I just got off the Pill, will this affect me?

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    Lauren

    Hi mschlaubach, I'm so sorry about this! It seems like the fertility prediction feature is misbehaving - I completely understand how frustrating that must be!

    The fertility prediction feature works by using averages of your past data, including your temperature shifts and average cycle lengths. Is it possible you marked some temperature shifts incorrectly in your previous charts?  This can cause the fertility prediction feature to get thrown off. Remember, a temperature shift is defined as a temperature which is at least .2 degrees higher than any temperature in the previous 6 days.

    When you're trying to identify your temperature shift, try to look at your temperatures to find the "forest within the trees" - look at the bigger picture of the temperature pattern rather than focusing too much on the small differences between the days. You may notice that your temperature pattern is a series of fairly low temperatures (with some variation) followed by a series of higher temperatures (with some variation). This is totally normal :)

    If you'd like more information about how to identify your temperature shift, take a look at these links :)

    https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/23880036-Temperature-Shift-FAQs

    https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/22988707-What-is-a-temperature-shift-

    If you go back through your charts and adjust some of the temperature shifts that were marked incorrectly (remove them entirely if you don't have enough data to tell when your shift was), I think this will make a big difference!

    I hope this helps! Feel free to let me know if you have any more questions :)

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    mschlaubach

    Hi, I stopped using my birth control (Nuva ring) January 1 when I was due to remove it to get my period which I did. It was light and only lasted a few days like it normally did while I was using the Nuva ring. My next period started January 25 which makes my cycle very short. I think that it was a withdrawal bleed since it was fairly heavy and lasted for about 6 days. Now my chart is saying my fertile window is CD5-8. That seems really soon after my period is stopping, and my CF isn't egg white or watery yet. Is my chart wrong?

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    paiget87

    Hi, I've been off of the pill for 10 months. My cycle has been 32-33 days. Past couple of months I have been paying close attention to my cerival fluid. Every time through out The month when I have egg white fluid should I be having sex? It has not been two straight days of egg whites sometimes switches to runny creamish. Is that normal?

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    Courtney

    Hi there, 

    Yes, you're correct - you should use protection until you've charted for a few cycles and are comfortable using the method on your own. To be sure you're using the method correctly, you can also read the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler, and sign up for a fertility charting class if there is one in your area. And if there's anything we can help you with, don't hesitate to let me know :)

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    Lauren

    Hi Paige, thanks for contacting us!  Yes, if you're trying to get pregnant, you should try to have sex whenever you notice eggwhite-quality cervical fluid.  This is the most fertile kind of cervical fluid and it usually indicates that ovulation is approaching.  It's not unusual to see eggwhite cervical fluid one day, then creamy, then eggwhite again - this simply means your body is working to produce enough estrogen to trigger ovulation.  I hope this helps!

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    bridgetcoop

    I got off the pill three months ago and my last two cycles were very similar, is it possible that my cycle is already regular only after three months?

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    emmyalbright

    Pretty much almost everything I wrote in first comment was a ? question

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    Courtney

    Hey there, yes, it is possible for your cycles to regulate after only three months! Some women will go back to having normal cycles right away, whereas others can take 6 months or even longer. So, three months is normal :)

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    emmyalbright

    Hi 😊! So does the Nuva Ring have about the same effect while both being on it and after recently removing a final ring for a long time as the BC pill? I removed mine for me & my hubby starting to TTC on September 27/28 (don't remember the exact day) and started a VERY heavy 2 day period (what I call "the purge" when taking the recommend ringless week break)!!!! Went through a semi-intentional first TTC month (still nervous & "squeegeeing" the sperm out right away!) since I was still only 50/50 ready to actually TTC in early October. I actually thought I was pregnant by mid-October (soooooo many symptoms!), but I ended up getting spotting on the 26th, super heavy period on the 27th (and crying with disappointment/unsure if I had miscarried since I was going to take preg test on the 28th), then heavy period 27th-29th, medium period on the 30th, and light/no period on the 31st with lots of stretchy raw egg white type cervical fluid (noted right after sex)! What the heck? False pregnancy/super early miscarriage? Decently huge increase in period flow in length!... Because of Nuva Ring use for over 3 years almost with no considerabley long ringless weeks/months (1-2 month ringless period from March/April-April/May-June 2014 (I may be way off on the dates & length of time bc it was a while ago lol!) due to hubby changing jobs & resulting insurance gap that had us using condoms & spermicide). Insight please 😊?

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    johnston.lisa88

    I just got off the pi and am starting FAM for the first time. I am assuming that my husband and I should use protection at all times until my cycle is more clear?

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    Lauren

    Hi Emmy, thanks for contacting us!  I hope we can help you.  After you remove the Nuvaring, you should assume that you could get pregnant anytime, since you're no longer actively getting the hormones that suppress ovulation and protect you from pregnancy.  However, it's also very common for women to have 3-6 months of irregular periods after discontinuing hormonal birth control.  So it's very possible that your symptoms could simply be due to your body adjusting back to normal after the hormones and they should even out within probably a month or two.

