If you were on the pill for 10+ years did it take you a long time to conceive?

(41 Posts)
Beaverfeaver Sun 23-Mar-14 19:25:52

I have been on pill since 15/16 and am now 28.

DH and I are planning on TTC mid year.

But I'm worried that having been on the pill for so long is going to mean it will take a long time.

Was this the case for you?

JemimaPuddle Sun 23-Mar-14 19:28:34

I think it probably varies massively.
I was on the pill from 16 to 30 and was pregnant 3 months after coming off it.

stargirl1701 Sun 23-Mar-14 19:31:07

No. I was on Marvelon from 15 until 36. Pregnant with DD after one cycle. I went back on it after she was born. Pregnant with DC2 after one cycle.

Not at all what I expected.

callamia Sun 23-Mar-14 19:32:29

Eight months here, but I had irregular periods/long cycles to start with too.

moggle Sun 23-Mar-14 19:34:14

It took me 2 and a bit years after being on it from 15-29. and we only managed it with ivf. It was something that was hugely on my mind and I asked our consultant if being on the pill contributed to infertility. He said there is absolutely no evidence of it and some early research suggests it may even have a protective effect on fertility. In my case I believe my sub fertility is genetic (mum and dad had great problems conceiving me and she was never on the pill).
Good luck!!

CarmineRose1978 Sun 23-Mar-14 19:34:46

It took me five cycles - I'd been on the pill (with a couple of year-long breaks) since I was 16, and I'm now 35. I'm 4 weeks 2 days pregnant, and praying it sticks!

Twobusyboys Sun 23-Mar-14 19:35:46

Well when i came off the pill my cycles were all over the place. 60 days 45 days etc. And i had bad skin and dandruff cos i reacted badly to coming off pill. I coukd never figure out when i ovulated. When things finally normalised i got pregnsnt straight away. But i wish i had come off pill earlier.

Twobusyboys Sun 23-Mar-14 19:36:26

Took about 6 months i should add.

RatHammock Sun 23-Mar-14 19:37:02

Nope, on various pills from 15 to 30, came off and conceived straight away - I mean literally a few days later. It was a bit of a surprise tbh, I sort of assumed it would take a while. Good luck smile

HannahLaRouge Sun 23-Mar-14 19:38:12

No - conceived on second cycle,weren't trying to time things right or tracking ovulation or anything,and only had sex once that month. I'd been on microgynon 12 years.

MadameJosephine Sun 23-Mar-14 19:39:10

I was on microgynon for 10 years from age 14 to 24, came off it and conceived DS first cycle

Solasum Sun 23-Mar-14 19:39:19

I didn't even have a period before I became pregnant. Not what I was expecting at all!

Bigmonkeylittlemonkey Sun 23-Mar-14 19:40:17

2 months but had a mc, then 3 months after that to fall pregnant with DS. Went back in the pill for a year, terrible pms on the breaks which I didn't have before so nurse eventually told me to take 3 packets back to back. Came off at the end of that 3 packets mid November, didn't really try that first month, tried in December but no luck and got BFP mid February.
Good luck

minipie Sun 23-Mar-14 19:40:47

I was on the pill for about 12 years, took me about 13 months after coming off (11 months of ttcing) to get pg. However I'm pretty sure it was a thyroid issue that caused the delay and not the pill.

hoboken Sun 23-Mar-14 19:41:49

Long time ago but it took me three months to get pg after coming off the pill.

2beornot Sun 23-Mar-14 19:42:10

I came off pill, had a months rest then took a week to get pregnant. Second time (only been back on it 2 years) took 3 months

ZenNudist Sun 23-Mar-14 19:43:51

No. Took ovranette from 17-31 and was pg as soon as I came off it , never went back on and next time I TTC was pg straight away.

Vindicated in taking pill for all those years and shock about all the times I was cavalier about taking it!

baggyb Sun 23-Mar-14 19:46:40

Took Microgynon from 16-27, TTC 19 months and still trying. On waiting list for assisted conception.

CrimeaRiver Sun 23-Mar-14 19:50:08

Nope, got pg before my first real period after 14 years on various pills.

Have been off the pill since DD was born 2 years ago, taking aaaages to get pg again.

