hormonal birth control

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hormonal birth control
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Thu, 01-05-2012 - 3:21pm

I recently spoke to a friend who was telling me about her TTC troubles, which the doctor believes are due to taking BC pills for a few years before she was ready to try.

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Thu, 01-05-2012 - 11:04pm
I was on the pill for about 14 or 15 years. I stopped in June 2010 because I was sick of the emotional up and downs. Got my period the following month and have had regular cycles since then. I am 35 years old. So....I really think it is different for everyone. How long has your friend been TTC? My doctor said 6 months to a year is normal and suggested not even bothering to track anything for the first 6 months and just to have fun trying. If after 6 months no go, start tracking ovulation, etc. Just her two cents. I'm not TTC yet so I have no suggestions to offer on that front. :)
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Fri, 01-06-2012 - 11:56am
I am glad you found a good doctor! I have no experience in this, but if it worries you, could you switch to a different form of birth control such as a non-hormonal IUD?

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Fri, 01-06-2012 - 3:44pm

I'm glad you found a great doctor Erin :)

I personally have read studies that there is NO proof that birth control causes more problems in TTC. Your friend may have had the same difficulties TTC even if she had never been on the pill. My doctor told me I could try right away after stopping the pill. Her biggest concern was not how long I was on or off birth control at all, it was prenatals. All she cared was that I immediately started prenatals as soon as (or before) I stopped the pill. If you read the book Taking Chart of Your Fertility (which is full of great information and data from scientific studies) you will read similar information


 


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Thu, 01-12-2012 - 5:17pm
it does not happen to everyone. I was on the pill for 10 yrs. I went off in December 2008 and got pregnant in March 2009. My son just turned 2. My ob said it could take a few mos or up to a year for cycles to regulate. When we ttc #2 in sept I am going off a few mos beforehand but because I will be almost 37 and want to get pregnant fairly quickly.

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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 1:43pm
You too need to get your butt over to the WTT Grad board... http://forums.ivillage.com/t5/Waiting-to-Try-Grads/ct-p/iv-prwttgrads

Anyhow Erin, I agree with the others, everything differs from PG to PG from person to person. Before DS1 I was on hormonal pills for about 7 years and it took 6 months to conceive him. With DS2, I had a hormonal IUD for 7 years before having him and coming off that my cycles were very regular and we got PG with him on our first go. After DS2 my cycles are all over the place ranging from 16 days to 64 days, granted I am BFing and this does crazy things to your body... but still, you get the idea.
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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 8:54pm

Erin, I've basically decided there is no "good" or "correct" answer to your question. I hear doctors/articles say that you can be fertile within days of stopping the pill, but it seems like a lot of first-hand experience from women is that it takes many months to get back to normal. I like what one of the PPs said, about not stopping until you are completely prepared for the fact that you may get preggo immediately. Can you use a second form of BC? For eg. we will use condoms when the time comes for me to get off BCP. I am planning on getting off BCP about 6 months out because I am really interested in charting for awhile to see how my body works. Finally, FWIW, I have been on the pill since 2004...so by the time I get off of it, it will have been almost 9 years.