Will I Lose Weight If I Stop Birth Control?

Is it bad to be on birth control for a long time?

Answer From Yvonne Butler Tobah, M.D.

As long as you are generally healthy, you can safely take birth control pills for however long you need birth control or until you reach menopause.

This applies to both combination estrogen-progestin and progestin-only birth control pills..

Why am I gaining weight after stopping birth control pills?

After stopping birth control, it is normal for the body to experience some changes. One of these changes is an increase in PMS-related symptoms, including bloating. This bloating is a direct result of increased water retention; in many cases, this increased retention leads to weight gain.

What happens to your body when you stop taking birth control pills?

Effects on the body. When a person stops taking the birth control pill, the pill’s hormones quickly leave the body. Gradually, the body’s natural hormones will resume regulating the menstrual cycle. Most people have their first period about 2–4 weeks after coming off the pill.

How long does it take for your body to go back to normal after stopping birth control?

The pill prevents your body from making hormones involved in ovulation and menstruation. When you stop taking the pill, it can take some time for your body to return to normal production of these hormones. Your period typically resumes within three months after you stop taking the pill.

Do breasts shrink after stopping birth control?

Your breasts might become smaller and feel a bit sore. This may or may not be news you wanted to hear, but there is a good chance that your breasts will become slightly smaller after stopping the Pill. They might feel a little extra tender for some time afterwards as well.

Why do I never lose weight?

There are some medical conditions that can drive weight gain and make it much harder to lose weight. These include hypothyroidism, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and sleep apnea. Certain medications can also make weight loss harder, or even cause weight gain.

What are the benefits of coming off the pill?

These could include reducing heavy or painful periods, controlling acne, or helping with premenstrual symptoms.” But for me, a fondness for these positive effects reduced my willingness to take the break I knew I needed.

When will I ovulate after stopping the pill?

Generally speaking, ovulation will resume two to four weeks after you stop the pill. It may take a bit longer for older women and women who have been on the pill for a long time, according to Columbia Health. In some cases, re-establishing a regular ovulation cycle can take a few months.

Do you lose weight when you get off birth control?

Your weight may go down. Women who used a progestin-only type (like injections, hormonal IUDs, or pills) may have gained a few pounds, so the scale might go down when they stop using them.