Four or five months ago, I began taking the pill. It was a decision thought over for months, and based on little to no knowledge. I've dealt with difficult periods and even more difficult PMS symptoms for years, and I was set on trying the pill to help even out my symptoms. This is absolutely not my way of saying the pill is worthless for everyone. It helps some people out greatly, but it didn't help me. I chose to stop after only six weeks, and though I feel my own reasons are valid, they might not be. My decision to stop taking the pill might have been irrational and/or irresponsible. I honestly don't know.
I'll start with the symptoms I mentioned before. I've always had pretty heavy periods and difficult cramps. As I've gotten older, I've had cramps during PMS as well. I'm often exhausted during my period, and I''ll usually go through bouts nausea and indigestion. I get those symptoms during PMS as well. PMS has a funny way of throwing my moods so far off balance, it's ridiculous. Having days of severe depression and anxiety are common during PMS. I've also recently started taking an antidepressant, which has really helped highlight just how my PMS effects my anxiety and depression.
I had one period while I was on the pill, and it was quite a bit worse than a normal period, which I didn't think was possible. I was in bed for four days with crippling cramps, and the nausea was so bad that I almost threw up (I should mention that I literally never thrown up. It never happens.). I was reasonably alarmed by this, and that week was what really set off the train of thought that led me to stop taking the medication. For example, said train of thought brought up the issues my own mother had conceiving children. She took the pill for a short amount of time, and though it might not have had anything at all to do with her issues, the thought had me worried. I'm far from a point in my life where I want to have children, but as someone with ovaries, it's something I unfortunately have to keep in mind.
I stopped taking the pill last October, and I think I'm still experiencing residual effects from stopping the process. I've had mid-cycle bleeding and cramps for the last week or two, and it's possibly still from the pill leaving my system. I've heard this can take around three months, and I'm right at the end of that mark. I've got a doctor's appointment later this month, so I suppose I'll find out for sure.
I thought I'd share my short story about taking the pill, because I wish I'd have read into more experiences that others had before I officially decided to take it myself. Any bit of research helps, you know? I understand that there are other birth control options to explore, but as someone who isn't currently sexually active, it's not something I'm considering at the moment. I hope if you're considering birth control, you do plenty of research to find out what will work best for you, unlike myself.