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Ladies: Have you taken yourself off hormonal birth control?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 23, 2011 at 2:40 PM

As part of my paleo journey, I have decided to take myself off of the pill and use another form of contraception. Things like having only one cycle every 8 months on the pill have been making me take a step back and decide that I want to let my body behave how nature intended instead of altering its behavior hormonally. Having been on hormonal birth control for most of my adult life, I have no idea how my body will react when it stops receiving its daily dose of hormones.

Has anyone else stopped taking the pill for health/paleo/self-experimentation reasons? I would be interested in knowing if you noticed any difference in how you felt, your mood, your body composition, your libido, your complexion, etc. Has it improved your life since you've stopped taking it or has it simply been an inconvenience?

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on October 26, 2013
at 10:57 PM

For some girls a week, for some a year. Depends on what pills, hw long you've been on and individual differences so no one can really say for sure.

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on October 26, 2013
at 10:43 PM

I've had about the same experience, when I just got of the pill my periods were working though but as soon as hormones switched back they totally disappeared, My PCOS symptoms got waaaaaay worse, bad skin and mooore hair (I'm so grateful I'm blond, most people thinks my white thin hair is cute). It's also a hassle with my work out I love heavy weightlifting but the increasing androgens in my body makes me build too much mass :(

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I would be interested to know what percentage of reproductive life modern hunter-gatherers or paleolithic peoples spend pregnant... I have heard some contention that low bodyfat induced amenorrhea is/was common amongst HG and served as a form of birth control... but also that infanticide was common to keep population down. Does anyone have any good research on this?

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on May 29, 2013
at 11:45 PM

Yes, also considering Essure. Any comments?

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on May 29, 2013
at 11:44 PM

How is the Essure working for you? I have the paragard iud and it started out wonderful but is now causing chronic pelvic pain.

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on March 22, 2013
at 07:37 PM

I've been going through this *exact* experience. Was on Ocella (generic Yasmin) for about 5 years, and stopped taking it around the same time I started eating strictly paleo. I went almost 5 months without my period; the only thing that caused it was a trip to the ob/gyn and a 10-day prescription for progesterone, which I don't really see as a solution. Wondering how long it'll take for the next period to show up.

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on June 03, 2012
at 12:20 PM

Got my implanon out 2 months ago, and have never felt better. Mood has improved and evened out. Wish I had it out earlier! We've decided that hubby shouldn't get the snip due to the side effects.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on January 14, 2012
at 05:35 PM

Nope, no supplements.

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on January 14, 2012
at 01:22 PM

Maybe try some maca and shativari powdered herb, great for female libido and energy:) go easy, just a 1/4 teaspoon a day each, you can blend them into a smoothy. Increase your dose as you need, decrease if you get a tummy ache

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on January 14, 2012
at 01:19 PM

They gave it to me at 28years, that's just great :/

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on January 14, 2012
at 01:14 PM

I've got my 3rd implanon in at the moment, due to come out soon, never again. 1st one was great only a little weight gain, second one heaps of weight gain, especially the tummy. Not sure why i went back for no 3. Hubbies getting the snip soon, which is really nice of him to do for me. There are huge forums on the web with thousands of comments about weight gain on the tummy on the 2nd implant. Interesting reading. Just search implanon weight loss or gain

87b7d250ea30415ed4c1afd809f4053f

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on January 14, 2012
at 12:56 PM

Chaste tree herb is useful in getting rid of hormonal acne, can take up to two months to work. Drink 2-3 cups a day. We sell it all the time where I work for just that:)

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on January 14, 2012
at 03:53 AM

Are you taking any supplements? I had an issue with cod liver oil messing up my periods.

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on January 13, 2012
at 02:55 PM

I had a horrible experience with depo provera, and my friend got pregnant on it - twice! So not everyone's experience with it is favorable.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on January 13, 2012
at 02:13 PM

What is DIM? I just came off BC and have been having heavy/long periods.

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on January 13, 2012
at 01:28 PM

I heard you can do still artificial insemination after a vasectomy, it requires the sperm to be sucked out of the testicles with a needle.

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on January 13, 2012
at 01:27 PM

How did it go? I'm thinking of getting sterilised.

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on July 25, 2011
at 10:19 PM

I removed the Mirena around the same time I went off the Wellbutrin and seriously stopped eating gluten. So it's difficult to separate out the strands, but I can say I feel light years better since. I'm planning on getting a Paragard, maybe, still need to research.

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on May 27, 2011
at 12:38 PM

Thanks for that app recommendation! On my iPhone I use wCalendar for my tracking.

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on May 27, 2011
at 02:23 AM

P.S. There's an app that tracks FAM symptoms/temps called OvuView - available on Android smartphones at least (I'm not sure about iPhones).

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on May 27, 2011
at 02:22 AM

I just read this book and was blown away by how little it turned out that I knew! I would recommend it to any woman just for the sheer amount of practical info - and you can bet that my daughters will be given copies, too. :)

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on May 20, 2011
at 12:59 AM

what I took myself off of hormonal birth control all my symptoms of endometriosis came back with a vengence. It also took me over a year to get pregnant, and at one point my doctor was saying that birth control used for a duration of time may cause temporary infertility. kind of a scary thought for someone of child birthing age like myself. I wish there was a better way, condoms arent exactly effective... :\ Birth control pills make me into a mental time bomb, just ticking away... it contributed greatly to my depression as a teenager. stuff is dangerous in my opinion but so is not being on it

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on May 19, 2011
at 10:37 PM

I've also experimented with going off the pill and the results were not pretty. The cramps and depression were just too much to bear. I take the birth control that limits your period to 4 times a year and haven't had any issues with it.

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on May 05, 2011
at 10:19 PM

Agreed - I went off the pill wanting to answer this question. The answer was not good. The only noticeable advantage (it was a big one!) was that I needed about an hour and half less sleep a night to feel well rested. However, the stress of the possibility of an unplanned pregnancy really takes the pep out of your step.

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on April 28, 2011
at 08:20 PM

Melissa, I love the "special snowflake" reference. You're channelling Robb and Andy, right? ;)

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 28, 2011
at 12:48 PM

I think the point of paleo (in my mind) is being able to make educated decisions. You know the risks and made your choice. I think it's great. 8)

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on April 24, 2011
at 02:43 PM

Glither, the last time I went off long enough to become menstrual again, I was low carb and not SAD, and it was as horrible as ever. I haven't been eating SAD for many, many years with some cheats, but not enough to be anywhere near a SAD. I don't claim to know why or that birth control is good or bad (it varies widely from person to person, and stage of life) but I really don't care to know if it's any better with my current diet. I shouldn't have too many more years to worry about it ;)

E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on April 24, 2011
at 02:39 PM

Thanks for the support, folks. For the record, Depo isn't for everyone, and some people do horribly on it. I probably adjusted well since I was on the pill consecutively (without the placebo break week) for almost a year when I went on it. I was doing that because, for whatever reasons (stress?), after a car accident, I had my "period" for over 30 days straight. I said "enough!" and asked my gynecologist if he'd agree to let me take the pill like that, and he did.

