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Should I be late on my period after going off birth control?

Asked by jessifer1212 (491points) December 2nd, 2010

I just stopped taking oral contraceptives about a month ago. If I had continued to take them, I would have gotten my period this past Sunday. I still haven’t gotten it yet, and I’m a little concerned because I’m usually right on time with it. Is it normal to be late after going off birth control?

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JLeslie's avatar

Many people say their period does not go back to normal right away. My period immediately went back to my normal, not my birth control normal. Do you know if your old cycle was usually a little long? Maybe 32 days? Or, very irregular before you went on BC pills? Could you be pregnant?

marinelife's avatar

From Mayo Clinic

“If don’t get a period for several months, you may have what’s known as post-pill amenorrhea. The pill prevents your body from making hormones involved in ovulation and menstruation. When you stop taking the pill, it can take some time for your body to return to normal production of these hormones.

Typically, your period should start again within three months after you stop taking the pill. Most women ovulate promptly and have a period within four to six weeks. But some women, especially those who took the pill to regulate their menstrual cycles, may not have a period for many months.

If you don’t have a period within three months, take a pregnancy test to make sure you’re not pregnant. If after six months you still don’t have a period, see your doctor.”

chasy's avatar

It’s definitely normal. Do keep in touch with your doctor about it though.

jlelandg's avatar

same answer, girlfriend took them for a month and it got her period out of whack.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Perfectly normal, birth control throws your hormones all out of whack so it will take time for your body to get back on track.

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