I took bc for 18 years. Thanks. I have been off the pill for about a month when I was expecting my period all I got was cramping and a few spots. I’ve been using the natural cycles app so I’m tracking everything. After 10 years, I stopped taking the pill about 11 months ago…after 2 months my period returned they’re anywhere from 30-35 days apart…but the cramps I get the first two days are brutal and only tolerable if I take ibuprofen a few times a day. During this period of brown spotting, I am having like PMS symptoms as well. When it’s finally time to take it down from the shelf and dust it off you may find that getting pregnant isn’t as easy as you thought it would be. I took two packs with the sugar pills between. Well I’ve been thinking of going back on it since me and my boyfriend are house hunting and decided to not let any surprises come before we have more space and comfortable . So I got on the nuva ring in September 2015, had Normal periods and what not, my fiancw and I decided to try for a baby, so I stopped the nuva ring April 7th, Had a period April 9th through the 13th, had some light brown bleeding and then got heavier April 23 through the 26th. Is this normal? PLEASE HELP, Hopeful New Yorker UPDATE* Is it going to be like this forever? Hard to say Desiree. I am experiencing very bad period pains but no period. I have had signs of what I think is pregnancy or it could be just coming off the pill, sore boobs, a lil nausea here and there Moody cramps and being hungry. When progesterone levels rise in the post-ovulatory phase women may notice their breasts feeling a bit tender and more full until menstruation when they tend to become less full and stop feeling tender and sore. "Going off birth control pills may return acne symptoms to what they were before starting birth control pills," says Dr. Bhardwaj. Am 22 yrs old. You may want to consider seeing a naturopath or functional medicine practitioner to help you get to the bottom of what is happening in your cycle. I am still having some of these symptoms. I was on it for 8 years religiously. I actually started the pill in Nov for heavy bleeding. I realize it might not be of course and will test myself next week. I came off cerezette in February 2016 ttc, my first period returned after about a month they are worse than before I was on the pill, headaches only lasted about a month, feeling sick sore breasts basically feeling like you were pregnant but wasn’t, if I wasn’t trying for a baby I would rather be on pill than suffering like this, at the moment I’m having a 7 day bleed heavy and painful every 14 to 16 days which my doctor told me can be normal while the hormones sort themselves out, but everyone is different. Hi, I was on the pill only for one month and decided to stop because the side effects were too much for me to handle. But now I’m left with a rather silly one! After taking the pills i still have light bleeding within a week. I was put on the contraceptive pill 20 years ago due to agonising period pains and terrible acne. Both estrogen/progestin and progestin-only pills can … There are so many reasons women find themselves on the birth-control pill. Unfortunately this could be a result of your hormones being out of wack. It helps you to know when you’re ovulating and also know if you’re pregnant within 2 weeks of ovulation. Got my period in July no issues. (I’m now 19). What could this mean. It is withdrawal bleeding. I have come off the pill after being on it for 25 years (except when trying to conceive and pregnancy) I was lucky for my period to return straight away and a 28 day cycle. I just want to know if I could possibly be pregnant or if my cycle will take a while to sort itself out. It’s been about 3 weeks now and they are extremely tender to the touch. I’m so annoyed with this… going on 6 years now (I’m 32)! Once October came around I started experiencing, constant bloating, backaches, and abdominal tightness. After that I stopped taking it because I hated how I was feeling. Hi Julie, it would be a good idea to have your abdomen checked out to make sure it isn’t something serious. If pregnancy is what you’re going for then awesome, but if not then this point may need additional consideration. How do you deal with the agonizing fear of getting off the pill? I am worried about spotting thing is now 2months since I came off the pill. It turns out that women who are taking the pill have different preferences when it comes to the scent of their partners than women who aren’t. Thank you so much for listening and for your advice. Annie. So after getting off the pill, you may be welcoming back your long lost libido! You’ll find more information on my work with me page. My biggest issue is that I have severely sore/hard nipples -- like all the time. Hi Salima, if you are having negative symptoms after starting the pill, you’ll want to make an appointment with your doctor to have it checked out (and possibly switch to a different type or come off altogether). Learn how your comment data is processed. I finished a pack on december 4 and had my usual withrawal bleeding in dec 7 for about 3-4 days. Before the pill, my periods were the worst pain that I