Post # 1
FI and I are anxious to get to the baby making and plan to NTNP after our wedding in March.
I’m still on the pill and our plan originally was to come off after the wedding (early APril when my last pack is finished).
However, as I get more and more anxious I wonder if I should come off sooner, but also am afraid of bad side effects so close to the wedding. So, what would you guys do if you were in my shoes? My options are come off next week with 5 weeks to go, come off the week before the wedding, or wait until 2 weeks after the wedding.
Post # 3
I wouldn’t mess with your hormones before the wedding. It might increase your stress levels or even cause an acne breakout.
Post # 4
I agree with michiru4ever. You know what to expect from your body on the pill, so I wouldn’t take any chances. Why rush it? I’d say wait until after the honeymoon, for the same reason.
Post # 5
@MrsWBS: Well.. I know it doesn’t happen for everyone, but if you’re not using birth control, expect to get pregnant as soon as you go off of it.
Ask yourself if you’re be ok getting pregnant right then. You may have a few months before you get pregnant… or you may not.
And yeah, your mood can be pretty messed up when you go off the pill.
I’d wait until after the wedding if I were you.
ETA: You’re talking a matter of weeks here, like 1 week before the wedding… why? How does a few weeks even matter? You’re way overthinking this IMO.
Post # 6
@canarydiamond: 1 week before is just when my next pack ends and is also the last one on my Rx. More just should I bother getting a new Rx for 1 month?
I agree I’m over thinking it, we’d be thrilled to get pregnant right away. I think I’m more just concerned of not getting pg right away and regretting not getting off BC sooner.
Post # 7
@MrsWBS: I know it’s a pain to renew the prescription, but judging by how weepy/cranky I get that week that I am off my pill, I would hate to have that happen during my wedding. Could you fill the prescription as normal and then just pick up one pack from the pharmacy? You could still have it on your file so you can go back on it when you’ve had your baby if that’s what you plan on doing.
We’re talking like a month delay here… I don’t think this will impact you at all really.
It would just suck to be in a bad mood and possibly have a breakout or some other weird side effects on your wedding/honeymoon.
Post # 8
@canarydiamond: That’s a good idea. I completely agree rationally I know I should just stay on until after. I think reading people’s horror stories about how long it took them to get pregnant/return to regular cycles after just has me freaked out and wanting to get on with it ASAP. You’re totally right though, another 6 weeks isn’t going to make or break me.
Post # 9
I had bad acne in my teens and it returned as soon as I stopped taking the pill. I didn’t have any other issues coming off it, but the acne would be an issue for me if I was planning on getting married in a few weeks.
I say wait until after the wedding, don’t stress about how long it may or may not take to get pregnant. I was pregnant within a few months of stopping the pill, and we didn’t even start trying right away.
Post # 10
i did not enjoy the first month off bcp, and i would have to say i’m really glad i went off during a month i didn’t have a lot going on. i actually didn’t have a huge breakout (which was shocking given how bad my acne used to be!) but i did have a lot of other symptoms from going off of it that first month. if you asked my DH, he would make you stay on it till after the wedding, haha!
Also, i can totally understand your fears about it taking a while (i have them too!) but those fears are likely to escalate as soon as you go off the pill and it becomes “real” – so you don’t want to be thinking about that on top of wedding stress! Relax, enjoy the wedding and honeymoon, and go off it shortly thereafter 🙂 oh and congrats on your upcoming wedding!
Post # 11
@esqbee: thanks for the input and talking sense into me! 🙂
Post # 12
Good advice, so far. You really don’t have much to gain by stopping them before your wedding, since your wedding so close. You can always ditch them mid-pack right after your wedding, if you want. Most people start ovulating again right away, too.
Post # 13
After the wedding! You don’t need the added stress and altering your hormones could really put a crimp on your wedding!
Post # 14
I would say to wait until after the wedding. It’s only one month. I was thinking of getting off of nuvaring the week before my wedding, but now I’m thinking it might not be a good idea. I would be so upset if I broke out or felt like crap because of it. Hope it all works out 🙂
Post # 15
Just FYI, I know three people who went the “I’ll go off BC and then it’ll take a few months to get pregnant” and they got pregnant RIGHT AWAY. Two of them were in their 30s. There’s studies that show that for some women, they are super fertile as soon as they get off the pill (although there are also some that take awhile for their cycles to regulate). The old high school sex ed mantra of “it only takes once” can def be true.
Post # 16
@MrsWBS: I was recommended by my MD to get off it 2 months before trying. That should be enough time to track your periods after being off the pill. GL girly.