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on April 24, 2011
at 01:48 PM

Oh god, Mirena! SHUDDER. That was one of the most traumatizing experiences of my life! I reacted sooo terribly and I had a friend the same age who had hers with absolutely no problems.

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on April 24, 2011
at 01:42 PM

Jennie - I have 2 or 3 friends who tried that and ended up with surprise children, and I am hardly as dedicated as they were, so I can't really try that one with a good conscience! My husband and I are leaning to the "not having kids" edge of the line, and ending up with one now would have him drop out of nursing school. There's too many factors that make even accidental pregnancy a huge stressor for the both of us, so I gotta stay on it :/

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on April 24, 2011
at 05:29 AM

The more I read, the clearer it is that many gynecological problems such as PMS, hot flashes, post-natal depression have their roots in dietary problems. They are not normal. The penny dropped when I came across a scientific article about menopause for Mayan woman (the Maya still exist). Someone went into the jungles and talked to hundreds of menopausal and post-menopausal women, and not one reported having hot flashes. It would be interesting to see if you still had the same level of cramps, depression etc now that you eat a paleo diet. Maybe there's a way to get to the root of the problem.

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on April 24, 2011
at 01:29 AM

I hated being pregnant too! I was so not a glowing happy momma to be! I had problems with the Mirena though, it's amazing how differently we all respond to these things. We really are all ~special snowflakes~. <3

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on April 23, 2011
at 10:15 PM

I just upvoted you for having the courage and honesty to state how you feel.

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on April 23, 2011
at 09:27 PM

I don't know why someone down-voted, but her question was regarding women who had stopped birth control and what their experiences were- not whether she should take it or how much you like birth control.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on April 23, 2011
at 09:17 PM

lots of women love this option because of the mode of delivery makes them feel like they are young again. I have heard so many women change to this delivery system.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on April 23, 2011
at 09:14 PM

Synthetic hormones are not a good idea for any woman in my view. Bioidenticals are the way to go but that is not for birth control unfortunately. Most women dont want to have a period, which is a colossal error in my view, because it increase risks of breast and GYN cancers. Controversial area but next week in Hollywoood this topic should be hot.

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on April 23, 2011
at 08:55 PM

i had the same experience...and now have a wonderful little guy

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on April 23, 2011
at 08:36 PM

Try Natasha Turner first, the Hormone Diet. It is intense but well worth it -- I had to read it literally 3 x before it started to make sense. Her supplement recommendations are good but not necessary when ur paleo/primal. She still advises gluten thus I think creates more probs negates her wonderful solutions *ha*

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on April 23, 2011
at 07:12 PM

Grace, you mentioned taking chasteberry and some other recommended strategies to balance the hormones... can you point me in a good direction for a resource on those strategies? Thanks!

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on April 23, 2011
at 07:00 PM

Yikes! At least I feel like I do have my diet and lifestyle in check!

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on April 23, 2011
at 06:59 PM

Ah yes, libido... that's definitely an area where I'm hoping to see a marked difference!

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on April 23, 2011
at 06:11 PM

everyone is different.

3864f9a2af09b1b447c7963058650a34

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on April 23, 2011
at 06:04 PM

Honestly I used to 'love love love' the Mirena but after I had it pulled because eventually it caused low libido and hair loss (the androgenic part was good however for triathlons) all the excessive hormone that apparently had been stored in FAT TISSUE came poring out. Getting off Mirena was worse than all the birth control i'd taken for an accumulated 10yrs total! Cystic acne, dry hair, more hair loss, horrible fat gain esp with dairy and high fat, awful dark depressed moods, low thyroid and low adrenals and horrific GUT problems!! For 2-3 yrs. Be aware and careful...

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on April 23, 2011
at 05:56 PM

yes! i have the mirena, too and LOVE LOVE LOVE it. total freedom.

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on April 23, 2011
at 05:55 PM

i upvoted. i feel the same.

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on April 23, 2011
at 05:25 PM

I understand it's usually effective. On the other hand, I'm a well-educated, physically aware person who read two books on the subject of fertility awareness to avoid pregnancy. My son was conceived the first month we tried it out. The joke was always, "What chapter did you miss?"

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on April 23, 2011
at 05:18 PM

I get a down vote for posting my own experience and personal choices? Really?

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on April 23, 2011
at 04:51 PM

I hear you, but the problem is you can't take the pill forever. It will cause imbalances that will worsen the longer you take them. Why do that to yourself?

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on April 23, 2011
at 04:46 PM

Use the rhythm method. I've been sexually active for over 20 years without chemical contraception, and without any at all for the last ten. Pay attention to when you're likely to be fertile, it's easy.

3864f9a2af09b1b447c7963058650a34

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on April 23, 2011
at 04:38 PM

Pam, Thanks for the book rec!! looks great -- my daughter is 12 and I haven't find any books (other than Christian ones) that I found are appropriate and primal/paleo.

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on April 23, 2011
at 03:55 PM

amen to that!!!

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on April 23, 2011
at 03:26 PM

Ah - I've been having little palpitations the last few weeks; it hadn't occurred to me to blame my hormones. Makes more sense now.

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on April 23, 2011
at 03:23 PM

I'd be very interested to hear about this (despite not being a woman). My partner started taking a progestogen-only contraceptive to stop dysmenorrhea recently.

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E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on April 23, 2011
at 03:51 PM

No. I've been on Depo Provera for years, and would not go back to having harsh, horrible, hemorrhagic periods wrought with cramps and depression ever again. I'll take the osteoporosis risk over anemia, misery, and the loss of 5 days of my life every month any day. I don't care if it's not paleo, not natural, etc. Neither are the 280+ chemicals we're born with or the lead I breathed from automobiles as a kid. Birth control and lack of periods, for me, equals freedom.

