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Hi everyone. I just had a question about BC. I just started BC for the first time in December (they put me on norinyl) & I only took it 4 days because it caused side effects I didn't like (AF last for 2 weeks, moody & emotional, hungry ALL the time then got sick when I ate) so I stopped it. I tried to get them to change it but they wouldn't until I took it for awhile so I just quit. Then at the end of February I decided to give it another shot and took it for two full weeks; same side effects but AF wasn't so bad). Fiance & I decided mid-March to TTC so I stopped the BC. AF was a few days late that time, but I figure it was due to moving & stress. My question is: how long does it take before BC is fully out of your system & is this likely to affect TTC?
I'm not sure how helpful I am going to be, as I'm in a similar situation. I stopped BC in the begining of March also and have been trying to educate myself. What I've learned is that the BC pill is out of your system within a few days after you stop taking it. It's at that point that your body needs to go back to its natural state and ovulate. My OBGYN told me that most women ovulate regularly within 3 months. I've also known some who have gotten pregnant within weeks of stopping the pill. It really just depends on your body. So in that sense I guess you could say that it does affect TTC because the pill prevents ovulation, but once you stop taking it you just need to wait for your body to do the rest. Good luck and lots of babydust your way!!!
Well don't get me wrong, I think you can conceive way before this, but for me it took about a year for my cycles to get completely back to normal. My cycle before I went on the pill was like clockwork every 28 days. After I stopped taking the pill (also because I did not like the side effects) my cycles went to 55 days and SLOWLY worked back down to 28 days...took about one year! But you can still conceive even with longer cycles...I am just saying it wasn't completely normal until about one year later!