Coming off the pill- update

If you’re a regular reader at lifebylaurax you may have come across a previous post I did on coming off the pill. Safe to say I was having an absolute mare of a time, i felt horrendous and my moods were so bipolar I didn’t know if I was coming or going.

It’s now been 7 weeks since I made the decision to stop. Well I say made the decision, my body kind of made it for me! And guys…. I feel amazing!

Let me break it down for you:

Moods

I am way more stable / sane and thank god for that because I honestly thought I was losing the plot! It’s such a horrible place to be, when you know you’re being crazy but you just can’t stop. So luckily for me, and everyone around me, I no longer want to smash things up nor do I cry at the drop of a hat. However, I must say PMS moods remain sketchy so approach with caution at these times.

Periods

These dreaded monthly “gifts” have been pretty dreamy to be honest. I thought they would be all over the place and I’d be constantly caught out or bleeding for ages but I have fallen into an extremely regular cycle! They aren’t heavy, my cramps are basically non existent, I mean I don’t want to speak to soon in case it all changes but so far it’s all going well. Especially now I’m using the mooncup, periods ruining plans are a thing of the past!

Skin

This is the thing I was most worried about! I’d heard horror stories of people coming of the pill and their skin erupting! Now mine is nowhere near what I’d like it to be but it’s also a lot better than it has been. Around my period I tend to get more but other than that it’s doing ok! I’m going to do an in depth skin update at some point so I’ll leave that there.

Energy and motivation

This comes and goes and is dependant on varying factors – mood, weather, what I’ve eaten, if I have a hangover (I mean, what else are Sundays for?) – basically the same as everyone else. But I’m definitely in a positive place right now.

Weight

Ever since the post wedding weight gain, I’ve been struggling to shift a little belly pouch I’ve acquired and whilst it’s not a major issue it does get me down sometimes. I’ve gone up clothes sizes and nothing fits me properly which is my main issue. coming off the pill doesn’t seem to have effected this one way or the other, I’ve gone back to gym and have seen some positive changes but nothing drastic.

Contraception

At the moment it’s good ole condoms which can be a massive ball ache (lol) however it’s a (hefty) price we have to pay for not wanting the pitter patter of baby grants running around just yet. I mean I’m not saying I’m not ready but considering the amount of prosecco induced, lay in bed all day, hangovers I’ve had recently I think it’s for the best! I’m still considering the coil but after the issues I had at the end of my 10 year pill journey I don’t know if it’s worth the risk at the moment. I’m happy with how things are and my body is enjoying the lack of chemically induced hormones.

So in summary, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done! I don’t have to remember to take a pill every day, I’m not worrying about what the extra hormones are doing to my body, I’m not getting caught by surprise and I feel great! Coming off the pill is something I had been considering for the longest time and although I had such a tough time, I’m glad my body made this decision for me, it’s definitely been worth it in the long run.

I’d love to know what side effects you had (if any) when coming off the pill! Let me know I’m the comments or give me a tweet:)

Peace and love xoxo

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4 Comments

  1. August 4, 2017 / 8:40 am

    This is really interesting Laura, I’m considering going cold turkey too! I’ve been on the pill for around 8-9 years myself, and I’ve had issues with just about every one that I’ve tried. I tried the implant too but that didn’t seem to make much of an effect on me. I was offered the Coil too but i’ve heard so many awful stories about it! I suppose it’s all about finding something that suits your body perfectly! x

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 1:12 pm

      Definitely about finding something that works for you! At the moment I’m happy with only using condoms – this may change in the future but I want to give my body a break. I don’t think it’s healthy for us to be pumped with these hormones for such a long period of time, we need breaks at least – shame this isn’t advised to us by our doctors! Let me know how you get on if you do come off of it 🙂 And know that feeling like a psychopath is totally normal to begin with haha x

  2. Katie Ward
    February 18, 2019 / 6:59 am

    Hi Laura
    After having the worst time on this pill recently I decided to search Instagram to see if anyone had ever written anything about it. Your post has made me feel like I’m not going crazy and not alone! Thank you!!!! I’ve made the decision to come off at after an anxiety filled and emotional / hormonal weekend which was terrifying and felt like I was going crazy. My skin has been awful and I’ve gained weight. I’m sick of putting extra hormones in my body. Anyway I wanted to say thanks for this blog, it came just at the right time for me. Xx

    • admin
      February 26, 2019 / 6:42 am

      Hi Katie,
      so glad that my post helped you. I found a couple of forums when I was searching but not a lot! It’s so good to feel you aren’t alone in this though isn’t it.
      Having just had a baby I’m looking into contraception again but it’s such a mindfield! I definitely won’t be taking the pill though.
      Hope you start to feel better soon and more yourself again xxx

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