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(3029)

on April 24, 2011
at 05:29 AM

The more I read, the clearer it is that many gynecological problems such as PMS, hot flashes, post-natal depression have their roots in dietary problems. They are not normal. The penny dropped when I came across a scientific article about menopause for Mayan woman (the Maya still exist). Someone went into the jungles and talked to hundreds of menopausal and post-menopausal women, and not one reported having hot flashes. It would be interesting to see if you still had the same level of cramps, depression etc now that you eat a paleo diet. Maybe there's a way to get to the root of the problem.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on April 23, 2011
at 05:55 PM

i upvoted. i feel the same.

C8521a858edd480815a55f683afff86a

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on April 23, 2011
at 09:27 PM

I don't know why someone down-voted, but her question was regarding women who had stopped birth control and what their experiences were- not whether she should take it or how much you like birth control.

E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on April 24, 2011
at 02:43 PM

Glither, the last time I went off long enough to become menstrual again, I was low carb and not SAD, and it was as horrible as ever. I haven't been eating SAD for many, many years with some cheats, but not enough to be anywhere near a SAD. I don't claim to know why or that birth control is good or bad (it varies widely from person to person, and stage of life) but I really don't care to know if it's any better with my current diet. I shouldn't have too many more years to worry about it ;)

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(12379)

on April 23, 2011
at 03:55 PM

amen to that!!!

E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on April 24, 2011
at 02:39 PM

Thanks for the support, folks. For the record, Depo isn't for everyone, and some people do horribly on it. I probably adjusted well since I was on the pill consecutively (without the placebo break week) for almost a year when I went on it. I was doing that because, for whatever reasons (stress?), after a car accident, I had my "period" for over 30 days straight. I said "enough!" and asked my gynecologist if he'd agree to let me take the pill like that, and he did.

E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on April 23, 2011
at 05:18 PM

I get a down vote for posting my own experience and personal choices? Really?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 23, 2011
at 10:15 PM

I just upvoted you for having the courage and honesty to state how you feel.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on April 28, 2011
at 12:48 PM

I think the point of paleo (in my mind) is being able to make educated decisions. You know the risks and made your choice. I think it's great. 8)

E35d651e011b3ad72d22decf79537749

(143)

on May 05, 2011
at 10:19 PM

Agreed - I went off the pill wanting to answer this question. The answer was not good. The only noticeable advantage (it was a big one!) was that I needed about an hour and half less sleep a night to feel well rested. However, the stress of the possibility of an unplanned pregnancy really takes the pep out of your step.

B188f65695920b41f68fd142aa9a1087

on May 19, 2011
at 10:37 PM

I've also experimented with going off the pill and the results were not pretty. The cramps and depression were just too much to bear. I take the birth control that limits your period to 4 times a year and haven't had any issues with it.

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on January 13, 2012
at 02:55 PM

I had a horrible experience with depo provera, and my friend got pregnant on it - twice! So not everyone's experience with it is favorable.

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on April 23, 2011
at 03:05 PM

While I'm not going to argue that the pill is a normal or healthy part of human biology (I'm not qualified to make that call) I will point out that, historically, most women would have spent a decent part of their fertile lives pregnant, altering both hormone levels and the number of cycles they had in a year (or lifetime).

Just one thing out of many to consider.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

I would be interested to know what percentage of reproductive life modern hunter-gatherers or paleolithic peoples spend pregnant... I have heard some contention that low bodyfat induced amenorrhea is/was common amongst HG and served as a form of birth control... but also that infanticide was common to keep population down. Does anyone have any good research on this?

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on April 23, 2011
at 04:47 PM

My biggest regret is taking birth control for about four years. The damage they cause is not worth it. I began them b/c of excruciating cramps/PMS and I wish I had done more to find the root cause of this problem instead of using a drug as a band-aid. You are doing a smart thing to come off of them, it could take your body awhile to come back to normal so the sooner the better! Everyone is different so you may have a great transition.

I went off them about two years ago. My periods have only just become regular in the past three or four months. I also started having pretty severe cystic acne about 4-5 months after I stopped them. I have never had this before in my life and I was already eating paleo/WAPF type diet. I am still struggling with acne now, it's very distressing and if I knew this was such a common problem post-birth control I doubt I would have ever taken those nasty pills.

While I was on them no one ever told me how they cause serious nutrient deficiency esp B-6 and zinc. I had a lot of problems related to these deficiencies a long time after coming off them. I take

On the up side I am no longer having psychotic moods before menstruation. I don't yell/cry at my boyfriend nearly as much ;) My libido is back too. I had terrible mood swings/no libido on the pill, but I ignored them b/c the thought of going back to cramps from hell terrified me.

My advice to you: First off, congrats on making a great decision. Concentrate on you for awhile, really focus on eating the best you can and resting and replenishing your body. The pill is also hell on your gut and adrenals. Lots of mineral rich bone broth really helped me in that arena. Also, if you can do some raw milk kefir for lots of b vitamins. Eat liver! Consider talking to an herbalist or naturopath, they can really help during the transition.

Good Luck!

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on October 26, 2013
at 10:43 PM

I've had about the same experience, when I just got of the pill my periods were working though but as soon as hormones switched back they totally disappeared, My PCOS symptoms got waaaaaay worse, bad skin and mooore hair (I'm so grateful I'm blond, most people thinks my white thin hair is cute). It's also a hassle with my work out I love heavy weightlifting but the increasing androgens in my body makes me build too much mass :(

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on April 23, 2011
at 04:33 PM

AFter 12 years on the pill, I went off to get pregnant. After my daughter was born I tried going back on after weaning. After 2 weeks of feeling like crap I stopped and haven't been on if for about 8 years. Best thing I ever did for my health. I thought the pill was making my cycle more regular. I discovered that my cycle is just as regular without it. I feel better, less moody and more energetic. My skin isn't bad (besides zits are an intestinal flora issue).

A great book that helped me and that every young girl should read is, "The Garden of Fertility" by Katie Singer.

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on April 23, 2011
at 04:38 PM

Pam, Thanks for the book rec!! looks great -- my daughter is 12 and I haven't find any books (other than Christian ones) that I found are appropriate and primal/paleo.

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on April 24, 2011
at 02:35 AM

Similar question asked here.

My answer: Fertility Awareness Method

I've used fertility awareness method (FAM) with my husband for 4 1/2 years and it's been effective thus far! You just have to get used to taking your temp every morning (or just during your fertile phase) and to checking your vaginal fluids. It's super easy! We just avoid sex when I'm fertile (or we use a condom) and we have sex when I'm not fertile. Takes the guess-work out of it!!

Get this book: Taking Charge of Your Fertility

And visit this website: Taking Charge of Your Fertility

The information in the book will blow your mind. I was sooo mad that I hadn't been taught any of the information found therein while I was in biology class or sex ed in high school. We should all know this stuff!!

