The Pill: 7 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Come Off It

It’s been the leading form of contraception for the last 55 years, with around 100 million women worldwide using it. And we fought freaking hard for our right to take it. But recent conversation around the pill has been pretty scary.

A new study found that the pill might actually change our brain structure, affecting the areas that help us regulate emotions. It might also make men who would otherwise be seen as unattractive appear to be good candidates for boyfriends, husbands, etc.

Recently, a 21-year-old died after suffering from a pulmonary embolism her parents claim was caused by taking contraceptive pills. Scary stuff. Also, there’s a new pill for men to be released soon, which apparently won’t contain hormones – so maybe we won’t need to take the birth control pill for very much longer.

Having been on the pill for the majority of my teen and adult life, I’ve wanted to stop taking it for a while, as I was getting worried about all the random hormones I’ve been ingesting day after day. Having recently split from my long-term boyfriend I thought this would be as good a time as any, but soon found myself dealing with a cyclone of withdrawal symptoms I hadn’t been prepared for.

Considering my doctor told me not to bother coming off the pill and to just stay on it – minus any advice for what to expect coming off it – I spoke to some pros to find out what to expect if, like me, you come off the pill after being on it for ages.

‘What women have to be aware of is we are all as chemically different on the inside as we are physically different on the outside, so no one’s experience will be exactly the same,’ cautions women’s health and lifestyle coach Karen Austin.

That said, check out my article on The Debrief for some things you can expect once you stop taking the contraceptive pill…

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