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What happens to your body when you stop taking birth control?

By June 28, 2016 - 4:13pm
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So many women are on different forms of birth control today whether it's to prevent pregnancy or for other reasons. What happens when a woman suddenly stops taking birth control? What happens to her body and what should she be prepared for?

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Hi Erin,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community.

When a woman begins taking the pill her body goes thru changes like lighter periods and fewer cramps to name a few.

Likewise, when she stops taking birth control her body will respond to going off hornones,  Here are a few possible symptoms to be prepared for:

  • Heavier periods / Worse cramps
  • Lost of weight
  • Breast shrinkage 
  • More vaginal discharge
  • Improved sex drive 
  • Worse PMS symptoms
  • Acne may return
  • You become very fertile

I hope this helps.


Be well,


June 29, 2016 - 12:18am
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