have ever experienced, and I am terrified to get off the pill and go through that again. Since true menstruation only happens after you ovulate, getting your period back is an indication that your fertility has returned and that you have started ovulating again. on Dec 26 2016 first day of my mimmic period i decided to came off the pill, my spotting lasted on 2nd of Jan 2017, after 2 weeks i felt cramping and having sore nipples then had my spotting on 31st of Jan and on 5th of Feb it started to get a bit heavy like a normal period that from liners to pads and it stops on the 8th (today) is it still withdrawal bleeding?, how many more months should it take to have withdrawal bleeding?? Thanks, Yes I feel this kind of pain too at least now I know I’m not alone I kind of feel sharp pain in my v and abdomen, sometimes mild sometimes too sharp. For many women, the pill reduces or eliminates period pain, acne, endometriosis and PCOS related symptoms, and heavy periods. And after two days of that, i go to urinate more often, i feel cramps evryday and also a tingling on my breast.. Is that a possible sign that im pregnant that fast? Hi good morning, I just want to seek advice. I don’t know what to do.the bleeding was light before but started getting heavier after some days… Please what to I do and when will it stop? We have been conditioned to fear our fertility from a young age by being told repeatedly that we can get pregnant at any time. Hi there, I stopped the pill about 15 days ago, and since then, I have been cramping a bit and I have brown spotting (cervical fluid.) Before I went on the pill at 17, I would have very heavy periods, bad acne and worst of all, excruciating pain, which was the reason to go on the pill back then. I hope this post helps ladies!! Im just worried if im pregnant or not. Also because my Dr was not very informative I did a little googling and started reading about the fact that you need to O and not conceive for AF to visit and that that could take some time after stopping the pill. Last Monday my husband decided to finally test his sperm count. Thank you for your article, it is very helpful. Never felt this before I took the pill but I understand it’s actually quite normal. me and my bf have decided for me to stop taking bc just to see what happens. Came back negative. I just started the pills (combined), it has been 10 days and I feel heaviness and pain in lower abdomen (kind of the discomfort you have before period starts). For some women it can take over a year. I’m confused, It can take several months or even over a year for your hormones to normalize. I only took the mini pill for a week but had to stop it as my mood changed dramatically ….soon as i stopped bleedkng started and now my boobs are so tender ! It is causing issues in my relationship. They tell us that he’s still got some swimmers. Since your “period” isn’t a real period but a withdrawal bleed you can start taking your pill at any time. A trained nutritional biochemist and Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Brighten is the founder and Clinic Director at Rubus Health, an integrative women’s … Thank yoy for the article. I’m sorry if it has already been posted and I appreciate all your work and research! My cycle returned to normal pretty much immediately. Do you think I could be pregnant already, is it too early to try a pregnancy test? That isn’t something I would be able to answer in this format. I sometimes get a bit of cramping during this time as well. I was on Yazmin for about 4 years, after giving birth that the young age of 17. My breast has been tender and I have been experiencing minor abdominal pain. I stopped taking the pill last year in june, my next period was 3 months later, i had 2 ‘normal periods’ (4-6 days of bleeding every fourth week in september and october) i then did not get my period again for 5months which i am still experiencing. I have been off birth control for 3 months now, about a week ago I experienced sore nipples for a couple of days. I’m still not ‘settled’ and have a period every 2 weeks. When I came off I experienced a huge drop in cup size going from an E cup to a B. The only relief I get is when my period comes on. I have been off birth control for almost 2 months now. Hi there! I went off nuvaring birth control on October 7th. So I thought maybe I was having a reaction. Click here to read the first chapter for free! Is this normal? Me & my partner haven’t been safe, with drawl method at times and sometimes no method at all just straight in, sorry tmi, but I just need answers!! I have been wanting to come off it for a long time HELP MEEEEE!!!! Many women are disappointed to find that after starting to take the pill so they can have lots of uninhibited sex, they lose their sex drive. My pimples are weirdly in my hair, so easily hidden, and the pain is no worse than on the pill. is it normal that i am still bleeding after 6 days? Each of these options has pros and cons and are not for everybody. I just want to ask because I have been off BC for 2 months now after using it for three years. I went off birth control pills 7 months ago (due to clots) and think I'm approaching menopause