Tuesday, July 17, 2018

No More BC For Me

After almost 15 years on the pill, I decided it was time to stop being a science experiment and just be ME. The hormones in BC were affecting my mood swings, weight gain, ability to have a normal period, sex life, etc. So- it was time to end the dependency of that little pill that I put in my body every single day for almost half my life. As a warning- you should always do your own research and consult with your doctor. I decided to keep a journal of what happened when I stopped cold turkey, so, here we go

Week 1: Like everyone on the pill, you start your weeks on Sundays and your period usually shows up around day 1 or 2 of the brown pill week (off week). I decided to stop taking my pills the Monday before my period week. Wednesday rolls around and I had the worst cramps every, my mood was terrible, and I got my period (almost a week ahead of schedule). I am sure this is completely unrelated, but my breath has been HORRIBLE as well this week

Week 2: The cramps only lasted about 2 days from my period in week 1! I also have ordered a NFP and it is on it's way! The one I ordered can be found HERE. This week I seem to be getting a ton of headaches but have had some really amazing lifts at the gym! I do notice a few more breakouts than usual but we have had a lot of family things happen in the past few weeks so I am not sure if it is from stress or the lack of BC

Week 3: The worst week of all. I will say though- my skin has cleared up and reverted back to normal, my headaches have went away, and I feel more clear. That being said- I have been bleeding for five days straight. And cramping extremely bad. I am still 2 weeks away from what is supposed to be my period, but at this rate- I might need a blood donor

Week 4: No update for this week. Everything went really well. My skin is still clear, my mood is extremely high, my workouts have been better, I feel like I can finally lose weight again, etc!

Month 2: Periods have started to become more normal, however- the ovulation cramps are intense and very painful

Month 3: I seem to be losing fat quicker and gaining muscle much easier. My boobs have felt more sore about my period but that is about it!

Helpful Articles:
https://drbrighten.com/post-birth-control-syndrome/

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this! I am intrigued to know how the next few weeks go for you. Every since you first posted you were stopping it has made me think about how I feel on BC. I have done some research, talked to my doctor, and have made the decision to stop after this sugar pill week. I feel hesitant though, as I feel the repercussions of not taking the pill. I have had some positive and a little negative. I may hold out another month. Please keep sharing - I really appreciate it!

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  2. I have not taken BC for 19 years. They are horrible for your body. One thing that I always found amusing was that one of the side effects says “May cause death” that alone was enough for me.

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  3. I was forced off the pill after a DVT ok 2017. It took my body like 4 months to sort itself out, my skin changed a lot in those 4 months and I was crazy irregular and crampy ok that time. The 4th month hit and it all just regulated. I definitely felt fewer mood swings off the pill too. It's crazy how much it affects our bodies.

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  4. I love that you're sharing and supporting this! I stopped taking BC on 3/25/17. I was tired of feeling like trash all the time and I started to wonder if my husband even knew the reall (fun and exciting) me, since I had been on hormonal contraceptives from the start of our relationship. On top of that, I was struggling BAD with UTI's!! Sure enough, hormonal Contraceptives can cause them! I honestly think I got one and could never get rid of it. I started reading a lot of great articles on the Kindara site regarding how to prep your body to come OFF of BC. Its crazy how it literally destroys our bodies. I always heard that it can take months for all of the hormones to leave your body, but then I was reading where it could take over a year! Well, that was the case for myself. I still get the occasional migraine but nothing like the 2-3 a week I had on BC, then my migraines went to the day before my period and the day I ovulated, which made sense and I was able to prepare for. Now those are gone (I am assuming because my liver is able to process everything better now) I have been able to pin-point my true triggers (heat, lack of food, stress) I am still working on managing how to cool myself (I don't sweat) and I have and extremely high metabolism! So eating enough is hard for me. Anyways, I have just been listening to my body and taking basic precautions to be careful. I have perfect text book cycles and haven't gotten pregnant. I also have only had 1 UTI since and it was a few months after getting off the pill. I can feel my feeling more now lol if that makes sense? It can be a little rough at times but I think its good to be in tune with your emotions and be able to manage them without chemical interference.

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  5. Just curious what other form of birth control do you use? I'm looking into stopping my pill also.

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  6. why women not control on weight or no burn calories?
    Calories Burned in a Day

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