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Quitting Birth Control Pills: A Guide

Erin Magner’s guide for Well+Good on quitting birth control pills while avoiding side effects. Yoga Medicine’s Tiffany Cruikshank shares tips on diet, exercise, and how an acupuncturist can help ease your body from the side effects of oral contraceptives.

HOW TO GET OFF BIRTH CONTROL PILLS, WITHOUT THE UNWANTED SIDE EFFECTS

Breaking up with your birth control pill is kind of like leaving a longtime love—it’s pretty darn complicated.

Maybe you’re trying to get pregnant or reconnect with your natural menstrual cycle. Maybe you’re finding the pill’s side effects (chronic digestive distress, anyone?) aren’t worth the rewards. Or maybe you’re just trying to limit the number of artificial substances you put into your body, hormones included. Whatever the reason, the decision to stop taking hormonal contraceptives is a really personal one, and although it’s the right choice for many women, there are lots of things to keep in mind before taking the plunge.

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