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Doctor insights on: Stopping Birth Control

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What are the symptoms you get from stopping birth control?

What are the symptoms you get from stopping birth control?

None: There should be no symptoms from stopping the pill. That being said, if you were taking it to regulate your period, decrease cramping, or help your skin, those issues will return to the way they were before you took the pill. Also your period will be a bit heavier without the pill. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Are there effects of stopping birth control? What are they?

Are there effects of stopping birth control? What are they?

You didn't indicate: Which type of birth control you are referring to. The major effect of stopping any form of birth control can be pregnancy if you are sexually active. ...Read more

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What can I expect stopping birth control after taking it for 17 years?

What can I expect stopping birth control after taking it for 17 years?

Time will tell: It is impossible to know what you will experience. Most women will resume normal and regular cycles after stopping the pill - however women who are overweight are at increased risk of having irregular cycles due to problems suck as pcos. Again, only time will tell. ...Read more

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Stopping birth control this month. 1 row left should I finish or just stop taking them now?

Stopping birth control this month. 1 row left should I finish or just stop taking them now?

Depends: If the last row you're talking about is the placebo row (often different colored), then you're already done and don't need to take the placebos. If you it's a row of the regular pills, it'd be best to take them. ...Read more

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How much weight will i lose after stopping birth control and how long will it take to lose that weight.

How much weight will i lose after stopping birth control and how long will it take to lose that weight.

Unanswerable : Wow. This is a big question that is impossible to answer. There are so many variables...Including the fact that many people do not lose weight and many who do not put on weight with birth control. But on both parts of your questions "how much weight' and 'how fast' would be variable from female to female. ...Read more

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What are possible side effects of stopping birth control?

What are possible side effects of stopping birth control?

Biggest risk: preg: Fertility returns quickly after you stop birth control, so if you don't want to be pregnant, don't have a gap between birth control methods. For some methods, such as the shot, periods may be slightly delayed after stopping. ...Read more

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Is it common to miscarry shortly after stopping birth control?

Is it common to miscarry shortly after stopping birth control?

No difference: Miscarriage is very common--up to 25 % -especially now that women are doing pregnancy tests if they are a day late. The pill does not increase you risk--it just happens---and the risk is the same with your next pregnancy--so you would not be a higher risk. Don't forget to take your folic acid-preferable before you conceive, to reduce spinal problems in baby. ...Read more

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Is there a problem with stopping birth control before the pack is over?

Is there a problem with stopping birth control before the pack is over?

Depends!: The problem is you might get pregnant (assuming you don't want to do so). Aside from that, your menstrual cycle might be thrown off slightly. Of course, you can safely skip the sugar (placebo) pills at the end of your pack and start the next pack immediately if you don't want to have a menstrual cycle (we tell newlywed women to do this to avoid menstruating during their honeymoons). ...Read more

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I'm stopping birth control because it gave me anxiety, is this a common symptom?

I'm stopping birth control because it gave me anxiety, is this a common symptom?

Depressed or: Anxious mood can occur with oral contraceptives. Discuss this with your prescribing provider so that an alternative medication can be identified. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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