Will quitting the pill make me skinny again?
October 28, 2009 5:00 PM Subscribe
Is it OK to stop taking birth control pills without weaning off of them? What will stopping the pill do to my weight?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (17 answers total)
I know that you are not a doctor, or not my doctor. But you might be a woman or a friend of a woman who has anecdotal information to share.
I've decided to stop taking birth control. I have been on Microgestin Fe 1/20 for about three years, but it is causing problems with my blood pressure so I have decided to quit taking it. I did not talk about this with my doctor because I can't afford a visit right now. My prescription is out of refills so I plan to just stop taking it after my last pill pack is gone. I do not need the birth control medication to protect against pregnancy at this time. Is this safe, or do I need to wean myself off of the drug somehow? I know that you are not my doctor but anecdotal advice (stories of what you did when you quit taking the pill) is what I'm looking for. Did your doctor say that you had to wean yourself off of the pill, or did you just stop? I would ask my female friends but I do not really have any that I can talk to about this.
What will stopping the medication do to my weight? I gained about 15 pounds when I started and have since lost about 5. I exercise and eat well but I can't drop those extra ten pounds. Will quitting the birth control make those pounds go away? Where will the weight be taken off? The medication seemed to make my thighs and stomach grow. Can I expect those to shrink, or will I probably lose my breasts and nothing else? Or will I probably gain weight? What happened to your weight when you quit the pill?
Any other information about things that happened when you quit the pill welcome - did your mood shift, did your libido come back or go away - is welcome.