Taking a break from BC pills????

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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!

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