And yes... GET OFF THE PILL!!

...

Also, I was horribly hormonal (depressed, pissy, bitchy etc) while on the pill for 6 weeks right before our wedding. So much so that I only lasted 6 weeks on the pill before figuring out FAM and dumping my pills in the trash.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on May 27, 2011
at 02:22 AM

I just read this book and was blown away by how little it turned out that I knew! I would recommend it to any woman just for the sheer amount of practical info - and you can bet that my daughters will be given copies, too. :)

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on May 27, 2011
at 02:23 AM

P.S. There's an app that tracks FAM symptoms/temps called OvuView - available on Android smartphones at least (I'm not sure about iPhones).

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on May 27, 2011
at 12:38 PM

Thanks for that app recommendation! On my iPhone I use wCalendar for my tracking.

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on April 23, 2011
at 06:44 PM

I have just started on the nuvaring. I couldn't take the PMS depression any more, I must have tried absolutely everything under the sun. I already have a lower libido and am putting on a little weight but anything is better than feeling like dying twice a month (when ovulating and PMS)

Update: When I say it couldn't get worse I was sooo wrong. Good god. 1 and a half months of feeling like I was losing my mind. Off it now and feel so much better.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on April 23, 2011
at 09:17 PM

lots of women love this option because of the mode of delivery makes them feel like they are young again. I have heard so many women change to this delivery system.

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on April 23, 2011
at 05:06 PM

I was on birth control from the age of 17-24, when I decided to stop for similar reasons that you are listing- I had cut out all other chemicals, why not this one? When I stopped, though, I didn't get my period back! Doctors only recommended that I go back on birth control (annoying), so I decided to wait it out and let time and diet heal me. It's been 3 years, and I'm finally starting to cycle hormonally again. It's taking a lot of mental and physical adjusting to monthly weight gain, bigger breasts, and major mood swings that I was without for so long- but it is so worth it. I feel like a woman, my libido is great (which had been quite low), and I feel sexy. There is also nothing better (or more paleo, in my opinion) than being linked up with the moon cycles. Our organs are controlled by stars! Incredible!

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(255)

on April 23, 2011
at 06:59 PM

Ah yes, libido... that's definitely an area where I'm hoping to see a marked difference!

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3864f9a2af09b1b447c7963058650a34

(3703)

on April 23, 2011
at 03:40 PM

Anjie,

I've probably lost 3 yrs of my life from birth control havoc and trying to get things back under control. A lot of books have helped me to understand what went on b/c no practitioner was knowledgeable enough.

http://drbganimalpharm.blogspot.com/2011/03/bstards-of-mainstreamr-evolutionary.html

Hormones are basically very powerful and as you and others here have mentioned, they shut down the adrenals, hypothalaum and pituitary glands. That is the point -- to stop ovulation, no? Well. That is what we signed up for without being told all of the ramifications -- stop ovulation, stop being a complete (primal) grrrrl, gain body fat, raise insulin, raise CRP, stop normal responses to stress, etc.

My progesterone has increased with taking chasteberry and some other recommended strategies to balance the hormones and to excrete the toxic metabolites (improving liver P450 enzyme systems). I didn't do any hormone testing because the synthetic hormone (levonorgestrel IUD/Mirena) I was on is not detectable without special lab testing. Initially I had progestin toxicity then it turned to frank progesterone deficiency. All birth control with hormones is toxic. When we're primal/paleo and avoid synthetics like plastics, pesticides and other xenoestrogens, what are we doing when we take it in orally or via an intrauterine device voluntarily?

My take is that many things are reversible unfortunately they take time and patience and a lot of persistence despite what the mainstream docs (and pharmacists) will say that these are so-called 'safe'. They are not safe. (and I'm a pharmacist -- and the literature is heavy with side effects. I just wish I heeded the warnings and didn't want to 'control' fertility so much wink ahaa)

Hope you feel better soon!

Grace (aka dr.bg)

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(3703)

on April 23, 2011
at 08:36 PM

Try Natasha Turner first, the Hormone Diet. It is intense but well worth it -- I had to read it literally 3 x before it started to make sense. Her supplement recommendations are good but not necessary when ur paleo/primal. She still advises gluten thus I think creates more probs negates her wonderful solutions *ha*

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(255)

on April 23, 2011
at 07:12 PM

Grace, you mentioned taking chasteberry and some other recommended strategies to balance the hormones... can you point me in a good direction for a resource on those strategies? Thanks!

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(1008)

on April 23, 2011
at 03:25 PM

I just opened PH to search for this very topic and there it was at the top of the list.

I went off Yasmin a few weeks ago - though admittedly it was because my insurance wanted to start charging me $50/month for the name-brand pill, and I was afraid to try the generic based on what I'd read. (Anyone have experience with Ocella?)

I'm hoping that my whole-foods sugar-free diet might mitigate some of the issues - irregularity, acne, PMS Crazytime - that drove me to the pill five years ago. I'm still two weeks away from what should be my period - we'll see if it shows up on time. But yesterday I did sprout my first zit in five years.

It's been easy to think of myself as low-maintenance and above vanity when I was waking up with a perfect complexion every morning, not needing to shave my legs as often, maintaining some semblance of sanity every fourth week... I'll give it a little more time, but I have to say, that one little threat to my face made me want to run right back to the pill pack. What can I say? I want to be natural, but not at the expense of my looks (or my cycle). Paleo postergirl I am not.

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(2065)

on April 23, 2011
at 04:51 PM

I hear you, but the problem is you can't take the pill forever. It will cause imbalances that will worsen the longer you take them. Why do that to yourself?

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(968)

on January 14, 2012
at 12:56 PM

Chaste tree herb is useful in getting rid of hormonal acne, can take up to two months to work. Drink 2-3 cups a day. We sell it all the time where I work for just that:)

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E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

(2369)

on April 23, 2011
at 03:16 PM

Yes I stopped the BC pill a few years ago after about 15 years of steady use. My hormones (adrenals and thyroid) went crazy shortly after - they both tanked and I had awful symptoms like palpitations and severe insomnia, etc. It's only my theory that this was connected to stopping the pill, but knowing what I know now about how hormones work together, I would never have started taking it in the first place. What I like to think is that my body was adjusting to producing and regulating hormones by itself and my difficulties are a testament to what a profound effect the pill had on my system, but I'm no doctor so I can't really say...

6a4fd73b4ae4761eefec8e0d38e6f224

(1008)

on April 23, 2011
at 03:26 PM

Ah - I've been having little palpitations the last few weeks; it hadn't occurred to me to blame my hormones. Makes more sense now.

