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Old 07-22-2011, 07:18 PM
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Quitting the pill

I started taking the pill about 11 years ago. I had pretty bad cramps and that stopped with the pill. Around maybe 2005, my doctor had me taking my pills consistently for 3 months (skipping the reminder pills) and in 2007, I stopped getting my period altogether.

Last fall, I had some weird gynecological issues that are still unexplained and I started getting my period again. However, it is super wonky. I never know when it's coming or how long it will last.

Since it's not regulating my period and I am in no danger of becoming pregnant, I am thinking about just stopping the pill when this pack is finished. I am going for my annual exam in October and I will talk to my doctor then. I am just worried about side effects from quitting the pill. Does anyone have experience with this?

Sorry for the loooong story but any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:57 PM
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I was on and off birth control for years, though never for longer than a year or two at a time. I didn't have any issues stopping.

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Old 07-22-2011, 08:05 PM
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The only side effects I had from quitting the pill was HORRIBLE acne. Your hormones will go crazy at first but eventually your body will get used to being off the pill. I wanted to stop for the same reason that I had no chance of getting pregnant but I couldn't stand the acne so I went back on. I'm sure if I had stayed off long enough my skin would have gone back to normal (I've never had acne) but my skin is so nice when I'm on the pill
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:00 PM
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I don't see any danger with you quitting the pill. You just have to consult with your doctor for any hormonal side effects.
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