them. I was on the pill for 7 years and my cycles were not the same off of the pill as they were before starting it. We waited 8 months after coming off of it before TTC and I got pregnant the first month trying. Good luck!
Post # 6
I was on the pill for 8+ years and stopped taking it just before I turned 29. My periods after the pill were much shorter and lighter than I was expecting, but I began charting and confirmed that I was, in fact, ovulating. We began TTC three months later and conceived on our second cycle trying.
Charting is fairly simple and you can find a lot of information about it on the boards. I highly recommend trying it if you want a better idea of if/when you are ovulating.
Post # 7
@Mrs.LemonDrop: and @bunnymama: +1
The bleeding during/after sex could also be from your husband bumping your cervix. It could also have been caused by ovulation.
Before you freak out, check out Taking Charge of Your Fertility and try charting, like PPs recommended. It will help you see if you’re ovulating or not, or if you’re having sex at the right times.
Also, I hate when people, especially doctors, say crap like, “Just relax!” or “take a vacation” to women who are TTC. It’s not helpful advice, and I find it to be very patronizing.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone..I”m sure it will be okay…I’ll be patient.