Post # 1
Any experiences to share about how your body reacted to going off birth control pills?
I’ve been on birth control pills for the majority of my adult life (with a few breaks), Yaz for a little over 2 years. My periods have always been like clockwork, on and off bc, and usually short (3 days) and light. On Yaz, I haven’t had a period since December 2008.
I’m getting married in 5 weeks (!) and was considering finishing my current pack (3 weeks left), and not starting another (to prepare for ttc). By my math, assuming I ovulate normally, I should be ovulating the weekend of my wedding.
So, here’s the concern: I don’t want any miserable side effects competing with the wedding & honeymoon (acne, bleeding, etc.). I don’t remember any weirdness when I’ve gone off before, but since I’ve not had a period at all in 2 years, I’m nervous.
So, I’m trying to decide whether I should wait until after the wedding. Any tips?
Post # 3
For me, going off them is a lot like getting on them. I had tons of moodswings that I couldn’t really control, but my periods stayed relatively normal.
Post # 4
I’m not TTC right now, but I’ve been on and off BC before. It definitely caused my body to react- I get more acne and much heavier, longer, and more painful periods. Just switching ‘off’ weeks on BC a few months before my wedding I had a period for 2 weeks straight. Everyone reacts differently, but personally I wouldn’t risk it before your wedding. You’re going to have enough stress without having to worry about side effects of going off BC.
Post # 5
I’ve been on BC constantly since age 19. My doctor recently wanted me to have a period or two. It was just like i remember–awful cramping, bloating, nauseous from the pain, and lots of cravings and crabbiness to go with it. I also got canker sores and acne due to the hormonal fluctuations. It was all WTF and I told my Dr i wanted to go back on BC full time because i hated having my period so, so much and wasn’t accustomed to it.
I would wait until after your wedding to stop the BC. It’s been SO long since i’ve had a real period and i was really blown away by how ‘extreme’ it felt compared to the last few years of my life on birth control. and the acne was awful–i developed cystic acne mostly and it’s the WORST
Post # 6
@faye0314: that’s exactly what Fiance said, “are you just looking for another thing to stress about?” lol he knows me so well.
Post # 7
For me, my first period off BC is miserable. (I’ve been off and on several times for various reasons.) Cramps are horrible. Period lasts longer. I start breaking out because of the change of hormones. And for some reason my face and hair get super oily. I’m sure that has something to do with changing hormones as well. I also have mood swings. Basically, that month is not a good month at all. If you don’t know how you’re going to react to going off the pill, then I would wait until after the wedding just in case.
Post # 8
I agree with Boston Bee above, first period off had very bad cramping, since then it hasn’t been so bad. My cycle has stayed relatively the same, very regular. I don’t know how much it helped that I finished off the pill pack and didn’t stop in the middle of one.
I was not one of lucky ones to get pregnant right off the pill, 5 months later we are still trying. We didn’t have the option of going off of it around the wedding, due to insurance, but would have loved a honeymoon baby.
There are definitely pros and cons to stopping it now vs. waiting until after the wedding.
Post # 9
I would wait until the wedding, and then finish the pack. No need to add anything to worry about before the wedding, and I don’t know why exactly, but I’d rather finish a pack and not stop in the middle of it.
Post # 10
I am on BC because my periods are terrible without it. I wouldn’t go off myself because every time I do, my skin goes out of control and the cramps are horrendous.
Post # 11
Reactions are probably different for everyone. You may want to consider just staying on the pill until after wedding. Who knows what the fluctuation in hormones will do to you combined with the stress and excitement of your upcoming nuptials.
Post # 12
My skin FREAKED OUT when I went of BC! It lasted for about a month, and then my body finally realized, “OK, this is what we’re doing? Fine.”
Post # 13
I agree with others, just wait til after the wedding! Your periods can be totally wacky after you go off, and I’d hate for you to have it during your wedding or honeymoon or both! good luck ttc! 🙂
Post # 14
I didn’t have many symptoms in the first 2 weeks, my face didn’t freakout until about a month after. I actually stopped mid-pack during my honeymoon…this allowed me to ensure no period during honeymoon and no side-effects early. I started my period about 5 days after quitting mid-pack…just about the same as when I would’ve started during my placebo week.
The only side-effect I had right away was crazy headaches…they weren’t like migraines, like were like when you are de-hydrated and light-headed, but they made it really hard to concentrate on anything.
Post # 15
@JaneyD: i’ve heard about such headaches, crazy.
Thanks all for talking some sense into me. Waited this long, what’s another month?
Post # 16
I went off BC right before my wedding. I had my period on my honeymoon but it didn’t matter because it was so short and light. It only lasted for two days. We were gone for a total of about three weeks, so two days of non-honeymoon intimacy was ok! We were eager to get my body back to normal after being on BC for so long that we decided it was worth the risk. I did notice some emotional disruptions from my hormones sorting themselves out but it was all ok.
I think it really depends on the purpose of going off BC. Do you want to get pregnant soon? Or just be off of it again? If you want to get pregnant soon, I’d get off it as soon as your pack is finished and get the process started! I also suggest talking to your GYN about it too. I did and she had great advice for me (go off BC and wait for three months before TTC, get the whooping cough vaccination, take pre-natal vitamins, etc.).
Good luck and congratulations on your wedding!