(Closed) Questions about quitting birth control and TTC

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I would go get a check up with your doctor, and start prenatals this summer! In regards of going off the pill, no one can really give you that answer. I was on BC since I was 15 (now 27) and went off in the beginning of July 2016, I had my withdrawl bleed, 28 days later had a period, and 28 days later had a period, and then got pregnant at the beginning of September; my body literally didnt need time at all to “get regular” or anything, I went off, became regular and got pregnant quickly.But you will also hear likely from other women how it took months to get a regular period or start to ovulate, etc. Everyone is different!

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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dannytanner :  I was in a similar situation (age and time on the pill), and I quit taking it in August. I was hoping to be one of the lucky ones that got pregnant right away (baby fever is no joke!) but like most, my body needed time to regulate. In hindsight, I wish I’d quit the pill earlier. I believe the average is 3 months/cycles to get back on track after quitting. My first cycle was 42 days, then 39 and then 36. I just got my BFP yesterday and am praying it sticks. Anyway, if you know you’ll have baby fever and don’t want to wait once you decide you’re ready, I’d let your body regulate before TTC and use condoms.

PS They say to start taking prenatals 2-3 months before TTC but if you aren’t on the pill it’s a good idea to take them just in case. They’re also great for your hair, skin and nails so I think of it as a win-win! Oh and good luck!!!

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

plenty of people get pregnant the month after they go off the pill, but 3 months before is usually enough time for your body to regulate.

start taking a daily multivitamin now, preferably a prenatal.  can’t hurt. and doesn’t harm anything.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Technically you can get pregnant right after you stop the pill. I was on BCP (othro 777) for 10 years when I was told to stop because my migraines were getting worse. My hubby and I were in different cities so I didn’t bother with other forms of birth control. Well, the first month off my pills I got pregnant (I saw him one weekend!). So if you stop the pill but definitely don’t want to get pregnant right away, use protection like a condom

You should take prenatal vitamins at least 3 months before conceiving. You want to make sure your folic acid levels are good. Low folic acid has been implicated in spinal bifida. Prenatal vitamins also have extra iron – which many women are low in 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

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dannytanner :  A friend of mine went off birth control and got pregnant that month.  I think that’s unusual but I would just stop taking BC, and wait for your period to resume normally without a pill letting your body have a period.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Take prenatals starting three months before you TTC. I got of BC in March and conceived in August (first month of trying). It depends on type of birth control but I’d give myself at least 3-4 months to track my cycle (use an app like Ovia or Fertility Friend) before TTC. This way you’ll have a good sense of when you’re ovulating which is essential info for making a baby! Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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dannytanner :  Before I went on BCP, my cycles were irregular, and my periods were incredibly painful and heavy. I went on BCP for a little less than two years after I got married. I knew I wanted to start TTC in the fall of 2016, so I stopped taking BCP February 2016 to give my cycle a chance to get its act together before TTC. However, immediately after getting off BCP, my cycles became regular (26-27 days), much lighter and shorter periods (4days including spotting guaranteed) and with very little cramps. It’s amazing. All this to say, that BCP affects your hormones so much that you really don’t know what your cycle is going to look like after BCP until you get off. For me, it was wonderful!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

You can get prenatals over the counter, amazon, etc.  Your period might be regular now that you aren’t a teenager anymore.  It’s hard to say until you get off it though.  I’d wait until 3ish months before you plan to TTC or else you need to use condoms or chart and avoid sex.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

I got pregnant the first month off the pill too ๐Ÿ™‚  Prenatals are always good (you just get them at any drug store) although I didn’t start mine until I got the positive test and my baby is perfectly heathy.  Good luck!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

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dannytanner :  Yes!  And i was 35!  I thought I needed some time to get my cycle on track, etc., so got off the pill before I really technically wanted to be pregnant and then BOOM!  Felt kind of stupid about that after the fact.  But it worked out well – best thing that ever happened to me!  Just be aware that you can be very fertile that first month off!

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