6. Your breasts may feel different
Some women experience tenderness in their breasts before they menstruate. The progesterone in the system increases as your period approaches. This, in turn, stimulates the milk glands to grow. Breasts may feel slightly swollen, achy, and tender. Taking the pill controls your hormone levels. This means that progesterone levels do not spike just before menstruation. Most women who had this problem prior to going on the pill report alleviated symptoms when they take it.
When you go off the pill, expect to feel some breast tenderness prior to menstruating It is an early symptom of pregnancy as well but is more likely just hormonal. As to whether this continues long-term after you go off your birth control, it is possible. Since our bodies are all different, there is no accurate way to predict.
Other women complain that they experience breast tenderness while they’re on the pill. Their breasts enlarge slightly. This is only temporary and usually stops within a few weeks. If pain persists or a lump is detected, you should see your doctor. Should your breasts enlarge during your time on the pill, they may return to their normal size when you stop. It’s very rare that a permanent breast enlargement occurs as a result of birth control. It would be caused by estrogen levels which affect water retention in the body.
There are those who say their breasts are more sensitive at certain times during their cycle while taking the pill. This can be concerning to them at first. They might worry that it’s a precursor to pregnancy and their birth control has failed. For them, these symptoms disappear when they stop taking the pill.