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The “pill” how the body reacts when you stop taking hormonal contraceptives

The “pill”: how does the body react when you stop taking hormonal contraceptives?

When you stop taking the birth control pill, the body reacts and undergoes changes: after a period of rest, the ovaries go back to work, the body releases estrogen and progesterone throughout the cycle, and you generally return to your natural, previous menstrual cycle. to taking contraceptives, once the first three months have elapsed.

Most hormonal contraceptives such as the pill provide estrogen and progesteronethe same hormones What do the ovaries produce?.

For this reason, while taking the pill, the ovaries interpret that they do not have to produce the hormones, they stop doing so, they remain at rest and there is no longer any ovulation.

When you stop taking the pill, the synthetic hormones are cleared from the body within a few days, regardless of how long the pill has been taken, and the body re-releases estrogen and progesterone throughout the cycle.

return the rule

La ruler returns in most cases within one to three months after stopping the pill. Your period may be irregular at first, but you'll usually return to your natural pre-contraceptive menstrual cycle after the first three months. Women on the pill tend to have fairly light periods, so when you come off the pill you may experience heavier or longer periods.

  • If after three months the rule has not returned, it is convenient that you consult your gynecologist.
  • If when you stop taking the pill, your periods are painful, you have heavy bleeding or you feel discomfort when you have sexual intercourse, make an appointment with your gynecologist to carry out an examination and tests to rule out an underlying pathology.

your fertility

As soon as you stop the pill, you can get pregnant, although in general your fertility it will return to its “natural” level when your period returns to normal after stopping the pill.

Taking the pill does not affect fertility in the long term (even if you have taken it for many years), but it is very important to take into account age, a factor that does affect fertility.

The chances of getting pregnant are much lower at 40 than at 30, because the older you are, the fewer and poorer quality eggs.

At age 30, a healthy, sexually active woman who is not using contraception “only” has about a 20% chance of getting pregnant during any cycle.

At 40 years of age, a healthy and sexually active woman who does not use contraceptives, without medical help, the probability of becoming pregnant is only 5% in each menstrual cycle, and at 45 years of age the possibilities are even lower.

  • If you are over 38 years old

From the moment you have decided to seek pregnancy, it is highly recommended that you go to the consultation of a reproductive specialist.

  • If you or your partner have or think you have an underlying problem that may affect fertility

Go to the consultation of your fertility specialist from the moment you have decided to seek pregnancy.

Consult with your gynecologist before stopping taking the contraceptive pill

Before you stop taking the contraceptive pill, you should consult your gynecologist:

  • If you've had heavy, painful periods or other health problems related to your period before taking the pill, check with your gynecologist before stopping.
  • If you want to stop taking the pill because it causes side effects (nausea, headache, dizziness, breast tenderness or pain, mood swings, etc.), talk to your gynecologist so they can recommend other options for you. contraception, including other birth control pills.

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