(Closed) When to stop taking BC pills before TTC?

posted 9 years ago in TTC
  • poll: When would it be best for me to stop taking BC pills?

    On our wedding day, 3 months ahead of ttc

    The day before our honeymoon

    6 months ahead of ttc

    Other (please explain)

  • Post # 17
    607 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I stopped about 4 months before TTC, got pregnant on our second cycle trying. The first month off was the worse– I got some really bad migraines, but otherwise not bad. My first cycle was about 40 odd days, then after that it regulated quickly and I ovulated in the first cycle. After so many years of not worrying about protection, it does take getting used to to have to use condoms, so that’s something to keep in mind. Also, you can’t control when you get your period at all, so remember you could have your period on your honeymoon. 

    But since you read TCOYF it sounds like you have a good handle on things. I think going off 2-3 months before the honeymoon makes sense. 

    Post # 18
    5105 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Some people are super fertile after getting off the pill, but honestly, more often then not, they need time to regulate. I say get off the pill at the wedding.

    Post # 20
    2605 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I don’t know…normally I would say stop BCP three months before you plan to start trying.  But since you want to try on your honeymoon….if it takes a while for your body to regulate, there is a chance that you could be on your period for your wedding/honeymoon.  If that’s okay with you, then stop three months before TTC.  I personally like that BCPs told me exactly when I would start my period and gave me the option to skip said period if it was due at an inopportune time…like my wedding.

    ETA: LOL…must have posted your reply while I was reading.

    Post # 22
    6488 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I voted before seeing you’re on cerazette; so I voted 6 months because I thought you were on the combined pill which can affect your fertility for 6-18 months after you stopped taking it. Cerazette on the other hand leaves your system very quickly, so there would be no real need to stop taking it massively far in advance.

    I personally would not want to come off hormonal contraception right before the wedding as a) my natural periods are extremely heavy and extremely painful, to the point I am bed-bound and flooding through a super tampon and night-time towel in about an hour (so, if my period happened to fall on our wedding day, it is no exaggeration to say the wedding would possibly have to be cancelled, or else I’d literally just make it through the vows and that’d be it) and b) when you come off the pill it can take a while for your body to adjust, and I wouldn’t want to risk mood swings or irregular bleeding on top of the wedding.

    So, if I were in your position I’d probably just come off it either on the day of the wedding, or, 6 months in advance to allow plenty of time to adjust. IMO stopping it 3 months before could be risky.

    Post # 22
    3716 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: City, State

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    TheHaesterReturns:  I am stopping my pill the day before I start TTC. That is what my OBGYN told me to do. I mentioned charting and OPKs and he laughed. He told me that wine and sex get you pregnant, stress does not. Give it 6 months of wine and sex and then if you aren’t pregnant, come back to me to start templing and testing.  He is a fertility specialist at a Catholic hospital, it isn;t like these are foreign to him. We are taking his approach, but won’t start for two weeks, so I don’t know how it will go.

    What he did tell me was that 3 months before TTC to get a physical and to get my thryoid, folic acid, and general blood work checked. You want to make sure you are healthy and any underlying issues are taken care of. And to start taking an OTC prenatal.

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