I Took Birth Control and Almost Immediately Quit



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.


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  1. I get severe days of PMS too, where I'm just drowning in anxiety, depressive thoughts and I just shut down. It's so peculiar how the body works, when it's literally just should drop some blod and it goes mad for over a week and drags the brain into the shit too? Haha I love though to play my PMS card and use it for an excuse to eat more chocolate/see another movie/basically just being lazy and hide from the world. But yeah, the idea that PMS can be a "mild depression" is no joke. It's exhausting. Hope you'll find a solution to the problems soon! Xx

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    1. Right? It's definitely no joke. Thank you Mia!

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  2. Sorry to hear that your experience with the pill went so poorly. Your PMS symptoms sound like one of the most difficult I've heard of someone having to deal with :( The pill isn't the only option to try to regulate that, is it?

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    1. Thanks for your sympathy Alyse! I wouldn't wish it on anyone. Birth control is the only option I'm currently aware of. I think anything else would require a heavier medication or something a bit more extreme? I'm not entirely sure.

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  3. Girl, yes. I was on the pill for 6 months or so... long story, but when I went off, I was so fucking miserable. Terrible periods every two weeks. Yes, EVERY TWO WEEKS. Horrible mood swings, and I do mean so bad that I am surprised I wasn't fired from my job for being such a bitch, which is not like me at all! I am sure there is something else that would work for me... I know people say you should see a doctor and try different things and see what works best for you, but nah. I am not interested in ever being on birth control again. I can't risk being that miserable again.


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    1. My sentiments exactly. I just don't think it's worth it right now. I hope what's currently going on with my body is just residual from going off the pill. Thanks for sharing Elizabeth, hopefully we can help some people out!

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  4. I'm so sorry to hear your experience of the pill was so negative, though I'm pleased to hear you're not longer taking considering the bad side effects you experienced (I also opted against taking it)! My time of the month is also very difficult, on the first day I always collapse at least once and sometimes pass out and/or throw up. I hope you find something that works well for you Amber!

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    1. That sounds horrible for you Gabrielle. I wish we could both find a helpful solution!

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  5. I've been meaning to set up an appointment with my OB to get more information on birth control. But I'm worried about the side effects the pill might cause. I wasn't sexually active until recently and getting pregnant is not something I want at the moment. I'm sorry your experience didn't go well, I do hope to get more information on the subject, because I do want to be safe and do what's right for my body. Even though I'm worried about it.

    I hope you find what works for you.

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    1. I hope you're able to gather as much information as possible to make an informed decision. Also, talk with your OB more in depth! I wish I'd bothered to do that. I hope you find what works for you as well Kimmy!

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