(Closed) TTC after taking birth control?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

My friend JUST got pregnant last week (March 2013). She was on BC pills for 11 years. She stopped taking them in January 2012…! She’s 27, her husband 31, neither had fertility problems, but it took her longer than usual to start ovulating normally again. Her doctor said it has do to with how regular your ovulation is prior to taking BC pills. Since her’s was irregular, it took her longer, but if your’s are regular, you should be able to conceive after a month or two.

Her doctor also said that it was good that she didn’t conceive right away, as apparently the foetus can have some problems if there are some hormones left in your system (kind of makes sense). You should verify that with your doctor, but maybe consider using another method of BC for the first month after you stop the pill. 

I think it’s probably a good idea to get off it a few months before TTC, just in case. Your body goes through quite some hormonal changes when you start/end the pill, so although I don’t have evidence to back this up, I wouldn’t want to go through those changes on top of the hormonal changes of carrying a child.

Good luck! You must be excited ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Most doctors recommend 3 months (mostly due to their ability to know that you can ovulate and so they can getting a better EDD) but lots of women have healthy pregnancies that occur the month they go off BCPs.  Unless you are aware of fertility problems before starting BCPs, you will more than likely not have a problem.  It is considered normal to take up to 1 year to conceive once you start trying.

I always say that unless you know of a specific reaon you might have trouble conceiving (you have a history of PCOS, non-ovulatory cycles, etc…) enjoy the first 6 months of finally getting to have unprotected sex and then worry about ovulation predictors and temping.  That way you and your husband can have fun and enjoy a stressfree period of time TTC before the temping and testing and scheduling that you may not even need.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Me! me! LoL

I took the pill for 11 years before I got off last year to begin TTC. We used condoms at first because I wanted to regulate my cycle, even though my gyno said I didnt have to wait and that it could take 6 months to get back to my normal cycles. Anyway, I think I had 1 cycle that was 35 days (the first one off the pill) the rest were like 45-60 days. So Darling Husband & I decided after a few months to just go for it, and then as soon as we stopped condoms..bam! Positive pregnancy test :). 

Also, one of my friends was on the pill for 12 years and got pregnant the month after she got off the pill. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Oh and just as @arathella:  said, I’d like to add that I definitely dealt with hormonal changes getting off the pill. I had hot flashes and mood swings..they lasted 1-2 months from when I stopped the pill! So consider getting off a little before TTC to balance out those hormones, your body will be in a bit of a shock after having been on synthetic hormones for so long. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have been on the pill for about 16 years and got pregnant 1.5 months after going off it.

I felt exactly the same on the pill as off the pill.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I wasn’t on it quite that long, but it was at least 8 years. I stopped taking the pill last April, gave my body a few months to regulate, started trying in July, conceived in August.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was on the pill for 12 years and got pregnant my first cycle off (and I was 30)!  The bottom line is, it’s different for everyone – yes, there are lots of women out there who it takes several cycles to regulate and then there are others who it happens almost immediately.  Getting off before you are really officially TTC certainly can’t hurt, as long as you are also mentally prepared that it COULD happen any time after that point. =)

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Was on the pill for less time (5 years) but got pregnant first cycle off. It’s out of your system in less than a week.

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