Side Effects of Coming Off The Pill (other than getting PG!)

(45 Posts)
0FrillyKnickers0 Thu 01-Dec-11 21:10:56

I came off the pill about 6 weeks ago and have put on noticeably more weight, got spots, back ache and I've been super thirsty!! Did/does any one else have this after coming off the pill or is it a coincidence? TYIA! X

oikopolis Thu 01-Dec-11 21:17:47

I came off nearly two weeks ago now, and I've had fatigue during the day plus insomnia at night. Horrid combination, I feel shattered. Thirst too.

The last time I came off, I developed a lot of blackheads and some spots on my back & chin (lovely). Also lost an incredible amount of weight, my BMI went down to 17 or something.

Most people get side effects, and spots are probably the most common. Your blood pressure will likely change (usually get lower)... you might crave salt, which will lead to thirst too.

Have you had a natural period yet btw? If so how long did it take to appear?

0FrillyKnickers0 Thu 01-Dec-11 21:24:18

I had my withdrawal bleed as normal, then my natural period 26 days later. Am now CD10 smile I wish I'd lose weight! I am having extreme thirst and it's just weird! Saying that, I'm eating less sweet stuff and more savoury. Not excessive amounts though...

oikopolis Thu 01-Dec-11 21:31:07

I'm CD11! OK so we're almost in sync, you're just a month ahead of me. I was every 28 days like clockwork before i was on the pill, so hopefully I'll have the same experience as you.

Here's hoping we both feel (and look) better soon. I know my spots are going to arrive any day now, it's just a matter of time! And you never know you might drop a tonne of weight once everything's back in sync. I lost most of it after the first three months.

eurochick Thu 01-Dec-11 22:19:20

The Pill really doesn't agree with me but I have taken it twice for about 9 months each time. I put on weight with the Pill each time, quite slowly and lost it each time within the first two weeks. It just fell off me.

0FrillyKnickers0 Thu 01-Dec-11 22:35:20

Ooh oikopolis, I've never had someone so in sync with exciting grin I was like clockwork before the pill too! Are you on any threads? I'm on one in conception...

oikopolis Thu 01-Dec-11 22:56:56

I'm not on any other threads yet!! But i'll likely join the charting one once my O appears (or once I have a period)... i don't want it to get tedious if I have a long wait for my normal cycle to start. I started charting straight away just so I can get a feel for what's going on. I'll keep a lookout for you, we can compare days again once there's been a bit of action on my side!

weeper Thu 01-Dec-11 23:35:10

I came off the Pill in July and the thing that's worrying me most is that my periods still aren't 'right'.

Before I went on the Pill six years ago, they were pretty much textbook 28 days etc.

But since I came off the Pill (for the last three years I'd been on Cerazette, which stopped my periods completely - thought that was great at the time) although I've technically gone back to a 28 day cycle, I start spotting between 3-7 days before my period properly starts. Because this didn't happen to me in the past, and because it alerts me so early to the fact that another cycle hasn't been successful, I'm starting to worry about this.

Has this happened to anyone else? Is it something I should be worried about? I've been toying with the idea of going to my GP (something I'd never normally consider unless I was feeling at death's door) but I can't help but worry this is a sign that something's not right?

oikopolis Fri 02-Dec-11 21:05:38

weeper from what I gather Cerazette is a mini-pill and operates quite differently to the combination pill (i.e. "the pill" as most people know it). It's sort of like the Depo-Provera injection in that it can throw your fertility off for quite a bit longer. You should go to the GP even if just to have things noted for future reference.

I have an American friend who swears by Fertibella supplements to stimulate that initial ovulation, maybe you could look into that? That might kick start things?

Tooodlepip Fri 02-Dec-11 21:19:30


Could I join please,

I was on cerazette for 2 weeks, do you think it would delay my cycle even though I was on it for such a short time, I'm baffled right now

oikopolis Fri 02-Dec-11 22:06:38

Tooodlepip I'm no expert but imo it would delay your period coming on, or throw things out for a bit. How badly is it delayed? If it's significant maybe you should ask your GP

Tooodlepip Fri 02-Dec-11 22:11:52

its delayed by a few days only I feel awful, really awful, can it really do that much messing with my body after such a short time ?? sorry don't want to hijack, thanks

RufousBartleby Fri 02-Dec-11 22:20:36

Weeper - I think a side effect of coming off the pill that no-one really mentions is that you might not get pregnant!

