From intrauterine devices to birth control pills, family planning has become a lot easier nowadays. However, some women go through certain complications when they start using or get off the birth control options. This HerHaleness write-up talks about the common side effects of stopping birth control methods.
|Reversible birth control methods include devices like condoms, cervical caps, diaphragms, intrauterine device (IUD), hormone pills, etc; whereas irreversible methods include vasectomy, hysterectomy, and tubal ligation.
A woman conceives when the eggs produced by her ovaries are fertilized by a man’s sperms in the uterine cavity. After an egg has been fertilized, the embryo needs to migrate to the uterus and attach itself to the uterine lining (implantation), so as to derive nutrients from the mother’s body in order to grow and develop into a baby. There are a number of birth control methods that obstruct any one of these stages, and prevent a woman from conceiving.
Birth control pills, patches, and vaginal rings are a few contraceptives that work by changing the levels of the hormones like estrogen and progesterone in a woman’s body. These hormones prevent pregnancy by either stopping the ovaries from producing eggs or by altering the thickening of the walls of the cervix, that prevents the entry of sperms into the uterus. Alternately, these hormones may also change the lining of the uterus (endometrium), because of which the egg can’t attach to the uterus wall once it has been fertilized. Once a woman wants to conceive, she needs to come off these methods. However, many women complain of experiencing certain side effects once they discontinue the use of these contraceptives.
|Negative Effects of Stopping Birth Control
Increased Sex Drive
Changes in Skin
Awareness of Ovulation
Other Observed Effects
It is natural to experience side effects when one uses or stops taking birth control methods that prevent pregnancy by changing hormone levels in the body. However, not every woman reacts to these birth control options in the same way. The side effects also vary according to the birth control method used. Also, do not get extremely alarmed on observing these changes, since hormonal therapy suppresses normal hormone production of the body. Hence, when one goes off the treatment, it takes some time for the body to realize the change and adjust the natural hormone secretion levels. In case of severe discomfort, it is best to consult one’s physician.
Disclaimer: This HerHaleness article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.