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on April 24, 2011
at 12:30 AM

I've never gone on the BCP - I had malignant melanoma as a teenager and when the time to find birth control came, I concluded that my body had already shown that it was predisposed to cancer, so through that filter of perhaps fuzzy logic (I had no BCP/melanoma correlation studies, just going on a hunch), I went searching for more natural options and found LadyComp, a cute little alarm clock with attached thermometer that takes basal body temp every morning and assesses your fertility with a very high degree of precision. (I'm not a LadyComp shill, just a satisfied user!)

It worked terrifically for us, and when we finally DID decide to "go for it" during a time the LadyComp said I could be fertile, I conceived right away.

The only catch? I haven't used it since becoming the mom of young kids because my kids' sleep schedules / nursing schedules plus lactational amenorrhea (no ovulation/period while nursing) made it impossible to have predictable sleep for a while, OR to enter a dates of having a period (which the LadyComp also uses in its logarithmic assessments of the user's fertility). SO, that said, I think it is a great best-of-natural-fertility-awareness-plus-modern-technology option for those who have fairly steady sleep schedules (or at least three hours of undisturbed sleep prior to waking in the morning) and are menstruating.

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on April 28, 2011
at 03:49 AM

I went off the pill in December after being paleo since June. I was on a low dose pill (Lutera) that I ended up on for the last 10+ years after the first few I tried as a teenager wreaked havoc on my physical and mental stability.

Having lost a bunch of weight last year but feeling weirdly moody/depressed this fall, I thought that perhaps my reduced bodyweight was essentially increasing the amount of hormones I was delivering to my body. I also hadn't had a period in months, the pill having continuously lightened them over the years.

I had a miserable first period after going off the pill (super heavy cramping/bleeding, like I used to pre-pill when I was younger) and almost as bad the second one... but the third, and recently fourth have been pretty darned ok. I got my first period just after my 10th birthday and had 5-6 years of incredibly irregular misery before going on the pill, so I'm very glad my cycle has straightened itself out in the meantime.

Hubby and I in the meantime have been, um, creative, sexually speaking :)

I have not, unfortunately, seen an increase in libido, nor any further weight loss. I do feel a lot better, mentally, but have made some other life changes in the meantime so it's hard to say if it was removing the pill or not.

I'm getting a copper IUD put in on Friday, actually. I was on the fence because we're planning on having a family in the next year or two, but really an IUD seemed like the best option in the meantime. I feel good enough about my last couple of periods that I know what my body is naturally doing to go ahead with it.

So, generally speaking, it hasn't really made a big impact in my life since I stopped taking it, but I'm really happy to have less altering substances in my body.

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(11697)

on March 23, 2013
at 07:22 PM

I have never gotten the pill, and I'll never will. The few times I was put on similar hormones for other health reasons, I felt sick. I simply use the condom with my husband. No problems.

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on September 04, 2012
at 02:48 PM

I haven't read any experiences that were quite like mine, so I want to offer my experience. I was eating a paleo-style diet (GAPS diet) for about 10 months and doing very well when I decided the next step was to get off of hormonal birth control. I had been on a low dose pill from age 16 to 26. I went on the pill when I was 16 to deal with heavy periods and terrible cramps. I was afraid that those issues would come back when I went off HBC, but they haven't! I have been off for 8 months and the first 3 were very long cycles (about 40 days each) and then they shortened up to consistent 32 day cycles. I use FAM (temperature and cervical mucous) and it has given me a lot of information about what is going on in my body and I also think that it complements the paleo diet very well. Other things I've noticed is my libido finally came back (in spades!), my skin breaks out slightly more around that time of the month but is generally very clear and only a small zit here or there that is easy to cover with makeup. I also feel like my body got slightly more curvy and feminine, and I feel, emotionally, more feminine (sounds weird, but I don't know how else to word it. I've always been a tomboy, not very emotional, and now I feel like a school girl sometimes, but it's really good!). Also, me and the hubby are NOT planning on getting pregnant any time soon (I'm in grad school) and I feel confident and trust the FAM system for preventing pregnancy.

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(336)

on June 13, 2012
at 05:35 PM

I had terrible experiences with every type of hormonal birth control- and I'm sorry but condoms are no fun. I have been using the FAM (Fertility Awareness Method) for over four years now. At first it was scary. I didn't trust myself and I didn't know my body. I was terrified I would end up pregnant as you hear all the stories of women getting pregnant etc. Well, I haven't been pregnant yet and now, after four full years of fairly constant sex with my partner, I finally feel totally confident and so in touch with my body. I know just when I ovulate, and when my period is going to arrive. It feels powerful to be aware of the shifts in your body.

I love being free of chemicals- birth control in my opinion is horrible and I have never met a woman who has had a good experience with it- weight gain, mood changes, cancer, a entire host of issues. If birth control works for you, great, but for me and many others it simply is not an option. I ended up in the ER and almost died from the last hormonal birth control I took. (IUD included)

I would recommend getting a book on FAM and starting to chart your cycles, take your temp, and monitor cervical mucus. The Lady Comp is supposed to be amazing, but is about $500. I don't feel a need for it as everything is going fine with what I am currently doing, but if you can afford it that is the best and easiest way to do natural birth control (you can get it on amazon).

Good luck, and listen to your body.

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on May 27, 2011
at 02:13 AM

I was taking them for a while and stopped not just because of the chemicals, because that freaked me out too, but the idea that a man a white, sterile environment was programming my nethers was just downright foul. My nethers!!!

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on May 20, 2011
at 01:52 PM

Yes! BC gave me unbearable side effects, and I still got pregnant on it twice! After several months of consistent low carb-ish paleo, exercise, and then adding iodine and DIM, I have had my first few normal periods in many years. They were ungodly heavy and long before.

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(2682)

on January 13, 2012
at 02:13 PM

What is DIM? I just came off BC and have been having heavy/long periods.

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on April 28, 2011
at 06:57 PM

I was on the pill or the NuvaRing on-and-off for about 8 years. I eventually stopped because I felt it was exacerbating my depression and anxiety issues. Since then I've only used condoms for birth control.

For the past year I've finally started having a predictable monthly cycle. I would like to use fertility awareness and/or the rhythm method for my birth control (I'm single now so it's not a pressing issue). I'm wary of pharma products and would like to avoid them as much as possible. I do understand that for some people it is their best option.

