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Alatariel
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So, I'm finally starting to move on from my breakup two weeks ago, I think. It's been three days with no crying. My only dilemma is, should I stay on the pill? I like that it regulates my period and keeps my skin clearer, but is there any sense taking hormones to prevent pregnancy when I'm not going to be having sex? I won't have sex wihout love, and I certainly don't see myself falling in love at any point in the close future. What do you think I should do?
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If you like how the pill is working with your body, there's no reason you need to stop it just because you won't be using it as pregnancy protection.

I stayed on the pill even after leaving the country and ending my relationship with my long-term partner, because I was on it previously for help with problems I was having during ovulation and menstruation, and am still taking it.

If you'd like to see how your body feels cutting out the hormones, though, that's certainly fine to do, too. It's really up to you, as there is no right answer as long as you aren't having problems with the hormones. [Smile]

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Great advice there. I just wanted to add though, that there is evidence that long term use of the pill in women under 20 years old can result in a lower bone density later in life. I'm not sure how old you are, but if you are under 20, you might want to take that into account when making your decision.
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I'm 18. What counts at "long term use"?
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I'd say a year or more. I'm not trying to say this as a scare tactic-- you just need to be aware that some studies have indicated this effect. If you do decide to continue the pill, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor about making sure you have enough calcium in your diet, as this will help to keep your bones on track.
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