Post # 1
I have a bit of a silly question – hoping to get your thoughts. I’m not sure where to post this but thought the TTC ladies would have some good suggestions.
We are going to Mexico with a bunch of friends in November and my period is due two days after we arrive. I really struggle with my period since going off the pill. A couple days before I get lots of pain, mega mood swings and crazy bloating. This doesn’t go away until my period ends 🙁 So you can imagine how much I wish I wasn’t due right at the time we are on holiday.
I have been off hormonal birth control for about 2 years. The reason is that after 16 years of being on the pill I wanted to give my body a break, we also want to have kids so if I accidentally get/got pregnant it won’t be a problem. I am 33 and we will be actively trying to get pregnant next June 2013, shortly after our wedding.
My question is this, should I go back on the pill for so I can control when I’m due? Perhaps Nuvaring is a good option. Is this a silly idea seeing as we will be TTC in less than a year and is it just too risky putting my body through a big hormonal change just for this reason?
I should also mention that I’m also due to have my period around my wedding day so that is going to be a problem for dress fittings etc.
What are your thoughts?
Post # 3
I don’t see any reason you can’t go back on the pill. If I had as many issues with my period as you do, I’d definitely go back on it. My doctor told me once that there is no reason you should ever need a break from the pill, as long as it’s not causing problems for you, you can take it continuously up to menopause.
And when you want to become pregnant, just stop taking it. I have read that you may only have about a two-week delay after stopping before you start to ovulate again. And while ideally you should stop hormonal birth control before trying to conceive, there are MANY babies out there who were conceived right after stopping the pill or even when their mothers were on the pill. My understanding is that there aren’t any studies that show those babies were harmed in any way. I became pregnant at 38 while I was taking the pill (I missed a few!) and my baby was fine.
Post # 4
@FauxBoho: I dont think you should go back on the pill especially after being on the pill for 16yrs. If anything you should use a spermicide and or condoms.
Post # 5
If you’re getting ready to TTC, I wouldn’t bother.
Ask your doctor if maybe there’s something else you can take to help with the pain/bloating/moods? As far as containment, I used the Femmecup when we were in the mountains this summer and it worked so awesome. That might be an option for things like fittings, where you have to strip down to your skivvies and you don’t want wings or a string hanging out. I’d be more concerned about having my period on my wedding *night* 😉
Post # 6
Since it’s not about trying to protect against pregnancy and only about regulating when your period will be, I would see about getting a very low dose pill. If you are truly miserable during your period, then I think it’s worth it to have a good vacation experience and period free wedding. Talk to your doctor about options, mostly doctors will say that it’s no big deal to skip a period or lengthen your cycle artificially.
Post # 7
How was your experience going off the first time? If you seemed back to normal quickly then, it’s lower risk. If you went for months with no period when going off the first time, I’d say stay away from the pill.
Post # 8
I think you would be fine to go back on the pill for awhile. Everything I’ve read says your body adjusts really quickly once you do go off of it, and I have several friends who are proof that it doesn’t take long to begin ovulating again once you stop (I have three who got pregnant within a month!). Also, I’ve been off of it before and went back on (I also have horrible cramps … have had them all my life, and it’s actually why I went on BC in the first place in my early 20’s), and it helped me to have light, manageabe periods really quickly and with no issues. I’m on Beyaz now, which I like, and I plan to go off of it at wedding time and start TTC right away. 😉 Best of luck, and have fun on your vacation!