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Period after birth control question
Anon_233504 posted:
I am a healthy 26 year old woman who has been on the birth control pill for 5 years. I stopped taking it last month because my husband and I have decided to start trying to conceive. Before I took the pill, I always had normal periods(every 28 days). Well it's been about 34 days since my last period and I am starting to freak out. I have mild pain in my lower back and pain on the left side of my upper abdomen (could be gas pains?). I have also taken two pregnancy tests and both has came back negative. I was just wondering if it is normal for a period to take this long to come back after being on birth control? Should I see a doctor?
Thanks for your help!
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georgiagail responded:
While you were on the hormone containing birth control pill, it controlled when you bled, not your own body. It is not unusual that once off of these, it can take a while for your body to return to its pre-pill schedule. It often is quite normal for things to be a bit off schedule after stopping birth control pills.

Some women return to this schedule quickly; for others it can take several months (and in very unusual cases, up to a year) for a regular schedule to return.


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