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What are common side effects that come with going off birth control pill?

What are common side effects that come with going off birth control pill?

Depends: Sometimes patients will notice that their periods seem more heavy, more painful, less regular. Some patients may notice more (or less) moodiness/pms symptoms. Changes in breast tenderness. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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Have read many women have trouble getting regular periods back after going off birth control pill-even for a year or more after off. Why is this so?

Have read many women have trouble getting regular   periods back after going off birth control pill-even for a year or more after off. Why is this so?

Don't believe...: Don't believe everything you read. The vast majority of women get back to their normal cycle within 3 months of discontinuation of the pill. There is an occasional women whose cycle does not resume as previous, and those women should seek consultation with OB/GYN, as there may be problem (like PCOS) unrelated to their use of the pill causing the problem. ...Read more

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Should i go off birth control pill and lose weight or stay on pill?

Should i go off birth control pill and lose weight or stay on pill?

Both: Birth control pills do not prevent weight loss. It is possible to lose weight while still preventing pregnancy. Women gain a lot more weight with pregnancy than they do with the pill. ...Read more

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How long after you go off birth control pill should you have your period? How long should I wait before I go have it checked if it doesn't come?

How long after you go off birth control pill should you have your period? How long should I wait before I go have it checked if it doesn't come?

One month: In general, women should menstruate about once per month. If you have been off the birth control pill for over a month and have not menstruated yet, you might consider visiting the doctor to see what's going on. You can also discuss with your doctor an alternate method of contraception if you are trying to avoid pregnancy. Wishing you'all the best. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be extremely tired when going off birth control pills?

Is it normal to be extremely tired when going off birth control pills?

Not usually : But with hormononal balance changing you could feel different. Maybe you are pregnant already . Wait and see it you miss your period! ...Read more

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I have had thrush 2 times in the last 6 weeks since going off my birth control pill.

I have had thrush 2 times in the last 6 weeks since going off my birth control pill.

Recurrent yeast: There are several possible explanations, but the one i would suggest trying first would be to have your sexual partner apply an antifungal cream to his penis twice a day while you take an oral antifungal (need rx) for one month or at least thru one menstrual period. If that does not solve the problem you will need a more detailed work-up. ...Read more

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I want to go off the birth control pills. Is there any alternative?

I want to go off the birth control pills. Is there any alternative?

Many...: Iuds, implants, depot provera, (medroxyprogesterone) vaginal rings or barrier methods like condoms can be effective birth control methods. See: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/birth-control/my01182/dsection=other%2dbirth%2dcontrol%2doptions. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more


Dr. David Kurss
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Oral Contraceptive (Definition)

Oral contraceptives are a kind of women's ...Read more