Hey Guys! Hope you’re all doing well! A couple months back I wrote a post about my struggles with a heavy period. In that post I mentioned that hormonal birth control was the method I used to control it. After trial & error it worked well for me, and I used that method for a while. However, if you couldn’t tell by the title I stopped taking the pill nearly two months ago.
Today I want to talk to you guys about my decision to go off it, and how it’s been for me coming off it. I think this is something important to be talked about because you hear a lot of people talk about being on birth control, but not about coming off it. This isn’t going to be a post about me telling you why you should come off the pill. I’m not here to tell you what to do with your body, this is just my experience.
Why I went off Birth Control
In the post where I spoke about my experience with a heavy period I mentioned that I’ve been on birth control for about 4 years. I don’t remember the exactly when I went on it, but I do know I was on it in my second college apartment which I moved into when I was 20 years old. I also know that when I was prescribed the pill I didn’t have to get a pap smear because I wasn’t 21 yet…leading me to the conclusion that I’ve been on the pill for the whole of my 20s so far. (That was the unnecessary math portion of today’s post)
When I realized how long I’d been on the pill. it got me thinking about how I don’t know what my natural cycle is like as a woman in her 20s. It’s no secret that the hormones your body produces in your teens are different from the ones they product in your 20s. By me taking this pill though, I was getting in the way of that. I didn’t know what type of hormones my body naturally produces at this age of my life.. Did I really have a bad period that needed intervening? Or would it work itself out as I got older?
I wanted to figure that out, so I decided to come off the pill. Being on the pill wasn’t something I wanted to do forever because I do want children at some point. My thought process was if I come off it long before I want children and I DO actually have a bad period I’ll be able to figure out the underlying issue. Ultimately, birth control was a band-aid over a possible underlying problem. These are all the questions that I wanted to figure out by making this decision, so have I gotten any answers?
Post Pill Experience
The last time I took an active birth control pill was December 29th and I got my period on January 3rd. This period lasted longer then previous months, and I do think it’s because I didn’t start a new pack of birth control. It lasted a full 7 days, but I don’t really recall it being anything abnormal. My flow wasn’t any heavier, I still got my hormonal headaches, didn’t experience unbearable cramps, it was pretty typical.
I’d done some research about coming off the pill and everyone said to beware of mood swings. I kept waiting to feel completely out of wack but that never happened. Granted, I am still taking my anti-depressant which could very well be helping to mellow things out. I have been experiencing less then ideal mental health lately, which I spoke on in my post about positive affirmations. Things that I had gotten to good place of not letting trigger me, were starting to trigger me again bleh. I was also a bit more irritable and short tempered, which is unlike me. I’m good at hiding it for the most part but, I may have snapped at my dad once or twice. (sorry dad)
Everything else though, seems to be pretty normal. I don’t have any physical pain, if I’ve started to ovulate again I’m not experiencing any cramping which is great. Things have gone smoothly for me which I believe is because I went off at the end of a pack. I could be making that up though because, I didn’t talk to my doctor about going off the pill. That would be my only regret with this, well I wouldn’t call it a regret but I wouldn’t recommend it for others. If you want to come off any medication you should speak to doctor first.
Period Post Birth Control
During my research, I found that it typically takes 4-6 weeks for your hormones to regulate after coming off the pill. It’s been about 6 weeks since I ended my last period. My last period ended on January 9th and I haven’t had anything since then. Not even slight spotting.
If I’m honest, it does worry me a bit because one of the reasons I went on birth control was for a irregular cycle. I do understand every woman is different though so I’m trying to remain calm. It may just take a little longer for me to regulate my hormones after being on the pill for so long.
Would I recommend coming off Birth Control
If going off the pill is something you’ve been thinking about I say go for it. There are some things to keep in mind for when you come off the pill. Your emotions may be out of character, you may have spotting, your cycle may start as soon as you stop the pill, your cycle may not come back for a couple months. I’m giving my body 3 months to have a cycle come back before I go speak to my doctor.
Overall, I feel very lucky to have had a good experience so far with coming off the pill. I also feel grateful that periods are starting to become a less taboo thing to talk about. There are products that I want to try like a menstrual cup, and menstrual protective underwear now that my cycle will be the one my body naturally produces. Before I end this post I want to make sure you all know I’m not against birth control at all. I know people are against it because, they don’t like the idea of putting “fake” hormones into their bodies. Clearly, I’m okay with that because I’m on an anti-depressant which I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. It was just time for the pill and I to break up.
Have you ever gone off the pill? What was your experience? Have you found other ways to cope with your period? Let me know in the comments, I love chatting with you guys. Thanks for stopping by, until next time…
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