Post # 1
This is my first time trying after coming off BC, NuvaRing, after 7 years, with AF being like clockwork.
I think I O’ed last Monday, 20 June, we BD’d on Suday night and on then again on Tuesday night. On Tuesday, I noticed some brown spotting after BD. I thought it might have been because we might have been too rough or something. But I’ve been spotting/bleeding brown, pink and a little red for the last week, mostly see it when I wipe and haven’t had to use a liner or tampon.
According to my App, AF isn’t due until this weekend, the 1st of July, so I started bleeding a more than a week before it was due. I have not had any of my usual AF symptoms, at all. I am normal really aware that my period is present, I never get painful cramps, just a bloaty sort of feeling I guess. The spotting/bleeding now has not been flowy, or clotty, I really don’t understand what it could be. I thought Implantation bleeding at first, but it seems to be lasting too long for that.
I have been getting butterflies in my stomach after eating certain foods or just randomly, and I have had sore nipples even before I O’ed. I’ve had a few random cramps, but nothing major. Because this is my first month off BC I have no idea what my ‘normal’ is anymore, I guess.
I intend to see a doctor if it doesn’t stop later on in the week. I won’t take a HPT until the day AF is due. I’ve been googling like crazy and can’t really find much to help…
Has anyone had anything like this coming off BC or before BFP?
TLDR: First month off BC. Spotting/Bleeding for a week before AF is due, no usual AF symptoms. Anyone had this before?
Post # 2
I can’t give any advice on how those symptoms could potentially relate to pregnancy, but I can definitely confirm that it is very normal (even expected) to have spotting and different/irregular periods when coming off long-term birth control. The other symptoms (sore nipples etc.) could also be related to the changes/fluctuations in your hormone levels as they even out. It might take a few cycles before you really know what your ‘normal’ is, and for your body to get back to it’s own rhythm.
In the meantime, it’s great to keep a detailed record of what occurred and when, so that you can get on top of your cycles as quickly as possible. Try and be patient while your body adjusts though.
Post # 3
Sounds pretty normal to me, as you just got off BC. It might take a few months for your cycle to regulate. I would count the day when your spotting clearly becomes AF as your CD1.
Your cycle on BC is artificial, and technically you don’t even get a period then, only breakthrough bleeding. So the length of your “cycle” or consistency of your “period” while on BC has nothing to do how it is normally.
Post # 4
Thank you! Not being a real period on BC makes sense to me, I never really though about it like that before 🙂 I’ll be happy when this ‘cycle’ is finished so I can work out what my ‘normal’ is 🙂 Thanks again!
Post # 5
Thank you for that! I didn’t really think of it that way. I was just symptom spotting like crazy and hoping everything would just ‘work out’ in the first month 😛 Thank you again, it’s really helped me calm down and I’ll just go with it and keep a record 🙂
Post # 6
Coming off BC was tough for me. I was nauseous, had spotting, cramping. It all went away after I got my first period off BC. Test when you are late but be mindful that your period may not come when you expect it. My cycle ended up being longer than 28 days.
Post # 7
Thank you for sharing your experience, I really appreciate it. I don’t feel so worried anymore after reading that… it will be good to get through this and just start fresh next cycle. I’m now passing this month off as a ‘sorting myself out’ month 🙂 Thank you again.