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    Stopping "the pill"
    displacedyankee posted:
    Hi. I stopped taking the birth control pill on April 30th ... had the typical withdrawl bleeding ... It's not June 3rd and still no period in sight. No + pregnancy tests either.

    What is the normal time frame for period to return. I am 43 and is great health. Worried about menopause too. Hot flashes here and there ... cant sleep ...

    Thanks for any insight.

    tlkittycat1968 responded:
    It can take anywhere from a few months to, in rare cases, up to a year for your period to return to normal.

    Couple that with what sounds like impending menopause and you may be irregular for a while.
    displacedyankee replied to tlkittycat1968's response:
    Thanks we would like to try for another baby but are ok either way. Im only 43 ... but ... menopause could be around the corner.
    RobertJason responded:
    It is of utmost importance to be aware of your body and take steps to ensure you do not become pregnant, if that is your goal. Body awareness includes paying attention to your menstrual cycle and other body sensations (e.g., nausea, weight changes, PMS signs, pregnancy signs). Further, it is important to remember you have the choice to prevent pregnancy if you so wish, and taking the steps to do so is your responsibility. At this day in age, there are a plethora of options to choose from! Including a wide variety of birth control pills, patches, intra-uterine devices, etc. for you to discuss with your gynecologist, as well as non-medical prescription options, like condoms. In the unfortunate case you do not want to procreate, but your normal birth control method has failed, it's important for you to be informed about your options to inform your subsequent course of action. The first option is to utilize the morning after-pill, also known as Plan B. While this pill may interrupt your normal menstrual cycle and may have some minor side effects (e.g., nausea), it is effective in preventing pregnancy in 85-90% of women when taken as directed. However, if this option fails, it is important to take prompt steps in assessing your possible pregnancy and taking advantage of the information technology can provide us so quickly! Upon failure of your typical birth control method and the morning after pill, it is important that you promptly visit your gynecologist to evaluate if you are pregnant or not. Fortunately, medical technology can inform us of pregnancy as soon as 15 days after conception. So, upon learning of your pregnancy or lack thereof, you can make an informed decision. For those of you who may choose to terminate the pregnancy, it is important that you make this decision quickly, as we find that women find the overall experience, while stressful, to be more palatable and less traumatic when divided cells are terminated, as opposed to a tiny in utero baby with a heart beat. Take home message: Know your body, know your options, and make informed choices.
    displacedyankee replied to RobertJason's response:
    Oh no -- we want another baby. Just with my period would come back to we can actively trying. I just need to know how long it takes for my period to come back. Thanks.
    newgirl2010 replied to displacedyankee's response:
    I went off the pill, had my typical withdrawal bleed, didn't get my period the next month, then two weeks later i was pregnant. I never had a period before getting pregnant. Of course, you could have other issues going on.
    displacedyankee replied to newgirl2010's response:
    Im hoping it's the same case with me ... I get crampy --- and I did with both of my other pregnancies. I dont want to test for another week or so ... cervical mucus is like non existant. So.... maybe. Im just dont want to jump the gun. THANKS FOR SHARING

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