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I went off of the birth control pill a few months ago (3 cycles have gone by, to be exact) for many reasons. When I was on the Pill, my cycles were extremely predictable. And now...not so much at all. Needless to say, I don't enjoy week-early surprises. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/veryangry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":grr:"><br><br><br><br>
Is there anything I can do or take that will make my cycles more regular?
 

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I'm not sure about supplements, etc. but I do know that it can take as long as a year (sorry) for things to straighten out again. I'm going on 5 months now, and things are still pretty funky.
 

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Wow, a year? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dozey.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":tired:"> Well if I find something I'll let you know!
 

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anywhere from a year to 5 actually, depending upon the dosages of hte pill, how long you took them, etc.<br><br><br><br>
also, a cycle on the pill isn't a real cycle. you're not actually menstruating at all. it's really 'breakthrough bleeding' brought on by the sugar pill. but that's neither here nor there.<br><br><br><br>
i recommend that you start practicing <a href="http://gardenoffertility.com" target="_blank">FAM</a> (fertility awareness method) to learn about your cycle specificly, and then form there, you can learn about what you need to do to make the cycle regular specificly to you.<br><br><br><br>
if you don't want to do this, then i recommend getting <a href="http://susunweed.com" target="_blank">Susun Weed</a>'s Wise Woman Herbal for the Child Bearing Year. This helps you get regular, consistant, healthy cycles. I've been using it for about a year plus now, and it's been great for me. the teas and infusions are really nturitious and supportive of healthy cycles.
 

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zoebird beat me to it but I was going to recommend charting. I've started doing it again because it is nice to know exactly when I'm going to be getting my period. It not only offers the advantage of eliminating those "suprise!" early periods, it also lessens the anxiety caused by delayed ovulation and the resulting "late" period.
 

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Can I ask how old you are? My cycles were irregular without the pill until I hit about age 25, and then they smoothed right out. Other women I've talked to mention the same thing.
 

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Thank you so much for the info, zoebird and BPS! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I will definitely check out that book, zoebird.<br><br><br><br>
Medesha: I will be turning 20 soon. I was on the pill for about a year and a half.
 

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actually, "irregular" cycles are 'normal' when one does FAM. my cycles are anywhere from 27 to 31 days long. so, technically, they're not "regular."<br><br><br><br>
but, they're strong and healthy and no problem. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> but, yes, for younger women, it can take about a decade for the cycle to get organized from the beginning of menarche. add to this the pill, which screws things up even more--well, it's no wonder so many young women have fertility issues these days.
 

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I started charting at FertilityFriend.com (even though it's not for intention of conception). I've been keeping track for the past few months, but didn't really "officially" chart anything. Hopefully things will become more regular as time goes by.
 

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I take vitex - an herbal supplement - for smoothing out hormones ... I started it due to the severe PMS I was having but have found that with a high quality brand of vitex (also called chaste tree berry) that my cycles are practically the same. Now, if I run out of the vitex, then I see my cycles going from 23-32 days instead of 28. It does take, I think, 3-6 months to work. I believe my research on it talked about women having taken it for centuries for hormonal support. I've never had kids and I'm almost 35 and this has been the best option for me.
 
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