New to TTC and just off the pill...

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    New to TTC and just off the pill...

    Hi all,

    My husband and I have made the decision to start TTC, and I'm excited...maybe a little too excited ;) After 10 years on the pill, I stopped taking it a little over 2 months ago, and still haven't gotten my period. I'm a bit concerned because I had a pretty long (40-45 day) cycle before I went on the pill...and I'm pretty anxious to get things going. Doesn't help that 3 of my best friends recently conceived on their first tries... I have a doctor's appointment, but couldn't get one for another month. Anyway, just wondering if anyone else took awhile to get their period after stopping the pill? Any words of wisdom/comfort would be much appreciated.

    Thanks, and looking forward to getting to know you!

    Tangerine
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    Try using the ovulation strips (there are cheap "dip" style ones on Amazon) to figure out your cycle, and GL!! 

    Getting pg on the first try?  Are they 18 - 20 years old?  That's really unusual for anyone over that.

    There have been many threads on what to expect upon coming off the pill.  Give a quick search and you'll get a bunch of advice, no waiting. :)


     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    Hi Tangerine and welcome to TTC board.  I took about 6.5 weeks before I got my AF after coming off the pill.  I was told by OB that it can take that long after being on the pill.  She also told me that most OB are not concerned unless you don't get an AF for more than 60 days.

    TTC process can be a bit of an emotional process that really tests your patience.  Just hang in there and don't forget to take time for yourself and your DH.
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    Tangerine, It seems like everyone's experience going off the pill is different.  I continued to get AF right on schedule - every 28 days or so - during the first year off the pill and then my cycles got a little longer.  Hopefully everything is fine for you!  In the meantime, why not try anyway :o)

    I also know a few couples who got pregnant during their first month of trying, as well as a couple of the ladies on these boards who recently announced BFP (I think).  It can happen!

     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    HI- I was on the pill for 10 years then it took about 2mon for it to come back.  I was like you and had irregular cycles and had about 40 days in between the cycles once they returned.  I suggest once you do get AF to use the ovulation strips, otherwise you will never know when you are ovulating! 
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    Hi Tangerine, welcome!

    My cycles were pretty regular (28 days) before going on the pill, but the first cycle off was relatively long (35 days) and then I went back and forth between 28 and 30 days after that.  I was one of the lucky ones who got my BFP on our first try.  I was off the pill for 6 months before TTC.  Good luck! 
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    Tangerine, it can take a few months for your body to re-set.  If you had a long cycle before, it makes sense that it may take a little longer now.  Not to add to the wishful thinking I know that we can all very easily due when TTCing, but were you using any other methods of BC when you went off the pill?  Is there any merit to testing now to see if this delay could actually be due to a BFP?  You have a MD appt you said, so I'm sure they'll check just to be sure. 
     
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    MM is right.  You don't have to have a first period after quitting BC to get pregnant; that would just mean that you ovulated and didn't get pg.  You could have ovulated and gotten pg on the first try and you'd not have a period at all after stopping BC.  Since it's been longer than two weeks after you used to ovulate before taking the pill, I'd test if I were you for sure. 
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    I second the advice to do a pregnancy test. I'm one of those people who never had a period after stopping the pill and I now have a 7 month old baby. I took one negative test after 5 weeks off the pill. I still hadn't gotten my period a week and a half after that, re-tested, and got the BFP.

    Best of luck:)
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    Thanks so much, everyone. Coincidentally, I just took a test...negative. I knew it would be, but wanted to put my mind at ease. I tend to get anxious about this sort of thing, and am eager to make sure everything's working okay before we really start trying :)

    Kargiver, I know - my friends are all 29-30, and 2 of them got pregnant in their first months off the pill. So I'm sure that's adding to my "what's wrong with me?!" paranoia. Once AF comes around, I'll definitely be looking into the strips you and ajuly mentioned.

    Thanks again, all!
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    Since you don't know how your cycles will be I recommend using the OPK strips the whole first cycle post first AF.  Day 5 - ??  instead of waiting 'til day 15+ since that was roughly in the middle of your cycles pre-pill.

    Test again for pg in another week - you never know.  You could have just ovulated a week ago and don't have enough pg hormone to register yet.  It's impossible to know when you ovulated (if at all) this time so there's still hope.
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    hi... I'm in the same boat.  Waiting for the first AF post-pill.  No idea how long the cycle will be... so I've just been testing everyday.  Welcome to the boards!
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    Hi Girls,

    I am new to these boards as well.. I have been off the pill since May, and my cycles still are pretty irregular.  I agree with the previous posts, that the best thing to do would be to use the OPK strips.  At least then you can get an idea as to when you will Ovulate.  

    Hopefully October will be a big month for BFP!  

