Going off the pill can be a major decision—bigger than many women realize. Considering that many women start the pill in their teenage years these days, if you’re going off of it at the age when you’d like to have kids, it’s quite possible that you’ve been on the pill for well over a decade. Many of us don’t realize just all the changes the pill causes in our body. This is in part due to the fact that, for many of us, the pill works to fix certain issues or alleviate certain annoyances (like PMS or acne). Naturally, you don’t really think about it when a medication takes problems away. But your pill has been hard at work in your body, and while its effects may not be as obvious as those of, say, a painkiller or antidepressant, they are there and your body will notice when they go away. Here’s what can happen when you go off the pill.
The hormones exit within two days
First, it’s important to know that the hormones will be completely gone from your body within one or two days of stopping the pill. That means you should get on a new form of birth control quickly if you plan on having sex.