Maybe you’re ready to try to get pregnant, or maybe you want to switch to a natural birth control method. Whatever your reasoning, you are ready to ditch your current form of birth control — and you want to do it as seamlessly as possible.
Calee Shea, INHC, HHP, talks about what you need to know about ditching hormonal birth control.
Whether you have been on birth control pills for just a few months or are a dedicated user of a decade or more, your body will likely need time to adjust once you ditch hormonal birth control.
The way you come off of hormonal birth control is important because most forms of HBC (except hormonal IUD) work by shutting down ovulation. This causes a BIG disconnect between the brain and the ovaries.
Picture your ovulation and cycle being controlled by a switchboard and a bunch of buttons and levers. When we add HBC to the system all of the switches, leavers, and buttons are turned to the off position.
Once we come off of HBC, everything is still “off”
So, usually one of two things will typically happen. #1 it takes a whiiiiile for the body to get the memo that its time to start having a natural cycle OR #2 it “shocks” the system and we go into overdrive, producing too many hormones.
Aaaand that’s usually why we get those wild symptoms!
That is why the way we break up with hormonal birth control is so important!
My #1 secret to coming off of hormonal birth control successfully? Plan that shit out 👏
I work with a lot of clients who have already ditched HBC and they find me because they’re dealing with symptoms of post-birth control syndrome.
And of course we can address what’s happening and right the ship, but it takes time as any healing process does!
And if your goal is to come off of HBC and shoot for a seamless transition, then my top tip is to plan ahead.
A rough timeline for breaking up with hormonal birth control should look like:
Month 1-3: Prepping the body to come off of HBC
Month 3-5: Ditch HBC somewhere during this time
Month 5-6: Keep focusing on hormone health
Month 7+: Consider trying to concieve if ready
Ideally, I want to prep the body for 1-3 months prior to coming off and then support it for 3-6 months after.
If you have the option to plan your pregnancy, after 3-6 months of post-HBC is a good time to start trying to concieve.
Note: Everyone’s journey off of HBC may look a little diffeent. If yours does not/ dd not look this way – that does not mean you’re doing it or did it wrong!
There is no perfect timeline for the process of breaking up with hormonal birth control (HBC), but there are a few tips that may be helpful.
That list may feel daunting af, but I I’ve got you. 😉 My job is to break it down in a way that’s easy and doable!
Note: for those who didn’t have control over the timefframe or are finding this AFTER they come off of HBC – that doesn’t mean it is too late!
It may not be *as* seamless of a transition (simply becase it is usually easier to get ahead of any post-HBC symptoms). But you can do any of these things effectively even a year or more off of hormonal birth control!
If you are ready to ditch HBC, I can help!
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Calee Shea is a Holistic Health Practioner based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is your go-to gal for all things periods, vaginal health, and sex.