Coming Off The Contraceptive Pill: What May Happen?


There tons and tons of reasons why people may want to come off of the pill. Some may be struggling with the side effects of it, some may want to have a break from experiencing synthetic hormones in the body, and there are some who may want to just start to try making some babies. In this article, we are going to discuss the things that may happen when coming off the contraceptive pill. Read on to learn more.

The Pill and the Body

The pill actually suppresses the natural hormonal cycle of the body, and then it replaces it with the hormones that come from the tablets. Furthermore, the pill hats you from releasing a fertile egg each and every month or the process of ovulation. It causes you to not get pregnant. Moreover, the periods, which you have all throughout the break or the pill-free week aren’t actually real periods, yet are withdrawal bleeds wherein the lining of the womb is actually shed as a response to the sudden drop in the hormonal levels.

Coming off the Contraceptive Pill: What may happen?

Here are the things that may happen when coming off the pill:


Skin problem is often improved on the pill particularly if you take Dianette, Yasmin, Marvelon or Cilest. Therefore, stopping can, therefore, make acne return or worsen. If you don’t have skin problems, this shouldn’t be a problem.

Menstrual Periods

The periods may take a while in order to go back whilst the body re-establishes on its natural cycle. And starts producing its own hormones again. If the menstrual periods do not go back within 6 months, then you need to see your doctor. They may not be regular for the first few months. But I’m going to tell you, it may never return to being as regular as they were on the pill.

Furthermore, the pill also makes most women’s periods shorter, lighter and less painful. Therefore, in contrast, you may notice that your periods are heavier, more painful and prolonged. By halting the pill, you will also lose the flexibility of controlling your cycle. This is especially true by running packets together in order to delay or miss periods.


When you decide to stop the intake of contraceptive pills, bloating should improve. This is mainly because this is a common side effect of the pill. However, there is no actual evidence that the pill may cause you to gain weight. This is even though many women would swear that they do! Therefore, you likely won’t lose any after you come off.


Moods may be affected in various ways or not at all. Some people find that their PMS is much improved whilst on the pill and use it for this particular reason. So you could therefore expect this to worsen again. Nevertheless, there are others who find that the pill makes them feel more depressed and moody. Therefore, those women should feel better once off. The case varies from a woman to another and from a pill to another. This is so unfortunate, so there’s no clear answer!


Breasts may well reduce in size and may become less tender. Remember, breast tenderness often happens towards the end of a pill packet.


It is true that libido may often increase when you stop the pill. This is since it can be suppressed whilst you are on it. However, the anxiety of accidentally falling pregnant may counteract this.


It is important to remember that fertility can return in an instant. You can fall pregnant only 8 to 9 days after taking your last pill. If you have stopped the pill in order to conceive, then make sure you are taking folic acid supplements. This is in order for you to protect the baby against spinal defects. If you don’t want to fall pregnant, then you will need to start using an alternative contraceptive straight away.

Other contraceptive Options

If remembering to take your pill is a problem, a Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive or ‘LARC’ might be better. These include the implant, Nexplanon, a matchstick-sized plastic rod inserted just under the skin in the upper arm, which releases progesterone over a period of 3 years and is very effective at protecting against pregnancy. It can make periods unpredictable, however – whilst some will have no bleeding, some will have frequent bleeding or spotting.

There are also now 3 types of ‘coil’ – the copper (hormone free) coil, Mirena and Jaydess which last for 10, 5 and 3 years respectively but can all be removed and the effects immediately reversed at any time if desired. The copper coil is likely to make periods heavier and more painful but is often chosen for its long duration of action and the fact that it is completely hormone free.

The Mirena and Jaydess both release progesterone directly into the cavity of the womb, making side effects are rare. They both reduce bleeding and Mirena could even stop periods completely, so these would be a good choice for women with heavy painful periods.


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