(Closed) When to go off of birth control? [poll]

posted 6 years ago in TTC
  • poll: When did you/will you go off of birth control?

    1-2 months before ttc

    3-4 months before ttc

    5-7 months before ttc

    7-9 months before ttc

    10+ months before ttc

    Other (please explain)

  • Post # 16
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

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    Kacie209:  haha…I was never that great about my pills.  Certainly not strict about the time of day I took them and usually missed a day or two (or three).  No pregnancy scares.  I thought it would take me awhile to get pregnant (I was on BCP for 16 years) because of the above.  Not the case at all.  So don’t be surprised!

    Post # 17
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Hormones will be out of your system within days but some people don’t ovulate regularly right away, or may need more time for their own hormone levels to adjust. Have you heard of the fertility awareness method? (NOT the rhythm method.) It helps you monitor your cycle so that you can tell when you ovulate and when you are infertile every month. It can be used to conceive or for birth control, so if you go off the pill early you can still have control over when you officially want to start trying. When you do want to start trying, you can time it a lot more accurately to increase your chances.

    Even if you don’t use it for those purposes, you learn SO much about your body, which can really help with the birth control transition. If interested, I recommend reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler, and then getting a good smartphone app to chart your cycles (I’m partial to Kindara). 

    Good luck!

    Post # 18
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Historic Chapel

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    PuppyLuvRN: In your case, I would go off the pill at least 4or 5 months before you activily start TTC, to give your body some time to settle into its new rithym. However, I would make sure to use protection untill your periods are stable that way you know when you are obulating and things like that.

    Post # 19
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    We got married in April, went off the pill in March. I had been on it for 6 years. 

    My sex drive didn’t really come back until end of may (start of 2nd cycle). Found out we were pregnant June when I missed my period. We honestly weren’t expecting to get pregnant so quickly, but we are glad we did! 

    Post # 20
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    Bumble bee

    I asked the same question earlier this year because I kept hearing about it taking 6-12 months for cycles to regulate and for hormones to leave your system, but OB said just go off it when you’re actually ready to get pregnant and your fertility levels will typically return to what they were when you were not on the pill. If your cycles were not regular prior to being on birth control, that may come back as well.

    I was on the pill for about 13 years prior to going off it – I wasn’t diligent about taking it at the same time everyday and I definitely forgot a day every once in a while but never had any scares, which made me worry that I’d have trouble getting pregnant – DH and I planned to NTNP for 3 months and if we didn’t get pregnant without ‘actrively charting”, we’d make a concerted effort to start charting while TTC. We started trying as soon as I went off it and had a withdrawal bleed and got a BFP about 2 or 3 weeks later.

    Good luck!

    Post # 21
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I went off the Nuvaring in May of last year and did not start TTC until November. We used condoms in the meantime but an unplanned pregnancy would not have been the end of the world for us either. I’m really glad I had all that time to get familiar with my cycles again — I had been on BC of one form or another continuously for 12 years and had no idea what to expect, so I began charting immediately after stopping BC. Turns out I had one anovulatory cycle at first and then discovered I had some irregularity in my cycle length after that, so having 5-6 months of data really helped me when it was time to start trying. 

    As others pointed out, the BC hormones themselves are out of your system in a matter of days, but it can take a few months for your own cycle to reestablish itself (or not, some women are regular again right away). I second the recommendation for the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Whether or not you decide to chart temps, it’s a fabulous resource. 

    Post # 22
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

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    kes18:  Good to know! I have never had a pregnanc scare either, so obviously it was still working. We don’t really use protection (nor did I in past relationships, just the pill).

    Post # 25
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

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    PuppyLuvRN:  I took depo for 4+ years and ended in January.  My body is just now starting to regulate!  Our wedding is next month (crazy to say) and we will start TTC after. I don’t think the pill stays with you as long, but give your body time to adjust!

    Post # 26
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    Buzzing bee

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    PuppyLuvRN:  I am in the same boat as a lot of you- being that I have been super bad at taking my pill (after 12 years!) and have never had a scare either. My fiance and I are planning on TTC after our honeymoon because I don’t want to go off the BCP until we are back because my periods were BRUTAL and unpredictable before I went on the pill. I don’t want to have to deal with that while we are away. I’ve been SO nervous that I won’t be able to get pregnant for these reasons so your stories give me hope.

    Post # 28
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I happened to be one of the people who had trouble getting her cycles to come back.  It took about 5 months, and they were really long at first.  It would have been really stressful if we had planned on TTC then.  We weren’t — we used condoms, I charted, and we even were using good old withdrawl for a while (a whoops! would have been okay).  It was a good way to go, because when we finally did TTC, I knew my cycle really well, and we lucked out and got pregnant right away.  

    Post # 29
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

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    PuppyLuvRN:  I went off in Sept hoping to TTC in Feb.  Well even TTA, I conceived in Jan.  So my advice is to use a back up method! 🙂 I ovulated the cycle following the pill. 

    I already had cross hairs, and thought we were clear, so we went for it. Then they changed a few days later. And here we are at 24 weeks. 

    Post # 30
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    Sugar bee

    If I were on the pill, I’d go off several months in advance and then use a barrier until I was ready. I’d want my body to have time to regulate and figure out if I were going to have an issue before I was ready to try. My personality is very a-type though. If we’re trying, then we’re going 100% and I don’t want my body giving me trouble that I could have warded off (or had time to fix) before trying 😉

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