    If you'd like a better window into what's happening with your body as you go through this transition and begin to try for a baby, you may want to consider fertility charting.  Charting your fertility is a great way to learn about your body, and to see when you are fertile, so you will have the best chance of conceiving. Have you started charting yet?

    If you are new to fertility charting I suggest reading this article on our site: http://blog.kindara.com/blog/trying-to-get-pregnant-you-need-to-know-this

    Let me know if you have any questions, I'm happy to help.

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    Melissa Lepley

    I have been on the mini pill since I had my youngest and am Breastfeeding. He is almost 19 months old. I have been practicing monitoring my cervical fluid for about 4-5 cycles and just stopped my pill when I got my period a few days ago. I also have just begun taking my BBT. It seems normals so far, with temps being low. I'm on day 7 of my cycle. Does the mini pill affect the body hormonally as much as the regular pill? I'm wondering if I'll be okay simply using these two methods (BBT & CF) to avoid pregnancy for now and not have to use an alternate birth control method as well temporarily.

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    emmyalbright

    Ok thank you! Yes I have started charting just started October 29th bc I wasn't totally serious about TTC in September & then got obsessed with skipping right to using multiple pregnancy apps with no fertility charting nescesarily bc I thought the TTC advice in them was adequate...I never took into account how powerful of a hormonal birth control method I had just come off of (99.99% effective!). I had originally chosen the Nuva Ring for that very reason & then just went on my merry way about it. Plus my doctors were always freaking out like "you could still get pregnant if you don't follow exactly how you are supposed to use it!" (I left it in continuously for 2-3 months at a time (just changing to a fresh ring every 4 weeks) getting almost no period at all while I kept it in. I never ever got pregnant on it even when I accidentally left it out after taking it out for sex when my hubby asked me to when I was kind "tight" or if it fell out for reasons I won't post here due to being too intimate to really be nescesary information for the purpose of this discussion. I even could have it out accidentally all night & find it on the floor or somewhere in the bed, etc the next day and I STILL never got pregnant!!!! The Nuva Ring really does release some POWERFUL hormones for sure!!!! I just didn't realize how powerful until we started TTC!
    I am now doing fertility tracking on both Kindara and on Ovia (simply bc each has it's own pluses to offer. I would also love to use Glow fertility, but my iPhone 4 isn't compatible with the iOS 8 + that that app requires.) 😊. I am finding fertility tracking helpful mainly bc of the calendar and the unique nutrition and fitness insights these apps bring to the table 😊! Some pregnancy apps also do this, but not in the same way, and you don't conceive by the end of the month you have to reset your "due date" and LMP every cycle. I really appreciate your advice and for informing me! I never thought that pregnancy symptoms and hormonal birth control withdrawal symptoms could be so similar! I really was 75%-90% convinced that I had miscarried! Thanks again; you really put my mind at ease 😄!

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    michelle

    I got off bc and my periods were normal length for a few months now Ive had a 2 day period 3 months in a row. Negative on a pregnancy test. What does this mean. Not ttc.

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    Lauren

    Hi Emmy, you're very welcome, I'm so glad I could help you :)  If you have any questions or need any help while you continue your journey to conceive, feel free to let us know!

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    Courtney

    Hi Michelle, 

    It's possible your body is still adjusting to being off hormonal birth control. Or, it's possible you just have shorter periods now that you're not on hormonal birth control. This article has some useful information about menstrual health and tips for balancing your cycles.

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    Courtney

    The mini pill typically contains less hormones than the regular pill (the mini pill contains a low dose of the hormone progestin, whereas most combination pills contain a larger amount of progestin as well as estrogen), but the thing is, every woman's body reacts differently to different medications - so only through tracking your signs will you find out how your body will react to going off the mini pill. Regardless of what happens with your cycles, it's a good idea to use a barrier method (such as condoms) throughout the first few cycles that you're tracking (and not on any other form of birth control). 

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    hannahylennox

    Hi. I stopped using birth control last month (4 and a half weeks ago) but I'd ran a couple packs together so had taken 5 weeks in a row when I stopped. I had a period a couple days after. How does running packs together affect ovulation? Xx

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    Courtney

    Hi Hannah! It's not possible for me to say exactly how running your packs together for your last month on the Pill will affect your cycle now that you're off the Pill - the thing is, different women's bodies adjust at different rates after stopping hormonal birth control. You might start ovulating again right away, or it may take you a few months. For some women, it can take 6 months or longer to start ovulating again after going off the Pill. Only through tracking your temperatures and cervical fluid will you know when you start ovulating again - just be aware that your signs might not follow much of a pattern at first. But hang in there, and if you have any other questions, just let me know :)

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    shaked695

    How long after i got off the fill should i have blood test for hormonal inbalances?

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