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Stopping Birth Control Pills & Other Hormonal Methods

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Written by Jennifer Gray

Jennifer Gray

Jennifer Gray is an award-winning writer with more than five years’ experience covering reproductive topics ranging from birth control to planning pregnancy. She is passionate about providing women with accurate information grounded in science they can use to take charge of their own health - while also dispelling myths that exist within the field of women’s health. She holds a Master of Science from the University of Edinburgh and currently lives in Ireland.

Fact checked by Jack Pearson, Medical Affairs Manager at Natural Cycles

Jack Pearson

Dr. Jack Pearson is a previously HCPC registered Embryologist with a PhD in reproductive medicine. Prior to joining Natural Cycles leading Medical Affairs, he worked for more than 10 years in a clinical setting working at some of the busiest fertility clinics in the UK. Today he spends most of his time working with experts at the world’s leading institutions to carry out important research with the vision to further the field of female health. He earned his PhD from the University of Sheffield specializing in Sperm Metabolism and currently lives in London.

Are you thinking about putting the pill packet to one side once and for all? Or maybe it’s time to get your hormonal IUD removed and you’re wondering if you want to get a new one fitted. In this post, we’re going to look at stopping birth control pills as well as stopping other hormonal methods. We’ll take a look at how long it takes for the body to go back to how it was before hormonal birth control, and we’ll also cover some non-hormonal methods you might want to consider.

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