Quitting hormonal birth control can be both exhilarating and terrifying. Unless you're trying to become pregnant, you probably did it (or are thinking of doing it) because of negative side effects.
Yeah, they might have become unbearable, but that doesn't stop you from worrying about the new side effects that might happen when you come off. Or keep you from being tempted to throw in the towel and go back on them when you start experiencing your normal cycles after they had been put on the back-burner for so long.
Not only that, but with kicking hormonal birth control comes the fun of trying to find a new method of birth control — and possibly having to defend your choice to your doctor and partner. It's like a never-ending barrage of new things you have to figure out.
My own experience involved transitioning from a copper IUD to fertility awareness, but even though I didn't have the hormonal side effects of coming off of hormonal birth control, I still had the experience of getting my partner and doctor on board with a new method, relying on myself for my birth control instead of my doctor, and exploring exactly what my new options were.
Eventually everything turned out for the best (I even ended up becoming a certified fertility awareness educator), but the transition was nerve-racking. I now work with clients who are coming off hormones while switching to fertility awareness and I help them make the transition as easy as possible.
Here are the four things you should know about the process: