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Why would this cycle be different

By Anonymous March 11, 2015 - 8:35am
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Hello, I STOPPED BC pills in December 2014. January I had a normal period. February I started spotting 2 days before my cycle. It lasted is usual 6 days. March however, I spotted for 2 days before, I also had yellowish cervical mucus (no smell or itching) and then my period started on the 3rd day. It was lighter but heavier than spotting. I have not had any cramps which is not normal for me. I am currently trying to conceive and I started taking prenatal vitamins 6 days ago. That is the only change.

I am confused as to why this cycle was different. Could it be that THIS cycle is my normal cycle?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for reaching out to us with your concern.

The hormones in the birth control pills stop normal ovulation.By coming off the pill , your body returns to its natural cycle.

Most women return to their normal hormone production after coming off the pill. In fact, it’s possible to become pregnant just a few days after you stop taking oral contraceptives.

But , it could also take a few months for your body to begin ovulating and menstruating on its own schedule again. Some women will experience a delay before their normal menstrual cycles returns, especially those who had irregular periods before taking oral contraceptives.

Anonymous, what were your menstrual cycles and periods like before you started taking birth control pills?


March 11, 2015 - 8:54am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Hello and thank you for responding. My menstrual cycles were always normal. I started BC pills for acne and menstrual cramps and mainly so that I wouldn't get pregnant. I have never had the spotting before in my life. My cycles are 28-30 days always. This cycle has come on time so it was not late or anything. I took a hpt on 2 days ago and it was negative.

March 11, 2015 - 9:00am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Thank you for providing more information. Since this is causing your concern, why not give your gynecologist a call. Your doctor is more knowledgeable than I am and can give you an answer.


March 11, 2015 - 9:23am
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