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Will I be able to get pregnant once the bleeding stops?

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I have been taking birth control for about 5 years now. I had my last menstrual cycle beginning 11/21/2014 and ending 11/27/2014. I continued to take my BC normally until 11/29/2014, when I decided to stop using it to have a baby. Well on 12/04/2014 I woke up to intense cramping and moderate bleeding as if I stared my period again. Is this normal? If this is a menstrual cycle, will it last as long as normal? Will I be able to get pregnant once the bleeding stops? Also, will my body now follow this period for my monthly cycle, or my normal cycle? Thank you for any help and responses you can provide me with.

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replied December 9th, 2014
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Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

Once you have been on birth control for five years, your body may take some time to get used to being off the pill. This can cause menstrual irregularities, spotting, pain in between cycles, increased discharge, mood swings, bloating etc. Usually body takes about 3-6 months to settle down following which a set pattern of cycle and ovulation will start. Conceiving is easier during this time when you have a regular cycle as you can predict your fertile days.

Having said this, it is not impossible to conceive before that. However, if you continue to have these cramps and bleedings, please consult a gynecologist. You may be given some medications to ease the symptoms and your doctor may want to rule out the possibility of polycystic ovary or other hormonal issues. Hope this helps. Take care!

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