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May 4, 2015 by

I am 30 years old and I’ve been on the pill since year 2000 and went off it 2 months ago. It was mainly for protection, but it also helped regulate my menstruation…at least this is what I thought back then. Low libido, irritation, anxiety, fear, boredom, gaining weight, tiredness are just a few examples of how my life was for the past 14 years. Not to speak of lack of self-confidence, number 1 on the list. After reading the info on this site, I took the decision to go off the pill in a matter of minutes, because I arrived to a point where nothing was OK anymore. I started to take Vitex and Vitamin B complex in the first day of no pill. It took only 3 weeks until I started to...

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Amy M.

Dec 1, 2014 by

I  was on the birth control pill for 3 years. I never really realized what it was doing to my body. After being on it for a year my personality had completely changed, I became more angry and I cried a lot more. I also because a rather jealous and crazy person.During the winter of year 3 I developed dizziness and nausea. Also during that winter I was sick every two week. I had the stomach bug 4 times and also got swine flu. I thought my immune system was doomed, I could never seem to feel good or healthy, I lost a lot of friends and I didn’t know what to do. I began having panic attack and was incredible anxious and depressed. At this point I had no interest in sex and...

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Hanna R.

Jun 6, 2014 by

I  am 30 years old and I’ve been on the pill since year 2000 and went off it 2 months ago. It was mainly for protection, but it also helped regulate my menstruation…at least this is what I thought back then. Low libido, irritation, anxiety, fear, boredom, gaining weight, tiredness are just a few examples of how my life was for the past 14 years. Not to speak of lack of self-confidence, number 1 on the list. After reading this article, I took the decision to go off the pill in a matter of minutes, because I arrived to a point where nothing was OK anymore. I started to take Vitex and Vitamin B complex in the first day of no pill. It took only 3 weeks until I started to see small good results....

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Susan H.

Nov 2, 2013 by

I  was put on the pill for years due to irregular, painful periods. I was never given many birth control options, it was like the pill was the only thing available. I heard of an IUD and natural birth control methods but didn't know anyone who tried them and was naturally distrustful. I guess we get a little brainwashed when it comes to our options. After all, if you follow the money you will see why. I wasn't even really briefed on the birth control TYPES available to me. I tried one and it was fine but very expensive so I went on a more mainstream brand which made me nauseous. After I got sick of that, I went off, I started charting using the Billings Ovulation Method, and I was amazed at what I learned...

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Sammy L.

Aug 29, 2013 by

W  e all get pms. But imagine having constant pms for 4 years. I'm naturally a sensitive and emotional person, but I know I would have grown out of it sooner if it wasn't for the pill. My mom is very emotional but my dad is extremely level headed, and I've recently become much more like him. I can't blame it all on the pill, as I did go through a bad relationship during those years, and I do have my mom's tendencies, but all I know is after I got off birth control, I basically became a different person.  It's scary to think back and not recognize yourself and admit that hormones had such power over you. I would cry at least once a week, I had an insane anger problem, really short temper, and I just wrote...

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Kathleen A.

Aug 19, 2013 by

I  got on the pill when I was 16 as a regular user.  I also tried it at 13 for a short time to help with break outs. I had always thought that I was lucky, despite many mistakes (missing pills), I had never gotten pregnant. I thought the pill was amazing until the time came when I was put on Yaz.  Then, I started having a lot of problems.  Around that time it was discovered that I had small ovarian cysts.  Because I was a newly wed, and I did want children, I decided to start going to acupuncture for the insulin resistance that was apparently causing the cysts.  About a year after treatment I got a wonderful surprise! I was pregnant.  It wasn''t until after I had my daughter and my body "reset" itself that I realized,...

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Anita A.

Aug 1, 2013 by

I  was on the pill for 10 years. My doctor prescribed it for normal teenage pimples. My mom and I didn't know better then. I have been off it for 4 years now but I am still feeling its consiquences. It has destroyed my hormones, leaving me irregular with heavy mensus, acne, water retention and PMS through the roof. I am currently working closely with a homeopath to detox myself of the carcinogens of the pill and to re-balance my hormones. If i could tell my 16 year old self one thing  I'd say "do not take that toxin hormones!" I would shout it from the mountain...

