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Old 07-27-2009, 03:38 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My dh and I decided we are ready to try for #4. Currently I'm on the pill. This is only my 3rd month on the pill before that we were using NFP. I just started the 2nd week of pills in the pack. I'm very tempted to just stop taking them right now and not wait out the whole pack. What kind of effects would that have? I figure I would probably start bleeding in a few days after stopping. Would that be a considered a period? Or since I mid pack would my body ovulate now since I'm fairly close to when I would normally ovulate? Now that we have confirmed we are on the same page I'm really antsy to get this show on the road. : What would you ladies do?

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My dh and I decided we are ready to try for #4. Currently I'm on the pill. This is only my 3rd month on the pill before that we were using NFP. I just started the 2nd week of pills in the pack. I'm very tempted to just stop taking them right now and not wait out the whole pack. What kind of effects would that have? I figure I would probably start bleeding in a few days after stopping. Would that be a considered a period? Or since I mid pack would my body ovulate now since I'm fairly close to when I would normally ovulate? Now that we have confirmed we are on the same page I'm really antsy to get this show on the road. : What would you ladies do?
My guess is that you would have bleeding a few days after stopping simply from withdrawal of hormone, followed by ovulation within a few weeks (so it would be like having a normal period). It's unlikely that you would ovulate immediately, since the pills suppress ovulation and the natural flux of your hormones, and the gears sort of need to get moving again to trigger the release of an egg...which for some people occurs immediately after stopping BCPs, but for most can take weeks (or months).

If it were me, I would just stop taking them, and start charting so you can get an idea of when you O. Try not to get too frustrated if the first cycle is a bit wonky!

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Or even the first three cycles... birth control can REALLY mess up your body so when you come off your body gets a bit whacked out... but settles down after a while.

You shouldn't have a problem conceiving if you time DTD for when you O (you should still have the 25% or so chance)... it will just be sort of difficult to know when that is until your cycles re-regulate

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