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on April 23, 2011
at 06:09 PM

ive been off and on BC since i was 15. mostly the pill, but also the nuva ring. the birth control was an added benefit, but i was actually taking it because i have severe cramping, migraines, vomiting, super low blood pressure that causes me to pass out cold at random times, hot flashes, heavy bleeding, etc. being on BC was the only time i felt normal, frankly. i went oof everything to try and get pregnant, had to do fertility treatments for my oldest kiddo and i swear that the worst part of trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant was being off BC! i got pregnant with a hormone-assisted IUI, normal pregnancy and birth, and got pregnant again naturally and unexpectedly 14 months later, before i had a chance to really get myself back on hormonal BC, but you kow your period and hormones are so out of whack after giving birth for a good year so i didnt have the same issues. another normal pregnancy and birth and here comes my son.

im pretty sure that im done having babies, or at least im done being pregnant but would like more babies in my life some other way. im 35, husband is 39 and we have our hands full. i HATE being pregnant and break out in a cold sweat whenever i think of it. at my 6 week follow up after my son was born, my midwife implanted (?) the mirena IUD, and i swear its the best thing ive done. the first 90 days were a little unpredictable, but i now havent had a period in a year and i feel amazing. i had a migraine in the beginning that may be related to the mirena, but its such a low dose of hormones that i dont have any other side effects t all when things normalized. im also not as anemic as i used to be from bleeding so heavily. i feel total freedom, and we can be spontaneous if ya catch my drift. i think its absolutely perfect for me. when the time comes for it to be replaced and i still dont want to be pregnant again, ill probably get snipped, or a friend of mine had a uterine ablation that looks right up my alley. its such a personal choice, but this is working better than i could imagine for me at this point in my life.

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(422)

on April 24, 2011
at 01:48 PM

Oh god, Mirena! SHUDDER. That was one of the most traumatizing experiences of my life! I reacted sooo terribly and I had a friend the same age who had hers with absolutely no problems.

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(18701)

on April 24, 2011
at 01:29 AM

I hated being pregnant too! I was so not a glowing happy momma to be! I had problems with the Mirena though, it's amazing how differently we all respond to these things. We really are all ~special snowflakes~. <3

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(13978)

on April 28, 2011
at 08:20 PM

Melissa, I love the "special snowflake" reference. You're channelling Robb and Andy, right? ;)

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(1054)

on July 25, 2011
at 10:19 PM

I removed the Mirena around the same time I went off the Wellbutrin and seriously stopped eating gluten. So it's difficult to separate out the strands, but I can say I feel light years better since. I'm planning on getting a Paragard, maybe, still need to research.

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(12379)

on April 23, 2011
at 03:55 PM

Well I went off the pill late August of 2008 after being on the pill (I had been on probably ten different hormone variations or pills) because I thought that my body needed some time to recover from the pill - I had been on the pill due to really heavy periods and extremely strong cramps. Then boyfriend and I investigated the rhythym method plotting my temperatures. I found out I was pregnant in October of 2008 - so I probably got pregnant my first cycle off the pill.

I know it was just my experience - but make sure you are ready for what can happen when you are off birth control.

Now I have a low hormone IUD. I have yet to have a real period (TMI- I have light spotting once a month) since having the IUD (it's been almost 2 years now!). I feel great with it - and have not gotten pregnant either :)

This is a huge personal choice for you! And there are many opinions out there on what you should do - do what you feel is right for you!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on April 23, 2011
at 06:11 PM

everyone is different.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on April 23, 2011
at 05:56 PM

yes! i have the mirena, too and LOVE LOVE LOVE it. total freedom.

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(3703)

on April 23, 2011
at 06:04 PM

Honestly I used to 'love love love' the Mirena but after I had it pulled because eventually it caused low libido and hair loss (the androgenic part was good however for triathlons) all the excessive hormone that apparently had been stored in FAT TISSUE came poring out. Getting off Mirena was worse than all the birth control i'd taken for an accumulated 10yrs total! Cystic acne, dry hair, more hair loss, horrible fat gain esp with dairy and high fat, awful dark depressed moods, low thyroid and low adrenals and horrific GUT problems!! For 2-3 yrs. Be aware and careful...

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(78467)

on April 23, 2011
at 03:36 PM

http://www.thelovevitamin.com/660/should-you-be-treating-acne-with-the-birth-control-pill/

Acne and Birthcontrol pill. I like her video on this topics. maybe you too?

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(255)

on April 23, 2011
at 07:00 PM

Yikes! At least I feel like I do have my diet and lifestyle in check!

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on October 26, 2013
at 07:55 PM

My girl friend was on pills for 5 months and had all the side effects. She broke up a month after being off. My question is how long does it take to get your thoughts back to normal? I've heard a few weeks to several months. is this true?

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on October 26, 2013
at 10:57 PM

For some girls a week, for some a year. Depends on what pills, hw long you've been on and individual differences so no one can really say for sure.

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on March 23, 2013
at 01:45 PM

I've been on and off of birth control for a couple years now. I started my periods when I was 9 and they were regular, every 28 days I'd get my period. Then I started taking Yaz when I was 14 (before everyone started making a big deal from it). I started getting rashes so I took myself off, threw my periods off balance. I've been on many different birth controls and I'll be 20 in just a couple of days. I didn't take birth control for a whole year just to see when I'd get my period next, well I only had 2 periods in one year, from going to regular 28 days, then to birth control (parent's made me be on them) and then to nothing. It got to the point where it looked like I was going to have a period (the doc said) then we waited a week and no period, my body reacted like I would have a period and never did. I would get every period symptom and no bleeding and it started getting uncomfortable, so now I'm on birth control and I still don't really get a period, it just looks like spotting and I'm not pregnant. So yeah, birth control ruined my body (I believe).

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on March 22, 2013
at 02:49 PM

I decided to go off birth control after hearing all the negativity about Yaz and the generic brand I was on after being on it for 5 years. I went off it in September and have not had my period or any sign of it since then. I started eating paleo in October and have lost about 30 pounds from doing so. Does anyone have any similar experience? I was told it can take up to 6 months to get my period back although it has been longer. I also am aware that losing weight can have an effect on your cycle as well. I am a normal body weight at 129 and 5'6 so I am not considered underweight.

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(564)

on March 22, 2013
at 07:37 PM

I've been going through this *exact* experience. Was on Ocella (generic Yasmin) for about 5 years, and stopped taking it around the same time I started eating strictly paleo. I went almost 5 months without my period; the only thing that caused it was a trip to the ob/gyn and a 10-day prescription for progesterone, which I don't really see as a solution. Wondering how long it'll take for the next period to show up.

