Planning TTC in March, am 27 and been on microgynon since 15 due to heavy periods when I started. I have no concept of what a normal period is for me, what my cycle is...nada! I also have underactive thyroid which I know can affect fertility. Have been thinking of coming off for a while to let things settle into their natural routine and also see if I have any change in mood when off the pill. But condoms are such a faff! Could just wait til March. Any advice?
Took me 10 months after coming off the pill, so I'd vote come off it now and give your body time to recover before TTC. How much of a problem would it be if you got pregnant now? If it wouldn't be a massive disaster you could always use no contraception and just avoid the time in your cycle when you are most fertile.
March is a good month financially for us, we will have paid off a small debt, and also we go on holiday then so seems like a good time to start trying. We have just moved too and would like a few months to get the house in order. You are gonna tell me these are terrible reasons and start now, aren't you
It wouldn't be a problem if I got pregnant now, we would both be very happy. DH has March in his head though, so I am happy not to push it as I know it's there iyswim? I suspect after a month or so of condoms he will be fed up anyway!
No reasons are terrible I was only asking because conception and baby making rarely sticks to the plan of the 'ideal time'
Your reasons make perfect sense and there is noting wrong with waiting, but if you are hoping to conceive around that time then I would definitely come off the Pill now and take other precautions. A lot of women on here will tell you how much the Pill has messed up their cycles etc and how difficult they are finding it to conceive quickly, so the sooner you get it out your system, the better
Hmmm, I haven't read a lot around the conception boards here, but I can see just from the thread titles that many people have some issues. I think I will come off it. Maybe I will feel totally different, loads more energy, happier.... ....wishful thinking?
Might as well come off it. I've managed 12 years not getting pregnant without the pill. Condoms aren't the best of fun but it's better than getting to March and realising you have another 6 month wait before your periods sort themselves out and you want a baby like.. right now!! :P
I would come off it and see what happens. BTW the pill leaves your system very quickly after taking the last tablet, it certainly does not take months on end for it to leave your system.
Bearing in mind that you have both heavy periods and an underactive thyroid (is this current under control?) it may take some months to conceive and you may well need additional help in order to do so. I would not faff about with condoms either.
Hmmm, things is, I had heavy periods when I was 14...went on pill at 15 and have been ever since. My 'periods' while on the pill are minuscule. Last about 5 days but blood loss is tiny. Underactive thyroid is well controlled.
Please please please come off it now! I was on it for 12 years as well, started TTC as soon as I came off it and have had nothing but worry about my cycle for the last three months. And it's not even that bad!
My vote is come off the pill now. I came off it on the 7th of last month expecting to get AF straight off like previous times and well, here it is the middle of October and I have yet to have any sign of a period, as well as a host of other issues from being on the pill so long.
I'd say come off it too. Especially if it wouldn't be a disaster to get pregnant. You could use a bit of vague natural family planning- i.e. abstain during the middle of you cycle if you really want to wait until March. I've never got pregnant without a concerted effort (and then it happened within a couple of months). Your reasons are very sensible, but you are pregnant for 9 months so would have paid off the debt and sorted out the house a bit even if you got pregnant straight away.
Thanks all for your advice....and now a little favour in return:
Just chatting with DH and said 'by the way, have made my decision, I am going to come off the pill', he said 'right, thats fine, what's the reason again?', I say 'well, have been on the pill 12 years, it can take a long time to get back to normal...blah blah....some people don't get their first period for about six months'...DH's face completely drops and he says in horror, 'oh my god, you won't be pre menstrual for six months will you?!?!'.....probably not, but just you wait til I'm pregnant
I would definitely say stop it, I came off the pill last July, we played around with condoms for a while whilst may cycle got back to normal, started trying in the December and had a BFP in the Jamuary so it definitely worked for us! Good luck.