as I'm 52 and only had 1 period after none for 6 months. My partner and I have decided to part ways after all those years together and I am considering to use this “opportunity” to go off the pill to rediscover my real self. I came of the pill on the 25th may this year for the first time as me and my partner want to try for a baby. No sugar pills in my pill pack. I have been off birth control for 3 months now, about a week ago I experienced sore nipples for a couple of days. I took 4 pills of my last pack when we decided to toss them. Thank you so much! My best suggestion would be to work with someone (functional medicine practitioner, naturopath) who can help you to determine what is happening with you and your hormones so you can address the root cause without having to get back on the pill. I’ve been reading through the comments and found no mention of anything like this. The tissue being shed is the exact same tissue whether you ovulate or not, so please don’t not trust your physician just because she didn’t use a specific term. Thanks. But I stopped using it on wenesday 2nd March last week because my boyfriend travelled to Dubai… Painful Nipples Stopping birth control and Pregnancy … At that time I went on the pill, just to be sure we didn’t have another. Is it normal for when I come off my pills to get an extremely chunk period and then very very heavy for days? Will these get better over time or is this what I have to deal with now? Hi I stopped taking it its been a week I’m having abdomen pain everyday . However now that I’ve completed the pack I just started my period and it’s very heavy. i shouldnt be starting my next cycle until feb. 2. for the past three days now i have had really sore nipples and the color looks lighter. When this is the case, breasts often feel smaller during the pill-free or placebo pill week. You might actually get your sex drive back! My husband and i had an unprotected sex after 8 days of my first mestruation. I am 36 and my husband and I decided in September to ttc. Taking the pill is kind of like putting your fertility on a shelf for awhile. We are at a point in time where we’re putting off having babies until later in life only to discover that fertility isn’t just a switch that can be turned on and off. Deedee, it could be withdrawal bleeding since you just went off the pill. This month was a relief. To help answer many of the inevitable questions on the matter, we turned to a board-certified doctor, and here is her advice on the topic. Thank you for sharing! Lasted til 11/25. Hi Rihanna, it is hard to say. And since Christmas my lower abdomen is very tender and swollen. Any pain in your nipples can make you wonder if you have breast cancer. I had excruciating pain the last day i took the pill, it was like a knife was stuck in my left ovary every step was agony. I did not have a normal period when I should of, it was extremely light and barely there at all. i got off birth control a couple months ago and for about the last my breast have become very sore and tender. Would it be ok to take a break from the pill for 12 months or so to get to know my “real” self and hopefully find my new partner (I want to be able to smell him “right” not clouded by the pill), and then go back on it, or would you say that it’s better in this case to just stay on it and not put my body through all this stress for just such a short time of self-discovery? it was the same week my period would have been due. I hadn’t read much on stopping the pill so expected AF like a normal cycle. It has been a couple of weeks and I feel like I’m gonna start my period. After deciding to quit my birth control pills, I experienced what seemed like another period just 1 week later. I was worried so i decided this pill thing wasnt going to work so i talked to my boyfriend and made up my mind not to take it anymore. The first couple days being off of it I spotted very lightly like enough for one swipe to notice it. They are extremely light. I spoke about how to know if your period is normal: http://fertilityfriday.com/127/, i am 20 years old and I started to take for the first time birth control pills on 24 June but I stopped 4 days ago because started to feel strange . When I went to the doc she told me she thinks that was my first period off the pill… but it also matches the description of ovulation bleeding and was accompanied by some cramps and started 12 days after i had finished the previous pack. I’m not sure if it’s just from stopping the pill or if my husband and I are expecting. I’m 6 days delayed now and 6 time I took a test it’s all negative. I came off it at end of last year, on advice from my Dr due to my age (I’m 36) & braced myself. Click here for details! I didn’t know I could’ve ovulated that quickly after stopped the pill..I took a hpt yesterday it said negative probably cause its to early but I will test again soon…if that was my actually 1st period off the pill I guess I probably ovulated sometime on the 3 week in june if I experienced implantation bleeding or if that was just a 2nd period but just acting kinda crazy, Hi,i take off my pills last monday july 18 because the doctor advice me to stop the pills