I just recently went off my birth control, and I'm wondering about some of the effects I think it's having on me.
1. Weight. I'm not nearly as hungry as I was, and have indeed been dropping some weight.
2. Spotting? I already had my period this month, and now I'm bleeding again. I'm not cramping or anything, even with caffeine in my system. How long might this last?
3. Sex drive. My libido has increased a ton, which I was really surprised by. I have come to think of my self as a less-sexual person, but now I'm finding the opposite.
4. Mood swings. I've been pretty happy, but all of a sudden I had a really down day, for no reason at all. These aren't really intense mood swings, pretty light actually...
I know that my body needs to readjust, and that everyone reacts differently but I'm mostly just wondering how long these effects will last and if they're temporary or not.
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1. Probably normal, but check in with a doc if you loose more than 5 or so pounds. Loosing some water weight is normal, but loosing much more than that generally isn't.
2. VERY normal. Spotting and some irregularity in your cycles should be expected for six months or more after you go off the pill. Unfortunately, but very common.
3. Also very normal. Many pills reduce libido, and going off them brings it back up to where it would have been without the pills.
4. Also normal, but again, check in with a doc if it persists for more than a month or so or if they get back enough that it's getting int he way of your every day life.
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