Women See The 9 Things that Happen To Your Body When You Go Off the Pill Women See The 9 Things that Happen To Your Body When You Go Off the Pill
You’re probably well versed in all the changes that can happen when you go on the Pill (lighter periods, fewer cramps, hopefully no pregnancy... Women See The 9 Things that Happen To Your Body When You Go Off the Pill

You’re probably well versed in all the changes that can happen when you go on the Pill (lighter periods, fewer cramps, hopefully no pregnancy scares, etc.). But what about when you go off of it? Whether you’re ditching birth control to get pregnant or just because you don’t need it right now, you’re probably curious about any changes that may come with going pill-free.

You’re probably well versed in all the changes that can happen when you go on the Pill (lighter periods, fewer cramps, hopefully no pregnancy scares, etc.). But what about when you go off of it? Whether you’re ditching birth control to get pregnant or just because you don’t need it right now, you’re probably curious about any changes that may come with going pill-free.

So we spoke to a few experts to find out how going off hormonal birth control can affect your body. Keep in mind, these symptoms may vary from woman to woman, but it’s still great intel to keep in mind.
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You May Experience Heavier Periods and Worse Cramps
A lot of women go on the Pill because it’s known to keep raging PMS at bay. So if you suffered from debilitating cramps and unpredictable periods before the Pill, you can bet those will come back once you stop taking it, says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale School of Medicine. That’s because the Pill’s elevated levels of progesterone and estrogen stop your body from ovulating, which is what causes many women pain and discomfort around their time-of-the-month.

You Could Lose a Little Weight
“Science shows that a third of women lose weight, a third gain weight, and a third stay the same when on the pill,” says ob-gyn Alyssa Dweck, M.D., co-author of V is For Vagina. There may be a combination of reasons for weight gain on the Pill such as hormones, diet, or water retention, or it could just be that most women start birth control when they’re still growing. Still, you may notice that you drop a few pounds (mostly water weight) after you stop birth control. That said, if you’re taking the Depo-Provera shot, you may lose up to five pounds, since this method has been shown to cause more weight gain than others.

Your Breasts May Deflate a Tiny Bit
If your boobs grew on birth control—thanks to the progesterone and estrogen components—they may shrink back to their original size, says Dweck. Again, this isn’t always the case for all women.

MORE: 7 Benefits of Birth Control

Your Body Will Produce More Discharge
Because the Pill suppresses the body’s ability to ovulate, you’ll usually produce less vaginal secretions. See, you produce more discharge when you’re ovulating because it’s your body’s way of naturally facilitating pregnancy, explains Dweck. “You’ll notice more moisture once you’re off of it—especially around ovulation.”

Your Sex Drive May Improve
One of the biggest complaints a lot of women have about the Pill is that it kills their sex drive. While this definitely doesn’t affect everyone (some women have higher libido with birth control!), hormones may be to blame. “Some women have lower testosterone levels on the Pill, and because they don’t ovulate, it can affect their sex drive,” says Dweck. Some ladies may also experience vaginal dryness on birth control, which should also let up when you stop taking it. If these are currently issues for you on birth control, a higher libido might be in your future.

Your PMS Symptoms Might Get Worse
If your PMS used to hit you (and everyone around you) hard every month, get ready for that to return. Minkin warns that if you were already moody before you were on the Pill, chances are you will still be moody off of it. Any headaches, breast tenderness, food cravings, and other symptoms you experienced prior to being on birth control may come back as well. Bummer!

You May Actually Feel or See Yourself Ovulating
For some women, ovulation is a pretty obvious occurrence each month when you’re off birth control. “Those who can may feel a twinge of discomfort for a few hours daily, increased vaginal secretions that are slippery and clear, and may even feel extra aroused,” explains Dweck. In fact, these are all cues that some women look for if they’re trying to get pregnant. Still, if birth control has halted your ovulation for years, that random mid-cycle pain and weird discharge can be pretty shocking.

MORE: 22 Women Share Why They Really Take Birth Control

That Dreaded Acne May Come Back
Some women choose to go on birth control to control their acne. Unfortunately, one of the downsides of going off birth control can be that your skin will start breaking out again. “When you’re on the Pill, your testosterone levels go down which prevents breakouts. But it goes up when you go off of it, and as a result, acne returns,” explains Dweck. If you experience severe acne, it’s best to see a dermatologist right before you make the switch to see if they can help.

You Can Get Pregnant ASAP
Obviously, if you go off birth control it’s easier for you to get pregnant unless you use a backup form of protection. If you were using the birth control pill, the ring, or the IUD, your ability to get pregnant bounces back right away, says Dweck. However, if you were taking Depo-Provera shots, it may take a few months for them to be completely out of your system (However, she stresses not to rely on that fact too much and to still use a backup method if you’re not trying to get pregnant right away.).

Henry Okafor

  • Marissa

    October 13, 2016 #1 Author

    You can definitely get pregnant while on the pill also

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  • shikami

    October 14, 2016 #2 Author

    Not sure

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  • Tiaudra

    October 14, 2016 #3 Author

    Even if you skip one day of being on the pill, you can get pregnant. You can get pregnant without skipping the pill. You can get pregnant period! Lol

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  • Shayona Jones

    October 14, 2016 #4 Author

    Well I have gotten pregnant using the pill so I’m really not sure

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  • Morgan

    October 14, 2016 #5 Author

    Crazy I didn’t know anything about this glade I got the shot instead

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  • Cheyenne palochak

    October 14, 2016 #6 Author

    You can still get pregnant while on the pill

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  • Rahneisha chaney

    October 14, 2016 #7 Author

    You absolutely can still get pregnant while on the pill

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  • Abigail Prinz

    October 14, 2016 #8 Author

    The pill for me had negative side affects such as my hair fell out and my moods were negative. As soon as I off of the pill everything went back to normal.

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  • Tynika

    October 14, 2016 #9 Author

    😬😬 never knew your sex drive would go down

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  • Daiyasha

    October 14, 2016 #10 Author

    The pill does not work if you do not take it at the same time EVERYDAY.

    Reply

  • Kionna busby

    October 14, 2016 #11 Author

    I never knew any of this wow that’s crazy

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  • Tiffany

    October 14, 2016 #12 Author

    The pill do not work

    Reply

  • Sandy

    October 14, 2016 #13 Author

    The pill isn’t 100% proof. I know a lot of woman who have become pregnant while on it

    Reply

  • Ki’Eara Marshall

    October 15, 2016 #14 Author

    Are these system the same as the shot

    Reply

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