So I decided last Christmas that I would stop taking the pill. I was planning on staying on it until this summer which would give me a year for my body to get back to normal before ttc summer of 2010 hopefully. But when it was time to renew my prescription, I just figured that I would save the money and January was my first official month with no pill. I am very interested in hearing what other people's experiences were like going off the pill because so far I am not really loving life so much.
I had been on ortho tri cyclen since college, before that everything was totally regular with my periods & my skin was great. I went on it strictly for birth control reasons. I thought it was going to be smooth sailing when the end of January rolled around and my period came right on time. The February came and no period...kind of strange to me. I was pretty convinced I was pregnant for a while but a test was negative and I finally got my period in the middle of March. That would have been fine except this time it brought horrible cramps which had me up at night and sleeping with a heating pad on my tummy. That wasn't the worst of it either, now my skin is freaking out big time. Concealer is my new best friend these days! I have more pimples than I ever had when I was a teenager and now my skin is extremely oily. I am hoping I can get that under control with some stronger face wash and zit cream, but i'm trying all kinds of makeup in the mean time to try and cover everything up. I'm not sure but I also think I am gaining weight too.
I guess it could be worse. I have read that some people experience the following effects of going off the pill: hair falling out, periods lasting over a week and mood swings. On the up side, I have read that your sex drive increases. Still waiting for that to happen!