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Stopping bcp

By Anonymous February 21, 2016 - 8:58am
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Can I get pregnant right after i stopped bcp? My last period started last Jan 19(tuesday) and ended jan 22(friday, same date i started my new pack of pills) on the 4th day(jan 26) of pack i stopped and have sex last jan 27, skipped on 28, had on 29 and 30. I saw in my period tracker that Jan 30 was also my ovulation day. Jan 31 to Feb 1 i had a bleeding and I think that was a withdrawal bleeding and normal for those who stopped bcp in the mid pack.

I am now 6 days delayed. Havent had sex since then. Feb 15 (same date i should gotten my period), i had a light bleeding and i think that was spotting. I cant even full a panty liner. It lasted on feb 16 and became lighter than the first one. I also had a tender breast in the same date.

My partner thinks that im pregnant but i took 4 HPT and it was all negative. Other than that i sometimes feel dizzy, nauseous and irritated. I crave a lot now and i think i increase weight.

Is this because i'm pregnant or my period is about to start or is this because i stopped bcp? I really dont know which. I hope someone out ther is in the same boat and can help me answer my questions. Thank you very much in advance!

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Hello and welcome to EmpowHer,
Birth control pills prevent ovulation. You have to be off the pill for about 2 weeks in order to start ovulating again. So, on the 28th-30th you were most likely not ovulating because you had just stopped taking the pill.
When you stop taking birth control pills some symptoms you may experience may include:
--tender breasts
--food cravings
--weight gain/loss
--spotting/ irregular vaginal bleeding

Since you were stopped taking to pill after you had sex, you were still protected. The symptoms you have are most likely not due to pregnancy after considering the circumstances, and the fact that the pregnancy tests were negative. It is also common for your menstrual cycle to be temporarily irregular until your hormones balance themselves.

At this point, I suggest that you wait for your hormones to balance themselves, and try to use condoms instead of emergency contraception the next time you have intercourse. This will help avoid any more pregnancy-like symptoms.
Below I have pasted a link to a HER article which talks more about what to experience when coming off the pill:
I hope that helps.

February 21, 2016 - 4:28pm
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