Just stop taking birth control, what should I expect
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An_243063 posted:
My husband and I decided we are ready to start trying to have kids in December. I finished out my birth control (Ocella) for that cycle then had my normal period on the schedule I had the entire time I was on the pill. With my on pill schedule my period should have come yesterday (Saturday). I look at an ovulation calculator and was having ovulation symptoms the days the calendar said I should be ovulating. My husband and I had sex on a few of these days. On Friday, I felt the way I normally do the day before my periods but my period did not come. I've also had some slight nausea for the past few days and slight cramping yesterday and today. I took a pregnancy test today and it was negative. I plan to take another in 3 or more days. I know going off the pill can cause irregular periods. If I am not pregnant I want to know how long until I should expect my period. I read that it can take up to 3 months to have the first period after birth control. This seems like a long and frustrating amount of time to wait to take another pregnancy tests if my period does not come. I had periods every 6 weeks before birth control and then a 28 week cycle on it. Does the 3 month wait apply to all forms of birth control or just the kind that stops periods all together? Should I take a pregnancy tests once if my old 6 week cycle doesn't start right away? Or should I wait 3 months and see what happens and only take a tests if I have other pregnancy symptoms?
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TKO120107 responded:
What I've noticed is that the first cycle coming off BC is short and then the next cycle is back to my regular off BC cycle. So you might be back on your off BC cycle. But your symptoms do sound really promising! Fingers crossed that your next test will be positive!

If not, then maybe you're back on your normal 6 week cycle, and you can use that in the ovulation calculators. One thing to watch out for, though, is that they all tend to assume that you ovulate in the middle of your cycle, and that isn't true for everyone. I ovulate late in my cycle.

Good luck and baby dust!
Me (39) DH (40) DS (2) TTC no. 2
 
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An_243063 responded:
Looks like I won't be left in suspense for 3 months. Aunt Flo has arrived and just in time. I was going to take the second pregnancy test tomorrow morning. So if the time between my last period right after going off the pill and now is any indication of what's normal for me now, gues I'm on a 5 week cycle. Won't know for sure unless I don't get pregnant next month and have a period then.