Whether you’re stopping it to have babies or you just don’t want to be on it anymore, saying goodbye to hormonal contraception can be a little intimidating.
If you’re thinking it’s time to try for a baby, step one is giving your birth control the boot. Once you do, the hormones your pill, patch, or ring has been delivering leave your body within five days, after which you might experience surprising symptoms — even some that mimic pregnancy. No need to worry — these are just your body’s way of catching up with natural cycle changes that were suppressed by birth control.
If you’re considering going off hormonal birth control pills, you should talk to your doctor about it first. That said, if you think going off hormonal birth control will benefit your emotional and mental health at all, I highly recommend considering it. (At least on a trial basis.)
Pimple problems are common after going off birth control for a few reasons:
The pill, patch, or ring is no longer pumping your body with estrogen, a hormone that combats oily skin, which is why the pill is often prescribed to treat acne.
Stopping birth control boosts your levels of testosterone, a hormone that causes breakouts.
Returning to your natural cycle means your hormones are constantly in flux, and your finicky skin responds with zits.
It’s easy enough to get stressed about conception (and the life change you’re making, which is much bigger to swallow than those birth-control meds). But some of those nerves and mood swings are a result of eliminating the steady flow of hormones your birth control provided, which kept your emotions on a pretty even keel (at least for three weeks every month).
Your sore breasts may actually be a side effect of your ovaries ramping up again — making estrogen and building an egg.
If you’ve been taking the birth control shot, it can take up to six months for your fertility to go back to normal
The Depo-Provera shot is a birth control injection you get every three months for pregnancy protection. Even though it’s made to stay in your system for three months, it might take up to six months for your ovulation to go back to what it was
Back Pain and cramping….. yes, they’re annoying, but these aches are a sign of exciting things happening in your body. As you ovulate every month, you make a cyst, which holds an egg — the very egg that could become your baby. When the cyst releases the egg and surrounding fluid, it can be irritating, causing cramping and lower back pain. You may even feel a quick pinch on one side of your lower abdomen when the egg matures and releases from an ovary (that’s called mittelschmerz).
Don’t be surprised if your sex drive goes into overdrive once you’ve ditched your birth control.
If you haven’t ovulated in a while — which you wouldn’t have while on birth control — you may be surprised by just how much your nose knows about when you’re at your most fertile. In fact, ovulating women’s noses are more perceptive than those of women in other parts of their cycle (as well as postmenopausal women, men, and kids). This could be because estrogen and progesterone affect your sense of smell.
Your natural menstrual cycle includes a spike in testosterone right around ovulation, which can make you want to have sex. Birth control keeps those hormones relatively stable throughout the month, which is one reason why some people report lower sex drive on the Pill.