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Miley D.

Jul 23, 2013 by

A fter trying several types of harmone-based contraceptives over the course of 5 or so years, I've gone off all! I hate them! They made me moody but the worst part was I hated that they really impacted my sex life! First, my libido decreased so much, and that's probably not a bad thing because my enjoyment of sex itself decreased. It made my body so much less responsive and sex is way less intense – less fun! Okay, so I know that many women have serious health issues that influence their decision to go off the pill, but for me, it was all about the quality of the sex. I want to WANT my man and then I want to enjoy him! Going off the pill – best decision ever. ...

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Joyce D.

Jul 9, 2013 by

I married my husband with depression. I married my husband at 31 with no sex drive. I went off the pill at 35 and my marriage was a whole new world of love, sex and stabilized moods. It's a wonder he married me at all! My story starts at 17 when I was put on the pill for irregular periods, which basically meant it wasn't a perfect 28 day cycle. Since then I was on the pill, the norplant and finally the nuvaring until I was 35. I was one of the first women in the country to get a norplant from the University of Missouri and I promptly gained 50 pounds and an ovarian cancer scare. Then I went on to progesterone based pills, then finally the nuvaring. I had constipation, weight gain, lack...

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Kimberly F.

May 30, 2013 by

I  've always been an emotional person, but usually in a good way, you know, crying during movies, or when I saw a cute old couple. As I got a little older (18, 19, 20, 21), I noticed I was exhibiting almost bi-polar behavior, especially around the time of my period. This was very odd for me because I never even had slight PMS when I was younger. I would go completely berserk for almost no reason. One time I was working out, and in the middle of a rep I just burst out crying. I couldn't handle any negative triggers if I was drunk or high- I'd go into complete meltdown. I became pretty irrational and would go in and out of depression constantly. This went on over the course of about 4 years.  I...

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Steph C.

May 25, 2013 by

I  began taking birth control when I was 16 due to my irregular and heavy periods (menorrhagia). At times, I had my period for more than 3 weeks and was becoming anemic in the process so my doctor suggested I start birth control without looking at the root causes or offering alternatives. For years, I took birth control without thinking twice. Looking back, I laugh at the irony that I would place importance on eating organic, whole foods and 'healthy living' meanwhile pumping artificial hormones in my body daily. Six months ago, while studying for an entrance exam, I had a severe anxiety attack. I did not know it was anxiety at the time, all I felt was chest pain, shortness of breath and pain in my arms. I went to a walk-in clinic, where...

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Victoria T.

May 23, 2013 by

I initially went on the pill (Tri-Cyclen) because I was terrified of getting pregnant at a young age. For some reason I didn't trust the protection of condoms and wanted something more effective (in my mind). I was 14 when I started taking it, then I went off for a year (I believe due to cost) and began taking it again a year later. I stayed on the pill for 8 years (2005-2013). The only obvious side effects I had were nausea right my daily dose. This eventually went away after about 2 years. I was sexually active from the age of 15 and never had a scare – I was very vehement about taking my pill at the same time daily. It was nice not to worry and I loved being able to...

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Alexa C.

May 22, 2013 by

These days I feel controlled, powerful, self-possessed, and responsible. The catalyst for my empowerment has been the process of stopping hormonal birth control. Since the time I was eighteen, I had been using the Nuvaring as birth control – it acts essentially in the same way as the pill, except that it is administered directly into the vagina once a month and therefore utilizes lower levels of hormones. My reasons for beginning birth control are fairly common among teenage girls: I didn’t want to risk pregnancy as I started to become sexual and I wanted to manage my irregular periods. The doctor was helpful in describing the different methods of birth control and helping me choose the best for me – however, she never mentioned the array of fertility awareness methods. The highly risky...

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