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If I stopped BC after the 4th pill do I count my previous period ( Jan 27) or the first day I had withdrawal bleeding (feb 8) as day 1? Trying to figure out my ovulation days.
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Hi, It's Dr. C. Board certified Ob-gyne. I can help you today.

It won't be possible to predict ovulation on this very first cycle after stopping the pill. That's because each woman is different regarding when the ovulation will restart after stopping the pill. Some women will ovulate as soon as 3-4 days after stopping the pills while for others it can take much longer, even 4-6 weeks.

So this first cycle will not be possible to tell. But after this pill withdrawal bleed, there should be a break in bleeding (hard to predict how long of a break). Then the very next bleeding you get will be day 1.

I hope that explanation wasn't confusing. Let me know if I can clarify anything. I want to be sure you have the most helpful information possible for your situation.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Do you think I should get my next period 28 days from my original period?
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I only had withdrawal bleeding from feb 8-10
OB GYN Doctor: Dr. C., Board Certified replied 2 years ago

The original period was a withdrawal period from pills too? Or did you just take the pills for 4 days new and then stop?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
4 day new then stopped.. As in I only took Sunday-Thursday.
OB GYN Doctor: Dr. C., Board Certified replied 2 years ago

If the original period was not a pill withdrawal period, it's possible that the 4 days of pills will delay the ovulation and hence the next period.

Anything else?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Okay. Just trying to figure this out. I've been on birth control for 10 years.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I'll just continue counting feb 8 day 1.
OB GYN Doctor: Dr. C., Board Certified replied 2 years ago

Yes, do that for now. But then the next real bleed may be a bit off. But then count that one as day 1 for sure.

Anything else for today?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
That's all. Thanks.
OB GYN Doctor: Dr. C., Board Certified replied 2 years ago

You're welcome. I'm glad to help. Good luck.

Please leave a rating for my service. I aim for excellent and appreciate your feedback. Thanks!

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