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What are the side effects of stopping oral contraceptives?

There are no true side effects or withrawal symptoms when stopping oral contraceptives. However, once oral contraceptives are discontinued the regular menstrual cycle and ovulation will usually resume immediately so chance of pregnancy is increased. If a woman is taking oral contraceptives to decrease heavy bleeding or minimize symptoms of acne, irregular periods, or polycystic ovarian syndrome these symptoms may also return.

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