Today I’m starting out a new blog series On a Post Birth Control Mission. Thanks for the positive response on my recent Instagram stories, it really does mean a lot to me.
I was on the birth control pill for about 8-9 years. I was prescribed the pill when I was about 16-17, mainly for the reason of irregular periods but also because I wanted contraception to not get pregnant. I remember not being informed that much about how the pill works and what it does to the body. The only thing that I was asked about was the medical history of my family to check for any genetic predispositions of blood clots.
I stopped taking the pill in September last year because it was unavailable for me to buy. There I was, standing in a pharmacy, totally perplex and mind-blown that what I had daily taken in for about 8-9 years was taken off the market. I did not get any explanation as to why that happened, only that a similar pill was reintroduced with an “adjusted” formula. They didn’t have to say more, I could deduce myself that it was removed from the market because of it’s effects on health. I said to myself that I wasn’t going to get fooled again. I remember going home to Fabian with mixed feelings, in disbelief that I had fed my body with something undoubtedly unhealthy, given the circumstances. At that point in time, I didn’t know much about hormonal contraception and it was then I started researching about contraception in general. A topic, I have never really revisited since middle school??? What’s wrong with our society? Like I was going to remember what I learned about sex and hormones from when I was 13 or something. Anyway, the more I learned, the more disgusted I got. I was in disbelief and could not understand how I was not informed about any of the side effects that one could experience or how this freaking pill works in general. I feel like it should be a doctor’s duty to inform of the potential side effects. Like, you don’t take drugs, cause you know the shit’s bad for you, right? Same goes for this haha. Had I known I would go through all of these symptoms now, I would not have considered it. So I decided that I sure as hell wasn’t going to put my body through this toxic shit ever again. Don’t get me wrong, I am not judging anyone. It is an effective prevention method, no doubt. But you can avoid getting pregnant without putting your body through this hell.
Here’s what I have been fighting with:
– Digestion issues
– Joint pain
– Dry skin and hair
– Acne (but dry skin)
– Hair growth in face and hair loss on head
– Hysterical feeling (constantly high heart rate) and anxiety attacks
– Weight fluctuations
– No sense of fullness
A lot of these symptoms are due to the hyperthyroidism and leaky gut I developed due to my birth control pill. I will go into detail about all of this in my subsequent blog posts and explain every little thing I wish I would have known before taking them or even stopping them. I will be covering topics of things you can do to support your body on birth control, make your transition better and how you can heal your body naturally. So stay tuned for a lot of following blog posts on this topic.
Thanks for stopping by again & blog to you soon!