What happened when I went off pills
This is a very controversial topic to write about. Although birth control pills came around 50 years ago to free woman, we are re-thinking they have only a positive side.
I had read a lot about all pros and cons related to hormonal birth control before deciding to go off pills.
I started to go on birth control pills nearly 15 years ago. I was a teenager ( around 14 years old), and as I was already old to go to a paediatrician, my mother took me to my first visit to a gynaecologist.
No, she wasn’t concerned about my sexual life at that time. I was still virgin and, to be honest, not interested that much in guys. My concern was the same of many girls at that age: acne. Plus long and heavy periods followed by menstrual cramps. Those ones that would make me skip school to stay at home.
I got my period for the first time when I was 11 years old. I was a child and although I was already aware that sooner or later I would get it, I wasn’t prepared for that. I had to be concerned about tampons and hormones that would mess up my life years later.
Well, back to my first visit to a gynaecologist, I just wanted to know the reason why I had long periods, so many cramps and a face full of acne. My doctor told me that the answer to deal with my youth nightmares was simple: going on pills.
Pills? Already? Shouldn’t I wait a bit longer? Of course, I didn’t ask it to my doctor. I ask it now to myself and why girls start so early going on hormonal birth control. Nowadays, I wish she had told me pros and cons about this method but I hear friends and friends of friends who had a similar experience. Doctors just push you towards pills because it’s far easier for them and for you.
I wish I knew my body as I know today.
I wish I knew that a good diet and exercises would help more to what I needed at that time.
I wish I had the Internet to look up information about it and discuss with other women on online groups as I do today.
I read this article a few months ago about how oral contraceptives reduce general well-being in healthy women. We are discussing more this topic but we still need to raise awareness regarding pills not only among women but also men.
Does your boyfriend or the guy that you’ve been going out lately ask you why you take pills? Does he care about your body or he’s just concerned about pregnancy? Does he care about all downsides that pills bring? Imagine a guy reading that article above: wouldn’t he be scared? Have you asked yourself why pharmaceutical industry stills invest on birth control pills for women and not for men? Why do we accept these negative effects?
I remember going out with a guy a few weeks ago and when we talked about condoms he asked me if I wasn’t on pills. He replied surprised my answer: “All women take in pills. Why didn’t you?”. It seems that you guys think that pills are just great.
I took Gracial for years until I decided to go off birth control pills at the age of 25. It was a disaster. I got acne again, menstrual cramps and my long and intense periods were back. I failed. Back to my pills again.
At that time, I went to see a gynaecologist and told her I quit pills for a while. She asked me if I wanted to get pregnant. Of course not! Is that the only reason that a woman would stop going on pills?
I had migraine for years. I still have some but not as often as I used to have. I always dealt pretty well with them. However, a few years ago, as it was getting even more intense, often and unbearable, I decided to visit a doctor, a neurologist. I knew that it could be related to birth control pills and was ready to accept it as another opportunity to free my body from them. Surprisingly, my doctor didn’t ask me during my appointment whether I was on birth control pills or not, he just asked me to do some exams, if I was a smoker, some of my daily healthy habits, etc. And of course, he gave me prescriptions. And that’s it.
No, It wasn’t right. But I kept going on birth control pills until last October, when after years on Gracial my doctor prescribed me Elani Ciclo even though I asked for more information about alternatives methods. It’s a modern pill and it’s good for your skin, he said.
Diet and exercises do much more for our skin
My first complaint was regarding my skin. I also tried to follow a treatment recommended by a dermatologist but I found out that changing my diet and taking in healthy habits do more than we can imagine. Our body responds from inside to outside and sometimes will take time for us to understand how it works and what it accepts better or worse. Treat your body well and it will also treat you well.
Increase your sex drive
Sometimes I had a lack of my libido and those 2 months that I was on Elani Ciclo were the worst. I went off in December and my hormones went crazy (in a good way). My sex drive was revived and I totally can relate it to birth control pills. I fell so much better now and it’ll be hard to convince me to go on pills again. As a friend once told me, you can’t get enough!
Track your period
I find Clue a useful app to track my period and now more about my fertile window and PMS. 6 months free from hormones I managed to find an equilibrium and I think my hormones are naturally balanced.
Going back to the years that I was on the pill and comparing to nowadays, I feel much more energised and motivated even though I’m 29 years old now. Happiness and positive thoughts are also more present and combined with other aspects that I changed in my life I feel so much better now, with an eagerness to live.
Of course, I have to finish it with a disclaimer. I know that oral contraceptives are helpful for some women, but I wanted to share my experience and show how they aren’t always the first and best options for what we need.