Birth Controls to Get Your Period Back?

Were you told to go on birth control pills to get your period back? Are you wondering if you should go on birth control pills to bring you periods back and to “kickstart” your body to start having monthly menstrual cycles?

For me, it was a personal choice not to go on them. I knew that I am not a big fan of Birth Control Pills because I am sensitive to hormones. I was on a million hormones when we went through IVF so it was not something I wanted to reintroduce into my body. If my body was not ovulating on it’s own, I knew that something was wrong and “bandaiding” the problem was not something I was willing to do. I told my gynecologist about this and although she wanted me to go on them she was willing to give me time if i was actively trying to get my periods back. Many doctors may tell you that it birth control pills can kickstart cycles but that usually doesn’t happen. In fact many women temporarily have amenorrhea after coming off the pill.

I decided I would give myself one year to try to recover my period before going on any medication. If I did go on medication, I am not sure it would even be Birth Control Pills. There has been some recent research that the Estrogen in the pill may not be as effective on bone health as once thought.

Before making the decision to recover, there are many things to way out: How willing you are to recover? If you aren’t willing to try and get your period back on your own then some medication may be better than having low levels of hormones.

Birth Control Pills will not give you your cycles back. They suppress your natural hormones so that you don’t ovulate and in turn can’t get pregnant. The “period” you experience is a withdrawal bleed from the hormones in the pills you are taking. This is why you can take the active pills for months in a row and skip your period.


In natural periods, the reason you get your period is because your lining is built up from Estrogen. If you don’t become pregnant during that cycle your lining is shed as progesterone drops and a new cycle begins. So it’s not your period that is so important that you are missing but the Estrogen and ovulation that allows you to have a period. Estrogen protects your bones and is a vital hormone in the normal monthly cycles.


Things to consider is before starting Birth Control Pills

  • Do you truly have Hypothalamic Amenorrhea or something else that is causing Amenorrhea?
  • Do you have osteoporosis?
  • Are you willing to give it everything to recover?
  • Will you accept the weight gain that could come?
  • Are you willing to give it up to 6 months or a year?
  • Do you need professional help?
  • Do you need a coach to guide you?

To sum it all up, birth control is not as good as your own natural hormones to protect your bones and your health. Your period is a sign of health and if you don’t have it this is a sign there is something wrong. I hope this helped!

Let me know in the comments if you were told to go on Birth Control when diagnosed with HA.

Hysteroscopy = Done

FET #3 Update

Well, I made it through the hysteroscopy.  Just feeling really tired today but I think that is partly because I couldn’t sleep last night and from the anesthesia.  I have definitely been more anxious this past month and I am not sure if it is because of the holidays or because I am nervous for the next FET.   Maybe a combination of both?  Either way it is causing a disruption in sleep.  No Cool.  My Dr did come over to me while I was half out of it to let me know what she did.  Of course I was out of it and all I remember was asking if what she “fixed” could be why we have not gotten pregnant yet.  I asked the hubby what she said to him and she smoothed out my uterus or something like that and most likely it would not have caused all the failed cycles.  I will get more info during the post-op appointment in a few weeks.  The good news is while we were in the waiting room she had us sign all our FET paperwork which she will be submitting today.  So once that goes through then I will stop the birth control pills, wait for my friend to arrive, go in for baseline u/s and blood work then start the Estrace.  Things are going to start moving along.  I am guesstimating that transfer will be at the end of January or beginning of February.  Not too shabby.  Just a month away.

I took yesterday off from working out obviously but Wednesday I did a new 45 minute Treadmill workout.  I have been on pinterest like crazy trying to find some good workouts.  Here is the one I did on Wednesday:

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I added an extra ten minute walk on the end.  It was a good workout for getting back into it after the holidays.  I ended up burning about 400ish calories so that’s always a good thing.  I have been lifting A LOT and cut down on cardio the past few months.  I am going to switch it up and increase cardio and decrease lifting to help lose some of this holiday weight.

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Chocolate Protein Shake and Accountability

FET #3 Update

Hopefully everyone had a good holiday and spent some time relaxing.  We had a nice and relaxing Christmas and I got lots of great stuff including a food processor.  I have been cooking a lot lately and it is going to save me a ton of time.   I think I spent hours making salsa this summer with all the chopping I did.   I am back to work today, out tomorrow for the hysteroscopy and then working Friday.  So it is a nice and short week for me.  Next week I am out Monday but working a few hours from home on New Years day so I can’t imagine it is going to be that crazy of a New Years.  I am excited for the new year and our next cycle.  I hope soon after the surgery they will be submitting our paperwork to insurance so I can come off the horrible birth control pills and start our FET cycle.

Since the holidays are over for the most part and I fell hard of the eating clean wagon I am going to do everything I can to get back on it so I can be nice and healthy for this next cycle. This E-card made me chuckle.

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I really think it makes a big difference.  This last FET I was eating really good and felt amazing during the cycle even without being able to workout after transfer.  I also didn’t gain any extra weight.  The past FETs and IVFs I let myself indulge during the cycle and really felt gross.  I am vowing to eat clean here so maybe I will feel some accountability.  I have no problems with working out.  I workout 5-6 days a week and love it.   It is food that is my weakness!  I don’t expect to be perfect.  I just want to be good 90% of the time.  I started the morning with a nice protein shake.  I have been making one that tastes like a frosty.  It is so good.  I usually eat oatmeal for breakfast but I was still feeling full from yesterdays festivities.  I make sure I ALWAYS eat something for breakfast.  It is extremely important to eat within the first hour of waking to get your metabolism moving or it could lead to face stuffing later on.  Trust me I know!

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Chocolate Protein Shake

  • 1 scoop of Chocolate Protein Powder
  • 1 package of stevia
  • 1 tsp of cocoa
  • 1/2 c milk (lactose free)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 tsp-1T of Chocolate sugar free jello powder
  • pinch of Xanthum gum to thicken (optional)
  • Lots of Ice

The surgery is not till 1:45pm tomorrow so I need to find something to keep me distracted.  They want me there an hour and half early which I think is a bit much.  We will need to leave the house around 11.  I am thinking maybe some shopping for half price Christmas decor for next year or maybe a little reading tomorrow morning will keep my mind off of not eating or drinking.  I just finished Dark Places by Gillian Flynn which was really good.  My friend gave me a copy of The Name of the Wind which is already starting to suck me in.  It is more on the sci-fi or fantasy side which I usually don’t get into but I think this one will keep my attention.  I love finding a good can’t put down book.

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