What is it like to stop taking the birth control pill after 13 years?
I took my last pill on Nov 4th (which was also the last one of my strip). After reading a lot of different stories about other women’s experiences, I was very curious how it all would be for me. First things first: I got my breakthrough bleeding 3 days after. I kinda felt happy about that because for some reason it made me feel like my natural flow would come back fast. Turned out, it did.
My first period after the pill came exactly 3 weeks after I had my breakthrough bleeding.
On Nov. 29 to be exact. And on top of that, MY PERIOD ONLY LASTED 3 DAYS. Yooooo! I was like: WHAT? This is how it could be like on my natural flow? Sign me up.
My second period came exactly 3 weeks later once again.
On Dec 21. And once again it only lasted 3 days. So far so good! In the meantime I didn’t feel different, my skin was still the same and I felt perfectly fine!
My third period tho, arrived 4 weeks later
On Jan 23. And this one changed the game.. I woke up from intense cramps, I felt like I had to get out of bed, do something. I walked up, still in pain, straight to the bathroom. Convinced that taking a shower would make me feel better. But as I got into the shower, I all of a sudden started to feel light headed, dizzy and my sight got blurry. Wtf was happening?! I couldn’t stand up straight. I quickly turned off the shower, opened my shower doors and took a deep breath. I cooled down and I slowly started to go back to normal again. Okay, I need to call mum (my mother was actually on her way to visit me that day. Such a wonderful coincidence!)’ “Euhm, mum, just now.. I think I almost fainted in the shower”. Apparently the intense pain of my cramps combined with hot water (warm temperatures) caused this. Nah, I was shocked. I had to sit on my couch for 20 minutes to just chill. The cramps were so bad I just couldn’t move. After taking 2 Aleve Feminax I felt totally fine the rest of the day. So besides all that, it was still okay and it only lasted again for 3 days.
And the fourth came 3 weeks later again.
The cramps were definitely not like the ones I had the month before. However I noticed my skin got a lil bit restless. Still I think I can call myself lucky to have a pretty easy to handle skin. This time my period lasted for a whole week. Yep, 7 days straight.
I’m currently on the fifth period now and I feel like everything is for real back to normal
I’m not experiencing super heavy cramps anymore, my skin went back to normal and well, I guess I just have to deal with the fact that a natural flow is a bit all over the place. Sometimes it lasts longer, sometimes it’s heavier, sometimes my skin needs a little extra love and sometimes she’s chilling.
But no matter what, I’m back to natural
And to be honest, that’s what matters to me the most. So conclusion? I haven’t changed that much compared to how I was / felt / behaved before. Which is a great thing. But just knowing I’m back to natural again is the best.