Before I start, I know these photos have nothing to do with the topic of this blog post. But I wanted somewhere to share the cool street art that I saw recently in Shoreditch, and I didn’t really fancy setting up a flat lay with my pill packets.
In June, I decided to come off the pill. My main reason for this was wanting to know what my body was like without any extra hormones.
I was first prescribed the pill when I was fourteen, to try and combat some really terrible acne and heavy, irregular periods. I’m now twenty two. At fourteen there’s no way my body had settled into a natural, regular cycle of any kind, and for quite a while I had been feeling as though I didn’t really know my own body very well, and that’s important to me.
Before I give you any more (and probably too much) information, I will say that the experience has been nowhere near as bad as I expected. I really was expecting a drastic change: horrific stomach cramps, maybe some bloating and weight gain, or possibly wanting to burst into tears all the time. I’ve mentioned before that I have not been having a fun time with anxiety recently, and I worried that maybe the pill had been dulling me in a sense. Spoiler alert: it hadn’t.
Honestly, the worst things that have happened since coming off the pill have been some nasty breakouts (which in the grand scheme of things is nothing, really), and the fact that I now have no idea when my period is coming. I have been using the Clue app to track things, which is honestly such a great little tool, but I think it’s a little too soon to have a regular cycle yet. Annoying but, again, totally manageable.
Speaking of periods (which is something I never really thought I would put on my blog), I read so many stories before stopping the pill about women who had come off the pill and then not had their period for six months. I got mine within 35 days, though, and I’ve had a cycle of a little bit less than that every month since, too.
Previously, I got really emotional in the days leading up to my period; it was like my brain just did not work properly. I was moody and had terrible stomach cramps. I haven’t had that since June! Now, I tend to get a bit of a breakout but that’s pretty much it so far.
I know that I had it pretty easy when it came to coming off the pill, or at least I’ve had it easy so far. But I wanted to share my experience because I know that a post like this would have been something that I wanted to read when I was trying to decide whether to stop taking that little white tablet every morning.
If you are thinking of doing the same, I would definitely recommend using an app or something similar to track your symptoms and cycle. It’s always good to know exactly what’s going on with you!
To sum up a little bit, coming off the pill was definitely the right choice for me. Whilst I wouldn’t rule out going back on it in the future, because I didn’t have any negative side effects, I’m happy at the moment being hormonal contraceptive-free.