Can't help but wonder whether the pill helped with fertility...

nannynome Sun 23-Mar-14 19:52:27

Was on dianette and then Yasmin from 15-34... Conceived straight away much to my surprise hence our son being born the day after Boxing Day as opposed to sometime this year!! Good luck smile

jaggythistle Sun 23-Mar-14 19:53:15

No, about 13 years and pregnant within 2 months!

MooseBeTimeForSpring Sun 23-Mar-14 19:54:40

It took me 9 months to get my first period after stopping the pill. I'd been taking it for 20 years. My periods were so erratic after that that I was 17 weeks pregnant before I realised!

Gingeroo Sun 23-Mar-14 19:55:45

No, I was pregnant within 6 weeks of coming off the pill.

Best of luck!!

DramaAlpaca Sun 23-Mar-14 19:57:11

It took me about ten cycles.

blamber Mon 24-Mar-14 16:58:44

The doctors say there is no effect on fertility, but if you've been on the pill for a long time it may take a little while for your period to return. But if it takes more than 6 months, go see the GP. The pill can mask underlying fertility problems, such as pcos, but it doesn't create them. If you stop the pill a few months before you want to ttc chances are you will get your cycle back in time for when you're ready. Also, it is not true that you are most fertile just after stopping!

Foxred10 Mon 24-Mar-14 17:09:40

Nope , on it for 11 years (14-25) and took one month smile

kitkatkaty87 Mon 24-Mar-14 17:12:36

I was wondering the same thing as Beaverfeaver. Do you think it varies depending what pill you were on?

squizita Mon 24-Mar-14 17:18:13

Nope! Thankfully (I've had some other issues- a blood condition that caused some losses before diagnosis) I always conceive within 3 months!

One word of warning - coming off made me bleed after dtd. Scary! Always get this checked out, but in my case it was 'cervical erosion', a harmless condition common after sudden hormone shifts (e.g. pregnancy, coming off/going onto a new pill).

sksk11 Mon 24-Mar-14 20:55:09

I was on the combined pill from 16-20, and the progesterone only pill for the following 13 years. I stopped taking my pill at the end of October last year, had my first period a month later, and got BFP today! So that's roughly 4 cycles. Good luck!

Chipandspuds Mon 24-Mar-14 20:58:42

I was on the pill aged 16 to 27, I did come off of it about 6 months before we tried to get pregnant (used condoms in the meantime) and fell pregnant with DS on the first month of trying. I then went back on the pill and came off it and again got pregnant on the first month of trying.

ithinkineedahug Mon 24-Mar-14 21:11:31

I'm coming off implant tomorrow. It'll be ten years since using any hormonal contraceptive. DH and I are planning to ttc on September. ..wanted to get my body back to normal first! smile

Gemmaisobel Mon 24-Mar-14 21:53:38

No I was pregnant the first ovulation after stopping the pill. I had been on the pill for 13 years :-)

Bankholidaybaby Mon 24-Mar-14 22:09:17

I was on the pill for nearly eleven years and conceived first cycle.

Bankholidaybaby Mon 24-Mar-14 22:12:11

First cycle of trying, sorry, not the first after coming off. I had to stop the pill about five years ago because I had migraines. We didn't start TTC until early jan 13, and I found out I was pregnant later that month. I used an OPK.

Ludways Mon 24-Mar-14 22:19:05

On pill from age 17, pregnant in one month at 33. Back on pill, pregnant in one month at 37.

I can't take the credit, dh tells me it was his super sperm! *Rolls eyes!*

mrshjb Tue 25-Mar-14 06:54:21

Loving reading the stories on this thread. I came off in October last year after being on various pills for about 10 years. Had 3 AFs but they've been all over the place so really hoping they settle down soon and I get my BFP!

Beaverfeaver Tue 25-Mar-14 10:54:06

Good luck Mrshjb

Ludways Tue 25-Mar-14 11:58:56

Good Luck!!!

mrshjb Tue 25-Mar-14 12:33:37

Thanks everyone, good luck to everyone who needs it too smile

Vijac Tue 25-Mar-14 21:21:31

Came off the pill a few months before trying to get my cycle back. Then conceived first month trying.

mrshjb Wed 26-Mar-14 09:12:19

How long did it take for you to get your cycle back Vijac?

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