When it’s time for a birth-control change
Women can have any number of reasons for going off their birth control: They’re ready to conceive, they don’t like the side effects, or they simply don’t need the protection any longer. No matter your reasons for going off your current form of birth control, you should learn what to expect. Read on for more information and answers to your most common questions.
Make sure it’s your decision
“Coming off birth control is a big life change for women,” says Sarah Yamaguchi, MD, an OB-GYN at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, California. Some women go off birth control because they don’t like the side effects or they’ve lost access to it, often due to insurance. If it’s the side effects influencing your decision, there is usually another contraceptive option that will work for you—just ask your doctor, says Dr. Yamaguchi. You should also know that, even without insurance, there are many clinics such as Planned Parenthood that will provide you with contraception at low or no cost. “Your financial situation should not have to dictate your decision to use contraception,” she says.