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Deciding to stop taking hormonal birth control can feel really scary for women, particularly if they went onto hormonal birth control to eliminate symptoms.
Many of us decide to take hormonal birth control like the oral contraceptive pill (OCP), have an IUD inserted or even have depot injections for reasons other than contraception. These reasons include though are not limited to:
The problem is hormonal birth control and non-hormonal methods like the IUD don’t actually correct these issues or fix the underlying hormonal imbalance, and so women feel scared that when they stop taking the hormonal birth control or remove the IUD their symptoms will return.
Why do women want to stop taking hormonal birth control or have their IUD removed?
What I am hearing in clinic from women:
Side effects of stopping the oral contraceptive pill (OCP) and balancing your hormones:
At Solaine Douglas Nutrition I help women to come up with a step by step approach, should they choose to cease hormonal birth control.
We work through a four part framework to reduce any unwanted symptoms and restore hormonal balance as quickly as possible.
Here is an overview of the framework:
What is the expected timeline for transitioning off of hormonal birth control or IUDs?
I recommend allowing 3-6 months because ovarian follicles take 90 days to mature which directly affects a women’s symptoms around the menstrual cycle.