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I've been on birth control since I was 13, and am now 25. I was on it for cramps and horrible periods. Anyway, my husband and I are trying to conceive, but what how to I get off of the pill and not have to worry about horrible cramps again?
Painful periods are a sign that something is wrong. The Pill really only covers up the symptoms, rather than addressing the reason for the horrible cramps. The underlying problem is likely there, so it will be in your best interests to find out what it is and have it treated. It would be good to have it addressed for 2 reasons:
1. So you don't have to endure painful periods anymore
2. Just in case it's something that could affect TTC
In the meantime, charting can help a lot. If you can learn to identify ovulation, then you'll have about 2 weeks notice before your next AF. A day before you expect AF, start taking pain medication like Aspirin or Tylenol. That will help reduce the pain when AF does show up. Without charting, you can't always tell when AF will show...so it's harder to know when to start the pain meds.
Also bear in mind that it can take your fertility some time to recover from the effects of the hormones in the Pill. 3 - 18 months is how long it can take. Usually ovulation comes back right away, but there can be a deficiency in cervical mucus for awhile because the cervix is very sensitive to the hormones.
I use to have painful periods too. I was on the pill for a over a year when we were first married and it made periods more bearable. After going off the pill it took about 4 months for my period to show up. Then my cycles were very irregular and long... and very painful. It took 10 months to get pregnant (NTNP).
Hopefully you will get pregnant fast! The few periods I had between my two pregnancies were MUCH better pain wise.