What Happens To A Woman’s Body When She Stops Using Hormonal Birth Control
Birth control typically lowers testosterone levels, so it prevents breakouts. Therefore, you may notice an increase in acne along the face, chest, and back after you stop using birth control. This might go away, but it does not always happen. For Mary Schmitt, who stopped using birth control at the age of 25 ater ten years of regular usage, the acne was so bad that she decided to go back to hormonal birth control. After years of having skin that was “really clear and nice,” Mary hated breaking out everywhere, and she said that she “felt betrayed by my body.”
Hormonal birth control tends to destroy women’s libido because the testosterone lowering effects of birth control also affect drive in bed. After stopping birth control, many women are shocked to realize that they do have a strong libido, after years of thinking that they were not interested in love-meking. Birth control can also cause vaginal dryness, which makes closeness less pleasurable for many women. The increase in moisture and libido means that many women who stop using birth control start enjoying closeness more.
Hormones can influence a woman’s emotions slightly, so hormonal birth control is often blamed for mood swings. 29-year-old Nadia said that the difference in her moods were huge after she stopped using birth control. Without birth control, Nadia said “I feel so much more even…my reactions are in line with what’s happening, instead of being really exaggerated.”
Not all women are affected by birth control in the same way. For some women, it is a pleasant experience with a useful medication that stops cramps and acne, while other women experience awful mood swings, weight gain, and a lack of libido with birth control. Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to use birth control is an extremely personal decision that should depend on your priorities and your body’s unique reaction to hormones.