Post # 1
There are conflicting studies on the pill every week. It’s hard to know what to believe. Personally, I have been on the pill a long time but I’m getting sick of it. I’m allergic to latex so it seemed like a reasonable option but I do worry about long term health implications and issues with TTC when I get off the pill (I’ve already have one MC on the pill).
Bees, what are your pill stories? Do you intend to stay on it for long?
Post # 3
15 years. I was put on it at about 13 for medical reasons (severely anemic due to my periods). They did take me off it a year after I started but my body went right back to what it was doing before. So I’ve been on it since then. I will probably go off it within a year…I have NO idea what will happen!
Post # 4
Ugh, too long. Seriously I think it’s been about 10 years now. I desperatly want to get off, but honestly it doesn’t seem like a smart option until we’re ready to conceive. I got pregnant once a long time ago during a small break from the pill while using a condom. Clearly condoms aren’t enough for me.
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
Almost 10 years. I will finally be going off of it next year and while I didn’t think about the implications when I was younger, I worry about it all the time now that we are getting closer and closer to TTC.
Post # 6
@BoxerLady: I’ve been on the pill for about 10 years now. I’m not too worried about long term effects. Everything will kill you these days it seems. I know plenty of people who were on it and had zero problems with TTC so that isn’t a concern whatsoever.
I did switch from Yasmin to Alesse about a year ago. I was a depressed mess (because of the pill I think), and the new pill seems to help with that, but now my sex drive is greatly diminished. I am considering switching again. I don’t think the pill is all wonderful. Then again, this new pill gives me a much better “period”, and I love the way I can double up on packs with the pill and avoid having Aunt Flo on vacations and so on. It’s definitely a pros and cons type deal.. but then I think pretty much any BC is.
Post # 7
I went on the pill starting at 18 or so, because my periods were really rough – “curled up on the bathroom floor vomiting for 2-3 days” rough. I became sexually active 3 years later, so I’ve never come off of hormonal birth control (switched to NuvaRing about 2-3 years ago). I wonder if my periods might be more well-behaved now that I’m older, but I won’t find out until I’m married and TTC.
I do wonder how much of an impact BC has had on me – will I still get frequent migraines? Will my skin or weight change? Will I still love Mr. Pham? Seriously, that’s something I heard long ago on Savage Love – something about women who began dating their SO/FI/DH while on birth control and found that their feelings toward him changed once they went off – say what?!
Post # 8
I’ve been on the pill (or another form of BC) since I was 15.. so over 13 years. I will probably stay on it until we are ready to TTC and then go back on the pill after we have a child. My periods are much too long, heavy and painful to not be on the pill, so I am REALLY dreading my time off of BC.
Post # 9
I’ve been on it since I was 19 for BC reasosns..about 6.5 years, so I chose 7 years. FH and I won’t be TTC for at least 3 more years. I am not worried about any implications. I also haven’t had any side effects since being on the pill. I feel like if there was anything to really be worried about, my Gyn would address it with me.
Post # 10
15+ years, with a very short break 5 years ago. My periods are my worst migrane trigger, and I’m nonfunctional for days. I wanted to if see my periods were still as horrible as I remembered, so I took a year break from the pill. I wanted to die. I fought through it for a year because my idiot doctor convinced me that my body just needed time to adjust. I went back on the pill, no periods since then and only maybe 1-2 migranes a year now 🙂 They’re prying my pills out of my cold, dead, menopausal hands.
Edit – I’ve been on the pill since I was 14, because of the horrible periods and migranes.
Post # 11
Seems like a lot of long term pill users! So glad I am not in the minority. I definitely love that my periods are barely there and not having to worry about purchasing non-latex condoms. It took a long time for me to find the *right* pill and I think I’ve tried about 6.
@Phamnomenon: I have never heard of the pill impacting how you feel about your partner! Guess it makes sense with all the hormones. I have been on it since I was 14, so I have no idea what will happen to me when I eventually stop taking it to TTC.
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
On it for going on 15 years with no issues. Took a short year long break and used NFP and had no issues getting KU when I O’d earlier than expected. I can’t trust my body with NFP so I went back to BCP and plan to stay on them until we TTC and once we are done with that I plan on getting an IUD for a few years. Eventually either FH and/or I will get clipped once we’re done having kids.
Post # 13
I’ve been on it for 2 years. However, I’ll never take combination pills again. I was on Orthocept for a year and I had tons of side effects – my drive died, I felt depressed all of the time, I was having two-week long periods, and my blood pressure shot through the roof (it went from 110/75 to 145/85). What’s most frightening to me is that all of the doctors I saw just shrugged it off with, “You just must be unhealthy.” No one seemed to care that the only thing that had changed in my life was the pill. I was moderately overweight and the consensus just seemed to be, “You’re fat, and that’s all.”
I demanded to be put on another pill, and within 2 weeks, all of those side effects were gone. I’m on the progestin-only pill Micronor now and I love it. I do get a lot of breast tenderness about a week before my period, but other than that, it’s wonderful. I’ve been on it for more than a year and I haven’t had any notable problems.
I plan to go off of it by October to start trying for a baby, and then I’ll probably be back on it for another year or two after that while we decide if we’re done having kids or not.
Post # 14
I’ve been on it for almost 10 years, and I am not worried about the health implications. I’ve given some time into researching it and there are very few serious risks with them, unless you are prone to blood clots. All the speculation about causing cancer is a toss up in my opinion. I’ve seen evidence that it increases the risk of breast cancer but decreases the risk of ovarian cancer. Pick your poison, but it doesn’t concern me.
Post # 15
I’ve been on them for more than 1/2 my life now. What my body did naturally couldn’t be healthy. No one is meant to bleed that frequently. You hear about the risks caused by hormones you take, what about when the ones your body produces are at abnormal levels?
Post # 16
I’ve been on it for almost 10 years now, and yes, I would say I am worried about health issues.