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    Stopping the pill
    manos77 posted:
    I have been on the pill for the last 23 years and am thinking about stopping as since moving to the USA my brand is not produced here and the 2 I was told were the same left me spotting every day for 3 months and I cannot afford the repeated doctor visits, any ideas/tips/suggestions?
    georgiagail responded:
    About what? Stopping oral contraceptives. Other birth control alternatives?

    manos77 replied to georgiagail's response:
    Stopping the pill and other alternatives. Has anyone had any side effects after stopping the pill?
    georgiagail replied to manos77's response:
    The most common side effect is that many women do not see a return to a regular menstrual schedule for an extended period of time (several months is not unusual; up to a year in unusual situations).

    In addition, if your menstrual schedule was irregular before you starting hormone containing birth control, it is likely to return to that schedule once you stop it.

    JenLWoo responded:
    I was on the pill for 18 years, then switched to Mirena IUD about 2 years ago. Overall, I am very happy. I don't really have periods at all anymore. The only negative is my skin is now very oily - just like it was in high school. The pill was blocking that, and the hormones in Mirena are very low and don't really circulate in the blood.

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