My cycles were completely buggered up after taking the pill and i think it took me about 9 months to start ovulating. This was on the combined pill too. I had referrals to a fertility clinic in the end because my periods were so erratic and the specialist there mentioned that this can be a little discussed side effect.

Its a question of giving it some time unfortunately - Since having my DS my cycles are completely back to normal however.

oikopolis Fri 02-Dec-11 22:42:19

Tooodlepip sadly hormonal medicines like the pill can really mess with things. tbh I will never take the pill again if i can avoid it. I'm going to go with cap/diaphragm + FAM next time I need contraception. It's scary how much these hormones influence your body.

If it's only been a few days, I would give it a fortnight and then ring the GP for his advice. Realistically, it might throw things out, but perhaps there's something else in play that's delaying your period (illness, stress, lack of sleep etc).

penguinpenguin Sat 03-Dec-11 14:06:02

Hiya, can I hop on too?!

I came off the pill (Logynon?? I think! Or Loestrin - was on lots of different ones over the last few years as none agreed with me) about 3-4 weeks ago I think. Had 1 bleed lasting approx. 4 days, now CD (cycle day??) 14 but pretty sure that's not accurate as I have no idea when I OV or anything.

I stopped taking the pill to TTC but also partly because I've been on it since my son (now 8) was born without a break, and it seems a long time. I had my son at 17 so I have no real idea of what my "actual" cycle is like, as I've not had a natural period for years (and I was a late starter and irregular before I had DS anyway). Finding it all really difficult and confusing but just keeping my fingers crossed. Feeling quite sad that I could've mucked things up for myself by taking it for so long.


Tooodlepip Sat 03-Dec-11 15:15:38


Penguin, I was put on the pill as a teen and then came off it after taking it for 6 years to tic, it took me 6 months before I did though, in which time my prolactin level raised, I was leaking milk from my breasts, although I don't know if that was pill related, so it did take its time. At the time though I was so worried and couldn't understand what was happening to me, and I really thought that I had messed up my body, but it just needed time to start ovulating again etc

as for me, my body is playing a sick joke on me right now and I will never hopefully ever touch a pill again, so I have to wait and see whether I am preggers or being tortured

oikopolis Sun 04-Dec-11 19:05:15

Tooodlepip I hope you felt less horrid as the weekend progressed.

I've been having heaviness/a sort of swollen feeling around my ovaries/uterus. When I sit down too quickly it feels tender. CM is changing a bit so I think my ovaries are kicking into some sort of action. Might go to the GP if this is still happening in a few days' time...

oikopolis Sun 04-Dec-11 19:05:50

...btw if anyone else has experienced this please say so (the tenderness I mean). I'm slightly worried that this is unusual.

oikopolis Sun 04-Dec-11 20:00:48

update: OPK showing faint positive. seems like the pain/tenderness = the babymaker is creaking back to life!

Tooodlepip Sun 04-Dec-11 20:12:07

oh wow congratulations oikopolis, thats great,

me still rotten also have a bulging feeling around my uterus and ovaries, I'm refusing to test again for another week

seriously my body is playing a sick sick joke on me, today I was near in tears over the most stupid thing can't even remember what it was

anyway back to celebrating the faint positive for oikopolis

Tooodlepip Sun 04-Dec-11 21:02:11

Oh crap I think I just got a very faint positive on my last clear blue stick, squinted at it for ages to be sure, suppose will be buying more tests, if I am pregnant this baby already getting expensive

penguinpenguin Sun 04-Dec-11 21:05:21

toodlepip good luck! Fingers crossed for you smile

oikopolis Sun 04-Dec-11 21:11:17 poor thing. I REALLY hope you either get a happy BFP (without too much more expense on tests!) or that you and I are in the same boat, just experiencing an ouchy but healthy ovulation.

It's reassuring that I'm not the only one with that heavy feeling... you're right, it does feel like it's "bulging", in the same area that I get period pain.

