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Life after the Pill

post #1 of 15
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Please tell me about your experiences coming off the Pill and trying to get pregnant.

I've been on it for 8 years. I just read TCOYF and am discouraged since I seem to have all the factors for it taking a while to get back to normal (thin, young, lost weight while on the pill and was on a high dose older pill). Should I bother charting or give it a few months?
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by dachshund mom View Post
Please tell me about your experiences coming off the Pill and trying to get pregnant.

I've been on it for 8 years. I just read TCOYF and am discouraged since I seem to have all the factors for it taking a while to get back to normal (thin, young, lost weight while on the pill and was on a high dose older pill). Should I bother charting or give it a few months?
You can start charting now it could still show that your ovulating. Your cycles MAY be a lil off for a lil while so charting is very great on helping you on if your normal and ovualting yet..

I was only on BCP for 2 months when I stopped and I started ovulating right of way. Just depends on who you are and how long you were on them.. The longer your on them the longer it takes for your cycles to regulate I think..

But, If I was you I would start charting... Might suprise you!
post #3 of 15
All I can tell you is that I came off the pill, had a very short cycle (like 19 days), then got pg the next cycle. That was 5 years ago. I have never gone back on the pill and never will, because I feel so much better off it!
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
You're right, charting can't hurt. I'll have to call it precharting or something and really focus my time on being healthy.

Reading all the TTC threads has been a bit of a downer so I don't want to get my hopes up when it's not possible. Alison made me feel better.

Never going back on the pill either. It feels wrong that I don't even know my own body right now having had fake cycles all these years.
post #5 of 15
My husband and I decided just today that I would stop the pill after this cycle runs out. I am sorry that I don't have an answer for you, just a question...

You said in your post that you have "all the factors for it taking a while to get back to normal." Could you tell me about that, if you don't mind me asking? I don't have the book you are referencing, (seems like I should pick it up!) and I have been on the pill for 10 years now. (age 16-26) I am not trying to actively conceive, (yet) but I just am tired of putting chemicals into my body after this long, and am worried about the long term effects...

You listed youth and other factors as affecting the normalcy of the cycles, how long did the book say it would last?

Sorry to hijack your post and ask you questions!!

I am sending you baby vibes right now!! :
post #6 of 15
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April, I think we're long lost twin sisters or something. I'm 26 too and finally got sick of the pill, so we said lets give it a go.

The book doesn't have a whole lot of info about coming off the pill. She basically said it varies widely between women. Here's the section that worries me:

"Those who tend to take longer to clear the drugs from their systems, and therefore take several months to resume cycling after hormones, are often young or thin (especially those who lost weight while on hormones). Those who were irregular before hormones typically return to their irregular pattern after. In addition... they may experience short luteal phases for the first few months."

I read somewhere 50% of women get pregnant within 3 months of trying after quitting the pill. I'm trying to get some feedback in how accurate that is.

Taking Charge of Your Fertility is a great book. I highly recommend it, especially for those of us who have no idea what our cycle is doing...
post #7 of 15
I'm glad I made you feel better. My SIL also got pg twice immediately after coming off the pill both times. Sadly, however, I'm now in my 9th cycle of TTC #2, although that has nothing whatsoever to do with your question, since I haven't been on the pill since before I got pg with DS in 2002.
post #8 of 15
Thanks Dachshund Mom, for the info! I think I am going to go check that book out from the library or buy it if they don't have it. It's cool that we are kind of in the same boat! It would be funny if somehow we both got pregnant around the same time!

I totally feel you about not knowing your own body. I just ovulated for the first time in who knows how many years because the antibiotic I am on probably is interferring with my BC pill. I had no idea what was going on when I saw egg-whitey CM. Then I was like "Oh, yeah, this has happened before, I remember now!!!" lol Of COURSE it used to happen all the time, before the pill, but it has been 10 years!! That's when I realized that I needed to go off it-when a natural function of my womanhood seems weird and unnatural, that isn't cool!!

Anyway, what I have researched tells me exactly what you have found, that doctors recommend that you wait 3 months to TTC, after that your cycle should be getting back to normal. Who knows though.

How long have you been married or with your current partner? I wonder what else we have in common!
post #9 of 15
I got pregnant the 3rd cycle after I stopped the pill. I had been on it for 16 years. My OB also told me it was no big deal to be pregnant immediately after coming off, and not ever having a period was fine. I think it took my body 2 cycles to normalize and then I ovulated on the 3rd. But who knows, I may have ovulated on the first!
post #10 of 15
I'm 24, stopped taking the pill in June, had a 179 day cycle before menstruating on my own. Found out I'm insulin resistant and have been put in Metformin to straighten out my periods, so YMMV.
post #11 of 15
Thread Starter 
It sounds like a lot of us are in the same boat, trying to straighten ourselves out.

ACx and esteg0, how are you feeling these last few months? Are you getting down at all while you ttc, or do you feel ok with the process?

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How long have you been married or with your current partner? I wonder what else we have in common!
I've been married 3 years, together for 8. I've just stopped the pill this weekend and am hoping to be truly ttc within a few months (earlier is ok too). We finally feel in a good place with our money and health and all that, so now I'm trying to convince DH that I'm not going to be able to flip a switch to turn the baby making machinery back on. I had screwy, long, irregular cycles before the pill.

Our dogs have become a bit too much like our children, so that must mean it's time!
post #12 of 15
I had been on the pill nearly 10 years when I stopped taking it to ttc. My dd was conceived my second cycle off the pill (the first time we had unprotected BD). I took the pill again in between my two dd's, first the mini then the regular pill and conceived my 2nd on the third month of charting. Although my cycles were regular before going on the pill (and are again now with my IUD), they were somewhat irregualr during my 3 months of charting. I was also young when I started the pill and thin when I started and until I got pregnanat, lol.

I think it varies a lot depending on your body and your sensitivities to the hormones. I think charting is so amazing because it tells you what is going on with your body, but if you don't want to chart at first because it seems like a lot of effort, you can always try just noting when you have fertile CF and BD'ing then. Good luck to you!
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by dachshund mom View Post
Our dogs have become a bit too much like our children, so that must mean it's time!
laughup

Yeah, for some reason my cats don't appreciate being held over my shoulder like they are babies.

My husband and I have been married for almost 5 years, together for 7.

Thanks for the encouragement, Lousli!
post #14 of 15
i was on the pill for 5 years, when i came off my body freaked out. my breasts leaked, i threw up, when i wasn't vomiting i was nauseous. i thought i was PG (thats why i went off the pill) that was in August. still no (||) i just started charting this cycle (i have had 45-50 day cycles since stopping BC) and it looks like my body either hasn't recovered yet or i don't O. sorry to rain on your thread, but it can happen. hopefully not for you!
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by dachshund mom View Post

ACx and esteg0, how are you feeling these last few months? Are you getting down at all while you ttc, or do you feel ok with the process?
I'm actually on hold right now. I have been diagnosed with a septum in my uterus and have to have surgery to remove it. So, ever since my m/c we have been avoiding. I hopefully will have surgery at the end of the month and then 2 months of healing and then back on the ttc wagon. So hopefully I will be able to get prego as quickly this time as last! The wait has been frustrating but at least I know why I had a m/c.

PS - dachshund mom - I have 3 minis! They are my babies for sure!
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