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So I have a potentially stupid question, but I have to ask.

My husband and I have decided we're ready to get pregnant. I've been on Seasonale for 3 1/2 years. We realized that in order to have a baby in April (the latest time of year we want to have a baby) we have to conceive in early-mid August.

If I stop taking my pill today, is there a possibility that I could conceive in August or would that simply be too small of a window for my body to go back to normal? I know everyone's different, but I just need to know if it's even a possibility? I tried doing some Google research but couldn't really get much of a picture.

So we Seasonale I get my period only every so often. I just ended my most recent period yesterday. It had lasted for about 2 1/2 weeks. My periods have lasted anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months when I get them, though I typically only get one every 4-5 months instead of every 3 months. My gyno and I have talked all about this and she's told me period weirdness happens with Seasonale, so not to worry.

The reason I want to know is because if it's impossible for me to become fertile again in a 2 month time span, then I won't go off my pills at all. My husband and I don't want a baby born any later in the year than April and, while we don't want to have to wait, would rather wait until next year than get pregnant too late. I don't want to go off the pill and have my body and my hormones get all upset at me only to have to go back on the pill come September. Know what I mean?

Any info is greatly, greatly appreciated. :D
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Date:June 9th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
You have the ability to get pregnant as soon as you go off your pills - that's why it's so important to use a backup method when you miss pills. Once the hormone level in your body drops, your body can ovulate. There's no need to stop before you're ready to conceive.

Hope that helps.
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Date:June 9th, 2011 02:07 pm (UTC)
Two months is more than enough time, my concern is you may have trouble getting pregnant with how irregular your cycle is. Its worth consulting your doctor with your concerns imo, and starting folic acid supplements too. Best of luck!
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Date:June 9th, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
Whoops I misread, thought you said they were irregular when you're off the pill.
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Date:June 9th, 2011 02:38 pm (UTC)
I conceived around July 31, My son was born on April 21st.

Why don't you just stop and try now? Make sure you're taking folic acid and have fun. If you don't conceive by mid-August, start taking your bc again or just opt for a different method of birth control for the next 6-7mo before starting TTC again.

I'm the same way. I'm just about to start TTC for a slightly earlier spring baby. I don't like summer and don't want to be hugely pregnant and overheated. Right now I'm looking at mid-March if I were to conceive this cycle.
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Date:June 9th, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
I mean, almost anything is possible when it comes to pregnancy and conception. If you're willing to conceive now, stop your BC, have fun, and good luck! If you don't become pregnant by your cut-off date, start using nonhormonal BC options until that window opens again.

Bear in mind that one year is considered the average length of time for people trying to conceive.
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Date:June 9th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Oh is it? I didn't even consider anything like that, I guess due to the number of surprise pregnancies out there. lol Hmm. I guess this will just have to be an experiment. Maybe we'll get it the first time, maybe not.
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Date:July 9th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
just anecdotal info here: went of hbc after about 9 years on it...conceived after 6 months. went back on hbc after 1st child, went off it about a yr and a half later, conceived after 2 months, resulting in a miscarriage. then conceieved immediately after miscarriage...well, 2 weeks after. so, it's possible.
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