    Good Luck Everyone=)
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    Hi ladies,
    I am new here too, well I've been lurking for a while, but this is my first post.  I was also on the pill for 10 years, and have now been off for about 2 months with no period yet.  I've tested a few times, all negative.  I assumed it would take a while to get back on track, but just wondering how long I should wait until I ask my doc about it? 
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    alligatorgirl- I would call my doctor and talk to them about it. They might want to see you or they might just say it "normal". When I went off the pill after being on it for 12 years, it only took me 35 days for AF to come.
    Good Luck
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    Hi alligatorgirl - I don't have any new words of wisdom, but wanted to say I'm (still) in the same boat :) I'm still waiting...I spoke to a nurse at my doctor's office last week, who told me it's quite normal for your body to take its time getting back on track, and not to worry. That said, I still insisted on an appointment in a couple of weeks. I'm too much of a basket case to sit around and wait forever! I can honestly say I never dreamed I'd look forward to getting AF quite so much ;)
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    Hi Tangerine, no kidding- I never thought I would want AF to get here so badly! As I'm sure you are, I just want to make sure I'm "working" correctly after being on the pill for so long.  and I think once that happens we can start trying for real and be more at ease with everything.  I too am going to give it a couple more weeks and then call my doctor.  Good luck to you! 
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    If it makes you feel any better, I've never known or heard of anyone who NEVER got AF again after stopping BC.  She's coming, try to be patient. :)
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    I was over 100 days after coming off the pill, and only had one after taking Provera.  if you are concerned, give your PCP a call.
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    I definitely second Prill's advice.  If it's been more than 45 days, I'd definitely call the doctor (I say 45 b/c it may take a couple weeks to get in depending on your OB/gyn).

    It can't hurt to get checked for a thyroid problem or other hormonal issues like PCOS (esp. if you had long cycles pre-pill).
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    Thanks, everyone. Daisy, thyroid issues and PCOS have both crossed my mind...now that I know that long cycles can mean anovulatory cycles, and that's pretty much all I ever had pre-BCP...I'm worried that there may be an underlying issue. I know PCOS is very common...but I don't have any of the signs except long cycles (no excess weight/hair/acne/etc). My mom has borderline hypothyroid (despite being very thin)...and I don't believe I have any symptoms of that either. But I have a GYN appointment next week and will be sure to raise these concerns. Thanks again.
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    In Response to Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...:
    I was over 100 days after coming off the pill, and only had one after taking Provera.  if you are concerned, give your PCP a call.
    Posted by Prill


    Prill - congrats on your BFP!! You must be thrilled. I'm wondering if you might mind sharing a bit about what happened for you after you took the Provera. I've found myself in the same boat - 100+ days post-BCP and still no AF. I got my bloodwork results yesterday - all within normal range, so no reason to suspect PCOS/thyroid/etc. I started taking the Provera and have a fertility specialist appt. next month.

    How long was the process for you, and did you use Clomid or other treatments? I'm still in the dark as to what's going on with me...all I know is that I didn't ovulate last month (duh) and that's about it. Waiting for my gyn to return from vacation and shed a little more light on my situation. Thanks so much...and congrats again! Your BFP gives me hope :).
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    Tangerine,

    I'm not Prill but I also went on provera to get my cycles going as well.  AF arrived 2 days after a fished all the pills.  My RE ran a bunch of test on me & DH and they all came back good/normal.  But US showed signs for PCOS....so we decided to give metformin a try before we went with clomid.  When we first saw the RE we have only been trying for 7 months (4 cycles) and wanted to take baby steps.  Once we hit the one year mark this January we will start the clomid.   Each RE will work with the couple and decide what will be best.
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    I always laugh when people are waiting for the go-ahead to "start trying"!  I find the best way to get pregnant is to have sex regularly.  I tried using ovulation tests and could never get results, so we just decided to forget the tests and calendars and have fun and voila!  This approach is hard of one or both of you travel, but if you are home every night, why not?  Generally men are OK with this approach too!

    Also, I have a friend who took years to get pregnant, went through IVF and everything.  As soon as they gave it up as a lost cause, she got pregnant naturally - all the stress was gone.  They have a beautiful baby girl and got pregnant again no problem.  Stress has a really big impact on your body.  Try to relax and enjoy the process.
     
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    Re: New to TTC and just off the pill...

    Thanks for your input, tomarra. Seems like there are so many steps in this process...I have to try not to get ahead of myself. One step at a time. I hope the metformin works its magic for you before the 1-year mark!

    Wheels, I'm not sure I ever said I was waiting for the "go-ahead" to start trying...believe me, my husband and I have been "trying" quite regularly :) But when there seems to be a biological glitch that's preventing you from ovulating, all the trying in the world won't make a baby.
     
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