(Closed) TTC after continuous birth control? Share your experiences!

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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hafh2016 :  For me the experience has been the complete opposite. I was on the pill for years and usually let myself have a withdrawl bleed 4x/yr or every 3 months (at my Dr’s suggestion). I stopped taking the pill in August 2016 and started temping and using OPKs to try and get pregnant. My cycles have been SUPER long and unpredictable since then and although I have confirmed ovulation (when I do ovulate) and we have timed things pretty perfectly still no BFP. We are scheduled to see a RE next week to try and sort out why I’m not getting pregnant. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I was on the pill for like 14 years with no breaks. I took Seasonique/Seasonale, so I didn’t skip all periods, but I had one every 3 months. I had irregular periods before going on the pill so I was totally worried, but I got regular periods as soon as I stopped and got pregnant within 3 months. There’s really no way to know how your body is going to react!

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I was on BC from the time I was 17 until March of this year (11 years). No pregnancy yet.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was on the pill for 11 years, and it took me a year to get pregnant.  I had irregular cycles and a short luteal phase, and (I have no way to prove this, but) it seemed like my body struggled to regulate hormone levels after getting off BC.  I am now pregnant again and it only took 2 cycles.  I did not go on BC between pregnancies, and I will never go on hormonal BC again.  

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Buzzing Beekeeper

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hafh2016 :  my best friend got pregnant her first cycle off the Pill (never got a period). It took me 2 years and IVF to conceive. It’s a total crapshoot.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I was on the pill for about 15 years (ages 18-33). It took us about 10 cycles to conceive although I started ovulating immediately (confirmed by daily temping). 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I was on the pill for 15 years nonstop. After I got off of it we weren’t TTC, but the one time he didn’t pull out I got pregnant (about 4 months after stopping BC).

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I’ve been on bc pills for years but had some breaks in between. But the last time I was on it 4 years nonstop. When I stopped I got one long cycle and the next one I got pregnant, that one was a really long one too.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I was in the pill for about 11 years. I skipped periods most months due to migraines from withdrawal. I stopped the pill in August 2015 and got pregnant in January 2016. My cycles never regulated but I was using OPKs. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I was on the pill for 8 years. Quit May 2016 and got pregnant October 2016. However, my first cycle didn’t come for like 80 days and cycles were 40ish days after that. I mc that baby, but I don’t think it was related to bcp. Conceived again 6 months after mc. Even if you’re lucky enough to fall pg right away, things happen unfortunately. 🙁 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I would really recommend listening to a podcast by FertilityFriday – there’s one which specifically covers all the research done into TTC immediately after long term contraceptive use.

I think what she said in general is that on average the research showed that those coming off hormonal birth control take twice as long to conceive as those who’ve never been on it (or haven’t for many years). Obviously that’s an average, so some will conceive immediately and some take a long time.

I’m just starting my training into becoming a Fertility Awareness educator, and I’ve been told it’s not uncommon for it to take around a year before your cycles become stable and healthy again. Having a good diet has been shown to help recovery from hormonal suppression though! 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I would really recommend listening to a podcast by FertilityFriday – there’s one which specifically covers all the research done into TTC immediately after long term contraceptive use.

I think what she said in general is that on average the research showed that those coming off hormonal birth control take twice as long to conceive as those who’ve never been on it (or haven’t for many years). Obviously that’s an average, so some will conceive immediately and some take a long time.

I’m just starting my training into becoming a Fertility Awareness educator, and I’ve been told it’s not uncommon for it to take around a year before your cycles become stable and healthy again. Having a good diet has been shown to help recovery from hormonal suppression though! 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

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hafh2016 :  A friend of mine got pregnant within the first month off birth control! But I hear that’s not normal.  Another friend of mine, it took her nearly a year.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

I had been on BC for over 15 years until last October. My husband and I wanted to start TTC in April so I figured it was a good idea to stop BC a few months before and give my cycle some time to regulate itself and whatnot. 

When we started TTC this April, we literally got pregnant on the first try. However, I have no idea if me being a consistent BC user for years had anything to do with it. I think we just got lucky. 

One of my friends was also a consistent BC user and it took her two years to get pregnant. You just never know. 

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