If you can start preparing your body two or three months BEFORE you stop taking the pill you might find your transition will be much easier. Going cold turkey when stopping the pill can be pretty brutal to your system and can sometimes lead to more severe symptoms so it’s worth taking a look below…

  • Vitamin C: Is depleted by the birth control pill. Supplement or eat foods daily that contain vitamin C like: bell peppers, kiwi, papaya, kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, lemons, strawberries, and oranges. 

  • Hormonal fluctuations (like what can happen after quitting hormonal birth control) often cause breakouts. The good news: you can minimise your risk by doing a few things in advance. Trevor Cates, a naturopathic physician who specialises in skincare, recommends supplementing with evening primrose oil and chaste tree berry in advance, while using “mildly acidic” topical skincare products to balance the skin’s pH.

  • It’s a super good time to cut down or quit alcohol (just for these few first weeks in particular) alcohol just doesn’t help with anxiety…

  • Definitely don’t hesitate to seek professional help – there may be a route more suited to you.

  • Most importantly: support your body and be kind to yourself —reduce stress as much as you can.