Post # 1
Here is the internal debate I’m having, and I know that everyone is different so I just thought I’d get some opinions. We are going to start TTC in Sept. and just like everyone else here, I’m praying it ‘sticks’ that first month! 🙂 I’m wondering if I should go off the pill next month (Aug) or just continue until Sept when we are really going to TRY. I have some friends that went off and got pregnant right on that first cycle, and my doctor said that is fine since the half life of pills is so short now. Then you hear that you should be off for a couple months. I guess my fear with going off just one month before TTC will cause me to have wacky periods and that will prolong us getting pregnant. I’m going to use Fertility Friend too for charting to help. I know, over analyze much?? 🙂 Any advice is welcome!
Post # 3
I went off in April, and we started trying in June. I was lucky enough to get Pregnant right away.
If you want to start in Sept, I would stop this month to try and get your cycle normal.
Post # 4
I went off in early June to start trying in September. For me, I was just done with taking the pill. I wanted to get at least one period before trying. It’ll end up being 3 cycles before we start trying on our timeline. Were your cycles regular before birth control? If they were, you’ll most likely ovulate on a normal schedule and could get pregnant right away. However, some women don’t ovulate for two months going off of the pill. It’s really up to you. Personally, I would let your body adjust a bit pre-TTC post birth control pill. I gave my body some time to get used to working the way it should before trying.
Post # 5
We’re not trying until November, but I am already off the pill now, I actually stopped at the beginning of June. I went with the recommendation from my doctor to stop about 6 months before and start taking some prenatal vitamins too.
Post # 6
It’s suggested by most Dr.s to stop the BC atleast 3 months prior to trying and starting on prenatals like ^^ said. But if you don’t want to wait that long you should for sure have atleast 1 regular cylce before starting.
Still some women take a really long time to get a regular cycle and level back out.
The last mth I was on BC was May (ending on the 21st)… Had my regular cycle in June.. and get my bfp this month.
If your body takes time to get back to normal that’s okay… hormonal BC may not seem like a big thing but it has a huge effect on how the body functions… sometimes it just take some time.
Goodluck and RELAX!!!!! 😉
Post # 7
I went off 3 months beforehand, per my doctor’s request.
Post # 8
i’m going off now to start trying next spring. i’m just over taking BCP and the reason I really started on it 10+ years ago was for my skin. Well now I’m just terrible at remembering, so my skin is breaking out anyway. I figure it’s better to let me body regulate (and deal with any breakouts) now, rather than in the spring, when i’m sure i feel stressed, etc. bc we’ll be trying! don’t want too many hormonal changes all at once.
Post # 9
I went off a year beforehand and I’m so glad I did. It took me months to get my period and then establish some kind of “regularity” to my cycles. I never even became fully regular but much more so than I was the first half of the year. It would have taken us way longer to get pregnant if I hadn’t gone off when I did. I’d recommend going off as soon as you can. You just never know what will happen.
Post # 10
Doctors will say 3 months. It allows for the lining of your uterus to thicken enough to carry a child. If you do not wait it increases your risk of miscarriage.
Post # 11
I went off in July, we started trying in October.
Post # 12
I stopped taking the Pill mid Feb and we started trying April.
Post # 13
My docs told me just to go off the pill when I was ready to TTC – nothing about needing to wait 3 months (and FWIW my husband is a doc and said the same thing). So that’s what I did.
BUT, I did get pregnant in our second month of TTC and miscarried. I was very concerned that it was because I had just gone off the pill (as mwitter suggested). I spoke with two different doctors and both of them dispelled me of that notion…so I’m not sure what I think about that.
Definitely speak with your doc and partner about this, though. In retrospect I would have gone off earlier to get a sense of my cycles since they were/have been different since going off the pill.