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First period after birth control pill?

By Anonymous July 6, 2010 - 9:00pm
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Hello, I think I just had my first period after getting off the pill but I am not sure. I know they say everybody is different when they get off the pill (you would think somebody would have done some medical studies!) but I am not sure what is going on with me. I took my last pill June 12th, had a normal period from June 16-20, then had what seems like a period from July 1-3rd. The bleeding was like period bleeding, but completely stopped in the evening and overnight. I am trying to figure out what is going on as my husband and I are trying to start a family. I was on the pill for 8 years and prior to the pill had normal periods. Though, I was 19 when I started, so I don't know if your period can change when you get older. Did I have a period or should I expect another? I want to start pinpointing ovulation days for conception, but that weird early, short period threw me off, big time.

Thanks for any help!

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I think I may have some useful information on this topic...I stopped taking the last pill 5/29. Had my period 6/1 (the one that normally comes after 3 weeks of birth control pills). In July, my period was 2-3 days early (7/25) and started off brown for one day, then two days of heavy red flow, and then stopped abruptly on the second day. I thought that was implantation bleeding at first, got all excited and hopeful, but it was not. My next period didn't come until SEPTEMBER 4th - TWO WEEKS LATE! I thought I was pregnant...kept taking the pregnancy tests, always negative. Then I researched "getting off the pill" and how it affects ovulation, your period, etc. I was alo taking OPK's to monitor ovulation. I never got the line to be exactly equal to or darker than the test line...and it dawned on me that I have not ovulated after I stopped the pill. I am hopeful that this period (which should be over tomorrow) is my first normal period after birth control (it looks and feels like it is - but then again how can it be a "normal" period if I did not ovulate right?). I'm watching carefully to determine if I will ovulate this month...charting my temperature, using OPK's and BDing. Also, I'm praying to St. Gerard to send a little angel our way. My advice to all women....GET OFF THE PILL!!! I will never go on it again!

September 10, 2010 - 7:32am
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Anon - It can take two to three months after stopping birth control pills before your body gets into a new cycle that is a regular one for you. Yes, your period can change as you get older, and yes, you may have another period on top of the one you just had.

Hope that helps, and good luck to you and your husband!

July 7, 2010 - 6:33pm
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