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How long can it take my cycle to regulate after taking an oral contraceptive pill (OCP)?

#How long can it take my cycle to regulate after taking an oral contraceptive pill (OCP)?

The length of time it can take for your period to resume once you stop taking the pill can vary. Once you stop taking the pill, the first bleed is a withdrawal bleed, similar to when you take a placebo pill in the hormone free interval. The second bleed you have is an actual period and usually takes between 2 and 4 weeks from when you stop taking your OCP, but this can vary based on your individual cycle length.

The pill can also mask any irregularities in your cycle - and while cycle irregularities may be common after coming off the OCP, they should usually settle within 3 months.