Post # 1
If everything goes according to plan we are hoping to start ttc in sept/octish so we will have a baby next summer (I am a teacher so would like to shoot for a June/July baby so I don’t miss alot of work). Right now I am on the pill, but usually don’t get my period, every once in a blue moon i do. So my question is when should I stop taking the pill, and start taking prenatal vitamins?
Post # 2
It’s never a bad idea to start taking prenatal vitamins ASAP. I would speak to your doctor about going off of the pill; I have heard conflicting information about the delay in time to start TTC after going off HBC. Also; I hope that you don’t have any difficulty TTC but there really isn’t anyway to predict when you’ll get pregnant, even with charting.
Post # 3
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You should start taking prenatals a few months before TTC because it takes the folic acid awhile to build up to optimal levels in your body. I’d suggest going off of the pills at least a few months before you want to start TTC because it may take your body a little while to regulate and with such a tight timeframe of when to conceive you will want to make sure your body is ready when you are. Charting once you stop the pills might also benefit you because of your tight timeframe- knowing exactly when you ovulate before TTC would help increase your liklihood of conceiving when you want to.
Post # 4
I would start the vitamins asap. My doctor told me to go off the pill a couple month before we start TTC. She said that’s mainly because it takes a couple months to regulate your period after you go off the pill, depending on how long you’ve been on the pill. She said if I got pregnant right away it would be no big deal.
Post # 5
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Pretty much now. Many women can take a up to a year to get regular cycles again after stopping hormonal contraception. And continue to use a barrier method (i.e. diaphram or condoms) until you’re readty concieve.
For prenatals, really any time is fine, it’s essentially a multi vitamin with folic acid, so there’s no harm in taking it now just in case your barrier method fails. But, definitely start at least 3 months prior to actively ttc.
It’s also a good idea to start tracking your cycles to help give yourself a better idea of how your body is responding once off the B/C. For example, my husband and I have only been actively trying since last fall, but I’ve been tracking for about a year. After 2 very long (70+days) cycles, I called my doctor and he brought me in for some tests and it turns out I have PCOS so I’m starting Provera and Femara on my next cycle to help speed up the process.
My husband travels most of the summer months for his work (up to 5-7 weeks at a time), so we were hoping to concieve in the fall/winter months when timing would have been a bit easier, but that didn’t happen for us, so now we’re having to try and time my cycles and fertile window around his travel schedule which is both incredibly difficult and very expensive because we will often have to fly him home for my fertile windows. If I had gone to the doctor sooner, we would have found the cysts last fall and then we could have had our original timing. So tracking can be a huge help if you’re working within a timeline.
Post # 6
If you don’t have a reason not to, why don’t you just go off the pill now? It can take some women a year for their periods to regulate- and it is easier to time things if you’re regular. For me- my periods never regulated but I did get pregnant. I went off in July and am about 5 wks now. Did you get periods when you were off the pill? You said you don’t really get them now.
I was told by a few doctors because I had a healthy diet just to take folic acid when TTC. I started prenatals the day I got my bfp. But really, there’s no harm in taking prenatals when TTC
Post # 7
Yes, I got them regurlarly before I went on the pill, about 5 years ago? I did mention to my doctor that I dont get them now that I am on the pill, he basically stated that is not unusal for someone of my weight, I also read that it can be difficult to get prego if you don’t have a regaular period.
Post # 8
I second others who have said to start prenatals and stop birth control soon. I went to my OBGYN in August to talk about TTC this coming Sept/October (My husband and I are also teachers and were thinking a summer baby would be ideal). My doctor said to finish the bottle of regular vitamins I was using and then start prenatal. She also said that I didn’t need to stop birth control until the month before we wanted to concieve. However, from all of my reading on here and because I hoped it would raise my sex drive, I told her I wanted to stop then, so I did. I started charting so I’d know my fertile window when it was TTC time. My period still isn’t regular now. I have had one “period” brought on by Provera because I hadn’t had one in 90 days (and no signs of ovulation). Then I had a 50 day cycle. Now, I just ovulated on day 35 of this cycle. I am SO glad that I did not wait until we were ready to TTC to stop birth control.
I also want to put in my two cents about timing to the school year thing because I have put a lot of thought into it. As I mentioned, we originally had the same timeline as you. However, we decided to start NTNP in January (though since I’m charting, it’s more like he’s NTNP and I’m TTC, which he is totally fine with!). We realized that it would put SO much pressure on that one or two cycles to concieve if we were planning for the summer. If it takes a while to concieve, that will be stressful enough without trying to plan it around the school year. We keep reminding ourselves that we are important and that sometimes we have to put ourselves/our family before our jobs (which is something we teachers are netoriously bad at).
Post # 9
My OB/Gyn told me that I needed to have 2 cycles off of BC before TTC.
Post # 10
I went off the pill last year because I knew it would take my body a while to recover. For some people it won’t take quite as long. I’ve always had strange cycles and irregular periods. It also took me several months to get my sex drive back and my hormes to sync.
Last month I started charting and temping so when the time comes I’m less stressed about it. I will begin prenatals in August and we’d like to concieve sometime after Oct.
Post # 11
Also keep in mind some people DO conceive first month off BC so if you aren’t ready to have a baby and want to come off it, make sure you use other forms of contraception.
Post # 12
Don’t get off BC until you are ready to have kids. I was on BC for 10 years and got pregnant on my first cycle off.
Post # 13
DH and I are both teachers, as well. We were planning for a March baby (so I could be out the rest of the year and then the summer). We started trying and it took us 4 months, and we’re due at the end of June. We were charting and timing, and it still took a few months.
I went off BC about a year and a half before we started actively trying. I just didn’t refill my prescription when it was due, but we didn’t end up trying for awhile. I didn’t start charting until months later, so I don’t know how long it took to re-regulate.
I took prenatals for 6 months before we started trying.
Post # 14
I really can only let you know from my experience with long cycles. First off start taking a prenatal pill everyday, a lot of doctors reccomend this for anyone of childbearing age. I went off the pill late november 2014 and had a withdrawal bleed December 5th. I charted and did not ovulate until CD 53 which was January 29th. 5 day later I had an already scheduled appt at obgyn to talk about my long cycle and she put me on metformin. I ended up with a BFP that cycle, about 4 days after that doctors appt, which was just incredibly lucky BD timing since, but who knows how long the next cycles would have been and how long it could have taken me, if ever, to regulate to a normal length.
Good luck to you and your journey, I highly reccomend charting and visiting the ladies over at Charters Of The Hive thread!
Post # 15
I was on the pill for 10+ years, stopped in sept 2014 and got a withdrawl period. Didn’t get a period for 90 days was seen by an OB and started on Provera, still no period after that (except spotting) Have had all my labs checked which are normal, they advised me to continue waiting as it can take 6months or longer to regulate. Which I am totally fine with, as we are not on a schedule. If nothing happens after six months I am to return. I wish looking back I had stopped my pills earlier as I would love to be pregnant right now but willing to let things regulate a little too. I would suggest stopping now, using a different form of protection and starting to chart. Also like others mentioned starting those prenatals now doesn’t hurt either.