(NWR) Side effects from coming off the pill…this just sucks!!

posted 2 years ago in Emotional
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ll be honest, it’s been 6 months since I went off the pill (first time in ~15 years) and I’m just now feeling normal again. My skin was totally awful for a while! If you don’t want children in the immediate future, maybe an IUD with the low-dose hormones would be better for you?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Country Cottage and Gardens

It doesn’t seem like it should be either/or. There are so many BC options now that I’m sure one of them would work for you. I was on seasonique for an extremely long time and I loved it. I had to go off because I was in college and my gyno was back home. I wasn’t too thrilled with her because if I missed my yearly exam she would refuse to write me the script even if I made an appointment for the future. I could understand this to a certain extent but since I didn’t live in the same city there were only so many times that I could come in. So at one point I needed the pills and she wouldn’t write the script since I had missed my appointment that week (she wrote the script for a year that expired the same time as my yearly appointment). I just didn’t have the money to go somewhere near me, out of the insurance network. But when I was on the pill I didn’t notice any changes in my sex drive. There’s another thread about BC that I’ve seen recently so maybe check that out for the different options. I know I saw one that a few people liked that’s a low hormone option- LoLoestrin Fe that you could maybe look into. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I stopped BCP last August after 15+ years and it was a nightmare!  My body decided that it would like to have hot flashes, anger, bad skin, no labido, horrible sleeping etc.  Turns out that I had a hormone imbalace and I am now on my second month of Estrogen therapy (With progesterone).  When I started to take the estrogen it was like a dark veil being lifted! Labido is back!

I also had no period until last month (11 months without) I would sugest having a blood test with your doctor to make sure that everything is as it should be with your hormones.  I wish I did it sooner.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I would definitely do some research on an IUD. I have all the benfits of the BCP, plus I get to be lazy about it. And I have a sex drive and clear skin. IUDs release such a low amount of hormones that it might be worth it.

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have the Mirena and it is the best option for me.  I was having the same issue as you were with any BC but the Mirena is great!  The level or hormones are so low in it that it doesn’t cause a lot of issues overall with your body.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

 

BurlapnLace:  I would look into a low-dose IUD (i.e. Mirena) or the copper IUD. If pills make your sex drive decrease that much, you’re miserable. However, condoms aren’t working so you’re miserable. But you don’t want to be unprotected. You need to find a good middle ground which either type of IUD would probably offer.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

 

BurlapnLace:  you could also look into the implant. It goes in your arm instead of your uterus. Also, the IUD can be taken out at any time. It should be 100% covered by your insurance so it’s not like you’d be wasting money by taking it out early. I just got the Mirena and I probably won’t keep it in the whole 5 years.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

BurlapnLace:  Honestly, you don’t even know it’s there – like a tampon kind of, lol! Just because the IUD works for 3 (Skyla), 5 (Mirena), or 10 (Paraguard) years doesn’t mean you need to leave it in the whole time, and you’re good to go for TTC the next day. The device is covered by the ACA so really the only cost you may have is the office visit for insertion (if you’re in the US). I have the Skyla, and after a couple crampy days of discomfort I haven’t noticed any side effects. Honestly, I think the benefits (no taking pills, no estrogen, no risk of blood clot, lowwwwwww hormones if you choose the Skyla or Mirena) vastly outweigh any negatives you might think of.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

BurlapnLace:  I have the same issue (of course I just had a kid though and had some other issues on top of the no sex drive thing), and I am going on the patch, so I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂 He didn’t discuss a paraguard or IUD with me, so that is my next option if the patch doesn’t work for me.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

BurlapnLace:  I stopped a few months ago after about 7+ years on the pill and my skin is just now starting to get back to its normal clear self!  It was HORRIBLE at first and I never get break outs so I was SOOO self concious.  I’m not so sure I can blame the libido issues on the pill because I was on it so long I don’t feel like I know what “normal” is anymore!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

My skin got really oily again after coming off the pill (had oily skin before, been on the pill for 4 years, skin got dry two years ago) and broke out.  My back broke out pretty badly, and I’ve never had breakouts on my back.  I’m kind of pissed about it because I have an open back wedding dress!  Oh well.  Also, cramps came back but not near as bad as before I went on the pill.  Haven’t had any emotional breakdowns or anything.

I had run out of my prescription in November and my insurance at my job in the US (originally from Canada) hadn’t kicked in yet so I just never renewed it.  Plus with the hours I work the pill isn’t the best choice as I can’t reliably take it at the same time every day anyway.  I’d like to get back on something though, and need to make time to see a doctor.

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