Post # 16
mazzoffee: We went off as soon as we could be okay with getting pregnant and about 6 weeks before wanting to conceive. My body took 47 days to have a withdrawal bleed and I still haven’t ovulated (CD14 of 1st real cycle, close to 2 months off of the pill). It is taking my body time to regulate, so I wish we would have gone off sooner.
Post # 17
Went off in April and conceived accidentally in June. We were planning to wait until fall. The first few montha off bc you are supposedly more fertile.
Post # 18
2 months before TTC, after being on it 15 years. And yes you can get pregnant right away.
Post # 19
I stopped the pill in August 2013 for non-TTC reasons. I was only having a period about every 3rd or 4th off week, and my depression was getting the better of me. I’ve been irregular since, but I took an emergency contraceptive pill 3 times last year, and those probably contributed to my cycle remaining wonky. I have about a 30-40 day cycle right now, and am scheduled to talk to a doctor about that soon. We’re still not TTC.
Post # 20
I got off BCP after about 13 years of using it (I’m 31) in the beginning of October and I had my first BFP on Thanksgiving. So it took me one cycle and we got preggers on the second cycle!
Post # 21
Thank you all so much for your advice and of course, sharing your personal stories. We are planning on TTC with charting etc from April but if we fall end Feb or March we will be JUST ok with my job, so seems like getting off now makes sense. A couple of months of condoms won’t hurt :0p
and whoever suggested a check up, that’s a great idea, thanks! I never really thought of that but with being on the pill for so long, you just don’t really know what your body is like. I think I’ll finish this packet (2 weeks) and in the meantime make an appointment.
For all those still trying, or starting soon, good luck!!!!!!
Post # 22
mazzoffee: When you go off BC but before TTC I’d keep notes on symptoms throughout the month so you know what your “normal” is…..it will help with symptom spotting once you do TTC. I sometimes try to think back about “was X a normal thing” and wish I had some sort of notes to self when I wonder if its a symptom of early pregnancy vs PMS.
Post # 23
meadow_jersey: great idea. Thank you! Maybe I’ll download an ovulation app now too, just to get used to my ‘norm’.
Post # 24
I would recommend getting a physical done NOW, and mention to your doctor that you plan on TTC soon. Make sure they test your blood for immunity to German Measles. If you are not immune, you cannot get the vaccine while TTC (they say to wait at least one full cycle) or pregnant due to risk of miscarriage and birth defects. If you’re tested now, you’d be able to get the vaccine right away, so it wouldn’t interfere with your TTC plans. I didn’t find out until after I was pregnant that I was no longer immune, so now I have to be vaccinated after I give birth, and the baby won’t get the full protection of me being vaccinated.
Post # 25
I had been on the pill for about 7 years and finished my last pack in October to prepare to TTC in January. So I am now on my third cycle off the pill and first cycle TTC. For November and December we used a mix of condoms and pull out method.
Post # 26
I went off on Nov 22, had a withdrawal bleed right away, then a 32 day cycle. My doctor told me it’s normal for it to take 4-6 months to get your period back after stopping BCP so I was super happy to get mine not too late.
This is month #2 of TTC for us- keeping fingers crossed 🙂
Post # 27
gosh, we aren’t TTC, but I have come off the OCP – and have had 1 AF in 5.5 months! Jealous of all you ladies that have functioning hormones! 🙂
Post # 28
mazzoffee: i stopped taking the pill in March. My period regulated ajd came on average every 32-34 days
Started trying in October, I am now 12 weeks pregnant
Post # 29
Medically speaking, you only have to stop the pill 14 days before TTC if your period is every 28 days. If for e.g. it is every 30 days, then its 15 days before! Also, you are most fertile the first 14 days after you stop the contraceptive pill (Im a pharmacist).
Post # 30
diddles112230: I’ve been off the pill since September and no AF! Luckily it was a bit earlier than we really wanted to try, so I have some time to try to figure things out. Any idea what’s going on with you??