After almost 15 years on the pill, I decided it was time to stop being a science experiment and just be ME. The hormones in BC were affecting my mood swings, weight gain, ability to have a normal period, sex life, etc. So- it was time to end the dependency of that little pill that I put in my body every single day for almost half my life. As a warning- you should always do your own research and consult with your doctor. I decided to keep a journal of what happened when I stopped cold turkey, so, here we go
Week 1: Like everyone on the pill, you start your weeks on Sundays and your period usually shows up around day 1 or 2 of the brown pill week (off week). I decided to stop taking my pills the Monday before my period week. Wednesday rolls around and I had the worst cramps ever, my mood was terrible, and I got my period (almost a week ahead of schedule). I am sure this is completely unrelated, but my breath has been HORRIBLE as well this week
Week 2: The cramps only lasted about 2 days from my period in week 1! I also have ordered an NFP and it is on its way! The one I ordered can be found HERE. This week I seem to be getting a ton of headaches but have had some really amazing lifts at the gym! I do notice a few more breakouts than usual but we have had a lot of family things happen in the past few weeks so I am not sure if it is from stress or the lack of BC
Week 3: The worst week of all. I will say though- my skin has cleared up and reverted back to normal, my headaches have gone away, and I feel more clear. That being said- I have been bleeding for five days straight. And cramping extremely bad. I am still 2 weeks away from what is supposed to be my period, but at this rate- I might need a blood donor
Week 4: No update for this week. Everything went really well. My skin is still clear, my mood is extremely high, my workouts have been better, I feel like I can finally lose weight again, etc!
Month 2: Periods have started to become more normal, however- the ovulation cramps are intense and very painful
Month 3: I seem to be losing fat quicker and gaining muscle much easier. My boobs have felt sorer around my period but that is about it!