Post # 1
Hello Bees. So I went to the doctor for my annual checkup. The doctor asked how long have I been on BC pills and I answered “5 Years”. She then stated that I should possibly take a break for maybe 2-3 months just to get my body back to where it is functioning without them. Then I could start back up. Which I was okay with since I wanted to ask her about that anyway. Well at the end of the appointment and after talking with the doctor I saw previously (they work in the same office) she stated that she would go ahead and refil my BC pill prescription and I could continue to take them with no break. Supposidly she’s “old school” and believes that there should be a break when on BC. But my previous doctor is more “new school” and stated that the new studies show that there is no medical reason for me to HAVE to take a break.
So after talking to family and friends my friend told me she thinks I should take a break. She said it wouldn’t hurt. Although she’s been on BC for 9 years and never changed or taken a break. I think she wants kid(s) —at least one in the next 3-5 yrs—-but I don’t think she cares too much either way. My gmom (retired nurse) said that I should probably take a break because I don’t want to become “sterile”. That scared the mess out of me when she said that. Because I want a baby within the next 2 years (which means I want to get prego in the next 1) after I get married (which hopefully will be by Spring/Summer next year).
So ladies have any of your doctors ever instructed you “take a break” or have you taken a break from BC after being on it for a period of time? Any insight or info on this topic that may help me. PLEASE!
Post # 3
I don’t think there is any medical need to take a break when you are on BC. There is no evidence that taking BC pills for a long time without a break makes you sterile.
Post # 4
My doc has only ever instructed me to take a break from a certain *kind* of birth control (depo provera – not good for longterm use due to it leaching calcium out of your system). She has never told me I couldn’t use birth control pills for long periods of time, though, and from my (nonmedical) understanding, I don’t believe they would make you “sterile.”
However, if you’re really worried about it, take the break. But you should use backup forms of birthcontrol during that time if you don’t want to get pregnant. (Yep, I said forms, as in plural. Condom plus something else.)
Post # 5
I stopped taking pills about 4 months ago, still haven’t had a period. (Counting the months out makes me think I should probably go to ask my dr about it sometime soon.) However I LOVE being off the hormones, I finally feel normal!
Post # 6
I hope you repost if you get more information on this.
I have no medical training but I always thought that the way the pill works is it prevents you from ovulating and also hardens your uterine lining, making it harder for the sperm to stick? So the longer you’re on the pill the longer it would take for the lining to soften, making it harder to get pregnant. But I’ve never heard that it would make you sterile, but that the longer you’ve been on the pill, the longer you’d have to be off it to get pregnant.
Post # 7
I’m taking a break from about 4 years on bc, just because I was beginning to feel like I didn’t know my body well anymore. I was short tempered or sad unexplainably, I wasn’t interested in sex and had a rough time getting excited when my SO and I did. It felt like time to take a real break from bc to feel out my own body and let myself breathe for a bit. I’m on month 4 now, and my mood is much more in tune with my time of the month, and I’m more interested in sex. So I’m happy with those results. The downsides for me are that my mild acne came back, (but that was expected), and that now my cramps are much worse than before. My period is heavier, I’ve never had to switch tampons so much in my life. Last month my cramps were so intense that I threw up, a first for me. Absolutely terrible. I’m wondering if I should continue my break from bc or get right back on it! I’m not sure if my period will even out and go back to how it was pre-bc or if it will continue to be a horrendous, gut-wrenching week each month that I dread… I also took a break because I imagine it would make things easier later on in a few years when I’m ready to have kids. I feel like my body will have had a break instead of being on bc for 10 straight years and will be happier to have a kid, as unscientific as that sounds, haha.
Post # 7
comerpoy: I guess my point there was that I think it’s a great idea to take a break, wether it actually accomplishes anything or not. You may find you do better without it, or realize you don’t want to live without it.
Post # 8
comerpoy: I’ve been on the pill for nearly 5 years I think (can’t even remember!) And was wondering about taking a break or switching methods, but the more I think about it the more I remember my old periods, which were the reason I went on it in the first place. It’s still painful on BC, but at least I know what day it’s coming and can postpone it if I need to. I really don’t want to go back to surprise agony and nausea in the middle of a random night! Gah!