Quitting the pill - how to get your body back on track
Quitting the pill is a big step. We can imagine that you may be afraid that certain complaints will return. But if you prepare your body well for that change, you can prevent complaints such as mood swings, weight changes, acne and more nasty side effects!
Tired of the pill or trying to conceive?
Figures show that women are more often tired of taking the pill. They no longer want artificial hormones in their bodies, want to live more naturally, or are tired of the side effects of the pill.
But many women also stop taking the pill because they want to get pregnant. Whatever your reason for stopping might be, it's nice if your natural cycle gets back on track as soon as possible. Because a natural, regular cycle is a sign of a healthy body. Visit our blog to learn more about what your period says about your health.
What is your reason for quitting the pill? If you wish to get pregnant, immediately start taking a multivitamin with active folic acid, such as Guud Flow. Folic acid intake increases a woman's folate status. Too low of a folate status increases the risks of developing neural tube defects in the fetus.
Quitting the pill, this is how you do it
It might be hard to imagine, but that mini pill you take every day has a huge effect on your body. It disturbs your natural hormones so that you can hardly get pregnant.
This is what the pill does to your body:
It ensures that you do not ovulate
Your cervix becomes a less suitable environment for sperm
Your uterus works against the implantation of a possibly fertilized egg
You don’t have a natural period
It shuts down your testosterone production
The pill does all of this with synthetic hormones, which you take every day. For that, it doesn't matter how long you're on the pill.
Complaints after quitting the pill
Because your body is so used to this dose of hormones, quitting the pill can cause complaints. Think of it as a kind of withdrawal. All these complaints are part of the Post Birth Control Syndrome.
After quitting the pill, you may experience:
Other additional (positive!) effects could be:
Increased sex drive (because your progesterone production starts up again)
Less mood swings. Some women suffer more from mood swings when taking the pill.
Stronger hair and nails
Less fungal infections. You can read more about vaginal yeast infections in our blog: “Yeast Infections 101: Everything you need to know.”
You notice these positive effects when your body has recovered from the pill.
Get a healthy cycle sooner after quitting the pill
We just said it: it’s important that your natural cycle restarts after quitting the pill. Help your body get into a healthy cycle as soon as possible by making sure you have enough vitamins and minerals in your system.
By taking the pill, your body needs more vitamins and minerals. Because to process all the extra hormones from the pill, your liver has to work harder than usual (and therefore needs more fuel).
If you don't give your liver this power, you will create a deficiency. The result is physical and mental complaints. You can read more about this in our blog: “Taking the pill? This is why it’s a good idea to take supplements.”
A healthy lifestyle helps you with a healthy cycle. But some vitamins and minerals are difficult to obtain through your diet. So even if you have a healthy and varied diet, there is still a chance that you do not get enough vitamins and minerals in your body. Supplements can help with this.
Because this was one of the problems our co-founder Morgane ran into, we developed our own supplements for women's health at Guud:
✨ Guud Flow – hormonal balance + fertility
✨ Guud Vibes – fatigue + cramps
✨ Guud Inside – mood + mind
✨ Guud Glow – skin + hair
Check them out here.
Is there anything else you can do to get your body back on track?
Another important thing you can do to help your body recover from the pill is to live according to your cycle. Throughout your cycle, your body has different needs. This is because of your hormones, which change throughout the month.
Each phase of your cycle has different nutritional needs and your physical activity also depends on the different phases of your cycle.
We recommend that you eat and exercise according to your cycle. This increases the chance that you will have a normal cycle sooner after quitting the pill. You can read more about this in our blogs: “Period Power” and “Hack your cycle with food.”
But… how can you live a cyclical life if you don't have a natural cycle when you're on the pill?
By pretending you do. This is what your cycle would look like:
Menstrual phase = The days you are bleeding (the week in between your last and next pill strip)
Follicular phase = the 7 days after your period week, days 1 to 7
Ovulation phase = the 3 days after that, days 8 to 10
Premenstrual phase = the 11 days that follow, days 11 to 21
FAQ: When can I stop taking the pill?
You can stop the pill on your own at any time but we recommend finishing your pack. You are still protected against a possible pregnancy during the withdrawal bleed that follows. Only on the day that you would start a new strip, your body prepares to take over the natural cycle again.
FAQ: When does my natural cycle return?
When you stop taking hormones, your body has to get used to it. Your hormones need to get going on their own again. This may take a while. It can take a few months and even a few years before your body gets everything back in order. In most cases, your body is used to the new, natural cycle after about 3-6 months. But your cycle may be irregular at first.
Does it take longer than 3-6 months or do you have many complaints? Then contact your doctor.
We hope this blog gave you a little bit of wisdom about quitting the pill. Do you have any more questions or doubts about your cycle? Chat with us (we're real people, not robots!), join our awesome Facebook community, or DM us on Instagram!
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