I've been on the contraceptive pill (I take the combined pill) for 12 years. Before that, I barely had periods. In fact I'm not sure I ever really had a proper period, just spotting, so on the pill I went. I have no idea what a proper period cycle is. I don't know if I can even have them. So I've made the decision to come off. I really should figure out what my body is capable of without any pill shaped assistance.
Of course once you start Googling coming off the pill the horrors that you are faced with is enough to make you stay on it for all eternity. Stories of horrendous acne, weight gain and period pains FROM HELL, were indeed enough to put me off and research all the possible ways you can come off the pill without your artificial hormone free body going into meltdown.
I came across numerous websites that talked about taking B vitamins and cleansing your liver. The best I came across was this blog post. I've been taking B vitamins, vitamin C and zinc tablets, and milk thistle for the past three weeks and I've made a half arsed attempt at cleansing my liver. All in preparation for coming off the pill when I finish this last packet.
Having grown up taking artificial hormones I've assumed that symptoms such as bloating, weight gain and insomnia are all part of getting older. That a reduction in sex drive is just part of being in a relationship with someone for so long. In fact these are all potential side effects of taking the pill and it's time I found it which ones it's causing, if any. I'm slightly scared my boobs will disappear though because I didn't really have those until I started taking the pill either.
This feels like a journey I should document for all women kind, because other than Hannah it doesn't seem like something we really talk about. I know I'm going to have to answer questions about B-A-B-I-E-S but other than batting that one away I'm happy to talk about it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that horrendous acne is not a problem. It's probably my biggest fear.
Anyone out there got any pearls of wisdom for me and my journey to an artificial hormone free existence?