coming off the pill

Birth control: let’s talk about it.

For the past year and a half/almost two years, I had been taking the contraceptive pill Loestrin 30 for the obvious reason; I can’t even look after myself let alone a small human. In the past I haven’t had the best experiences with contraception. I’ve tried several types of pills and I also tested out the implant for a little while before realising it made me INSANE. I think Loestrin was the third type of pill I’ve tried and, comparing it to the previous pills, it seemed to do the job well enough for me to stick with it for so long.

My experience on Loestrin wasn’t terrible to start off with. It made my periods regular and a bit lighter, which I was pretty happy about, and didn’t really have any other noticeable side effects – hence why I lasted so long on it. It wasn’t until earlier this year that I noticed things going downhill, fast. 

My weight began to fluctuate more than it normally does – I’m not the most active or the healthiest person but my weight is usually pretty stable. My moods worsened to the point where I’d be so irritable for absolutely no reason. These side effects can be manageable, but the two that made me break it off with the pill were the decline of my mental health, and the increase of migraines.

I suffer from anxiety and usually it’s not too bad or too unmanageable, but whilst taking the pill my anxiety got really bad to the point where I didn’t even want to go outside. I’ll do a whole post on my anxiety soon, but I definitely noticed it flaring up a lot more than it usually does. I’ve also suffered from migraines for several years, usually getting one bad one every few months but nothing more. On Loestrin I was having absolutely terrible migraines every month, to the point that I wouldn’t be able to stand up because of the pain. This only started happening earlier this year and I’m not sure why, but wow it had to stop.

Coming off the pill hadn’t really occured to me as a viable option until I properly sat down and thought about it. Yes it’s convenient and yes it works well, but if it’s making me too ill to even have sex… what’s the bloody point?! After discussing it with Cam and taking into consideration all of the side effects and just how awful I would feel for two weeks EVERY MONTH, I decided to stop taking the pill.

Soooo…. what now?

My plan is to give my body a few months to get back to normal before trying another form of contraception. I’m doing my research and slowly but surely figuring out which one seems right for me. I’m proud of myself for being able to realise that I didn’t like who I was while I was taking the pill, and being able to make the decision to stop. While the whole “not getting pregnant” thing is fab, it’s just not worth feeling terrible 90% of the time.

A little bit of a different post today, but I really want to start doing more topics like this. I’ll probably do an update in a few months and fill you in on how I’ve been feeling mentally and physically since parting with Loestrin. If you have any suggestions for topics you’d like to see me write about, just let me know by leaving a comment below or sending me a lil tweet.

coming off the pill

Louise x

  1. I love posts like this, so many people are reluctant to talk about stuff like this! Have you considered paragard, a copper iud, which is non-hormonal? I don’t feel well off of hormonal birth control either. I have tried almost everything on the market: monthly pills, three month pills, skyla iud, depo shot, neuva ring, etc. I’m getting a copper iud for birth control, and I’m on progesterone oil and vitex to help with my painful periods.

  2. I went back on the pill when Theodore was roughly 5 months old. Two months later I was back off if because it wasn’t worth the trouble. I had previously spent almost 6 years on it before Theodore. Which is when my anxiety and depression came about out of no where. It wasn’t until I came off the pill to try for a baby i realised how AWFUL it made me feel.
    Much love, Caitylis x x

  3. I love this post, thank you for sharing your experience! It’s so important to talk about this kind of thing. I have heard so many negative experiences with the pill so I think you’ve done the right thing here by prioritising your mental and physical health. It’s such a shame you’ve not found the method that works for you yet – I hope that you can find something that works better in the future. I use the implant and I’ve had minimal side effects but I’m still planning to come off it for a while to give my body a break, I think it’s important to do that every so often.
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

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