I was on birth control for nine years. My dermatologist originally prescribed it as a way to heal my cystic acne (which it didn’t). I would later learn that coconut oil was the answer to all of my skin issues, but nonetheless, I continued taking the pill as I entered adulthood without considering the repercussions of these synthetic hormones.
Fast-forward to a few months ago: I met with my functional medicine doctor for my chronic gut issues. She concluded that birth control was most likely affecting me more than I realized, and I should stop it immediately. I tend to get frequent headaches that last days at a time, I often feel cloudy, and I guess a part of me wondered if the pill was holding me back from living my best life.
Deciding to get off of the pill was an easy decision to make and one that my boyfriend of almost four years supported. I had considered quitting for months, but my excuse was always that I didn’t have time for hormonal acne or crazy mood swings. There will never be a "good" time to have your body freak out on you, but the longer you wait, the harder it will be. So it just took my doctor ordering it for me to finally take it seriously.
Here’s what actually happened: