After being on the birth control pill for almost 10 years, I finally made the decision to stop using them a few months ago. It was a personal choice that had nothing to do with wanting to get pregnant (God, no). My birth control pills were, quite literally, driving me crazy. They were giving me uncontrollable mood swings, and eventually started giving me migraines that made my doctor worry about the possibility of blood clots. I decided that the best decision, for me, would be to stop using birth control pills once and for all.
It’s been a few months, and the adjustment hasn’t been as difficult as I thought it would be. There are definitely some things that are annoying about going off the pill (see more info on that below), but overall, my moods have greatly improved and my terrible PMS headaches have gotten a lot better. I’m really happy with my decision, and unless something changes, I don’t think I’ll be back on the pill anytime soon.
If you’re thinking about doing the same thing, you’re probably wondering what happens when you go off birth control pills. This was something I researched a lot before I went off mine, because I was really nervous. While the symptoms can be very different for everyone, it’s good to know the basics of what happens to some people. I’m not encouraging anyone to go off the pill if you like it – use the method of birth control that works for you! It’s just good to know that you do have options. Here are 10 things that will happen when you go off your birth control pills:
Your Boobs Might Get SmallerA lot of birth control pills can make your boobs swell a little bit, making them appear slightly bigger. It's not like they're going to go up or down a cup size, but I definitely noticed a small decrease in my breast size when I went off my pill. Source: ShutterStock
You'll Have A Higher Sex DriveAlthough a lot of people don't experience the same exact symptoms of going off the pill, this one seems pretty standard: you'll start experiencing a higher sex drive. Like, immediately. It's a well-known fact that birth control pills decrease your sex drive, which is annoying and actually makes no sense (you're taking pills so you can have safe sex, but they make you... not want to have sex). You'll definitely notice a difference when you go off the pill. Source: ShutterStock
Your Period Will Be HeavierMost birth control pills will give you a lighter period, which is really great! But going off of them will almost immediately result in a heavier period. I noticed that the second month after going off my pills. There was a very noticeable difference, which is annoying, but not the end of the world. Source: ShutterStock
You'll Probably Break Out MoreSince birth control pills mess with your hormones, most of them help get rid of acne as well. In fact, one of the main reasons I started the pill was because I had such bad acne. My breakouts were WAY better when I was on the pill. I noticed a big difference only two weeks after going off the pill. I started breaking out on my back and chest the most, but I'm also dealing with a lot of pimples on my face. For me, this is definitely the most annoying side effect. Source: ShutterStock
Some PMS Symptoms Will Get WorseThis one will be different for everyone. My experience went like this: My birth control pills made my cramps almost non-existent, but they gave me terrible mood swings and bad migraines. When I went off the pill, my mood swings got a lot better, my headaches got better, but my cramps became really, really bad. But I've heard of some people who have experienced worse mood swings after going off the pill, so it really depends on your body. Source: ShutterStock
Your Period May Become IrregularWhen you stop using the pill, your period will almost definitely be irregular for a little bit as your body adjusts to the change. My first period after going off the pill was normal... but my second was almost two weeks late, and I was really freaked out. This is normal, though, especially if you experienced irregular periods before going on the pill. The pill helps regulate your menstrual cycle, and without it, your body may be a little out of whack. Source: ShutterStock
You May Lose Some Water WeightMost doctors will insist that the birth control pill does not make you gain weight, but I don't really believe that. When I was on the pill, I felt like I gained a little weight, and my gynecologist finally admitted that the pill can sometimes cause you to gain more water weight and feel more bloated. I definitely noticed a difference when I stopped using it. I almost immediately lost four pounds, and I have definitely felt less bloated in the last few months. Source: ShutterStock
You Might Start SpottingWhile your body adjusts to the change in hormones after going off the pill, you'll probably experience a little spotting (a little bit of blood in between periods). Don't worry or stress about it, this is normal. Source: ShutterStock
Your Period Will Probably Last LongerThis is another thing that will almost definitely happen. Most birth control pills not only make your period lighter, but also a little shorter. There are pills that can make your period last only four days, and some even only allow you to have a period a few times a year. Definitely not the case when you're not on the pill. Source: ShutterStock
You Might Not Get Your Period For A WhileAlthough this didn't happen to me, I've heard that it's happened to a few people. A friend of mine didn't get her period for two months after going off the pill. It's pretty normal, because your body is just adjusting. Be extra careful with your other birth control options and try not to panic! Source: ShutterStock
Have you ever gone off birth control pills? What was your experience like? Why did you choose to go off them? Tell me in the comments.