(Closed) Question for those who have stopped BC pills

posted 9 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had the same problem with breaking out, but your skin will EVENTUALLY even itself out. You could always go see a dermatologist though, they can give you something for it. Your period still may just be messed up. I’d give it some time to try and even out. Your body is trying to get back to normal and having to work at it, which it isn’t used to yet. I wouldn’t worry about it yet, but if you are, call your dr! 🙂

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I was also breaking out when I stopped my birth control pills.  It really sucked, but my recollection is that it lasted maybe 2 or 3 months before my skin calmed down.  I don’t have any problems with breakouts anymore.  Good luck and hang in there!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Also, I do think it is normal for your cycle to not be stable.  Mine still isn’t exact ever since getting off the pill, and that was over a year ago.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery

I would look into how your cycle was prior to being on BC…I know for some people they take BC to regulate things.   I agree with Tulip that things will be “unstable” another thing you may notice is a heavier flow and possible cramping.  If things don’t change you should prob check with your doc!

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2007

We are trying to start a family, so I went off the pill in May. When I stopped the pill I was bloated, broken out, sweat smelled different etc. etc. My doctor said that when you stop the pill you can get a very slight increase in testoterone.

I have only had my period once on my own between May 09 and Jan 10. I have been working with my doctor to get it started again with provera. I was regular, like a clock before the pill.

My doctor said it can take up to 8 months to get your period back before you have to start to worry about it. Give yourself some time and work with your doctor. Don’t be afraid to call him/her and ask questions.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

BC is supposed to stay in your system for awhile, so when you do get the first few periods after stopping BC, they will likely be what they were while on BC. After some time though, when its all out of your system, they should go back to what they used to be.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

I’m not a doctor, but I went off the pill in May and had different issues from you…so here is what I learned.

After about 3 months of “bad cycles”, they did hormone testing on me to make sure I didn’t have PCOS or other issues.  (They also knew TTC was on the horizon.)  I doubt you’d need this, but I actually had to have an ultrasound, too.

I recommend tracking your cycles on fertilityfriend.com.  It helped me give my doctors the details, and when you are ready to TTC, you can track days you have sex, your temperature, etc. etc.

So, I’d try to give it 3 cycles, but if it’s really bad, bring it up to your Dr, especially if you want to TTC soon. 

Also, I’m still breaking out!  I went on a topical antibiotic, bc they didn’t want me on retinoids (topical) while not on the pill.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I stopped the pill in November because I was sick of the side effects and my period was maybe a day off afterwards. The other times I’ve stopped taking it, this has also happened. I had a really irregular period before, so I’m not sure why this happens to me.

I would just be sure to practice another form of birth control until you can accurately predict your period and your cycle.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I will be stopping my BC at the end of this month, and I am a little nervous about what my body will do!  But, I do know from experience that Nutrogena makes an anti-acne body wash that is similar to their face wash.  It is really gentle and it works (I have used it in the past).  That might help with the breakouts!

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Have any of you experienced weight gain after stopping the pill?  I’m gonna stop mine 6 months before the wedding to prepare for NFP. I’m concerned about the weight gain and breakouts people say they get when they come off. I’m wondering if I need to get off them sooner so my body has more time to adjust, however once I’m off the pill my fiance and I won’t be having any more sex so we don’t get pregnant right before the wedding…

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Last time I stopped taking BC my sex drive plummeted, my cycle was wildly off (like, no period for 3 months! Talk about me being freaked out about being possibly pregnant! and before BC I was regular as clockwork.) , and I had horrible acne the whole time I was off (8-9 months). I went back on because, while pre-BC I NEVER had cramps, afterward (I’d been on it for 8 years at that point!) I had crippling cramps. Now I am off again because we can no longer afford it ($80 for 1 month supply! Yikes!). So far I have been regular, but the bad acne is creeping back. However, this time, going off, my sex drive has spiked instead of plummeted! Yay! I have, sadly, gained weight though. Not sure if its perma weight gain or temporary bloating weight gain. Time will tell i guess. If you get acne bad, i suggest Neutrogena Black Head Eliminating facial scrub for the shower (its amazing, no matter what your acne level is!) and/or proactiv.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Wow…thanks for the board topic!  I hadn’t considered any issues with going off the pill. I’ve been on it for about 10 years so I have no idea now what a “normal” period would be like.  I don’t know if I could deal with a bunch of new issues while planning the wedding but we want to start trying asap afterwards.  What a dilemma!

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