BCP and TTC

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Registered: 04-22-2006
BCP and TTC
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Sat, 05-03-2008 - 9:21am

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I've been on the BC pill since I was 17 - so 12 years (I can't even believe that!). I've heard from random sources that being on the pill can affect your fertility, and the longer you're on it the worse it can get. Now, I'm not sure how true this is - maybe for the super high dose pills that came out in the 60's or something, or maybe it's still true?

Also, how far in advance of TTC should you go off the BCP? I've heard that you should use a backup method for a while after going off the pill for a few months to prevent complications - does anyone have any info on that? Does it really matter these days with low dose pills?

Any light anyone can shed on these for me would be appreciated!













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Registered: 04-07-2007
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Sat, 05-03-2008 - 10:09am
I got pregnant while on BCP so I have no idea LOL xxx
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Registered: 03-08-2008
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Sat, 05-03-2008 - 11:14am

It can take a few months to ovulate after BCP, up to 6 months some say. But, others ovulate the first month off. Unfortunately, no one knows what their bodies will do! Two of my friends got pg their first month off of the pills, and the babies are fine! For me, psychologically, I liked the idea of having everything out of my system before TTC. Some says 3 months, some say no need to wait.

My first few weeks when my body didn't get its pill were rough. I had bad cramps and just felt like crap for like 2 weeks. So glad when that ended!!



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Registered: 04-07-2003
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Sat, 05-03-2008 - 11:56am

The information sheet inside my BCP package says to wait one full cycle after being off BCPs to TTC, but my doctor told me in March that you should be off for 3 months. She said it can take a while to get regulated again (and after reading the experiences of all the ladies here on IV, no kidding!), and it is also necessary to calculate your due date (not quite sure how that works, but hey).



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Registered: 03-18-2008
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Sat, 05-03-2008 - 12:42pm
Just chiming in to say that I've been given similar advice as PPers. My gyn said stop BCP and start taking PNV 3 months before TTC. I was on some form of hormonal BC for 5 years, most recent BCP. Everyone reacts differently to coming off BC. Some start ovulating right away, some take a while. It's been about 4 days since I should have taken a new pack of BC and so far no side effects. Of course, it's too soon to really tell yet.








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Registered: 04-03-2008
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Sat, 05-03-2008 - 12:42pm

I think this is a question where you won't be able to get one straight answer. All three OBGYN's that I have asked have all said I should start trying right after I go off the BCP pills. Since I might have PCOS this is good advice anyways.

I personally am not planning on taking any sort of break before trying, I think the main problem is that it is just harder to tell when you will ovulate because the first cycles *might* be irregular. If you feel more comfortable going off of the pills for a few months and then trying then you should go with that.


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Registered: 09-30-2006
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Sat, 05-03-2008 - 1:57pm

I've never been on the pill, but I thought I would mention my sister got pregnant right after stopping the pill, and it was nothing but complications. She ended up with a blood clot and her little girl was born prematurely, and lived for just under seven hours. The doctors believed it was due to the BC and that she didn't give herself a chance to have AF come. She doesn't even use birth control anymore. She now has a healthy baby boy, and another healthy baby on the way.

I know that's not going to be the case for everyone, or even a lot of people, but for me I wouldn't want to take any chances. I've been thinking about going on the pill (I really hate condoms) and if I do, I'd be more likely to wait a month or so at least after going off it before TTC.


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Registered: 08-28-2007
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Sat, 05-03-2008 - 2:12pm

Okay, here goes...


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Registered: 04-07-2007
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Sat, 05-03-2008 - 2:23pm

Ash,


I keep meaning to tell you my co-cl has PCOS and has 5 kids so far :O) So if you ever need advice about TTC and PCOS I can pass on her email to you (I'll ask her first obviously LOL) In fact lots of the girls on my board have PCOS :O) xxx

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Registered: 04-22-2006
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Sat, 05-03-2008 - 6:08pm

Thanks for the replies so far ladies! Sounds like different doctors give different advice, but that it depends on the person, family history and type of pill (and how long on the pill). I think once the time comes I'll ask my doctor - in fact I have a physical coming up in July so I think I'll do it then and see what she says. I think I'd rather be safe and go off the pill a few months before TTC, but it sounds like if there's an "oops" that it should be okay.

I just find all this TTC/baby stuff so overwhelming! I guess I was the same way with wedding stuff in the beginning too - just got to learn!













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Registered: 02-17-2005
In reply to: cassiopeiae
Mon, 05-05-2008 - 8:25am

Hey Alyssa,


I just wanted to say that I've had several doctors say that BC actually protects fertility. Not b/c of the pill itself per say, but the way that it works it makes your CM/CF thicker (as in, impassable for sperm). The thicker stuff actually helps prevent bacteria/other nasty stuff from getting all up in there if you know what I mean. At least that's how it was explained to me. But of course it's different for every person and I'm sure doctors have different opinions. I personally though have never had a bad vaginal infection

  ~~~Rachael wife to Mike~~~

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