What happens after taking birth control?
I'm pretty happy that talking about birth control is more of an open discussion whereas back when I was in high school it seemed like being on the pill was the "only" viable option. Most of women of my age have used birth control pills at least once in their lives or are have used them for an extensive period of time. I personally was on birth control pills for over 4 years and I did noticed the effects it had on my health after wards. I wanted to share my personal experience as I hope this helps raise awareness on other birth control methods that are less invasive on the body. Here are some of the symptoms I felt when I went cold turkey on the pill.
My skin has always been pretty good but when I went on the pill I rarely got any breakouts. Ever since stopping the pill my face breakouts a lot especially during the PMS period. It's been a real struggle to find products and a proper routine that suits my new skin as it seems to react much easily to my emotions, and my diet. A lot of girls take birth control because it does help to control acne but I personally don't think it's healthiest route to control skin problems.
Hair loss / Hair thinning
I've always had pretty healthy hair, and it still is but I've noticed it has thinned out a lot, and I shed much more than before. I'm quite lucky to naturally have a lot of hair so my hair loss isn't very noticeable but I've had to research products, and tricks to nurture my hair.
My anxiety has always caused me severe episodes of insomnia but I've kept it manageable enough that I can sleep at least 7 hours at night. However, when I went off the pill it became more difficult to fall asleep. I would fall asleep and all of a sudden wake up in the middle of the night wide awake. I've had to do sleep meditations and have an oil diffuser to help.
For whoever knows me personally they know that I'm quite petite but when I was on the pill I noticed that I gained weight without changing my diet. I wasn't very happy with my weight but I guess it was okay... When I stopped taking the pill I lost a lot of weight at least 10 lbs. I'm much happier with my current weight; I feel more like myself.
Anxiety - Mood swings
It was definitely an emotional adjustment to be off the pill but it's been over 4 months, and I feel much better with myself. I cried a lot the first month over anything, and everything but it's much better now. I also noticed that my anxiety has decreased, I still get panic attacks from time to time but I let it sink in, and I tell myself it will pass.
All I can say is that birth control is not an option I would reconsider as I've noticed first hand the effects it had on my body. I've spoken to other women in my circle of friends, and they also went through similar situations when they withdrew from the pills. Being on birth control seems like a pretty easy fix to a latex free sex but why should we as women have to put our bodies through this? I hope that other options become as popular as birth control pills for both men and women as I think it's time for men to also take some action.