I came off BCP only because I know it can take up to 2 years to ovulate properly again, and I figured better now than never. Here’s the answers I have for ya (I’ve been off 3-4 months? I can’t quite remember). I was on BCP for about 9.5 years with no breaks.
How’s your libido been since coming off BCP?
MUCH better. I also realized I FELT more. It sounds strange, but it’s almost like there was a fog on my feelings that has been lifted. I cry when I’m sad. I smile more. Life feels… brighter. Apparently this is fairly common.
How have your periods been while TTC? Really heavy? Crazy cramps? Nutso PMS?
My periods are from hell, and I realized, the first period, why it was I went on them in the first place. Insanely heavy flow (and I used to use only lights, now I’m forced to use heavy flow tapons/pads). Severe cramping for about 24 hours. Insane PMS for about 24 hours. Tender breasts. Lots of emotional reactions to things. It’s interesting, to say the least.
Any other nasty symptoms or great benefits you feel like sharing?
Nasty symptoms… acne. I’ve always had a bit of acne, but never more than 1 or 2 pimples. I find near my period, I’m getting 8-10. It kinda sucks. I’ve also had a weird skin change. I was always dry to combination skin and now I’m mostly oily skin. Also, weird discharge changes the first month. I now understand how you can tell if you are fertile by that. It’s nutty.
Benefits…. lots! The emotion thing was a big one for me. I feel like I actually feel, deeply, things a lot more. I also get a bit of road rage because of it (like when I honked at a guy who made a right hand turn without stopping on the red, forcing me to slow slightly. Normally wouldn’t honk but I’m PMSing). My libido is higher, by a lot. FI certainly appreciates that too. Also, not so much a benefit, but my periods still happen to be regular, which is nice.
I know that was a lot of TMI, so hope I didn’t scare you off!