Post # 1
Obviously everyone is different, but I am interested to see a general consensus about this. So, did you feel better, worse, or the same after stopping birth control? I added “worse at first, and then better” because I figured some people may have felt yucky for a month or two and then better once their hormones chilled out. I doubt anyone would feel better at first and then worse, but feel free to comment if so!
Post # 2
My skin broke out, my hair got greasy, and I didn’t have my period for SIX MONTHS. I got pregnant after I had my first period off the pill. I can’t believe how long it took my hormones to adjust. I wish there was more info out there on the aftermath of stoppping the pill.
Post # 3
RunnerBride13: I’ve only been off for one cycle so far, but for me it was more or less the same.
Before the pill: Acne, irregular cycles, cramps that killed (notoriously home sick on the first day of every cycle, curled up in a ball on the couch)
During the pill: Improved skin, regular “cycles”, mild cramps, but over the past year NOTABLE PMS for 1-2 days the week prior (Hate the world, then as sad as humanly possible for someone who doesn’t have a real reason to be sad, always cry, maybe because I picked a fight with someone), and lower back pain the day AF shows up
After the pill: Skin has not changed, cycle length still TBD, not sure about cramps or lower back pain yet, definitely had the NOTABLE PMS last week. I don’t even want to say what I cried over, it’s that silly. OH, and I felt ovulation pain (first time ovulating in how long?!). I don’t know if that’ll continue or not?
Post # 4
I went off BC about 5 months ago. Overall I felt pretty much the same. The few things I did notice were:
- My skin broke out a little bit but this could have been because of the regular facials I began having around the same time.
- My sex drive sky-rocketed.
- I got my period for the first 3 cycles relatively regularling (between 29-39 days). However, now its completely disappeared and I’m on day 63 of this cycle with no end in sight. I’m trying not to worry as I know this happens quite commonly.
Post # 5
I stopped taking mine in March, AF came 31 days later. More noticeable pms of back pain sore boobs, and a heavier flow but shorter duration. I lost the nasty 3 day headache I had on the pill, I also feel a little more relaxed. I suspect I will go back onto it at some point but I prefer not taking it. Will see if my cycle gets shorter in a couple of weeks….unless we hit the jackpot!
Post # 6
I’ve gone off the pill twice, both times a long time ago, but I’ll pass on what I remember. The first time my face broke out and my cramps were worse and my period heavier, however my mood was much, much improved (the reason I stopped taking it). The second time I was older and had given a different pill a try. My skin stayed the same and same thing- worse cramps and heavier flow, also improved mood. I stopped taking the pill for good then because I decided the md depression I had on it was totally not worth it.
Post # 7
RunnerBride13: I actually had to stop taking the pill (tried a few different ones over the years) because of how badly it affected my moods. In my early 20’s it wasn’t so bad. I was just a bit short tempered on it. But by my late 20’s my world was crumbling within a few days of starting it. It was awful! So I’m one of the few who are a lot better off it!
Post # 8
I was on the pill from age 14 to 22 and then decided to stop. I went through a horrible period of depression for about 2 months. I had no idea it was due to going off the pill. I was drinking, partying, questioning what I wanted to do with my schooling, suddenly didn’t like my boyfriend (who is now my DH). I did some REALLY awful things. DH and I lived apart for a couple months because I was convinced I didn’t want to be with him.
I WISH I had known that going off the pill could do that.
It wasn’t until a few years later when I went back ON the pill and had the same reaction, that I was able to put all the pieces together.
I will never take a pill again…or any hormonal birthcontrol. I feel a ton better not being on it.
Post # 9
I gained 5 lbs, broke out and my hair was supre greasy. My period came on time and was no different. I got pregnant the next month so no clue howlong it would have taken to get back to normal.
Post # 10
I was on a low-dose pill and didn’t have a “period” for years. It’s been five months since I stopped taking it, and still no sign of ovulation! After three months, my doctor prescribed Provera to induce withdrawal bleeding, but I haven’t had a period other than that.
But to answer your question: my skin broke out and I gained 10 pounds. My face has since cleared up, but the pounds haven’t budged and my body shape has changed somewhat.
Post # 11
I couldnt’ find a vote that summed it up…at first I felt completely fine, nothing in the way of side effects for the first few weeks. Then, I got hit with a wave or hormones – was a mess for several days emotionally (hot flashes, crying, etc). I felt like I dropped a few lbs in water retention though, and now I feel fine, better even.
Post # 12
I actually felt so much better….. no water retention and I was feeling more fiesty….. (if you know what I mean)….. The only downside as been acne. Never had it before but boy has it been a challenge…….
Post # 13
RunnerBride13: I’ve only been off it for a few weeks, but so far my sex drive has increased a LOT and my mood is better, I think FI likes the new me better haha. My face is a little greasier, but no breakouts (yet). Haven’t had a period yet off the pill so couldn’t tell you how that is.
Post # 14
I got off the pill and was a horrible emotional mess. I cried every day. It was horrible. I got pregnant 6 weeks after getting off the pill and I was immediately less emotional and felt way better. I will definitely be going back on the pill after I have the baby in October. I felt so much better on it. I broke out and my sex drive was exactly the same.
Post # 15
Worse! When I first went off the pill I had ridiculously strong cravings for foods causing weight gain, I had sore boobs for a month, and I had really bad cramps when AF did show.
Now after being off the pill for almost a year – my appetite is under control (thank goodness)! My boobs get fuller around ovulation and start getting sore closer to AF but no where near as bad as when I first got off the pill. I get managable cramping with AF. But the worst part still is my skin. I have much worse and much more frequent break-outs than I did when I was on the pill. And it still hasnt balanced out. Ugh!