What Can I Expect?

I am ready to try to become pregnant, what can I expect from my body when I stop using my birth control pills?

Although everyone is different, here is an idea of what you can expect from your body when you stop using the pill, Norplant or Depo-Provera.

To begin with, your cycle will probably not be as predictable as it was when you were using the birth control. Ovulation may not occur right away as well. This is because the hormones in your body need to balance themselves once again with the help of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.

For a few months after ending birth control you may also experience occasionally high temperatures that don’t seem to match your cycle or ovulation symptoms.

In terms of CF (Cervical Fluid), you may not experience any cervical fluid or mucus for a few months. This makes it hard to use this tool to help determine ovulation. On the flip side, some women report having wet or milky CF for the first few months after discontinuing their birth control. And at a bare minimum, your CF may very well just be inconsistent and erratic for a while!

Some women also find that their leutal phase is much shorter than it had been before. This too may lead to struggles with predicting ovulation.

During their periods, women report having heavier or irregular bleeding following their discontinued use. And again, the opposite has been reported as well. Some women find they barely bleed at all during a month where ovulation has occurred.

The good news is that although your body may feel a bit off, your cycle as you know it should eventually return !!!!!

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