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September 22nd, 2011, 08:27 AM
SammyJ's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I have been off the BCP for about five weeks. I still haven't gotten a period yet, which I realize is most likely due to having the hormones leave my system. However, DH and I really haven't been very careful although we aren't necessarily TTC. So I took a first response hpt today just to make sure I wasn't pregnant, and I got a tiny faint line, but I am pretty sure it was evap. Anyway, has anyone here been in this boat? When should I expect my period to come back? About how long does it take for periods to regulate after stopping bcp?

I would appreciate any insight!

Thanks a ton!
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September 22nd, 2011, 12:39 PM
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Everyone is different. I have heard it can depend on how long you were on the hormones. I was on the pill for 1.5 years. It took almost 4 months for me to get my period back. Then my cycles were very long, irregular, and heavy for a while.

9-10 months after going off them I got a very faint line on a hpt. It was so light I was sure it was an evap. Took some more test and all had very faint lines. I say test again!!
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September 22nd, 2011, 02:23 PM
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Hmmm! That was my last test, so I am going to order some and TRY and hold out until they get here to test again. Who knows, in the meantime I might get AF. I honestly would be happy either way. lol. Thanks for your help!
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September 22nd, 2011, 02:40 PM
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Everyone is very different. Even after you begin ovulating and menstruating normally again, it can still take additional time for your cervix to fully heal from the effects of the hormones. Average recovery time is anywhere from 3-18 months. It all depends on how long you were on it, how old you are, and how your body dealt with the synthetic hormones in your system.

If you have a faint line, test again with really concentrated urine.
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