6 Things That Happened When I Went off Birth Control
During my senior year of high school, I decided it would be a good time to go on the pill. While many people go on the pill for breakouts and period symptoms, I went on the pill because I was beginning to be sexually active.
I never loved taking it, mostly because it was an extra thing I had to do in the morning, but also because I didn't really know what I was putting in my body. For the following couple of years, I debated whether I should stay on the pill. I never noticed any side effects at all, unlike many, and so of course my doctor saw no reason to stop.
Last year, I was having surgery and was informed I had to stop my birth control for a few weeks pre and post-op. Unsurprisingly, I was happy because it gave me a break to decide if I really wanted or needed to be on it. It was definitely not miraculous or overnight, but over a period of time I started to realize the differences in my body and my mind. Although I didn't want to jump to conclusions and blame the pill, it made perfect sense. To this day, I continue to be birth control-free and am confident that the pill caused me more harm than good. So without further ado, here are the 6 things I noticed after stopping the pill.
*Quick Disclaimer- I am not qualified to give any medical advice. I only intend to share my own personal experiences. If you are thinking about going off the pill, I suggest seeking advice from a trained professional.*
1. My anxiety decreased
The hormones in the pill combined with my history of general anxiety caused my anxiety to actually worsen. After going off for a couple months, I noticed I was much calmer and my muscles even felt more relaxed.
2. My sex drive increased
I never even thought sex drive could be affected by the pill, but around the 3 month mark I noticed my sex drive had increased a lot compared to when I was still taking it.
3. I stopped getting pimples
I know most would laugh at me for this one because I am lucky enough to have naturally clear skin; however, I used to get 1-2 pimples on my nose around my time of the month. Since I stopped the birth control, I have barely gotten any pimples at all. I maybe have seen 3 total.
4. I felt happier & more confident
I can owe some of this to maturity, but I really do think the birth control pill affected my mood. I've never had any issues with moodiness and I didn't even notice it when I was on the pill, but after a few months I felt a lot more care-free and happy. Again, this also could be related to my environment, but I think it's a strong coincidence that I started feeling this way after stopping the pill.
5. I stopped feeling fatigued
This is a huge one. I used to feel fatigued every day all day. Lately more than ever (over 6 months post-pill), I have noticed my energy has skyrocketed. Going abroad put me in a ton of exhausting situations, but I felt really great even when I should've been worn down.