Tooodlepip Mon 05-Dec-11 10:27:20

negative result on clear blue digital, it says not pregnant can't go wrong with that will test at the weekend to be sure when I'll be a whole 2 weeks late

Toodlepip Sorry for jumping in on this thread!! But I just had to say about Clearblue pregnancy tests (the non digital ones) first time I ever used one I got a false positive, thats not to say thats what happened with you just wanted to share!! As for being to weeks later, I totally know how you feel, my first proper cycle off the pill was 21 days, then I have to wait 35 for my second one to roll around!!! I was pulling my hair out by the end of it!!! Think it takes longer for our bodies to settle than we realise!!

Tooodlepip Mon 05-Dec-11 15:40:24

Thanks secret sparkle, I am trying not to torture myself anymore, the doctor said to me this morning, that a pregnancy can take up to two weeks to show up or it could be the pill so am back to square 1, I'm putting it out of my head for now if af doesn't turn up by the two week mark then I'll use my last test I'm not buying any more.

mrsmellow Mon 05-Dec-11 15:53:50

Hey all, I completely empathise with the post-pill weirdness. I came off in August and have put on weight (despite healthy eating, decreased alcohol and lots of exercise sad ) and (TMI alert) my pubic hair is growing faster, thicker and darker... and I'm completely paranoid that I have PCOS... nothing quite like being a hypochondriac shock .
I've had a 43 day and a 38 day cycle and am CD29.. not even contemplating testing for at least another week... confused

Toodlepip, fingers crossed for a BFP or even just a regular cycle smile

Discolite Mon 05-Dec-11 22:14:06

The only side effect of coming off the pill that I noticed was a marked increase in libido, which wasn't unpleasant!

Weeper I have had exactly the same thing as you but I came off the pill in March. I ignored it for months, hoping it would go away but finally went to the doctor last week and I'm having a blood test to check out my hormone levels. I'm pretty sure I'm ovulating because I'm temping, but I reckon my progesterone levels aren't sufficient post-ovulation. In short, go and see your doctor now - there's no point putting so much effort into ttc if your hormone levels are wrong.

oikopolis Tue 06-Dec-11 14:38:11

I ended up never getting a strong OPK positive... but I'm on CD16 now and fertilityfriend said I was due to ovulate between CD14 and 16, based on the faint positive I recorded. Last night I think I actually felt the swelling "burst" and move, and then no more ov pain/swollen feeling is gone. And temp up this morning!

So it looks like I've definitely O'd, or at least the hormones are surging in the right pattern! I'm so relieved, I thought it was going to take forever to have my normal cycle again!

Hopefully my luck is going to rub off on you all. Tooodlepip, still thinking of you... you may very well be pregnant, I hope so after all you've been through.

oikopolis Wed 07-Dec-11 20:09:01

Thrush. Fab.

Tooodlepip Thu 08-Dec-11 14:42:45


Just thought I'd check in, still no af, still no more positive results, I used my last test yesterday. I'm not buying any more tests, so if a baby grows ah well so be it. I do have a doctors app next tue maybe she will test or do bloods, if this is all down to that demonic pill, I should have af by next week surely???

Hope everyone else is alright

mrsmellow Sat 10-Dec-11 07:35:39

My hair has become really greasy - from having been dry my whole life, even as a teenager... horrible - anyone else? Any solutions?
And no AF! confused

pinsent Sat 10-Dec-11 20:59:03

Can I join your thread guys? I am currently on my 1st cycle after coming off the pill, I'm now on CD43 and no sign of AF yet. Tried using OPKs for up to CD25 but never got a positive so decided to give up on them. Thought I had EWCM on CD31 but it only seemed to last half a day. Not really sure what my body is up to. Anyone else out there with similar experiences who can shed any light on what my body's doing?

MrsMellow, I too have been suffering with greasy hair since coming off the pill. I hate it. I used to be able to wash my hair every other day, now I have to do it every day. Not sure what the solution is but if you find one I'd love to hear about it please.

freckly12 Sun 11-Dec-11 12:53:24

Can i join in- im coming over the pill after 13 years on it.... I havent a clue what will happen but am terrified il resort back to being the bratty, spotty, greasy haired, chunky thighed 15year old i once was!! God- its taken me years to slim my damn thighs down from being ' able to jump start a car with those legs lassy'... dont want to go back... <me sulking now.. think the transition to 15yr old has happened already shock >

sparkles281 Sun 11-Dec-11 20:35:25

I have been on the pill for around 10 years (have changed pills every couple of years) and am now thinking about stopping in the new year and TTC. Worried about side effects!

