As the name suggests, birth control or also familiar called ‘contraception’ is a method that purposed to prevent pregnancy. When you are on the pill, you can still have periods each month but your ovulation is modified so thus there is small chance for pregnancy. What else you need to know, especially about late (delayed) period on birth control? The following are some helpful FAQs.
As well we know that late period is one of the most common early pregnancy symptoms. And if you notice it when you are on the pills, you may suppose that you are pregnant. Pregnancy is not the single answer for this case. There are also other factors that may cause late menstruation on birth control.
Regardless pregnancy, the following are other factor that can cause delayed period on birth control:
- Certain conditions that affect the length of your ovulation. These may include having excessively physical activity, your weight that changes suddenly, taking certain medications, illness, elevated emotional stress, etc. These conditions can cause a lack of ovulation – when you don’t get your ovulation, there is no adequate hormone to trigger luteal phase (the phase between ovulation to the next period) which then you are more likely to have no late period.
- Depending on the type of your birth control, you may miss certain procedure to have bleeding every month. For instance, some traditional birth control pills usually use inactive (placebo) pills along with the active pills. These placebo pills are usually prescribed to be taken for the last seven days of your period cycle. If you skip your placebo pills, you may not notice any bleeding in the end of your cycle.
- Miscalculation! Not all women have regular period. If you have irregular period before using any birth control methods, you may have miscalculation of dates.
In addition, some women who have been continuously using birth control for a long time report that they also experience delayed /late period for once in a while. Furthermore, if you are over 38 of age you are getting closer to your menopause and it also can lead to lack of ovulation.
It is important to make sure that your missed period is normal. If your late period is also followed with unusual symptoms or if you in doubt to your condition, see your doctor promptly to find more advice! Below are some helpful checklists:
- If you have 1 missed-period but yet have no other pregnancy symptoms, and you also never skip any pills – you are very unlikely pregnant. See also some early pregnancy signs in the previous post in here! However if you worry to your condition, call your doctor for more advice! Don’t forget to start the next package of your birth control pills at the regular time!
- How about if you have 2 missed-periods in a row? For this case, do a home pregnancy test for the clearly answer! You should not be pregnant if you take your pills properly. Discuss more with your doctor for more detailed information about your test results and the next steps you should follow!
- If you have a missed period, and you think that you ever forgot one /even more pills, do a home pregnancy test immediately! For this case, call your doctor to discuss more about your test result. If you find that the result of test is positive, you need to stop using any birth control options (including your pills). If you deliberately keep taking your pills when you are truly pregnant, there may be a chance for your pills to affect the growth of your baby.
You may doubt whether your home pregnancy test will work accurately to detect your pregnancy while you are on the pills. But you should not worry; the standard home pregnancy test is also usually designed for several different cases.
In other words, it does work to give the accurate results. However, like when you are not on the pills – the time when you do the test is also crucial.
In general, most of home pregnancy test kits work by analyzing the specific hormones associated with pregnancy (particularly such as hCH / human chorionic gonadotropin). And in fact, most of birth control pills usually don’t directly affect the level of these hormones. The elevated pregnancy-related hormones occur due to the pregnancy itself to prepare the growth of fetus!
You may have a condition called post-pill amenorrhea if you don’t have any period after stopping your pills for several months. In general, birth control pills can restrict /prevent the production of hormones associated with menstruation /ovulation. Therefore, your body may need several months to restore your normal condition in producing these hormones.
In many cases, women usually will get back their normal periods for about 3 months after stopping their pills. However, there are also some women who require many months to regain their normal period – particularly for those who use the pills to control the cycles of their menstruation.
If you still don’ get your period after 3 months, don’t forget also to do a home pregnancy test in order to ensure that you are not pregnant – and then call your doctor for more advice.
After stopping your pills, you need to get back your normal ovulation to get pregnant. And once it occurs, there is a chance for you to get conceive.
So, the question is how soon you get your ovulation after stopping the pills? The answer varies from person to person, but you may get about 2-week delay before you get back your ovulation. In other words, you normal menstruation may occur about 4-6 weeks after your last pill.
Should you wait for a few months before trying to conceive? Is there an advantage from this idea? Yes, it is much better to do it because you can plan your pregnancy better.