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YOU CHANGE CONTRACEPTION?

You probably did lots of research before going on the pill, but you may not know the side-effects of coming off it. Dr Tania Adib explains how to cope

Though synthetic hormones leave the body in a matter of days, it can take a while for your body to adjust to coming off the pill. In other words, don’t be surprised if you notice a few side-effects as your natural hormones become regulated.

What’s the best way to come of the pill?

If you’re on the combined pill – which delivers both oestrogen and progesterone – it’s important to complete your pack of 21 pills before taking a break. You’ll have a bleed as normal, and your periods may or may not resume a month later. Even if you find that your periods don’t resume straight away, you could still get pregnant, so use condoms if a baby isn’t part of the plan.

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It's time to go with your gut! Inside, you’ll find our 20-page expert guide which will get your gut health on track, from how it impacts the rest of your body to unlocking your microbiome. We investigate whether alcohol really is becoming the latest taboo, if we're in the midst of a loneliness epdiemic and why poetry can be food for the soul. Plus, our food section champions power plates, for recipes to nourish your mind and body, and reveals the art of fermentation - the biggest food trend of the year. Find all this and more in the brand new issue of Healthy!