PBCS is an acronym for Post-Birth Control Syndrome. Note that the name says syndrome. Oxford English Dictionary defines a syndrome as a recognizable pattern of signs, symptoms, and/or behaviour, especially of a disease or medical or psychological condition.

Post-Birth Control Syndrome is intended to capture what happens when a woman gets off a birth control pill. If you’ve finally taken the step, you may notice some of the symptoms that will soon be listed.

Have you considered quitting the pill like 70% of millennials have done?

What are you even talking about? Why would I even want to quit the pill? It benefits me in so many ways, I have regular, light periods. My skin glistens. I have control over my fertility.

Well, slow down, the essence of this is not to decide for you, but to empower you to make the best choice for yourself. Maybe after this, you will be persuaded to join the class of the 70% of millennials that have ditched or are considering getting off birth control pills. by the way, did you know you could get some really undesirable side effects of birth control pill

I really want to stop, I’ve been having these quirky things as a result of the pill. There have been so many side effects of birth control pill, and they scare me. However, I am more scared of the other problems that I’ve heard will arise when I stop. Be cool, this article is for you too. And the glad thing is, you can actually get off birth control pills safely, with minimal or even none of these effects. Here’s how!

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PBCS is what happens when you get off birth control pills.

As you would expect, when you get off the pill, there will be reactions. You have made your body dependent on an artificial care regime, an artificially regulated menstrual cycle. The pill shuts down the communication between the ovaries(where eggs are produced during your menstrual cycle) and your pituitary gland in the brain(the control centre). The brain is supposed to respond to signals from the ovaries and send signals in return and vice versa. However, since there are always these man-made hormones in the system, there is no need for such communications to continue, and the communication is shut down. Naturally, this communication apparatus is going to take a while to get back into gear. Until then, your cycles will remain wonky.

The symptoms can be noticed within four months after you get off birth control pills, and might resolve themselves in nine months or less. Some cases might require long-term support

Symptoms of Post-Birth Control Syndrome.

So to get to the point, here are some of those symptoms to expect in the transitory period:


How’s that for a starter. It’s sad that some women never get back their period after getting off the pill. That’s even sadder if they got off the pill for the sole purpose of holding a little bundle of joy in their hands.

Irregular Periods.

As explained, there has been a break in communication between the brain and the ovaries, and that will take a while to reestablish. Also, if the purpose of getting on the pill initially was to solve irregular menstruation, then the problem returns here. You might also experience other menstrual irregularities such as heavy menstruation, painful periods, short cycles,loss of period(amenorrhoea) etc.

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Pelvic Pain.

In some women, pelvic pain is characteristic of ovulation. Ovulation is the part of the menstrual cycle where an egg is produced and released from the ovary. With pills, there is no ovulation at all. So when the pill is stopped and ovulation is resumed, then the pelvic pain will also resume.

Changes in Breast.

There are higher levels of estrogen in the blood due to the estrogen in birth control pills. This hormone changes the breast, e.g., the shape might change, or the breast enlarges. When the pill is taken off, estrogen levels fall, and then, the breast returns back to the way it was.

Autoimmune Symptoms.

An autoimmune disorder is one in which the body starts attacking itself. The immune system might recognize some parts of the body as foreign and begin attacks against it.


Thyroxine is an hormone produced by the thyroid glands. The artificial hormone regulations disturb the body’s normal hormonal balance. With hypothyroidism, there is less thyroid hormone than should be. This results in lower metabolism, feeling sluggish, etc.

Problems in the GI Tract.

The natural microbiome in the gastrointestinal tract has been disturbed by the pill. Aside that, you may also experience “leaky gut”.

Skin Conditions.

For instance, if you have gotten on birth control pills because of acne, it returns when you stop. And it could be worse. Imagine starting the pills at 16. Now you’re almost 30 and you want to stop the pill. How about some nice adulthood pimples adoring your face?

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Pill Induced Polycystic Ovary Disorder (PCOS)

PCOS is marked by a lot of immature follicles in the ovary. It can mean infertility.

Weight Gain.

Weight gain or problems losing weight might also be experienced.

Hair Loss.

Irregular hair growth and hair loss could also happen.

If these symptoms don’t resolve for more than half a year, or if by that time you still haven’t gotten back your period, then you might need to schedule a meeting with an healthcare practitioner. Mehdya Herbals is always open to you.

So, what do I do about Post-Birth Control Syndrome?

Have you decided you want to get off the pills and you’re scared of Post-Birth Control Syndrome? Well, here’s how to get of birth control pills safely.

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He likes to pay attention to the inner workings of his mind and believes everyone has gems just lurking in there, if only they will dig for it. When he is not being a medic, he shares his own 'gems' on his blog at WhatDoYouThink?

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