I do want to put a quick disclaimer that I am not saying you should be on or off birth control. This is my personal experience only as I am not a doctor or gynecologist. If you have any questions or concerns about going on or off birth control please speak to a medical or homeopathic physician!
Back in high school, I was put on birth control. At the time time, I thought this was normal. It was honestly like a right of passage into womanhood. Now my skin will be clear, my boobs will be bigger, and I can have sex without getting pregnant (kind of). Honestly, I was more excited about the boobs!
Similarly to many women out there, I was put on the pill for my skin and irregular cycle. At the time, I thought birth control was the only way to regular my period.
However, little did I know that birth control creates a withdrawal bleed aka not a normal cycle.
A withdrawal bleed is caused by the drop in hormones. This is common as must oral contraceptive usually have a sugar/placebo pill. For oral contraceptive, it is usually a combination of both Estrogen and Progesterin. I was on Tri-Previfem for 6 or 7 years before I switched to the IUD. I have a full blog post on the different forms of birth control that you
While on the pill, I had horrible PMS. I’m talking I was angry for 2-months straight and was almost put on anti-depressants for it. It was that bad…Along with the mood swings was also bloating, cramping, and fatigue. That’s why I thought it would be a good idea to change to the IUD.
This was in January of 2018 that I switched. I thought it would be better as everyone talks about how bad oral contraceptives are. However, the IUD or any form for that matter isn’t good. It takes about a year to adjust to the IUD.
I no longer get my period, but I still get severe cramping and bleeding.
Once I started working with my holistic nutritionist and finding women like Christina Rice I realized that I am doing my body a disservice. Yes the idea of never having my period again sound glorious at the time, it doesn’t now.
I actually miss my period because getting my period was a sign that my body was healthy. As a woman, the first thing to stop functioning is your reproductive system. If you want to learn more about the menstrual cycle, you can check out here!
This has lead me to decide to get off birth control and using homeopathic method such as the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM). This method is completely non-hormonal as you check your basal metabolic temperature daily and your discharge. Personally, I am leaning towards using the Daysy and MyFlo app to truly understand my body hormonally.
By this April (that’s when I see my OB-GYN) I will have my IUD removed and on the road to healing any hormonal imbalances. Honestly, I don’t believe any woman should be on hormonal birth control. The long-term consequences are not worth it in my opinion. However do what is right for you!
I do hope this helps you to discover what works (or doesn’t) work for your body! Some great reading material on this topic is WomanCode, Taking Charge of Your Fertility, or Beyond the Pill! I’d love to hear your perspective on this topic and to share with any person you know struggle with hormonal imbalances or decisions on birth control.