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The contraceptive pill has long been hailed as a feminist revolution in sexual health. First d during the s, 'the pill' has been giving women control over their reproductive systems for nearly six decades. But, in recent years, there's been a growing movement of women turning their backs on this method of birth control.
So, with many of us having been on the pill since our teens, what actually happens to your body if you do decide to come off? Recently, after almost a decade, I stopped taking the pill. Not because I plan on getting pregnant sorry, mum! After investigating the pros and cons of both hormonal How long does the pill take to wear off 'natural' contraceptionI decided to take the plunge and give contraceptive app Natural Cycles a whirl, in extremely cautious combination with condoms.
I took my final pill, got all my details set up in the app, began dutifully taking and recording my temperature each morning, and waited for the app's algorithm to start alerting me to my 'green' non-fertile days. Having been on the pill for almost my entire adult life though, I quickly realised I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Would I instantly revert back to a hormonal teenager? Or would I instead be transformed into some kind of empowered earth mother, in tune with my natural cycle? And how long would it actually take for my periods - and my fertility - to go back to 'normal'?
Whether you've been taking the pill for ten years or ten days, clinical consultant Karin O'Sullivan from sexual health charity fpa tells me: "The hormones clear from your body very quickly [when you come off], and your periods and fertility go back to 'normal' - although what's normal for you might have changed since you started taking the pill. Regardless of how long you've been on the pill, there's no truth in the myth that the synthetic hormones build up.
Once you come off, your natural menstrual cycle returns to releasing different amounts of hormones at different times - instead of the regular dose of hormones you get on the pill - and this may affect how you feel throughout the month. These factors can all affect how you feel, and how the natural hormones in your body will affect you. Physically, she adds: "You might also notice a change in How long does the pill take to wear off vaginal secretionswhich can change from being thick, sticky and white, to become more slippery, a bit like raw egg white, at the time of ovulation.
If you ly suffered from hormonal issues which the pill has been keeping at bay - such as period pain, mood swings or, as in my case, acne - then there is a chance that these problems will return when you stop taking it. However, as O'Sullivan points out, it's worth remembering that getting older and changes to your lifestyle can also have an impact on any of these symptoms. Across the UK, lockdown restrictions are starting to ease, albeit at different rates in the four As a general rule though, she adds, if your periods haven't restarted after a few months then it's worth seeing your doctor to check for any medical issues or an unexpected pregnancy.
If you've been taking the combined oral contraceptive COC pill, you may have found that your monthly withdrawal bleed was much lighter and less painful than a normal period; or, if you've been on the progestogen-only pill POP, or mini-pill then you may have stopped bleeding altogether. As with the other symptoms, O'Sullivan explains that you may find your periods go back to exactly as they were before the pill - with your monthly bleed becoming longer, heavier and more painful again once you come off - or they may be different due to changes in your body and lifestyle.
The pill's main function is to prevent your body from ovulating, or releasing an egg, so it's safest to assume that normal service will as soon as you stop taking it. In other words, if you're coming off the pill but don't want to get pregnant then make sure you have an alternative method of contraception lined up straightaway.
If, however, you've come off the pill because you are hoping to get pregnantO'Sullivan says be prepared that, although it couldit may not happen straightaway. This is often a concern for women, who come to my clinic voicing a perceived need for a 'break' from the pill to 'normalise things'. There is no evidence that this is needed, and could lead to an unplanned pregnancy if no other method of effective contraception is used in its place," she explains. As an added bonus, use of the COC pill is associated with a reduced risk of both ovarian and endometrial cancer which, Munro adds, "continues for several decades even after stopping it - a really positive side effect that's often overlooked and not mentioned.
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