6 Things That Can Happen When You Get Off The Pill
We know that the contraceptive pill can result in several side effects, some of which are weight gain, nausea, moodiness and even decreased libido. But did you know that certain things can also happen when you get off it? We got Dr Yeong Cheng Toh, a fertility specialist, obstetrician and gynaecologist at The Tow Yung Clinic to tell us more.
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1. Your skin may break out
Because the pill can also be used to control the occurrence of acne, particularly in patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), getting off the pill may just result in the resumption of breakouts.
2. Heavy bleeding
The pill helps reduce menstrual flow and prevents excessive blood loss, so if you get off the pill, you may start experiencing heavy bleeding all over again.
3. Irregular periods
It may take a while before your period goes back to how it used to be, and it may be irregular for a couple months.
4. PMS symptoms
This includes common ones such as fatigue, bloating and appetite changes. This is because the pill helps control symptoms of PMS due to the oestrogen and progesterone content, so getting off it may just trigger them again.
5. Weight changes
According to Dr Yeong, some variations of the pill contains the older version of progestogen, which can lead to water retention and weight gain. Therefore, you may experience weight loss when you get off the pill. It should however be noted that the newer version of this hormone does not cause this side effect.
This may be pretty obvious, but pregnancy can occur a lot sooner than you may think. Unless you’re looking to get pregnant, it’s important that you use other forms of contraception once you stop turning to the pill.