(Closed) Going off the Pill for the first time. What to expect?

posted 5 years ago in Intimacy
Post # 2
323 posts
Helper bee

Hello. I’m a bit confused, does your sex drive really matter if you’re not sexually active? Surely it anything it makes waiting easier, less temptations etc.

Anyway, I’ve been off the pill for about 2 years and these are what I have experienced going off it:

– My skin broke out all the time! I had flawless skin prior to the pill (I was on the pill from about 16-25). After stopping the pill, I got acne on my forehead, temples and chin. 2 years later and It’s finally starting to calm down after more exercise, cleaner eating, and mostly washing my face with water only.

– My sex drive did not change.

– I get worse period pain off the pill than off the pill. Sore boobs pre-period and stomach cramps and back pains at the start of my period. 

– I’m now a grumpy PMT girl off the pill! But I’ve at least realised that now and acknowledge that’s why I’m grumpy, so I know how to address it now ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck with your choices, be safe ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 3
715 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I went off the the pill after four years. My skin broke out like crazy and I didn’t get my period for 5 months. I ended up backing the till to start it back up. I only went off it hoping I didn’t need it for my acne anymore.

Post # 4
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

When I went off, the one thing that I really noticed the most was that my boobs got REALLY sore. That was the first time I every experienced that. It last maybe 2-3 weeks, then went away.

Post # 5
9333 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

My prescription expired a couple months back and I was only able to find the time to schedule my annual to get a new one recently. All I can say is THANK THE LORD it was only a couple months that I had to do without it cuz I broke out like a mofo and had awful heavy periods.

I love me my BC pills.

Post # 6
738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I was off the pill for a good 3 years or so. 15-23 now I’m 26 and back on it. My face only explodes once a month, though I do have alot more little tiny dimple pimples all over my face but not ones that grow big but jus stay under the surface. My sex drive is shite at best being back ON the pill, which makes me sad ๐Ÿ™ I get really bad back cramps on the pill, yet sore boobies like some PP’s off the pill. My periods were all over the place off the pill, then again, their pretty inconsistent on the pill lol.


Post # 7
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I stopped taking BCP about a year and a half ago after being on it for 9-10 years (just started again however). I didn’t break out, and my sex drive did not increase, however, during that time of the month I had a way heavier flow, HORRIBLE cramping, and was super cranky. I also cried a lot. Like all of the time for any heightened emotion. And it didn’t matter what time of the month it was for that fun side-effect. 

Good luck with everything! 

Post # 8
1417 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Turf Valley

I went off the pill after 10 years.  I had no side effects.  My cycles regulated almost immediately.

Post # 9
2331 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

LMD:  OMG I hope I’m the same way as you….. I’ve been on the pill for 10 years and I’m planning on getting off sometime in May or June…. My periods before were like clockwork!!! Ugh

Post # 10
1781 posts
Buzzing bee

acne, pms, random spotting b/c periods are not perfectly on schedule any more

serious moods swings all the time b/c hormones are trying to re-find their balance

my sex drive did not change

my boobs shrunk a cup size which made me really sad

Post # 11
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

buzzingbride2b:  We are TTC so I went off the pill after my last period in November (I was on it for 7 years). I am due for my period next week – not sure if I will get it or not as I heard it can take some time for your period to come after stopping the pill. I originally went on the pill to regulate my period as it was coming any time it wanted (every 34, 43 or 52 days), I am hoping it will stick to a 28 day cycle. Time will tell. I haven’t experienced any increase in acne or moodiness or anything else. My sex drive has remained the same but I am not sure if all these things will change when my period comes.

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