Post # 1
(Sorry originally posted this in the wrong area).
My husband and I want to start trying to have kids after we return from our honeymoon in July 2013. We will be gone for just over two weeks. I don’t know much at all about TTC. We weren’t really active during our dating relationship (we just got married) and aren’t intimate all the time (a few times a month). I know I have to go off birth control, but I don’t want any side effects of that during my cruise, such as painful periods, etc. How long should a person be off birth control before they start trying? Does conception time vary? I know some people plan out their cycle and approximate time the baby will be born, but I am pretty clueless with stuff like that. Sorry this is a silly question.
Post # 3
@weightwatchers152: I was in a similar situation. Darling Husband and I decided we would try immediately after the wedding but we decided I would stay on BC through the wedding (not go off early to allow time for my body to regulate like some people do) so I wouldn’t get any crazy side effects around the wedding such as acne, weight gain, or mood swings. I also wanted to make sure I wouldn’t have my period on my wedding day! The way my cycles worked out, that meant I had to start a new pack the week of the wedding so I planned to finish out the pack and then we would start trying. However, halfway through the honeymoon we decided there was no need to finish out the pack and I just stopped taking it midcycle. (checked first that this was safe, and was assured it was fine) I was lucky and didn’t get too many side effects from going off BC (a few hot flashes and mood swings) but everyone reacts differently. As for your questions, there is no set amount of time you need to be off birth control before you start trying. I had asked my gyno about it before the wedding and was told it may be harder to pinpoint a duedate if I got pregnant on my first cycle off BC as I wouldn’t know how long my cycles are etc. However that’s fine, they can use ultrasounds to date you later on in the pregnancy if that happened but he also said it usually takes a few months for your body to regulate or to actually get pregnant so chances are that wouldn’t even be an issue. Your own conception time will vary, I think average time to conceive for a healthy couple with no medical issues is 6 months to a year. Of course, some people are lucky and get pregnant the first try and others take longer. It’s also a good idea to take prenatal vitamins for 3 months before you start trying to conceive. Good luck on your upcoming wedding and with TTC as well!