Here's What to Know About Going Off Birth Control

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Having your hormones go rogue on you can be miserable and frustrating, so anxiety about what might happen if you go off hormonal birth control, especially if you've been on it for a long time, is totally valid. After all, there are a ton of myths, misinformation, and half-right information swirling around about the side effects that can occur: weight gain, acne, infertility, etc. Will going off birth control inevitably wreak havoc in these ways? What actually happens when you stop taking birth control?

Since everyone's bodies and experiences with different hormonal birth control methods are totally different, you'll want to consult with your OBGYN to figure out the best course of action. In other words, definitely don't make any big health decisions based on this article alone. But until then, we consulted two trusted female reproductive health doctors to give you an idea of the different things that might happen when you off birth control (they busted a few myths as well). Keep scrolling for the 4-11 on what to (possibly) expect when you stop taking birth control.