I have been on the birth control pill for a decade. Aside from the months I was growing my babies, I was swallowing a single pill every night to keep myself from having too many babies.

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But I just got word from the doctor’s office that my husband’s vasectomy was officially a success and I get to toss my pack of pills for good. I am happy about this: all those synthetic hormones can’t have been good for me. But I am a little scared about how it’s going to shift the balance of my hormones and moods. Will I get crazy acne again? Will I be a raging menace when PMS strikes? Will I have ridiculously heavy periods? The pill is known for keeping such symptoms at bay so I wonder where I’ll be without it.
It will probably take my body a few months to adjust, but are there any of you out there who came off the pill for good after having taken it regularly for many years? What should I expect? Bonus points if you say “weight loss.” 
  • kim

    I loss weight. :)

  • Julie

    i was never on it. i couldn’t imagine all that stuff coursing through my body every day! glad you have your body back.

  • Nan

    After 2 kids there’s no way I’d consider going back on the pill. Having been off it for a few years, looking back now I think it really dampened my libido. A lot. And yes, easier to lose weight even though I’ve just hit 40. I’ll never go back to taking hormones.

  • Sara

    ONly good things for me as well. I’m like Christine – it made me crazy. I’ve been off of it for over a decade and I’ll never go back. I hope it goes really well for you!

  • TeekayDee

    Releasing myself from the pill was the best decision I ever made. I was sick and tired (literally) of the constant migraines that the pill delivered. I opted for other forms of birth control and never looked back. My body rebounded pretty quickly and established it’s own cycle within two months. I did miss the lighter periods; however, it was a trade off for dealing with the deadly migraines that struck at 2:30 pm everyday that I needed to take more meds to cope with them. Good luck!

  • Stacey

    Getting off the pill was the best thing ever. I was on it for over ten years as well. Once I stopped I realized how crazy it made me. It improved my mood and I didn’t find any really negative changes. You are gonna love it! I am never going back!

  • mrswilson

    I honestly cannot remember. But then, I wasn’t on it that often or for that long. I haven’t taken it since before I got pregnant with Liliana. I hate the pill, to be honest. I hate everything about it.
    And then I ranted about nothing to do with this post, so SORRY ABOUT THAT. All I can say is that not having to rely on any sort of birth control and never having to worry about being pregnant again is RAD.

  • Kristin

    For me? bye-bye downtown desert (if you know what I mean), hello crazy acne (managed with some good products), and feeling good knowing that my body is free of all those crazy synthetic hormones!

  • Christine

    I think that the pill made me psychotic. Not even kidding.
    The last time I was on it – after Cuyler – I found myself in these uncontrollable rages. And they made me feel incredibly sick.
    I was on it for about 10yrs before I had Cam and loved it.
    I think babies changed my body in a way that just couldn’t tolerate it.

  • Tannis

    It was such a relief for me to get off the pill, although I always had the worst side effects from it. My head cleared – the fog and headaches lifted. Yes, I ended up with some PMS and still fatiqued from having young kids but so much better than I had been. The big bonus was getting my UP hormones back!

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