Whether you go off birth control because you don't want to take any hormones or you're just not happy with the pill, you might notice some startling changes in your body once you ditch the pack. There are a number of surprising things that can happen when you go off birth control. Some are more temporary, while others might last indefinitely, but knowing what could potentially happen when getting off the pill can help you make the right decision when it comes to your sexual health.
Depending on what pill you are on — and your own unique body — each woman can have different symptoms when coming off the pill. "Birth control pills work mainly by two mechanisms," says Dr. Kecia Gaither, OB/GYN over email. "The estrogen and progesterone work by preventing ovulation, and progestin works by thickening cervical mucus, which acts as a barrier, preventing sperm from ascending up the reproductive tract and fertilizing the egg. Different oral contraceptive pills have differing concentrations, and ultimately they will have differing effects for each woman."
Every woman has a different experience with the pill, but here are 10 surprising things that can happen to your body when you go off of birth control.