Post # 1
My wedding is in about a year and we plan to begin TTC immediately after. I’m currently on the pill and have been for years and years. I’m trying to decide when to go off of it. I was thinking about going off before the wedding, but don’t want to do it a month or so before because I’m concered my hormones will be all out of whack and I don’t want to deal with that during wedding/honeymoon. A co-worker of mine who got married a year ago said she went off about a year before her wedding and simply used alternate forms of BC.
So what did you do? Go off well before the wedding and use alternate forms? Go off just before and risk hormone craziness? Or simply wait until after the wedding? Thanks for your input!
Post # 2
Im getting married August 2019 and have come off birth control this month. Like you we want to try immediately after the wedding.
I’m now using condoms but also using ‘natural cycles’ to track my cycle. 🙂
Post # 3
It took 6 months for my period to start back when I took a break from the pill and I can imagine that would be longer with the stress of wanting to ttc asap but not being able to. Everyone is different but you just don’t know how your body will react and I have heard that it is common for your cycle to take several months. I would come off the pill around 6 months to a year to allow your hormones to level out before ttc and just other birth control methods until after the wedding.
Post # 4
I was the exact opposite where I ovulated just a week after “what would be expected in a normal cycle” after getting off the pill (and conceived!) I was so surprised because I always heard that your hormones and cycles are wacky for a few months after getting off the pill.
trishthedish23 : So, if you do get off the pill soon, be vigilant in your other methods of BC if you don’t want a baby before the wedding! As PP said, everyone is different and you don’t know how your body will react.
Post # 5
I have been off the pill for 7 months and didn’t experience any hormone issues. It was like nothing happened. Since stopping it we have used the pullout method successfully and are going to start TTC in June. The pullout method really works when they actually pull out quickly and there’s no oops. My dr told me to stop taking it as soon as we decide we want to try. As you will see from the boards, everyone is different but for the most part you can quit and TTC right away and get pregnant or not. However, nothing is guaranteed so if you quit make sure you’re ready to potentially have a baby before your set time. And I forgot to add that hubby and I tried condoms after not using them for 3 years and absolutely hated them so that’s how we landed at the pullout method.
Post # 6
I hope I get pregnant right away! I stopped BC before we actually decided just recently to TTC but meanwhile I’ve had no hormone issues so I hope it’s a good thing.
Post # 7
Everyone reacts differently to coming off the pill – it’s one of those things that you just don’t know how your body’s gonna handle it until you do it. For me, the experience was pretty easy. I had some weird cramping/bloating issues that first cycle off the pill (which was when we were on our honeymoon), but it wasn’t bad enough to put a damper on anything. Actually, overall I felt way better off the pill than I did while I was on it. My libido actually came back really strong right away, which was very welcome! My cycles were a bit weird for those first few months, but by cycle 3 or so, which is when we began TTC, they had regulated. Before then we just used withdrawal.
Anyway, I dunno what to tell you about the wedding. It is nice to give your body a few months to deal with coming off the pill before you actually begin TTC, but I can also understand not wanting to mess with hormones and all that right around the time of your wedding. Very personal decision!
Post # 8
I was on birth control for 10 years and went off the day after our wedding. I immediately started ovulating regularly w regular periods, but they were very short and light, so my obgyn ordered tests and my AMH was very low for my age (0.9). Fast forward 3 more months & my AMH more than doubled, as did my 7dpo progesterone Level. My point is that you really may not be fertile the first few months off the pill, though as PPs have said, you certainly may be!! My suggestion: go off the pill 3 weeks before your wedding. You’ll have a withdrawal bleed right away, but then even if you start ovulating & having normalcycles right after, it’ll still be another 4 weeks before you get a period (& thus it won’t interfere w your wedding day or night). Best of both worlds: get a little “head start” in case your body takes a bit of time to really get back to normal, like mine did
Post # 9
I had been on birth control pills for 10 years when we got engaged; we knew we wanted to start trying for kids right after we got married. So I made the decision to go off the pill a year before our wedding (November 3, 2018) to get my body into a “normal, natural” cycle. So far it has been good, and I use the app Clue to help track my periods and ovulation. But we also have been using condoms as protection. It took probably 3 months or so for my body to really be on a “normal” cycle. I also plan on taking folic acid about a month or two before the wedding because I hear that can help!! Good Luck!
Post # 10
I got my IUD removed in November, and we are getting married in Sept. I wanted to be completely off all BC to give my body some rest and a chance to even out. We have been using condoms.
Post # 11
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
We wanted to be married for a couple years before starting our family so I didn’t have to worry about stopping my pills before the wedding, but we are doing a European cruise in a couple weeks in celebration of our second anniversary and I’m staying on my pills until we get back. The timing of it worked out perfectly. We plan to start TTC in July or August (I’m leaning toward August though) so that gives me 2 months for my cycles to regulate, which they did right away the first time I went off my pill, so I’m not too concerned. My doctor recommended waiting a couple months to give my uterus a chance to build up a healthy lining, but plenty of people get pregnant right after without any issues.