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winterx3
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Hi!

Sorry if there is already a thread about this, but I couldn't find one.

I've been told by some people that you are supposed to switch your birth control pill every year - year and a half, because your body becomes immune to it. Is there any truth to this? I've been on my pill for just about a year and I don't want to have to change unless I absolutely have to, as it took this long for my pill to regulate and not make me feel sick.

Thanks!

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Allie R
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Hey there winterx3!

I don't believe this claim has any substance. Bear in mind that many forms of birth control, specifically the hormonal forms (ex. the pill, the implant, Mirena IUD...), are all the same except in their form of administration. It wouldn't make sense to switch around in that regard.

But also, our bodies don't become immune to hormones. If that were true, our bodies would run into a lot of troubles in functioning; hormones are half of how our body communicates to itself and gets stuff going, really basically speaking.

It's cool to hear the pill is working well for you! No need to change your regimen and ruin that for you [Smile]

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Heather
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Just backing Allie up here: this is a myth.

The lone exception with this is that with Depo-Provera, expressly, it's often advised users take a break from it every five years or so. But that's not about it no longer working, it's about potential health impacts of long-term use without a break.

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