Post # 17
Pros: slightly higher sex drive, no more severe PMS, lost some retained water weight, less headaches, no more menstral migraines due to artificial hormones ( knock on wood!)
Cons: no period for 6 months (and counting), acne, hot flashes, oily hair
I was on birth-control pills for 15+ years and will NEVER take them ever again! Hindsight is always 20/20!
Post # 18
PRO: feeling like I was in control of my body again! Sex drive! No pills to remember!
CONS: I got acne at first like crazy.
Post # 19
I’ve only been off for 1.5 months, so..
CONS: No period so far (who would’ve thought that could be a bad thing!); less control over cycle; eventually probably longer periods/worse cramps
PROS: Fewer migraines; no worry about a missed pill; slightly higher sex drive
Post # 20
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
anna4041: We’re not TTC but soon I’ll be going off BC because Darling Husband had a vasectomy and I cannot wait!
CON: Like you said, OP. No controlling your period. I have cysts and apparently the hormone dosage in my BC helps control them!
PRO: Just read yesterday that taking BC for 3 years or more ups your chances of glaucoma by 50%! It was in reader’s digest!
Post # 21
CONS: 1) No control over AF 2) Acne 3) Sore breasts for longer – especially when body is first readjusting to life without drugs.
PROS: 1) No migraines – some headaches but they arent even bad. 2) Having body function naturally. 3) Getting pregnant (hopefully soon!)
Post # 22
<br />I love reading this…I will be going off BC in a couple of weeks to TTC in April. I have only been on it for 4 month, but I haven’t really enjoyed the experience.
Post # 23
- Wedding: August 2015 - Backyard Forest
I have gone off the pill because I hated it and wanted to try the au natural BC by charting until we’re ready to TTC. I am SO happy to be off the pill, and anyone considering doing it for reasons other than TTC, I highly recommend getting the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It’s like the female sexed we should have gotten in school.
- Being wayyyyy more intune with my body, knowing what’s going on, charting is kind of fun. You know when your period is coming within a few days, and the day my temp drops, I know what to expect.
- Feel less crazy and emotional. I find that I can control my emotions way more. I am happier for sure.
- No pill to remember
- Saves money
- Increased sex drive/better sex
- Condoms (when ovulating and until cycle is more regulated)
- The temptation of TTC is way higher/easier to have a moment of lapsed judgment and with the raging baby fever in our home, it’s going to be difficult for the next year and a half!
Post # 24
To all those mentioning acne, mine has become terrible! I’ve been off BC for 6 months and it’s continuing to get worse… I’ve tried tons of OTC scrubs and astringents, as well as prescription topical antibiotics. I’m at a loss of what to do next 🙁 We are TTCing so I’m hoping it will improve once pregnant? True or no?
Post # 25
Pros: fewer headaches
cons: developed cyst and it took over 7 months to get my period back!
Post # 26
Bazinga: I heard that oily skin people wrinkle less than dryer skinned people, I like to remind myself of this daily as a deal with my awfully slick, shiny skin. Hopefully it’s true!
Post # 27
Cons: I went from no acne ever to SEVERE cystic acne everywhere. Gross. My self-esteem took a nose dive. I stayed off BC for almost 2 years thinking at SOME point it would have to balance out and go away, right? WRONG. Also, my periods became almost unbearable. Like…I felt like I might legitimately pass out.
Needless to say after two years of waiting for things to regain some sort of balance, I went back on BC since we cannot TTC right now.
Pros: My sex drive was through the roof. *hubba hubba*
Post # 28
not off yet, so based on what I believe pill has done for me, I’m predicting….
Pros: no pill to remember, increased sex drive, decreased cravings
Cons: Acne, longer/ unexpected periods, cramps