Post # 1
Maybe someone can help me out here.
My husband and I decided I would go off the pill and we would start TTC. I am 32 (no kids) and have literally been on the pill half of my life. Went on when I was 16 and never stopped taking it until now.
I had my last period from the pill (withdraw period) mid November and quit taking the pill after that. I was supposed to start last week and still haven’t. No signs either. I took a pregnancy test on Friday morning, but it said negative.
I don’t think I am pregnant…no signs of that either. I have read online that it can take anywhere from 3-6 months to have a normal period again after going off the pill. But I also read that going off the pill could cause you to ovulate funky and you could be pregnant but the test isn’t picking up on it because maybe you ovulated late.
So confusing! Has this happened to anyone else? Should I take another test?
Post # 3
Your hormones are probably trying to figure out what to do with themselves now that you don’t have the pill regulating them. I was on the pill for 6-7 years and decided to experiment with going off it. It took a few months for everything to even out with my cycle, and I was often late and had spotting here and there in the meantime.
Post # 4
It may take a while for your period to return, and then it may take a little while more before your body gets back in to a consistent cycle.
Post # 5
Its normal to be off cycle when you get off the pill, at least that’s what my doctor said when i decided to go off it last year. She also said that it can’t happen and that i will be regular, which it was the situation with me. I got my first period after the pill right on the 28th day of my cycle. Eveyone is different.
Post # 6
You might want to start taking your temperature every day so you can tell if you ovulated yet and when your period is likely to come. I got off the pill a few weeks ago after being on it for 13 years and my cycle looks like it is going to be a long one. As in 60 days or more long. I still have not ovulated so I know that I’m not pregnant…and I’m so happy I started charting so that I know what is going on with my body. Good luck!
Post # 7
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@birdie724: Your cycle is probably out of whack from just having gone off the pill.
I am ON the pill because I have cysts that cause my period to be all off schedule, could that be a problem?
Post # 8
Dude, I totally just posted a thread almost identical to this! I just came off the pill (after about 10 years) and had my withdrawal bleeding start on Nov. 8th. I was like, 100% sure that I ovulated mid-cycle, right around Day 15, but as it turns out, I’m pretty sure that because I was sick with the flu and a fever, ovulation got delayed pushed out to Day 36…which is making for a loooooong cycle (I’m now on Day 40 with no sign of my period…).
Totally watching this to see what people say–good luck!!! 😀
Post # 9
@birdie724: I went through the same thing a few months ago! I posted about it here. I would definitely recommend charting your temperature if you are up for it. My first cycle ended up being 52 days and my second was 47. Charting really took the guess work out of it!
Post # 10
I agree that charting can definitely help. Once you’re off of birth control, your body has to remember how to ovulate again and this often delays it by days or weeks. I ovulated CD18 my first cycle off of BCP and CD15 the second, so it’s getting more ‘normal’. Luteal phase should be more standard of around 9-16 days. (My first was 9, second was 14). Often luteal phases are shorter after coming off of BCP and take a couple cycles to lengthen (they should get to at least 12 days). Charting is the only way you can know for certain that you ovulated, and then you should get your period 9-16 days after that. Keep taking a test once a week until you get to CD60, and then you can go to the doctor and they can give you a prescription to jump start your cycle so you’ll get your period and then will hopefully ovulate.
Post # 11
it can taka anywhere from a month to a year for your menstrual/ovulation cycle to regulat after being on the pill. start charting so that you can figure out where you are and what your body is doing.