(Closed) Taking myself off the pill after 11 years, nervous!

posted 7 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@wifeyoneill21:  I’m not there yet, but after this summer I will be off of it after 14 years! EEK. SOOO NERVOUS. I have a few friends who got preggo within 2-3 months after they stopped. Let us know how it goes!!

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@wifeyoneill21:  I actually just saw my gyno today, and she said the most people on the pill don’t have alot of problems when they go off unless they were skipping periods when not on the pill (i.e., their cycles were off pre-pill), but there are no guarantees.

She also warned me that I’ve been spoiled with shorter periods on the pill, so I need to be prepared that “normal” periods are 5-7 days. (Boo!)

Best wishes! Maybe we’ll end up on the same mommy-to-be boards.Smile

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

Has anyone tried easing yourself off it? Like taking it only every 2nd day one month, every 3rd day the next, every 4 days, and so on? Maybe the transition would be easier? Or chopping up an already tiny pill into smaller pieces and having one piece per day? I dunno, just freewheeling here. This is the sort of thing I may try when the time comes to stop the pill.

Post # 20
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I went off the pill last month after 15 years on it, and I haven’t noticed any significant changes. My period is late but that’s not really surprising to me as it was never very regular before I was on the pill either.

I wouldn’t try tapering it. I would think that would just confuse your body even more.

Post # 21
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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cherrypie:  That is so awesome to hear! I know people who don’t have “problems” when on BC often think that everything is awesome. So it’s nice to hear that someone experienced better quality of life once they came off, without even thinking things were bad to begin with. Does that make sense?<br /><br />I personally have had my IUD in for 5 years (and was on BC pills for 7+ years before that) and have an appt to have it removed next month. I know that doctors swear the IUD doesn’t contribute to weight gain or anything else but I’m super excited to see how my body does when I’m off of it all.

Post # 22
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

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gingerkitten:  That sounds like a bad idea to me.  BCP are meant to be taken everyday.  All you’ll end up with is breakthrough bleeding and a body that is probably confused as to why it receives extra hormones one day and not the next (if you’re just skipping days).  I imagine that would make your cycles completely wacky.  It’s not like BCP is addictive or has withdrawl issues–the only reasons I could see to wean yourself off of something.  Weaning (taking half of one a day) may help with side effects (like acne maybe?) and would be better than skipping days but I would talk to a doctor before trying that.

I was on BCP for 16 years and went off it at the end of last June.  I had very wonky (not regular), heavy cycles before being on the pill.  I got pregnant 2 weeks after going off so I guess my body regulated quickly as far as ovulating goes.  Not sure if my cycles normalized over time or what.  I can’t really comment on the quality of life because I went from being on the pill to being pregnant.  I think it is really different for each woman though.  Other than maybe some headaches, I didn’t have any bad side effects from BCP.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I just went off the pill last week….not starting a new pack on Sunday was very odd!  Good luck!

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