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on March 22, 2013
at 01:55 PM

I have to stay on the pill... I don't get a choice & I hate putting it in my body! grrr! :( Not a happy bunny!

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on March 22, 2013
at 01:37 PM

I was on the pill for about 3 months before I started noticing anxiety issues which I had never had before. I went off the pill right away which really threw my hormones off and had a week of severe depression and anxiety (and a couple panic attacks as well). I looked into this a lot and many women experience this after stopping the pill because it takes a while for your hormones to naturally balance out again. It's been about 3 weeks since I went off the pill and the mood swings come and go. I still don't feel back to myself 100% but I'm getting there. I think te fact that you're on a paleo diet will definitely help if you face any of these issues. Also there are many vitamin supplements you can take like B6 to help your body through this. I wish I had never gone on birth control, it is not at ALL worth going through all this.

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on November 13, 2012
at 01:07 AM

I thought the pill was supose to help with ovarian cancer? My OBGYN wants me to stay on the pill until I stop my period. I watched Dr. Oz this week on cancer preventions & he said the same thing. Stay on the pill for prevention of ovarian cancer. I was off the pill for one month from running out. I have had the most horrible month being off the pill. Maybe it is my age. Most of you are in your late 20's or thirthies. I have never had children either. I had symptoms just like some of you. Anxiety, hot flushes (different from hot flashes) sad, cry, tired....I could go on. I am back on the pill & I never thought I would be so happy. I will not go off again until it is the right time. I am hoping that my body adjusts quickly. I am pleased with what I decided.

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(554)

on January 14, 2012
at 10:26 AM

I had implanon for five years. I took it out about a month ago. So far libido is back, but no other changes. I'd like to get rid of my tummy though. I've had a period that lasted one day.

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on January 14, 2012
at 06:57 AM

I've been off for over five years. They made me certifiably crazy, plus the weight gain around my gut was embarrassing. I use the Lady Comp and it has never failed me. Not once.

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on January 14, 2012
at 03:36 AM

I did exactly that. I thought I should get off to give my body a break, let it be more natural.

I regretted it almost immediately. I had mood swings, cramping, heavier flow, breakouts, breast pain, you name it. I went back on and am rather happy with my decision.

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61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on January 13, 2012
at 03:06 PM

This past July was my last month with HBC (Nuvaring). I was without any BC until Oct, when I got the Paraguard "installed," as I like to call it.

Over time on the Ring (time being years), my symptoms decreased and evened out. I had horrible unpredictable and heavy periods before the Ring. Interestingly, I've never had much in the way of PMS symptoms such as mood swings or cramps. The most I would get is a backache. I've been on the Ring probably 8 years now and the last few years, I had no symptoms and had menses for maybe three days a month; very light and manageable. I used the diva cup without any problems this past year.

For about the past year and a half, though, I gradually started getting what I would consider "normal" PMS symptoms...normal, except that I had personally never had them and they were happening almost constantly. When I talked to my doctor (several doctors) about them, all they could tell me is "your body changes over time. In fact, the hormones in your BC are probably helping to keep these changes minor."

Really, doctors are full of it.

The change in how I felt after getting rid of the Ring could probably be compared to how a lot of people feel after a few weeks on Paleo: I felt more alive! Libido heightened almost immediately, strange PMS symptoms started to decrease, I felt happier, and more energetic. HBC, even the low-dose of the Ring, definitely had a negative affect on me. My guess is b/c the Ring is a more targeted and therefore lower dose, it took a while for the hormones to reach a level where I noticed them.

Unfortunately, my heavy, erratic cycles seem to have returned (TMI: on cycle [5+ days], I fill a Diva Cup at least once a day and have to wear a pad). I'm not sure if this is how my body operates or if it's being caused by the Paraguard. I am also experiencing other symptoms (emotional, crampy, etc), but they are at the appropriate times and I actually feel normal. I don't feel like they're something I need to talk to my useless doctor about.

I'm also craving more non-paleo foods than usual. I've been giving in to things like chocolate and cheese, but I'm thinking these cravings might be having an effect on my skin composition.

The only thing that's really worrying me right now is acne. I had maybe one small zit every now and then with the Ring. But it seems as if my face (and back and shoulders) erupted as soon as I dropped the Ring, but timed with my cycle. Now, it seems to be a constant thing. I'm still hoping it will even out as my hormones balance themselves, but wonder if that will take years. I've found that applying coconut oil while my face is still wet after a shower soothes the redness (if my face is dry, it seems to make it worse?).

I think dropping HBC is a great idea, if it works for you. It's important to be aware of how your body might react and be prepared to accept the consequences. 8)

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on January 14, 2012
at 03:53 AM

Are you taking any supplements? I had an issue with cod liver oil messing up my periods.

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(2682)

on January 14, 2012
at 05:35 PM

Nope, no supplements.

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(7275)

on January 13, 2012
at 02:34 PM

Interesting, it sounds like a lot of women haven't been happy going off birth control.

When I switched to paleo 6 months ago, I also went off the pill, which I had been taking for over 10 years (age 18-29). I kept menstruating regularly, but my cycle did lengthen, so that it's now halfway between the length they were when I was a teenager (6 weeks) and what they were on the pill (4 weeks). My period is much heavier now: I barely had any flow after a few years on the pill, which always worried me. The only noticeable changes are premenstrual breast tenderness/pain and a brief increase followed by a tank in libido. I'd really like to get my libido back up to a reasonable level, but I couldn't convince my doctor to test my hormone levels, so I don't know where I'm at. I guess I'll just give it more time and hope my hormones get to a better place and my libido improves to my pre-HBC levels?

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(968)

on January 14, 2012
at 01:22 PM

Maybe try some maca and shativari powdered herb, great for female libido and energy:) go easy, just a 1/4 teaspoon a day each, you can blend them into a smoothy. Increase your dose as you need, decrease if you get a tummy ache

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on January 13, 2012
at 01:31 PM

Recently it has been found that Implanon and other similar hormones stop the body from putting on bone mass. Now doctors in Australia only recommend them for women over 30 as by then you've stopped putting on bone mass. I was on it for 4 years, now am on the pill but the side effects suck. I want to get sterilised, will have to see if they will allow it on someone so young (only 25).

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on January 14, 2012
at 01:19 PM

They gave it to me at 28years, that's just great :/

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on June 10, 2011
at 01:18 AM

You know, as I sat here reading all of these posts, thinking to myself:
"I don't ever want to go back on birth control again. But, I don't want to rely on condoms either. And I REALLY can't get pregnant. I wish there was a way to not be on hormones and not have babies" I thought vasectomies were reversible. Can't guys just get one and then have it reversed when they want to have kids? I just did a google search and apparently vasectomies aren't reversible. :( Lame.

