About one year ago I decided to get off the contraceptive pill. My decision to do so was mostly motivated by laziness. I had no pills left and thought, screw it. I decided that I wanted to try to find out what life is like without hormonal birth control and decided to give it a shot.
Before taking that huge step I talked to a few other women who went off the pill. I listened to their motivations and did a lil’ research online. The negative side-effects I found were frightening! I found out that taking the pill for such a long time (I started using it at the early age of 14) wasn’t the best idea for your body and therefore decided that giving my body a break might be a good idea. And believe me when I say that it was the best decision I ever made.
WHY I GOT OFF THE CONTRACEPTIVE PILL
The contraceptive pill actually suppresses your body’s own natural hormonal cycle and replaces it with the hormones in the tablets. The periods you’re having while you take the pill are not actually periods but withdrawal bleeds. You’re not releasing an egg each month like mother nature intended for you to do, but the lining of the womb is shed in response to the drop in hormone levels. Doesn’t sound healthy, does it?
In today’s society, it is widely accepted for women to basically take drugs that superficially alter their bodies through their entire youth and adulthood. That’s fucked up if you ask me. I talked to my boyfriend, met my gynaecologist and decided I wanted to try living without the contraceptive pill. They all supported me with my decision and so I just did it. No harm in trying, right?
THE NEGATIVE SIDE OF GETTING OFF THE CONTRACEPTIVE PILL
It took my body a couple of months to build up and synchronise its hormonal cycle again. After being deprived of its own hormones for nearly 7 years it wasn’t used to doing shit on its own. At first, I had to battle through the “oh my god please do not let me be pregnant” thing every month. Now, about one year later, I can say that everything is back to normal. I get my period in a very regular and punctual manner. YAY!
On the other hand, my period pains and PMS got much worse. I now suffer through days of unbearable pain that makes me want to kill myself or start taking the pill again. My ob/gyn told me that this is something many women experience after getting off the contraceptive pill so, yeah. Furthermore, my skin changed back to its acne-prone teenage self. These two things are the only drawbacks I still struggle with today.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE POSITIVE SIDE-EFFECTS
Mentally I am in a much better place now. While I was on the contraceptive pill I often felt depressed. It seemed as if with each pill, my brain got clouded more and more. I now am much happier, I can control my own feelings and I stopped crying at literally EVERY occasion.
Furthermore, I now feel so much more in tune with my body. I can rely on it doing its work and am free of any artificial hormones. Great news, my sex drive changed drastically. After getting off the contraceptive pill I realized how much it actually influenced my libido. Definitely cannot complain about that.
I love being off the contraceptive pill. Sure, I hate having to use condoms and that stupid acne is annoying as fuck. But generally speaking, I never ever want my body to be controlled by drugs like it used to be again.
After a year of letting my body tune in with itself and getting its hormonal cycle back, I now am ready for a new (non-hormonal) birth control method and will probably visit my doctor very soon. I am pumped about trying a contraceptive method that doesn’t require me having to do something every day and will definitely tell you about my experience once I dragged my lazy ass to the doctors.
Sorry for this long post btw. There’s just so much to say about this topic. If you are interested in all the negative side-effects of the pill just google it or ask your gynaecologist. I am no doctor or medically trained person and do not want to be responsible for claiming things that in the end turn out to be false. But please read about it, you’ll be shocked.
Are you even interested in reading about things like that up here? Are you on the contraceptive pill? What do you think of getting off and other birth control methods? I’d love to read your opinion on this *very* controversial topic in the comments below :)