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changing birth control method. Advice please.

I hate being on the pill, but I'm glad I tried it. I'm now fully comfortable with the idea of just using condoms.

My question is, do I need to wait until my pill packet is done to quit them or can I just stop taking them at any time?  Will my body adjust back to it's normal schedule if I just stop the pill in the middle of a pack?

 Thanks! 

Re: changing birth control method. Advice please.

  • Just make a quick call to your doctor.
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  • As far as I'm aware (and unless you have extenuating circumstances other than standard birth control for being on the pill), stopping in the middle of a packet isn't going to hurt you any.

    Just out of curiosity, why do you prefer condoms over the pill? 

  • Going off the pill usually results in a messed up cycle for a few months until your body resumes its pre-pill cycle routine.  If you had bad cramps before you were on the pill, they'll come flooding back to you.  Usually your period will be late after that initial "withdrawal bleeding", so you'll probably have pregnancy paranoia.  Good luck!
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  • I'd suggest reading the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. 
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  • What about trying a cervical cap or diaphragm?
  • Stopping your pills in the middle of a pack won't "hurt" you, but if you're on a tri-phasic pill it will throw your body way out of whack trying to adjust your hormone levels.
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    I'd suggest reading the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. 

    I also suggest this

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  • Thank you all for the advice. I'm definitely going to check out that book.

    I'm going off the pill because of the numerous side affects I've suffered from. Mood swings, thinning hair, very low sex drive, tired all the time. These are all things I never experienced before.

    My period has been perfectly regular since it started when I was 12. I just like my body functioning normally. I miss it.

    My husband and I don't mind condoms at all, I might try the diaphram too. I'm willing to try anything that is non hormonal.

    Thanks again! 

  • Sounds like you got some good advice. I was going to say the same as some others. I stopped in the middle of a pack and haven't had many changes. I loved having a regular cycle and so far have had a pretty regular one since stopping. We are TTC so I stopped a while back and just monitoring things as normal. Good Luck!
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