Some users have needed to return to hormonal birth control from Natural Cycles for a period of time. We understand that different stages of your life may call for different kinds of birth control. When returning to Natural Cycles, below are some tips to help you make the transition back from hormonal birth control. Please keep in mind that you may first (meaning within one or two weeks) experience a withdrawal bleed and that this should be logged as ’Spotting.’ Learn more about withdrawal bleeding here.
- First, once you are no longer using your hormonal birth control, and if you use Natural Cycles to prevent pregnancy, we recommend that you continue using protection (such as condoms or another form of barrier protection) each time you have sex or abstain to prevent pregnancy until your period starts again and you officially log your first cycle back in the app.
- Second, even if your period has not yet returned, we recommend that you start measuring (to get into the routine), but that you mark your temperatures as ‘excluded’ until your first period starts. Please keep in mind that you may first experience a withdrawal bleed and that this should be logged as’ Spotting.’ Learn more about withdrawal bleeding here.
- Third, once you get your period and log it into the app after returning, it may look like you had one long cycle that started when you last used the app. Rest assured, this long cycle without any activity is not considered in the averages and the predictions. When you begin a new cycle with a period entry, the predictions will be based on your past completed cycles. After logging the start of your first period after hormonal birth control, you can measure as usual according to our guidelines and only exclude your temperature if necessary. You can read more about when you should exclude your temperatures here.
- And last, please keep in mind it can take a while for your first ovulation to occur again since ovulation is inhibited while using hormonal birth control. Your cycle may be irregular for some time. As an NC° Birth Control user, you can expect to be given an increased amount of red days initially. NC° Plan Pregnancy users can expect to be given more brown days.
If this applies to you, we welcome you back, and should you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.