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I am just wondering if anyone knows how long, on average, it takes to start to ovulate again after stopping the pill? Can you ovulate right away? Or does it usually take a couple of months? Or can it take a very long time to ovulate again? Is it just different for everyone?
It's different for everyone. Since it's normal to ovulate while on the BCP (it also works by making sure implantation can't occur), many women do ovulate fairly quickly after stopping it. Clinical trials suggest that it can take up to 18 months for your fertility to completely recover from the effects of the BCP. The most common difficulty following BCP use isn't the lack of ovulation, it's a lack of good quality cervical mucus. The BCP shrivels up the parts of the cervix where good quality mucus is produced. Because it's such a delicate organ, it can take awhile for the cervix to heal and produce good CM again.
A typical pattern I've seen repeatedly in my clients is a few normal cycles...which causes them to say "Oh good! Everything went back to normal right away!" and then several irregular cycles, and then things regulate again. It takes a few months for the build up of synthetic hormones to completely leave your system, which is why things may tend to get weird for awhile before going back to normal.
Everyone is different, but I know for me it took almost a year to get back into my normal cycle after going off the pill. Before going on the pill I was in a normal spot-on 28 day cycle. Once going off the pill my cycle started at around 45 days (yikes) and SLOWLY moved toward a normal 28 day cycle.
So if you are TTC anytime soon, I would suggest going off of it as soon as possible
I took Ortho Evra (bc Patch) so I'm not totally familiar w/ the pill, but I know I was told by my ob and also by several friends (that were taking the pill) that it can take up to 6 months to get back to normal. Me and my hubby decided to TTC and just see what happened - I'll be 6 weeks along tomorrow and let me say my last period was December 14th, so we got pregnant right away! You never know! My ob did recommend Folic Acid - don't know if that helped or if we were just luckily blessed with this baby sooner then most? But we are so excited! Best of luck!!!!