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What Happens When You Stop Taking Birth Control?

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When you stop taking birth control a woman becomes at risk of becoming pregnant with unprotected sex within a week to 10 days. Like any medication, it will cease being effective if the individual stops providing it for their body and birth control medication is no exception. If a woman wants to continue to have unprotected sex and wishes to not become pregnant it is fully necessary to continue taking oral contraceptives or using a birth control patch. The only other option is to avoid pregnancy while not taking medication is to use a barrier contraception method like a condom or IUD.

IUDs are not to be confused with IEDs, which are improvised explosive devices used by terrorists and insurgents to inflict grievous harm on others and the only way they would prevent a woman becoming pregnant would be by fatally wounding her. All kidding aside, it is very beneficial that young women be smart about family planning. Having a child before a woman is mature enough and at a place in her life where she is ready for that responsibility can be very disadvantageous and impede life development.

This may be why any of them will ask what happens when you stop taking birth control, but in fairness that’s a bit of a very open-ended question. Your heart will continue to beat, the sun will continue to rise in the East and set in the West, and the Ottawa Senators will continue to lose hockey games. But as it relates to contraception, you will very quickly be more at risk of becoming pregnant. But what about expanding the scope of this all to look at what to expect when you stop taking birth control?

Complexion Issues

The long and short of what happens when you stop taking birth control is that your body is no longer chemically tricked into believing you’re already pregnant. It will now release the egg from the ovary and the lack of thickened cervical fluid means it can both be fertilized and attached to the wall like it does when a pregnancy begins. You may also find that your sex drive increases, and one can put 2 and 2 together to see how that increases the risk of pregnancy on its own. If not and the opposite is true for whatever reason you may want to consider a female libido restorer medication like Addyi.

Another possible outcome around what happens when you stop taking birth control is that your complexion takes a bit of a fit. Using birth control can reduce acne, and for women who have a predisposition for skin blemishes they may find that their acne or blackheads return quite fiercely when they stop taking oral contraceptives. That’s not to suggest you should start on birth control medication again just to look out for your face, but this is more information for those wondering what happens when you stop taking birth control.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.


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