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I was on birth control (alesse) for 8 years and I stopped taking it last june because I just want to use condoms. Ever since then my period has shown up every 28-33 days. However, the last cycle it was on cycle day 43. Now my period this month seems to be very late again. Could this be from coming off birth control? Even though my period was more regular at first? I do not want a baby right now but for some reason I am worried that this means I am infertile.
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Sam W
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Hi Icedtea,

It is possible that your cycle is still re-adjusting after coming off your BC, since people's bodies react differently to getting on and coming off of BC pills. And it's not unheard of for periods to go missing every once in a while. However, if the changes in your cycle are concerning you, you can always talk to your healthcare provider.

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Sometimes coming off of birth control can make cycles irregular for a bit, but in addition to that, many people just don't have very regular cycles to begin with. So you may just be having some irregularity that's "normal" for how your body handles menstrual cycles, if that makes sense.

I'm not aware of late periods being at all indicative of fertility issues, but that's something you could bring up with a doctor at your next appointment.

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