(Closed) What to expect the first month off BCP

posted 8 years ago in Babies
  • poll: When would you go off birth control?
    Immediately : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Finish the pack : (10 votes)
    25 %
    Wait until after the wedding : (28 votes)
    70 %
  • Post # 3
    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    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
    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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
    14183 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    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 # 7
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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
    948 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    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
    1854 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    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
    18637 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    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
    1641 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    570 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2009

    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
    91 posts
    Worker bee

    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
    2538 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    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 # 16
    323 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    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!

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