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  • Ladies: BC question.

    Quick question for the ladies.

    I decided to ditch hormonal birth control.

    For the last 11 years I've been on depo provera almost continuously. Early this year I switched to NuvaRing to get my cycles back into a rhythm. Now that I've done that I quit BC completely.

    I'm wondering how long it should take before my body is back to nature.

  • #2
    Mine was nearly immediate, but I just might be weird. I had a cycle within a month.

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    • #3
      When I first stopped BC a few years ago, it took 3 months to get my cycle, but then aunt flo stayed for a whole month

      Did you see that moon cycling thread? That may help
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      • #4
        I quit the pill maybe four months ago and my shit is still not normal

        Cycles are getting longer and longer.. I'm 12 days late right now.

        I guess I should enjoy not menstruating while it lasts.

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        • #5
          Sorry - I got nosy and wanted to know what was up with "British Columbia"
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Griffin View Post
            Sorry - I got nosy and wanted to know what was up with "British Columbia"
            Hahah. It's okay. I got nosy and stumbled into the MANLY MEN thread and read that someone fucked a midget.

            Back away slowly.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by annieloux View Post
              Hahah. It's okay. I got nosy and stumbled into the MANLY MEN thread and read that someone fucked a midget.

              Back away slowly.
              But to tie the two together the midget was on BC. As for this thread...sorry I've got nothing being a dude.

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              • #8
                months to years. maybe never. i'm just being honest here.

                the evidence out there suggests that the longer one is on hormonal birth control, the longer it takes to get to a truly normal, healthy cycle. This doesn't mean that one won't have a few good cycles here and there, or even get pregnant immediately if they want to and be able to carry to term, but the vast majority of evidence is showing that this is one of the causes of infertility -- use of hormonal birth control for more than 5 years. striking, isn't it?

                when hormonal birth control was invented for birth control purposes, it was believed that women would be on it for a couple of years -- max -- and then have their babies. it was often prescribed to young single women looking for husbands, or women with husbands so that they could get used to their new married life together. Then, they would go off the birth control, have their babies, and likely go for sterilization. This was pretty much "how it was done" when the pill was first created for this purpose (as opposed to medicinal, hormonal balancing purposes, for which the pill does not provide birth control, but instead can allow the woman to become fertile).

                So, i recommend taking up fertility charting ASAP. you'll learn so much in the first few months of charting -- about yourself, about what to look for in a strong, healthy cycle, and how many of those you have per year after being off hormonal birth control.

                if you are truly lucky, blessed, and heal well and quickly, your body might be "like textbook" in a year or so. Meaning -- every cycle, spot on, exactly as, completely fertile and balanced with progesterone as well (functional luteal phase) month after month after month for 12 or more months.

                I didn't do the hormonal birth control route, except for one month, and even so, my cycle wasn't perfect. I had minor, undiagnosed hypothyroidism, which I discovered via charting. it took nearly 5 years post a miscarriage (due to a non-functioning luteal phase) to get 12, perfect cycles. Then, i had an additional 8-9 before becoming pregnant.

                now, the body is recalibrating, and my guy is nearly 3! Most cycles are good and solid (great luteal phases), but ovulation is hit or miss these days. some cycles, yes, and some no. Some two ovulations. Very strange stuff to observe.

                But the charting, it's where it's at. learn everything about yourself in a few short months, seriously! amazing stuff.

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                • #9
                  Hmm...question! I stopped taking birth control this past April and still haven't gotten a cycle yet. Now, before I went on BC, I hadn't had my period in almost a year, because of what I assumed was stress and significant weight loss. I'm no longer underweight by any stretch of the imagination. But Aunt Flo has not come back on her own accord. Normal, or should I get it checked out?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by zoebird View Post
                    months to years. maybe never. i'm just being honest here.

                    the evidence out there suggests that the longer one is on hormonal birth control, the longer it takes to get to a truly normal, healthy cycle. This doesn't mean that one won't have a few good cycles here and there, or even get pregnant immediately if they want to and be able to carry to term, but the vast majority of evidence is showing that this is one of the causes of infertility -- use of hormonal birth control for more than 5 years. striking, isn't it?
                    That's hella scary :\

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                    • #11
                      I really doubt HBC can cause infertility. After all, infertility is most often caused by PCOS, which is then caused by a high carb diet. HBC can often mask the symptoms of PCOS, so women often don't know they have PCOS.

                      Besides preventing pregancy, HBC is also used to help regulate hormonal disorders like PMS and PMDD. PMDD is very severe and you (you in general) wouldn't want to be within twenty feet of a woman with PMDD.

                      There is a non-hormonal form of BC--a copper IUD. It doesn't use hormones, but it has a copper lining. A higher amount of copper in the uterus prevents a fertilized egg from implanting.

                      There is a HBC pill in the works for men.

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                      • #12
                        My friend just posted this on her FB page and I thought you ladies might get a kick out of it. I certainly did.

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                        • #13
                          I went on birth control and got endometriosis and now may never have regular cycles or children.

                          but I'm not bitter or anything... :/

                          "here take this pill it will make you not have to deal with those nasty periods!" Fuck you doctor. Fuck. You.


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                          • #14
                            I went off the pill about 6 months ago and I just started ovulating again this month. I was on yaz and before that the seasonale/seasonique nightmare. I do believe my body is still trying to sort everything out. My cycles are regular and my PMS etc. is greatly reduced but I still get the sense that my body hasn't fully adjusted.
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                            • #15
                              I got off the pill (after being on it for 20 years) in January. By June I still hadn't had a period so went to the Dr. just in case. She put me on a short stint of progesterone to see if that would kick-start me. It did, but I only had one period then missed another month. Robb Wolf talked about Calcium D-Glucarate and DIM (diindolylmethane) helping your liver process excess estrogen in one of his podcasts on the subject, so I started taking both supplements and within three weeks had my first natural period. Could have been coincidence, but it certainly didn't hurt to try them. I'll stay on both until I have a couple more periods and then see what happens.

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