Not to scare you, but my symptoms, when compared to all of my friends who have gone off BC pills after being on as long as I have, were pretty uncommon.
I was on the pill for 11 years, the last 5 years on that highly controversial pill–Yasmin. I never had any problems with my cycles before or during the pill, I was pretty much always a 28-30 day cycle. I got off the pill Feb of last year with the intention of getting a few normal periods before beginning to TTC.
At first I felt nothing, got my AF in 30 days, and I was thrilled thinking I was back on my normal regular cycle.
Then I started with physical symptoms of sore breats, which grew (and I was happy haha) and then started the not so fun symptoms of cold sweats and hot flashes.
The worse was the emotional symptoms–anxiety! Yup, I got full blown anxiety as withdrawal effect of this pill. Like serious butterflies in my stomach like I was about to take the biggest exam of my life–but ALL the time. This all happened 1-1.5 months after getting off.
I went to see my doctor who told me to just wait it out..and I did..but ended up on anxiety meds to take the edge off. My gyno described what was happening to me by explaining it like this “Your body has been on synthetic hormones for the last 11 years. Now from one day to the next you are forcing it to create its own hormones again. After all this time you can’t expect it to just bounce back to normal”. My hormone levels were checked and they were only slightly imbalanced, so my doctor suggested not getting on any hormones to balance them out because again, they would be synthetic and she wanted my body to try to get back to normal on its own.
It took about 4 months after getting off of this pill to feel completely symptom free.
My cyles were a mess, after that perfect 1st cycle, the rest were 45-65 days long. They never went back to normal because I got pregnant in October of last year (due in July, with our first!! ).
I did a lot of research on the withdrawal effects of this pill, yasmin, and what I found was seriously alarming, but it was nice to know I was not alone.
I don’t know what I’m going to do once I have my baby in July..really do not know what pill, if any, I will go on after what I experienced.