Is being on birth control pills for a long time okay – or should you be taking breaks from your pill every once in a while? If you’ve been on the pill for a while, you’ve probably wondered about this at some point. We have answers for you below.
This is a question that patients often ask. There really isn’t any reason to “take a break” from birth control pills. In fact, staying on the pill for long periods of time is actually beneficial for you – it helps reduce your risk of ovarian cancer.
The research on this issue is sound and plentiful. The one thing that is important to keep in mind if you are a long-term pill user is that the longer you are on the pill, the longer it will take for your normal ovulation cycle to resume once you stop using the pill. Therefore, if you have been using oral contraceptives for many years and decide that you want to get pregnant, stop your pill well in advance of the time you would ideally like to conceive as it may take a few months before you’re fertile again. But this isn’t something most of you have to worry about right now.
If you feel like you don’t want to be tethered to the pill at the moment and want to take a little break, that’s fine too. If you choose to do so, update your doctor on your decision. Finish out your last month and then just stop taking them, it’s as simple as that. But don’t assume that you’re still protected from unwanted pregnancy for a few months after that – if you’re going to have sex while you’re not on the pill, always wear a condom, no exceptions.