I was put on birth control when I was 14 years old.
Not that it matters now, but it’s worth pointing out that – I didn’t have a choice. Sure, I could have said no… but that doesn’t mean that I had a choice. Choice comes with knowledge; You only really have a choice when you know what the hell is happening. At 14, I did not.
I have one very distinct memory of my 14-year-old life. And it involves me, gym class, swimming, a terrible period, blood running down my leg and large amounts of humiliation. Cue birth control.
I don’t have much to say about being on birth control because I didn’t realize anything at all until after it wasn’t part of my life anymore.
I made the decision to get off birth control in June of 2015 – ending my 8 year relationship with oral contraceptives. I started to hear and read about the negative effects of birth control and since I was simultaneously starting off on my wellness journey, it intrigued me.
I had a few friends who were having a hard time getting pregnant post-birth control. Others who were having one hell of a time balancing their mood and hormones.
I was starting to have a hard time justifying the fact that my own natural hormones were basically turned off and suppressed for 8 years.
So off I went.
I waited to finish up the last pack, had a period and never went back.
& I never will go back to hormonal birth control ever again after the hell I put my body through:
- I didn’t get a period for 9 months after getting off birth control. (And no I was not pregnant.)
This was probably the most alarming of symptoms that I experienced as my body was detoxing 8 years of synthetic hormones… It freaked me out – I wasn’t sure if I would ever have one again. When I did finally get it, it took an additional 6 months to regulate. This aftermath alone would be reason enough for me to write off birth control forever.
- I lost somewhere between 10 and 15 pounds almost immediately.
I lost all of my boobs. They literally deflated. I was maybe a little upset about it at first, but now I am so thankful… My chest never used to fit my frame. I have a 5’3, 120 pound frame and I had a DD chest. The back pain was LIT. My body is much more fitting to me now and feels much more natural.
- My taste buds changed.
- I’m still suffering from a somewhat permanent gut flora disruption – Causing acne, depression, anxiety and mood swings.
- I had to get re-intouch with my woman-ness. I don’t really know what this means or how to explain it to you, but it had to happen. I basically “grew up” being on the pill – so I never had the opportunity to know my real body. I only knew my birth control body. And they are very different.
- I became way less bloated.
- My acne got worse. Not only is my body still (3 years later) detoxing, but my hormones are still (3 years later) trying to balance themselves back out after sleeping for 8 years.
- My hair stopped falling out in the shower.
- After my period regulated, I started to have a lot more energy from day to day.
- I became overall much more healthier. Getting off birth control was sort of my wake-up call to health. Not having a regular period for over a year after quitting a silly little pill was enough to jump start my health-intuition. I started to make better choices in all aspects of my life. All the things that I lay out here in this blog post HERE.
So take this or leave it. I’m not suggesting that you stay on the pill or get off of it, simply just sharing my experience. I personally no longer am an advocate for oral contraceptives but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a time and place for them. I definitely encourage you to do your own research about the pill and not rely solely on your gynecologist. Have you had weird post-birth control symptoms? I wanna know about them – drop a comment.