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How Will Changing Birth Control Affect My Period?

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But unlike the other methods listed, sterilization is a permanent form of birth control that cannot be reversed if you decide you want to get pregnant.(1)

All hormonal birth control methods cause temporary changes to your natural hormone levels. You must continue to use your chosen hormonal birth control on the regular, prescribed schedule in order for it to work.

Skipping pills or not replacing an implant when it is due may lead to an unintended pregnancy. Other medications including certain antibiotics can affect how well hormonal birth control works.

If you decide you want to get pregnant, you will need to stop using hormonal birth control so your body can resume natural hormone levels.

Hormonal birth control stops protecting you from pregnancy as soon as you stop taking it. So if you don’t want to get pregnant right away, you will need to use an alternate method of birth control.

Most women ovulate about two weeks after stopping hormonal birth control and resume a cycle of periods similar to what they had before using hormonal birth control. You can get pregnant as soon as your body resumes ovulating. (2)

Some women who stop hormonal birth control don’t get their periods back for several months. If your period does not resume within three months of stopping hormonal birth control, take a pregnancy test and talk to your health care provider.

Women who have given birth should wait at least three weeks after the baby is born before taking hormonal birth control.(1) Taking hormonal birth control too soon after giving birth can increase your risk of developing dangerous blood clots.

If you have questions about what type of birth control is right for you, or if you want to change your birth control method, talk to your health care provider.

Reviewed July 29, 2916
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

1) Birth control methods fact sheet. Office on Women’s Health. Web. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
http://womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/birth-control-methods.html

2) Birth control pill FAQ: Benefits, risks and choices. Mayo Clinic. Web. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/birth-control/in-depth/birth-control-pill/art-20045136

3) Health Matters Fact Sheets: Implant. Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. Web. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
http://www.arhp.org/publications-and-resources/patient-resources/fact-sheets/single-rod

4) Is My Period Heavy Because of My IUD? Healthline. Ashley Marcin. Web. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
http://www.healthline.com/health/birth-control/iud-heavy-period

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