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MrsChezek Apr 18th, 2012 17:13 PM

Buddies Wanted: irregular cycles after coming off BCP
Hi there.

I have come off BCP in Dec after being on it for 14 years and am experiencing all kinds of weird changes: irregular cycles, tons of acne, mid cycle bleeding, etc. I'm looking for some folks that are in my shoes to keep me sane!!! I feel almost 'broken' and it sucks - it's all so confusing!

A bit about my journey:
Had 3 normal cycles after coming off BCP (27d, 31d, 29d). Since on the second one AF was seemingly late, I tested and got a :bfn: :growlmad:

Then, 19 days after that third cycle, I experienced severe cramps and two hours later the ugly :witch: arrived!!! ARG I was freaked out by a 19 day cycle so I saw my doc - he did a blood preg test and it came back negative; he did a pap just in case and it came back normal. Told me it was a part of coming off BCP and that I should just relax, have fun with my OH and come see him if nothing happens in 6 mos.

So now I'm in the middle of the next (5th) cycle, CD 21, and have no idea when to expect AF. I also experienced spotting CD14-17 and figured I'd get AF shortly after but it stopped and I got EWCM CD 19&20.

I'm utterly confused, totally frustrated and hoping I'm not alone. I'm 34 and want a lot of kids so I'm getting impatient too!

CountryS2011 Apr 18th, 2012 19:41 PM

I came off it March 23, bled 27-31, 8 dpo today, AF not due till 24 (if 28 days) and so im hoping its a heavier implantation bleed x.x

daisymay11 Apr 18th, 2012 21:09 PM

I would love have a buddy! I came off the BCP at the end of December 2011. First cycle was 29 days and I thought everything was great! Then in mid Feb I became quite ill requiring several antibiotics/pain medications. My next cycle was 49 days with really bad acne on face/back/chest, +++ sore boobs and cramping for 2 weeks or more. I was hoping it was due to the ilness and my cycle would return to a more regular pattern but I am now on CD 36. No sore boobs, some acne and mild cramping with a bit of spotting today and yesterday (pinkish when I wipe, no need for a panty liner). Keep thinking AF is coming but it never does. I don't think I am pregnant (only BD on March 28th and 31st) and then OH was sick. I overanalyze everything and it is driving me crazy because I just want to know what the heck is going on with my body and I am worrying that my cycle will never regulate. I just got Taking Charge of Your Fertility today and I am planning on using OPK and temping my next cycle. I just want it to start! Anyway it would be great to have others to chat with that understand!

MrsChezek Apr 18th, 2012 22:46 PM

Amen!! So many symptoms - it's overwhelming!! The backne is killer, especially with summer coming :((( I had sore boobs my second cycle too!! It was my most symptomatic cycle and I thought I might have been preggers but got the :bfn: instead!

I'm so glad to see you both here :) We can keep eachother company thru this frustration :) Thx for responding!!

MrsChezek Apr 18th, 2012 22:52 PM


Originally Posted by CountryS2011 (Post 17208217)
I came off it March 23, bled 27-31, 8 dpo today, AF not due till 24 (if 28 days) and so im hoping its a heavier implantation bleed x.x

Hope it's implantation bleed for you too! FX :)
AF is predicted for the 25th for me (cd28) so we're on very similar schedule! Tho I honestly have no idea what this cycle plans to do!

Anyway, baby dust to you!!!

Joey1979 Apr 19th, 2012 04:35 AM

Would love to be a buddy too :hugs: I am 32 came off BCP end of January after been on it for 14 years (10 years depo and then 4 cerazette). Had first proper AF beginning of March. 1st cycle was 27 days and now on cd21 of second cycle. Have been using OPK but still not o yet! - so don't know if this is going to be a long cycle!

I hate all this waiting just want my :bfp:

MrsChezek Apr 19th, 2012 11:28 AM

Welcome Joey!! Glad to have you join us :) sometimes it takes a few cycles to actually ovulate cause your body is so used to not ovulating!!! I just ordered my OPKs so I'm eager to see if I'm ovulating at all myself. What I've been doing is marking out my O if I had a 20 day cycle (my shortest) and if I had a 31 day cycle (my longest) and BD in that time frame!!! We'll see if that paid off this month :)

daisymay11 Apr 19th, 2012 18:51 PM

Welcome Joey! It is so nice to have other to chat that understand!

So I was woken last night at 2 in the morning with the most severe cramps and AF had come! It is going to be the only time in the near future that I actually wanted AF to come. I knew I wasn't pregnant and I wanted to start a new cycle to try OPKs to see if I am actually ovulating at all. CD 1 for me! Cycles have been 29, 49 and 36 so far! I am just so happy this past cycle wasn't another 49 days. OH and I are thinking of using the sperm meets egg plan. What do you girls think of this? Excited that this will be my first real month of ttc but scared at the same time because I have no control of my body!

preg_pilot Apr 19th, 2012 19:03 PM

Also just recently off BCP here.
30 years old. TTC#1, and cycle 1 of trying. second cycle after stopping BC.

First cycle was short, only 24 days. (short compared to how I was before starting BC, then I averaged 32 days.)

I was on BC for 13 years (started because of severe pain during :witch:
Acne everywhere, havenīt experienced that for years.
Anybody know about any creams that help? ;)

daisymay11 Apr 19th, 2012 19:57 PM

I use a soap that you can buy OTC (in Canada) called tersaseptic. Works amazing for me!

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