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Step-by-step guide to quitting birth control pills

Follow this guide to ensure that your journey after giving up birth control pills is smooth.

Written by Tania Tarafdar |Published : February 21, 2017 4:29 PM IST

Giving up on birth control pills would mean that you are giving up on a lot of perks like lighter periods and clearer skin. However, if you have decided to give up on your pill, it is best that you keep a few tips in mind to make your journey trouble free. Follow step-by-step guide for quitting birth control pill by gynaecologist Dr Arundhati Dhar.

Step 1: Check with your doctor

If you are concerned about the side effects of taking the birth control pill, it is best that you consult your doctor. If your periods were regular while you were on the pill, then you will not notice too many changes. But if your periods your irregular, you will need help from your doctor to get things back to normal.

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Step 2: Be prepared

If you went on the pill strictly to prevent pregnancy, make sure that you have an application or a calendar ready to track the timing of your menstrual cycle. And if you were on the pill for skincare purposes have a proper skincare regimen in place to deal with any flare-ups. Here's how you can get pregnant while on birth control pills.

Step 3: Stop taking the pill

You can only stop taking the pill once you have finished the pack of the pill you are on currently. Do not stop midway when you have just finished half of the packet as it can disrupt your menstrual cycle and lead to irregular bleeding.

Step 4: Give it time

Once you are off the pill, you can suffer from mood swings, irregular periods, painful cramps and even acne. Do not worry as these side effects will reduce one or two months after going off the pill. On the other hand, if you have experienced nausea, breast tenderness and headache while you were on the pill, you will be free of these side effects immediately after you stop taking the pill. These 5 mistakes can get you pregnant while you are on the pill.

Step 5: Consult a health practitioner

Once you have stopped the pill, wait for three months and see if your menstrual cycle has got back to normal. If you still have irregular periods or even too frequent periods, it is best that you consult your doctor.

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