due to my hypertension my last meanstruation was on july 2 i was worried to become pregnant again because im on the medicine for hypertension and my son was only 7 months old can you give me an advice thanks. I was supposed to start on the new pack of pills on May 7 but decided not to. Is this normal? The week of Thanksgiving I missed 3 of my pills, my husband and I decided that it was time to try for #2 anyway so I stopped taking them all together. I went off of birth control back in Sept to let my body go through this naturally and taking some homeopathic meds. For the past 4 days I have had a discharge that was the texture of egg whites but a light creamish brown colour. I have had those tummy twinges the past few weeks but nothing else. Is this normal? You can change your choices at any time by visiting Your Privacy Controls. I have have had unprotected sex at least once a week since stopping it. But these usually go away after 2 or 3 months, and they don’t happen to everyone who takes the pill. Was yours specifically abdominal? I don’t have cystic ovaries, but bits and pieces of my puberty to going on the pill at 18 started to make sense. The following month I barely had any flow, which for me is VERY, VERY unusual. Hi,i have been on pill for six years for heavy bleeding. The pill prevents ovulation and as a result, the “period” that women experience while on the pill is not actually a period. The pelvic fullness/pain started on the 20th. The result is a lighter “period” with fewer symptoms. January Came – Normal period. I’m having constant pain every day too since stopping my contraceptive pill. Is this normal after having had been on bc for so long? And after OV I am still bloated and hard. My best suggestion is to work with a functional medicine practitioner like an acupuncturist or a naturopathic doctor at least 3 months prior to coming off the pill. My breasts also feel swollen and heavy. This month (7 months after stopping) I have had my period for 8 days and it is heavier than before and has not gotten lighter despite being day 8. Hi my question is I was on birth control for 2 months an had 2 periods both months there was no sugar pills they were all active pills they weren’t bad more of a spotting it 1 day normal period so after I finished my second pack I decided to stop taking them well then a week later I had cramps felt like I was on my period but no bleeding an then the second week my boobs are tender but still no bleeding I feel like I’m gonna start at any given time but have not yet specially with my symptoms is this normal to feel like your on period but no bleeding, Hi Jenny, It can take anywhere from a few weeks to 6 months or more for your period to return after you’ve come off hormonal birth control…, After being on BC for 5 years I stopped taking it this past September, my periods started on time and are pretty regular (maybe a day or two early on occasion). Hello, Hi! Could I be pregnant or just a reaction to going off the pill? But in this case doesnt make sense. My sex drive was pretty much non existent, so curious to see what my body was like without having artificial hormones pumped round it…I made the decision to come off the pill a year ago. Wishing you the best! Given that it is so light and only lasts for a few days. Please help me to give some information. Some women get their period back right away, and for others, it could take 6 months to a year before their period returns. i have been off my birth control for 3 weeks now. If I have my period within June, is that my natural period already? Now I just had my next “period” but it was only 3 days, pink and brown spotting only on the t.p. I have been on the pill for about 10 years. Not sure if I’m pregnant yet (which is what we are hoping for! Conversely when a woman gets pregnant her breasts will often swell to the tune of one or two cup sizes by the time she’s ready to give birth! Your breasts might get smaller and they won’t be sore and tender all the time. I know they reek all kinds of issues. Non-hormonal birth control options include condoms, withdrawal, getting fitted for a diaphragm, and using the fertility awareness method. Hi, I came off the pill 4 months ago after 10 years on the pill, still no period, boobs have disappeared and now I’ve started to gets spots on my forehead. It’s been 4 months without a period (and no, pregnancy is not an issue right now) thanks so much! And i feel like I’m feeling getting to know the real me both mentally and physically… Make sure to grab a copy of my free ebook for more information. I know you’ve got alot of questions, but I really need answers! Now I vary from 25-27 day cycles, still 4-5 days of actual period bleeding, and then it’s like after I ovulate, bam, spotting until my next period…. I stopped taking pills last nov 24 and my period came last nov 27,it seemed just a normal period.i expected my period last dec 24,my breast are tender and sore for 3 weeks now and have a bloating tummy and keep burping.i took a pt last 23rd but it was negative,i am so confused the symptoms are all the same as pms,but just missed period.. It is also possible that it could take some time. I had read things before into how the pill can affect your personality, sex drive etc. It isn’t smelly or anything just that regular period/brownish blood odour. In her best selling book, Beyond the Pill, she shares her clinical protocols aimed at supporting women struggling with symptoms of hormone imbalance, including Post-Birth Control Pill Syndrome and birth control related side effects. My breast feel tender and I have cramps and back pain bt nothing yet. I received a period right away in May, June, July, then missed one in Aug. My cycle then returned in Sept, and October. My question is how long before I will feel myself again. 