- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
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).
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!
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.
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.
Thanks everyone so much for voting and your input!!! I truly appreciate getting all the different views on the matter. Right now Fiance & I plan for stopping the pill is August. He wants NPNT right away but I don’t want to have a huge belly at our wedding. So we agreed on getting to know my cycles for a couple months and then stop preventing in November/December and then be active about trying (if it hasn’t happened already) starting in the new year.
You guys…. I am SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!! I’ve wanted kids for such a long time but up until a month ago it felt so far away until one night we just talked and decided we don’t want to wait any longer. I have had baby rabies ever since that night. I’m also just excited to stop taking hormonal birth control and “be myself”. woowoo!!
I still want all the voting and opinions! I love it 🙂
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.
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.
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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