Kissing my birth control goodbye.

standard March 4, 2009 7 responses

Yes, I’m kissing my birth control good bye. No, it’s not why you think. We’re done having babies for the time being. Four people in a two bedroom house is plenty for us. Plus, I’m never, ever sleep training another child in my own room. Ever.

But I really am kissing it goodbye. For real, not all birth control, just this particular kind.

I went off The Pill for the first time almost 5 years ago. Sure, at the time we were gearing up to start trying to conceive our first little munchkin, but I was also really, really tired of having my moods controlled by artificial hormones. I’d been on The Pill for over 10 years and I was just done. So I stopped taking it and I felt great, really, really great.

After C was born I refused to go back on it. The thought of being controlled by those hormones again made my skin crawl. So instead I tried a diaphragm on for size. It worked for us. It wasn’t ideal, but it wasn’t bad either.

Let’s skip forward a few years past the birth of our second baby. The birth of the baby that left some painful scarring that made it suddenly impossible for me to wear the diaphragm, leaving us with limited options. Granted, options we weren’t against using, but still, limited.

Plus I started getting migraines. And painful cramps. And the controlling hormone hell memories had somewhat faded. And so I let myself be swayed by the smooth talking, Pill pushing OB.

I went back on The Pill.

Three seconds later I had put back on the 5lbs it had taken weeks for me to lose. Three more seconds after that I had put on another 2. Then my face broke out. I whined to a friend, who told me to suck it up and give it a couple months, that my body would get used to the changes.

I sucked it up. I gave The Pill not a couple months, but four months. Four long months. And now I’m calling it quits. I’m kissing The Pill goodbye. In fact, I’m kissing all forms of hormone birth control goodbye. Buh bye. Tah tah. Go torture someone else.

Not convinced? Think I’m being too hasty? Consider this:

Pill Pros:

  • No more babies. Phew.

Pill Cons:

  • More migraines, not fewer, more, yes more.
  • Odd intolerance to tomatoes. Linked to the migraines, as in they trigger them.
  • Pimple face. All. Month. Long.
  • Crazy screaming she-witch at completely random, unpredictable times of the month. Ask M.
  • Insane weight gain, despite a healthy diet and exercise.
  • Depression. Apathy. Complete and utter lack of motivation.

See? I’m not crazy. I think The Pill is slowly killing me, and frankly I can’t think of a benefit in the world worth that. Well, maybe a humongous life insurance policy, but we don’t have that, so instead I’m just going to stop taking the hateful little things. There are other ways to keep from adding on to our family. We’ll just have to find one that doesn’t destroy me along the way.

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7 responses

  • I am with you, not a fan of the pill.

  • Have you tried more than one kind of the Pill? I was on one kind that made me gain weight (20 lbs over the course of the 2 years I was on that pill) and have violent mood swings. I’m on a completely different pill now and I love it. No weight gain, rare mood swings (usually caused more by stress than hormones), and I don’t even have a period anymore.

    I’m not saying everyone should love the pill, but if you haven’t discussed the different kinds of Pill with your Doctor, each with different levels and combinations of hormones, you might want to.

    Or you might want to try something else. IUD?

  • Actually I was thinking along the same lines as Lady Guinevere! On a tricyclic pill (most of them) I am a raging, hormonal, migrain-ing mess. On a monophasic pill(one steady dose of hormones all month, think Yaz) I have no migraines save for the one right before my period, and the mood swings are all but non-existent.

    I won’t try to convince you to switch, just letting you know there are other pill options. 🙂

  • @Lady Guinevere and @Suburban Oblivion I am on a monophasic pill, the only option because of the migraines. The others would make it worse. Frankly I just don’t have it in me to try a different one for a couple more months. Maybe in a couple years, but not now.

  • Wow, that sounds awful.

    I started on the pill in my early 40s, and it was a lifesaver–periodwise. I guess I was fortunate, it cleared up my skin, I didn’t gain weight, and I stopped bledding out each month (as a teacher, one can’t go to the bathroom whenever something feels, uh, leaky.)

    A break for you sounds like a good idea. Enjoy being yourself!

  • Just saw this post. Have you considered the NuvaRing? I’ve been using it for a year and I LOVE IT.

    Down side: It’s EXPENSIVE

    Up side: Easy to use – once a month, easy to put in, don’t notice it. And I haven’t had any side effects (I hated the pill for reasons similar to yours).

    Good luck.

  • I am right with you. I have tried five kinds of the Pill, given them all a really good chance to prove themselves to me, but no luck.

    Finally, I have hit upon a solution. My husband got the snip two weeks ago. So far, I’m experiencing no side effects at all! 😉

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