Going off the pill can be a major decision for many women, especially if the monthly blister pack of medication has served as your primary source of birth control for several years. And although most people are aware of the side effects that come with taking birth control, there are just many weird things that happen when you go off the pill. These changes can affect your body, mood, or even level of attraction to certain partners. In other words, quitting the pill can entail some benefits and drawbacks that may affect your decision to stop taking it.
Although your doctor can provide a better overview of the things that are more likely to happen in your case, these are the general side affects that women will experience when they decide to off the pill and switch to another method of birth control (or quit birth control altogether to try for a baby.) None are particularly alarming, but they may be a good thing to keep in mind if you seem to randomly drop a cup size or experience a breakout for the first time in years. Oh, hormones: is there anything they don’t affect? To get a sense of what changes may be in store for you, here is a rundown of common post-pill changes.