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January 8th, 2013, 10:15 PM
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Chico, CA
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Hi all!
I am new here, but I have a question about stopping birth control pills mid-cycle. I am open to any suggestions or other's experiences!

I am 24 , and have been on ortho tri-cyclen lo for about 7 years. Now (after almost 2 years of discussion) my boyfriend and I have decided we are finally ready to have a baby!

I just finished bleeding about 2 days ago, and so I am only 2 pills in to a new pack. Should I finish this whole month out? Or just quit taking the pills now?

I have heard MANY different things, such as you are most fertile in the 2 weeks after you stop taking BC, or don't stop mid-cycle because you'll possibly get breakthrough bleeding and it can be challenging to calculate when you are ovulating...

Anybody had any experience with this? Ideally we would like to get pregnant around March or April because I'm a graduate student and this would be easier for late pregnancy/delivery with my schedule. My biggest concern is not being able to tell when I'm ovulating, since I will most likely have a withdrawl bleed shortly after stopping the pills, but it won't be a "real" period. And, if it takes my body a couple months to regulate after being on BC, I feel I should start now!

Thanks ladies!
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January 17th, 2013, 02:35 PM
ShawnaCAN's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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It doesn't matter when you stop, the Pill makes you have the same withdrawal bleed no matter when you stop it. It simply makes you bleed at regular intervals, but these are not actually real "cycles."

Every woman's reproductive system recovers from the Pill differently. Some are fertile right away, others take longer to recover. Usually ovulation starts occurring regularly right away, but the cervix takes longer to heal. The cervix is where good quality cervical mucus is produced and sperm need this to survive. The Pill shrivels up the parts of the cervix where the CM is made; this is what may take longer to heal. Clinical trials show that full recovery from the effects of the Pill will take an average of 3 - 18 months.

To track your signs, have you considered taking a charting class? That way you can learn to tell when you're fertile or not, even if things are irregular for awhile. It will also help you monitor whether everything is healing or not after stopping the Pill.

One other thing I need to mention is that the risk of Pill-induced breast cancer is much higher if it's taken for longer than 5 years, prior to a full term pregnancy, and under the age of 25. MAKE SURE you have your breasts screened regularly as all 3 of the elevated risk factors apply to you!
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January 18th, 2013, 05:59 AM
Missa_Mae's Avatar First Time Mommy!
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I would finish the pack ... if you talk to your Doc & do some research everything would point to finishing the pack. If you stop mid cycle it could actually mess up your system and you could have a withdrawal bleed, then another bleed a few weeks later (or the bleeding could last longer) ...

IMO I would wait it out

I stopped my pills at the end of my pack at the end of May 2012, got my BFP in July ... and that was after being on the pill for 11+ years!

Good Luck!
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