Girl problems incoming.
Since 2017 I have been trying to off the pill. I was about to turn 35 and had been on it for about 20 years. I was prescribed Diane35 for acne and heavy periods. In my twenties I tried Nuvaring, which I liked but it was quite expensive so I got an IUD, which gave me a lot of acne.
During 2018 and the beginning of 2019 I have been on-and-off the pill. I kept going back on for various reasons. Currently I am just one month 100% off and I would like to share my experiences with you as time passes. My body is not responding as dramatically as previous times, so this might just be the un-pilling that sticks!
So, what have I suffered so far that I was not prepared for?
Losing track of your cycle
When you’re on the pill, you are used to knowing to the day when your period will arrive (mine came every three weeks in the early hours of Wednesday). You are able to calculate if you will be on your period for that date or vacation or test.
When you go off the pill, you have no clue. There is no guarantee that your natural cycle will be 28 days as well. There is no way to postpone your period if you want to.
I have no idea if I am late and this is a pretty uneasy feeling. I have now started to note my cycle in my calendar until my Fitbit has a reliable cycle.
Acne – con
I did not expect this, as acne is supposed to be a thing of puberty. How wrong was I. And to add insult to injury, this acne is not the kind you can easily hide with a bit of concealer. These blemishes are big, angry and painful.
I had them under my ear, along my jawline, on my chin and temples, my back, shoulders and chest. Nothing made me feel quite as gross as these cyst-like zits sitting on my boobs. I bought Biodermal face wash and acne cream and that helped lessen breakouts and I kept a tea tree roller in my purse at all times.
Sensitive nipples – con
This was very unexpected. I had days where I could not sleep on my stomach unless I wore a bra or bandeau top. Crazy! They were usually stiff. I looked in the mirror and they were pink and plump. I honestly wondered if I was miraculously pregnant just one week after going off the pill. It lasted for about ten days, then everything went back to normal.
Migraines – con
I used to get one migraine during each week off the pill. After going off the pill, my migraines were unpredictable and more frequent. It wore me down. I got the daith piercing (if it didn’t work, at least I had a cool piercing) and I did not have a migraine for four weeks. And that first migraine was 100% stress induced.
Better… Sweat? – pro
Yeah, yeah, this is an icky post. I’m being open and honest here. So, I’m a more sweaty-than-average person. Thanks for that, dad. I can be cold and still sweat at the same time. My sister has the same thing and it is not fun. I mean, it is not terrible, but wearing gray tees is out of the question. And whenever I was on my period, I would be extra hot and I smelled different. I am probably the only one that smells a difference, but still. Since going off the pill, there is no difference at all with regular days.
So, all in all a very interesting experience and another reminder how amazing our bodies are. Changing every day! I am interested to see what more comes my way. Have you gone off the pill? Did you notice anything in particular?