Women use birth control for a myriad of reasons. For some, it is for pregnancy prevention. However, for others, the pill is effective for clearing up the skin, eliminating pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), and creating a regular period cycle. If you’ve been on the pill for one or more of these reasons, it’s a big decision to go off it. There will be a fear that the symptoms that prompted you to take the pill will return. So, you’ll go back to an erratic cycle, horrible mood swings prior to menstruation, and spotty skin. Not to mention the risk of falling pregnant if you don’t use other contraceptives.
This is a rational expectation. Experts say that most women do not experience any major symptoms when they go off the pill, except for those they had prior to start. And this is not a given. It will not happen to everyone. It is possible that the symptoms you had prior to start to take the pill won’t return.
Because we are, as humans, completely unique, our bodies respond differently to the same stimulus. Two women of the same age, with similar physical characteristics, may take the same pill for the same timeframe. Yet, when they go off it, they may experience symptoms that are diametrically opposed to one another.
How your body responds to go off birth control cannot be predicted. It is advisable to make a decision such as this in consultation with a medical healthcare professional. There are many things that may happen when you cease taking birth control. You may experience none, some, or all of them, depending on how your body responds.
1. You can get pregnant immediately
A myth many women believe is that once they stop taking the pill, its contraceptive effect will stay in the body for a while. These are the women who get a wake-up call when they fall pregnant shortly after they stop taking the pill.
A woman’s body recovers right away after she stops taking the pill. Within a few days, the hormones it supplies are out of the body. Your body begins to produce follicles again. This stimulates your body to start producing hormones. The function of the pill is to stop your body from ovulating. As soon as you stop taking it, your body will start ovulating again. Production of an egg within the first cycle after taking the pill makes pregnancy possible If you had a problem with your ovulation cycle prior to taking the pill, it might return. If this is the case, you’ll need to consult a gynecologist for advice.
In a study, 20% of participants who went off the pill fell pregnant during the first cycle afterward. For most women who go off birth control, it takes a good two to three months for their ovulation cycles to settle down. However, if you’ve gone off the pill to fall pregnant, it can take up to six months. So, don’t panic if don’t fall pregnant right away. If you don’t want to fall pregnant, take preventive measures such as using condoms to make sure you avoid an unwanted pregnancy.
This does not apply to women who have used contraceptive injections. In these cases, it can take up to a year to fall pregnant as it takes a few months to be eliminated from the system.