10. I never had irregular periods or terrible symptoms before doing so. About a month ago I accidentally went 4 days without (the first time it’s ever happened) and decided to wait through the month before starting again. And as far as other symptoms, I virtually had none. Take a listen to my podcast on some of the biggest myths about fertility for more information: http://fertilityfriday.com/lisa2/, Hi, I am 27 years old, I took birth control for the first time for only 3 weeks, then i stopped, a couple of days before my period was due. You might discover that you can’t get pregnant. For many women, myself included, it wasn’t until I went off the pill that I really had the opportunity to learn how my body works and observe the cyclical changes that occur throughout each menstrual cycle. You can find them in iTunes also: http://fertilityfriday.com/pcosdiva/ http://fertilityfriday.com/katherine/ http://fertilityfriday.com/episode-103-lily-nichols/, This article was very informative but you didn’t mention IUD (copper) as a form of non-hormonal birth control. Since I’ve been off the pill I have not used any contraceptives including condoms, nothing. Is it common to be this late after having a totally normal period the month after coming off the pill. Me and my fiancee had intercourse several times using pull out method. so i started with birth control, and on day 5 i decided to stop taking them. Birth control shouldn’t make you feel sick or uncomfortable. When you go off the pill after several years of taking it you may find that it takes a lot longer to get pregnant than you thought it would. Could my swollen belly be related to the fact that I haven’t had my period / some blood might be somehow stuck in there? Hormones, pregnancy, and breastfeeding can all cause a person’s breasts to feel heavy and sore. Then followed mild cramps I thought I was getting my beriod back but only a reddish-brown discharge came out and its been 3 days now.should I be worried? It is common for your cycles to take some time to get back to normal. My breasts only hurts by the touch all around except my nipples are fine. It was great to have your advice in this process. If you think you may be pregnant, the only way to confirm is by doing a pregnancy test. I had kind of average bleeding but it only lasted a day and completely quit … I’m of course an emotional wreck. I was taking oral contraceptive pills from Last 2 month because of PCOS. I decided to give my body a break and go off them in April of 2016. When you decide to come off the pill, especially after having been on it for many years, it can be quite a challenge to find a form of birth control that you’re comfortable with. After ultrasound I was diagnosed with PCOS and my ovaries were all covered in cysts but not cancerous and thats why my doctors recommended birth control pills to stop cysts from growing. 35 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology. after that I decided to stop on August 2015 because I took only 5 tablets. I recently came off the pill. That’s why 3rd month I quitted pills. I am confident I can try the natural method though if I do bleed on this full moon then id say everything’s looking good to try… I’m possible pregnant or side effects for the pill. Any feedback would be much appreciated. I just don’t know what to do! So I’ve been off of it for about 12-13 days now. Couples with similar genes are more likely to encounter fertility issues, and less likely to stay together since odor perception plays an important role in maintaining sexual attraction [1]. It will be happen when my period will come.. Hi there! Hi Tawnie, have a listen to my pill reality series here: http://fertilityfriday.com/pillreality/ I’ve interviewed several women who share their birth control stories openly. I’m terrified of stopping the pill and going back to having acne (and that at my age) and most of all, having the excruciating pain again, but I thought I give it a try. Not an easy decision! Hi Zara, the bleeding you experienced while you were on the pill wasn’t a real period. Hi, how are you? Thanks. Hello, I’m 28 and I started taking Lutera Birth Control in October of 2016, everything was fine the first couple of month. They are intermittent. I had one period in Sept immediately after going off the BCP then it took until Jan to have another and up until March (now) they were coming regular again. I am hoping you can possibly give me some advice. I’m almost 31, stopped taking the pill 7 months ago after around 7 years. 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