Bye, hormones

Do you want to get pregnant or no longer need contraception because you are currently not sexually active? Or is your motto now: back to nature, away from hormonal agents? There are many reasons to stop taking the contraceptive pill. If you decide to take this step, you should be aware of its importance. GLAMOR explains how stopping the pill affects the body and what you should consider
What happens in the body when a woman stops taking the pill? What are the side effects of abruptly stopping hormones?
By taking the pill, a woman intervenes in the natural processes in the body and thereby controls the course of the cycle itself. When the pill is stopped, the hormones estrogen and progesterone take on this role again. The consequences: The maturation of the egg cell, ovulation and the period are again regulated by the body itself.

This return to natural processes is often not completely smooth since the body cannot balance the hormonal change at the push of a button. Bleeding between periods or a missed period for months may result

Hair loss, severe menstrual or PMS symptoms including mood swings, as well as blemished skin and pimples also occur with the withdrawal of the pill in some women - especially if these problems existed before taking the contraceptive. Some women who abruptly stop hormones also report side effects such as headache, weight gain or weight loss.

There can also be a higher sexual sensation - especially on fertile days. This is partially reduced by taking the pill since ovulation no longer occurs naturally and can be "felt" in its original intensity. Read the testimonials of women who have stopped taking the pill here:

When is the right time to stop taking the pill?
Basically, the contraceptive pill can be discontinued overnight. To keep the following hormonal jumble as low as possible, it is advisable to take a pill pack to the end. The change in the body can then take several months.

Does the gynecologist need to be consulted to stop taking the pill?
If the pill was not taken for medical reasons, a visit to the gynecologist is not necessary. However, if you stop taking the pill to get pregnant afterward, the advice is advisable.

When can a woman get pregnant after stopping the pill?
Theoretically, immediately with the next cycle, since hormones no longer prevent the sperm from entering the fallopian tubes. However, since it sometimes takes some time for the cycle to level off again after you stop taking the pill, you may also be pregnant. Statistically speaking, however, women who have stopped taking the pill have the same probability of becoming pregnant as women who have never used hormonal contraception.

When is it better for a woman not to stop taking the pill?
Nach dem Ende einer Beziehung denken einige Frauen daran, die Pille abzusetzen, weil sie voraussichtlich nicht sexuell aktiv sind. Klingt nach einer guten Idee, um dem Körper nicht grundlos Hormone zuzuführen, ist es aber oft nicht. Denn niemand kann wissen, wie lange die Enthaltsamkeit anhält und wann man wieder (hormonell) verhüten möchte. Eine Pillenpause ist generell erst ab einem Zeitraum von etwa sechs Monaten empfehlenswert. Kürzere Intervalle bringen den Körper hormonell zu oft und stark durcheinander.

Auch Medikamente wie Antibiotika oder Magen-Darm-Krankheiten, die die Wirkweise der Pille stören, sind kein Grund, um sie abzusetzen. Zusätzliche Verhütungsmittel wie Kondome sollten für ausreichenden Schutz in dieser Zeit verwendet werden, während die Pille aber weiterhin wie gewohnt eingenommen wird.

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