It’s not you, it’s me.

So, you’ve decided that you want to ditch all types of hormonal birth control. How will your body react?

A relationship with hormonal birth control can last a long time, even outlasting a relationship (or two). A hormonal IUD can last up to 6 years, and some women are continuously on the pill for many years. So, when that time comes to say goodbye to a certain birth control method for another, or choosing to completely ditch any type of hormonal birth control, you may be wondering how your body is going to handle the break up.

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Many women choose a hormonal birth control method, such as the pill for added benefits such as having lighter periods and less severe period cramps. However, there are pros and cons of birth control, and going off the pill may be a pro or con depending on the type of side affects you experienced from the pill. Once you go off the pill your period will most likely be similar to your pre-pill periods, so if you did experience unpleasant visits each month, have that heat pack ready. However, “your period can change throughout your lifetime, whether you go on hormonal birth control or not, says Streicher. So if you’ve been on birth control since you were 15, you may end up finding that your period is different now that you’re off it.” A period tracking app can also be helpful, especially if you experienced irregular periods pre-pill. After going off the pill the hormones from the pill will be gone in a couple of days, but your normal menstrual cycle will most likely return after one or two months.

You may also experience changes in your body, aside from the changes in your period, after going off the pill.

  • Progesterone and estrogen will be flowing more freely, and that means your breasts might feel more swollen and tender when you are ovulating.
  • You may notice your skin isn’t quite as clear as it was on the pill. The pill suppresses testosterone- which can be skin unfriendly.
  • Your mood may change due to the sudden hormonal change.

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And if you were using the pill to prevent pregnancy, be sure to use a different method of birth control, because experts say you can get pregnant immediately after you have gone off the pill. Non-hormonal methods of birth control include condoms, the copper IUD, and the diaphragm.

 

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