I wish I hadn't ever gone on birth control. But, it did make the past two summers (living literally out of a sea kayak and sleeping on beaches) bearable. I can't imagine having my period during those trips. This summer I'll be doing the same thing and I'm debating going back on them after being off them for about 6 months. What should I do? I am getting a new menstrual(MeLuna brand, small soft) cup soon after having problems with the gigantic Diva Cup. I have vaginismus so I'm worried that I'll have problems with the smaller softer MeLuna too. This would be disastrous if I didn't go back on birth control, got my period on a trip and couldn't use my cup. Tampons give me yeast infections. :(

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on January 13, 2012
at 01:28 PM

I heard you can do still artificial insemination after a vasectomy, it requires the sperm to be sucked out of the testicles with a needle.

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on June 10, 2011
at 12:13 AM

I went off the pill right before going Paleo. Simply, everything changed. Moods, cramps, digestive problems. Then when I started paleo a week later, everything got even better! My last period was the first time I didn't need painkillers. On the pill, I used to have TERRIBLE cramps. I also forgot what depression feels like. I don't know if this is only Paleo, but my depression and digestive problems started with the pill. So obviously, the combination of Paleo and no pills has done me wonders and that's only in 1 month. We just use condoms, no better choice at the moment and much better than all that crap I was going through!

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on May 27, 2011
at 01:56 AM

could being on birth control while eating Paleo make you gain weight?

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on May 20, 2011
at 02:55 PM

I am planning to get the Essure proceedure done in a month, then going off Bcps after 3 months ( to make sure the everything took). I hate the idea of having the proceedure but can't stand the issues that come along with Bcps ( break through bleeding, mood swings,breast tenderness, etc).

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on January 13, 2012
at 01:27 PM

How did it go? I'm thinking of getting sterilised.

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on May 29, 2013
at 11:45 PM

Yes, also considering Essure. Any comments?

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on April 28, 2011
at 03:19 AM

I've just stopped taking the pill after being on it for almost four years, and instead had an implanon inserted. It's a progesterone-only contraception and they're subsidised by the government here in Australia so it only cost me $28 (rather than the $30 a month that I was paying for the pill) and it lasts for three years, and my periods have stopped all together which I'm enjoying - though I still worry about the side effects.

My doctor mentioned something about how the hormones from the implanon bypass the liver, as it's inserted in my arm and doesn't have to travel through my stomach either, which sounds like a slightly better option than oral contraceptives. But does anyone know more about the implanon/synthetic progesterone that my doctor wouldn't be telling me?

Condoms aren't really an option for me or my partner as they cause skin irritation to us both if we use them too often - but I definitely am not ready to be pregnant for the next few years, and don't trust myself with remembering to do all the temperature checking with the fertility awareness method. So I don't see any other option :(

I haven't gained any weight since the implanon, but I haven't lost any either, which I was hoping might happen after stopping the pill. I'm fairly fit but have carried a small layer of fat that I can't get rid of ever since adolescence; probably with no help from taking the pill for years. Any thoughts or info would be appreciated.

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on January 14, 2012
at 01:14 PM

I've got my 3rd implanon in at the moment, due to come out soon, never again. 1st one was great only a little weight gain, second one heaps of weight gain, especially the tummy. Not sure why i went back for no 3. Hubbies getting the snip soon, which is really nice of him to do for me. There are huge forums on the web with thousands of comments about weight gain on the tummy on the 2nd implant. Interesting reading. Just search implanon weight loss or gain

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on June 03, 2012
at 12:20 PM

Got my implanon out 2 months ago, and have never felt better. Mood has improved and evened out. Wish I had it out earlier! We've decided that hubby shouldn't get the snip due to the side effects.

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on April 24, 2011
at 01:38 AM

I was on the pill for at least 10 years and then stopped taking it to get pregnant.

While pregnant (which my body desperately hated), I started my high blood pressure problems. I didn't have Preeclampsia, just ridiculously high blood pressure. So, after having my darling girl (LOL), I was 30 and had high blood pressure, they didn't want me on anything with hormones. I got a copper IUD. After about 3 years, something moved and it was causing super heavy periods and cramping so they took it out and gave me a Mirena.

The hormones are supposed to be low dose in the Mirena and my doc said that because it was interuterine they should not affect my blood pressure. Unfortunately, I saw weight gain, emotional issues and higher blood pressure, so I had that sucker taken out within the year.

I ended up opting for the Essure procedure which is a coil that goes in your tubes, then they scar over it so no little sperm guys can get in. It wasn't much worse than a normal pelvic exam, after a few months I had to go in for a test where they injecting me with dye to make sure that the tubes were truly closed. It took about 6 months.

I have had absolutely no issues with the Essure and I know I am done having kids so it was a great option for me. My periods are fairly normal. I seem to go between having a really bad emotional PMS one month, then the next month it's more crampy.

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on May 29, 2013
at 11:44 PM

How is the Essure working for you? I have the paragard iud and it started out wonderful but is now causing chronic pelvic pain.

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on April 23, 2011
at 06:55 PM

I've never been on it, but am considering using it coming up on 3 years 'paleo', to give my body a break from the constant cycling.

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on April 23, 2011
at 03:23 PM

I'm staying on mine until my husband and I decide to have a kid or he gets snipped. I'm allergic to latex, and the alternative contraceptives are so expensive, it's still price savvy to keep me on the pill for now.

I would really like to be off it though, I don't care much for constant medication either.

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on April 23, 2011
at 05:25 PM

I understand it's usually effective. On the other hand, I'm a well-educated, physically aware person who read two books on the subject of fertility awareness to avoid pregnancy. My son was conceived the first month we tried it out. The joke was always, "What chapter did you miss?"

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on April 24, 2011
at 01:42 PM

Jennie - I have 2 or 3 friends who tried that and ended up with surprise children, and I am hardly as dedicated as they were, so I can't really try that one with a good conscience! My husband and I are leaning to the "not having kids" edge of the line, and ending up with one now would have him drop out of nursing school. There's too many factors that make even accidental pregnancy a huge stressor for the both of us, so I gotta stay on it :/

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on April 23, 2011
at 08:55 PM

i had the same experience...and now have a wonderful little guy

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on April 23, 2011
at 04:46 PM

Use the rhythm method. I've been sexually active for over 20 years without chemical contraception, and without any at all for the last ten. Pay attention to when you're likely to be fertile, it's easy.

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