(Closed) When did you stop taking BC before TTC? and Why?

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
33 posts

My doctor said the same thing. She said to stop taking it when we were ready but be prepared that it might take 1-3 months for your cycle to regulate. I think a lot of people stop birth control months ahead of time to allow their cycle to regulate naturally and learn about and track their cycle. Other than that there’s no reason because you can have a perfectly healthy pregnancy the first month after stopping the pill.

Post # 3
2020 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’d say stop your bc when you are ready to be pregnant as it can happen very quickly. 

Post # 4
4227 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I stopped two months in advance, and I did a herbal cleanse to prep my body and balance my hormones prescribes to me by my naturopath who was helping me on my TTC journey, and got my temp-charting established…but that was my choice. It truly can happen right after you got off the pill!

Post # 5
2294 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had my IUD removed 3 months before we started trying.  I wanted to see where my cycle was at and let it regulate since the IUD effectively stopped my periods for the most part.  But that was just preference!

Post # 6
18 posts
  • Wedding: May 2016

I stopped mine about 6 months before we are planning to TTC. Only because I had been on the pill for so long and just wanted to give my cycles a chance to settle down, and start tracking them in preparation for TTC.

We are using another form of contraception in the meantime, because you’re right that it’s possible to get pregnant pretty much straight away after stopping the pill. I know a good few people who have stopped taking it thinking it will be a while before they get pregnant anyway, and then it’s happened straight away and earlier than they ideally wanted!

Post # 7
79 posts
Worker bee

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BiGGraphics22 :  I spoke to my doc and she told me 3 months before is always a good time. I have been on it for 16 years so i decided to go off 4 months before to give my body plenty of time. I dont even remember my cycle off BCP so wanted as long as possible.

Im happy i did and to be honest i wish id gone off it sooner. I have had horrendous time with my cycles being as long at 42 and short as 18. periods being super light and super heavy. Theres been no consistency. We are now in our 7th cycle TTC and ive almost been off for 11 months. its only in the last 2 cycles that it has settled and I have O around CD17 and sitting around 31 day cycles.

I dont think i will ever go back on BCP to be honest now that I know my cycle im confident i can use my chart to avoid after we do have our first.

All the best bee 🙂

Post # 8
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I stopped two months before TTC to make sure my thyroid was regulated before we started.

Post # 9
1031 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I have two friends who got off the pill and almost instantly became pregnant. I got off BC last year myself (2 years before TTC) just due to my migraines and I wanted to make sure everything was “normal”.

Post # 10
1410 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I used to read a lot of these types of post for advice too, but having weighed it all up, decided to wait until I was ready to TTC, so I came off just before my wedding.

My periods came straight back but I’ve had nothing but drama with my health since I came off the pill- 4 months of upset stomach, endless IBS-type symptoms, odd hormonal effects, terrible cramps and pains.  Maybe I’ve been unlucky but I now really wish I’d come off the pill about 3 months beforehand to get tuned into my body and ahead of the game! I’m very early 40s, so maybe that affects my reply. My time and energy is being taken up with worry and getting all this diagnosed, so TTC is being shifted down the priority list when really it should be an emergency!

Your OBGYN is correct so I’d take her advice if she knows your history but I just threw in my story for anyone else reading, in case it helps. Best of luck. I know lots of women who conceived straight off the pill in their early 30s, no problems and couldn’t believe how quick it was. Statistically, that could easily be you!

Post # 11
6107 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

My doctor told me to stop taking BC 3 months before we start TTC. This is mainly so I can track my cycles so when they try to date the pregnancy it’s more likely you’ll get an accurate due date.

Post # 12
136 posts
Blushing bee

I came of BC a year before we planned to TTC as I had been on the pill for quite some time and was on a 12 week cycle pill instead of a four. Everything was normal when I stopped taking it.

Post # 13
9052 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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BiGGraphics22 :  we were planning on waiting one more month to start TTC, but then my period was late while on the pill so I freaked out that I had somehow gotten pregnant already. Turns out I hadn’t, but while we figured it out we decided to not start a new pack. We then just went about our lives as normal haha

Post # 14
15135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I stopped the month before we were ready.  I dont believe the meds stay in your system a while, otherwise missing a pill or two wouldn’t end up in pregnacys!  But I do believe it takes the body a while to regulate, which was true in my case. My 3 cycles  after stopping were 90+ day, 45 day and 90+ days before settling at my “normal” 35-42 days.

Post # 15
2191 posts
Buzzing bee

I stopped about 3 months prior because I wanted to start temping and tracking to see what my cycle was like and if I seemed to ovulate.  Also I was on seasonal 3 month packs so I talked to DH about not starting the next pack when it was time. I am 35, not pregnant yet but my cycles seem normal and when we started sort of trying last month and really trying this month I knew the exact time frame I would be fertile.

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