TremoloGreen Wed 14-Dec-11 20:31:36

Hi all. I took my last pill two weeks ago. Those of you having symptoms - did they appear straight away or later? I haven't noticed anything yet but I'm quite scared I'm going to break out in spots. I'm terribly vain blush

Freckly12 - same as me, went on at 15, coming off 13 years later <yikes>

Did anyone else take Yasmin? If so how long until your first period?

Quodlibet Thu 15-Dec-11 13:07:40

Another symptom to look out for coming off Yasmin - lots of my hair fell out (not to the point that it ever looked thin, but I have got a lot of hair anyway) and then regrew but curly/wirey instead of straight. At that point I realised that it was the Yasmin that had made my always-quite-curly-hair grow out all sleek and straight! My hairdresser said he sees it a lot.

YY to the increased body hair too sad

Quodlibet Thu 15-Dec-11 13:08:18

Should have said - apart from the first cycle which was a few days longer than normal, my cycles got back into a normal pattern v quickly. So at least that's something!

TremoloGreen Thu 15-Dec-11 15:50:16

Quod - I hope that's the same for me! I'm very stressed at the moment, so that might be delaying things anyway.

Interesting what you say about hair. I have next to no body hair, but I always though that was because I am ginger. I think it was like that before I went on the pill too, but I guess I'll find out. I also have a ton of head hair (i could actually do to lose some!) but now you mention it, it is straighter than it used to be - interesting!

oikopolis Tue 20-Dec-11 16:45:42

I'm pleasantly surprised, AF arrived last night. Cycle was 15 days to O and then 13 days luteal phase, almost perfect! Perhaps this cycle will be 14/14 as before.

Excited! This upcoming cycle will be our first TTC one.

freckly12 Tue 03-Jan-12 05:38:37

I was on Yasmine as well Tremolo, Waiting for the sideeffects.... am analysisng all my actions at the mo.LOL.
So far just the normal mood swings and odd spot... so far all ok ( knocking on wood).

TremoloGreen Sat 07-Jan-12 00:03:38

Well, I think my only major side effect so far is having greasy hair (used to only need to wash it twice a week, now every other day!). Skin seems drier though, although that could be the cold weather.

Main side effect is no period sad It's day 37 of my first cycle now and I have just had some vague signs of ovulation, but not quite what I was expecting - changes in CM but no EWCM...

Really hope it happens soon!!

freckly12 Sun 29-Jan-12 05:32:53


I agree, my hair which i used to get away with washing every 2/3 days needs to be washed daily now. shock

My skin is also starting to break out in spots! Not impresed.

And still NO PERIOD. am day 33 of my first cycle, had thought id ovulated but now my temps have gone back up again but no CM signs. WTF angry

utopian99 Sun 05-Feb-12 09:42:18

I've only just discovered this site, beef ttc since about mid Dec. (trying to learn the acronyms, be patient with me!)

So far not loving the being-off-the-pill; more spots, hurty periods and my body has decided to produce vile gunk (tmi, sorry) once a month which is absolutely the best way to put DH off sex.
To be honest rather want to get the whole thing over with.. does that make me a baddie ?

Franykins Fri 01-Feb-13 11:08:56

Hi, I've just come across this thread whilst doing several google searches about coming off the pill. I am very new to this so please bear with me.

I only stopped taking my pill (cilest) 3 days ago (after being on it for 16 years with just a couple of 6 month breaks) I have already got my WD bleed and was wondering how long this tends to last and do I start counting my cycle now or when it stops? I stopped mid pack as I couldn't bear to wait the extra week after having the talk with my partner about TTC.

Needless to say I know it can take a long time for my body to get back on track but atm I am so excited about TTC. I'm sure this will change once I hit the problems of trying to get my cycle regular again though.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated smile

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