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Off pill and impatient

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Zumbasmyfave Fri 22-Feb-13 17:16:13

Hi all,

Just wondering what peoples experiences were of coming off the pill and TTC..

DH and I are TTC#1 so I stopped taking the pill beginning of december, I had my withdrawal bleed and then spotting on xmas day (?!) But since then NOTHING

Had been on pill 13 yrs (Microgynon at 1st then Marvelon for the last 3yrs)

Have done a couple of tests (Including 1 today) since and all BFN.

DH and I been managing to DTD anything between 2-4x per week depending on our shifts.

I just don't know whether I have ov or will anytime soon! If AF would pay a visit I'd at least have some reassurance.

Are anyone elses hormones playing hide and seek since coming off the pill?

FrankellyMyDearIDontGiveADamn Fri 22-Feb-13 17:50:56

Did you have irregular periods before starting the Pill?

At this stage you just have to wait it out I'm afraid. GPs won't consider looking into possible causes of lack of periods for 6 months (voice of experience). Have you noticed any changes in your cervical mucus to indicate that you may have ovulated?

It is so early on for you in your TTC journey that I would recommend you just take some time to prepare yourself for pregnancy - eat healthily, cut back on the bad stuff, start taking folic acid, etc.

The same goes for your DH: sperm take 90 days to be manufactured so any changes he makes now will take 3 months before they have an impact on sperm quality.

Perhaps look at buying a book like Taking Charge of Your Fertility, but don't go down the road of OPKs, charting, etc just yet.

Zumbasmyfave Fri 22-Feb-13 19:13:02

Thank you for the advise Fran

My periods were pretty regular before, yes.

Will nag the DH re: diet etc.. he's not too bad!
I have been taking the folic for a few months and am into healthy eating and exercise anyway ('cept for probably eating a bit too much sugar!)

Yes I shall avoid the opks etc for now.. Don't need anything else to make me worry!

Will have a look on amazon for that book- thank you.

And re: the cervical mucus blush I may have to do a more, ahem.. research!

honey86 Fri 22-Feb-13 19:45:56

i came off cerazette 3 weeks ago and got a faint line this morning, i was on microgynon before i had ds1 and fell preg in my 2nd cycle x

ticktock1979 Fri 22-Feb-13 20:34:45

zumba I also stopped the pill late last year, November. I have had AF visit in Dec & Jan & a rather strange early bleed at the beginning of this week - only lasted for 2 days (I still have everything crossed but have had 2 BFNs) I think it varies for people as to how long it takes for it to work through your system but I gather that anything from 3 months until it all settles to some kind of normal. Might be worth a visit to GP if still no flo next month - just to let them know you're trying & ask advice from them. Good luck! x

Zumbasmyfave Fri 22-Feb-13 20:53:10

Thanks Tiktok

Good luck to you too! Looks like it's different for everyone..

I shaln't worry just yet!

gillian1986 Sat 23-Feb-13 08:13:05

Can't say it enough but it's true... Everyone is different!

I took my last pill on 21st dec and had a withdrawal bleed from 25th dec to 29th dec.

Had my first true period 25th jan to 29th jan...... And AF came once more in the early hours of this morning!

So... Not pregnant :-(

But at least my periods seem to be regular.

I've got a couple of handy iPhone apps... Ones called "my cycle" and the other one is "pink pad"... I'm using them to track my periods, body basal temp (purely out of interest to see what happens to temp throughout a cycle) and other things like when we dtd and stuff like that... It also estimates when you're ovulating etc... smile

Good luck! X

gillian1986 Sat 23-Feb-13 08:14:28

But anyway "off pill and impatient" describes me quite well lol

flipflump Sat 23-Feb-13 08:28:35

I know it doesn't help when all you can think about is getting pregnant but try to relax. I spent a year from coming off the pill to getting my BFP charting, obsessing, getting down every time AF turned up. It really doesn't help. As soon as I was distracted with moving house and to a new area, I fell pregnant. Was more interested in home decor and making new friends to obsess!

FrankellyMyDearIDontGiveADamn Sat 23-Feb-13 08:34:21

Please, please don't say relax!

Look at the other thread running here in Conception about using those words - it never goes down well!

gillian1986 Sat 23-Feb-13 09:26:50

Lol I was going to say the same thing... Don't saaaaay the R wooooorrrrddddd!!!!

Trinpy Sat 23-Feb-13 09:52:19

It took me almost 4 months to ovulate after coming off the pill and after 10 months I still have irregular cycles. I was only on the pill for 3 years and had perfect 28/29 day cycles before that. I am never ever ever taking any hormonal bc ever again as a result. It is the most frustrating time just waiting for your body to start working again - at least during the 2ww you know where you are with everything.

I wouldn't worry about it at this stage. I went to my gp after 3 months without af and she said to come back if still nothing after 6-9 months, which is when they do bloods, etc and look into starting medication. Apparantly it can naturally take up to a year for some (very unlucky) people.

In the mean time, take folic acid and eat healthily as recommended by another poster. Read up on what fertile cm looks like as was the only indication I had that I was ovulating again before I got my first af post-pill.

Hope you get your bfp soon!

Zumbasmyfave Sat 23-Feb-13 18:05:28

It was really lovely coming home after a crappy shift to see your lovely encouraging posts :-) Made my day, thank you gill, flip, Frank and Trinpy!

LOL about the R Word! I'm not quite at the point where I'd get cross at hearing it! Though it's something I would like to do more of in general!

I think in the future I'd consider a non-hormonal form of contraception.. They say it leaves your system straight away but I'm not so sure! Just to think, all the times I stressed about being late or forgetting a pill! Ho-hum.


gillian1986 Sun 24-Feb-13 12:26:44

haha you spend so long trying NOT to get pregnant and then, overnight, you go the complete other way! haha xx

Zumbasmyfave Sun 24-Feb-13 21:43:08

Oh the Irony gill! Gotta be our time soon x

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