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Can I stop taking birth control and then start again?

Can I stop taking birth control and then start again?

Yup! You can totally save those unused packs of birth control and take them at a later time when you decide to start using the pill again — just make sure that the packs are full (no missing pills) and they’re not expired when you want to take them again (check the expiration date on the wrapper).

How long after stopping the pill can I start again?

Your periods may be irregular when you first come off the pill, and you should allow up to 3 months for your natural menstrual cycle to fully re-establish itself. This is because the pill contains the hormones that stop the release of an egg (ovulation) each month.

What happens if you stop and restart birth control?

Although you can stop taking birth control pills at any time, even in the middle of the pill pack, doing so could throw your cycle off and cause bleeding to start.

How do you restart birth control pills?

  1. Finish the pills containing hormones, throw away the hormone-free pills, and start a new pack the next day.
  2. If you can’t start the new pack right away, use backup contraception or don’t have sex until you take pills containing hormones for 7 days in a row.

What happens if I stop taking birth control for a month?

Birth control pills contain hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle and prevent ovulation. As a result, the time of the month that a person stops taking the pills may influence the side effects that they experience. However, there are no data on the specific risks relating to stopping birth control pills mid pack.

Can I go off birth control for a month?

How often should you take a break from the pill?

If the bleeding bothers you, you can take 4 day break and then start again. If you do choose to take a break you need to remember: You must have taken 7 pills in a row before any break and your break can not be longer than 7 days.

What happens when you stop taking the pill?

Stopping birth control: What to expect and management. When people stop using birth control, they may experience side effects, including irregular menstrual cycles, cramping, acne, and weight changes.

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