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cycle after stopping pill ?

Hello everyone! I have been taking birth control pills since around June of 2004 (Enpresse, which is a 28 day pill plus placebos for the last week). I have recently stopped taking the BC pills in hopes to conceive. My last hormone pill in the pack was taken on August 4th, 2008 and I started my cycle (placebo week) on August 8th, and cycle ended on Aug. 13th. How long does it normally take for your body to get back on track with cycles after stopping the pill? I have been spotting (brownish in color to very faint pink) both yesterday and today---which yesterday would have been the first day of my cycle had i kept taking the BC pills..is this from my body "thinking" i was supposed to start? I am also wondering if this could be implantation bleeding as well since we have been trying to conceive. I am unsure when I will actually start my cycle because this is the first time in 4 yrs that my cycle will come on without the help of hormone pills. Any ideas or thoughts?
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replied September 7th, 2008
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It can take anything up to 18 months for your period to get back to normal, i have been off the pill for one year and my periods have been up in the air so i went to my GP a few weeks ago and asked her about it and she said anything up to 18 months, Hope it all goes well for you trying to conceive. Sarah
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