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I'm out of a relationship, and it will take me a long time to be ready for a new one... and even longer to be ready for sex!

I'm considering not taking the pill anymore, but I'm not sure.

Good things about the pill:
- My period is absolutely regular, and I can even switch the day of the week in which it starts.
- Helps me remember what day of the week it is (LOL) and when my period is about to come
- Makes me feel safe. I know even if I were assaulted, I won't become pregnant.
- My skin seems to be better. Could be due to the pill or could not.

Bad things about it:
- 12€ every month, and increasing.
- It might enhance blood clotting, which is quite high in me already.

The main reason to give it up is it's kind of useless and it would save me 12€ a month. My main concern is that my body is used to the pill-induced cycle and the natural one might get really messy in the beginning.

Does it get that messy or does it just go on normally?

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It really depends on the individual. You can't know exactly how your body will react to going off bcp's until you do it.

I was on the pill for eight years before going off recently, and I personally didn't have many strange effects of going off, other than one 21 day cycle, which seemed pretty short to me. I was really prepared for it to be hard on my body, but it definitely wasn't.

So the decision is really up to you, though I would talk to your doctor if you're worried about the clotting issue.

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