BENEFITS OF GETTING OFF OF BIRTH CONTROL
In December, I talked about how I finally got new hair growth, after years of having my fine hair falling out in clumps. You can read about that here. The hair growth is just one of the amazing benefits that I’ve personally experienced from getting off of birth control.
I have been on some form of birth control most of my life. I started taking it at just 13 years old, when cysts had developed on my ovaries. Then at age 16, I was diagnosed with stage 3 endometriosis. Sometime before I turned twenty, I was put on a birth control pill called norethindrone. That pill became the one that I would stick with for years, despite all of the warnings and side effects.
Now that I’ve been off of the pill for over a year, I have absolutely no doubt, just how horrible it actually was for me.
Besides the new hair growth, here are 7 benefits that I’ve seen over the past year, since quitting birth control.
The texture of my skin has changed dramatically. Instead of rough, dried out skin, it’s a lot more smooth. It only gets slightly dried out during the winter, but not nearly as bad as it did./li>
NO BREAST PAIN
I have always had a lot of breast tenderness, and I when I was breastfeeding, I would get recurring mastitis infections. A few years ago, the pain was so bad, that I decided to have a mammogram. I know a lot of women are anti-mammogram, but the very first one that my mother had, detected breast cancer. Long story short, I ended up having a mammogram, ultrasound, and ultimately, a biopsy. That was one of the most terrifying times of my life, as I waited for the call for the results.
The results showed that I had fibrocystic breast disease. Guess what could cause that? Hormone changes! Since quitting birth control, I only have the slightest tenderness, and it’s always associated with that time of the month. I can’t help but wonder, if I had obeyed God sooner (see the post about hair growth), if I could’ve avoided the physical pain, and the painful emotions that came along with having the biopsy.
SPOTS ON MY FACE
Norethindrone says on the bottle, to avoid sun exposure! I obviously couldn’t completely avoid the sun, and because of that, I developed dark brown patches on my face. They were mainly along the top of my cheeks. I’m happy to say that those patches have faded tremendously!
Birth control can make it very difficult to lose weight. Since coming off of the pill (and with the help of the keto diet), I’ve lost 11 pounds so far. Yay!
NO MORE HEADACHES
For as far back as I can remember, I’d get these strange headaches. After consulting Dr. Google, determined that they were called ice pick headaches. They felt like short, quick stabs in the side of my head. I’d get them on both sides. The stabbing pain didn’t last long, but it would come and go often. It was terrible! I have not had a single ice pick headache in over a year!
This is the biggest one for me. I waited the full year before I wrote about this, for this right here.
I have had anxiety for at least ten years. It’s always worse in the winter. Last winter, I spiraled out of control on Christmas Eve, and it took months to get back to myself. That’s actually part of why I finally stopped taking birth control. I always wondered how much it impacted my anxiety. Trust me when I say, it was a HUGE FACTOR!
It’s almost the end of January, and I’ve barely experienced any anxiety at all, praise God! It’s life changing for me!
This probably has a lot to do with not having to deal with anxiety, buy my mood in general has been so much better. I don’t get as angry as I used to. Now I feel lighter, more carefree, and just have an overall sense of well-being. I have felt a little down over certain situations, but I haven’t experienced any deep depression like I have in the past./li>
Birth control can be a very controversial subject. For me, I never really thought much about the normal convictions that Christians have about it (which is that it may be preventing life). For me, I saw it as a way to possibly allow me to be blessed with a baby someday. I know that it helped me, but I also have some regrets for staying on it so long, especially after I heard the Lord’s voice telling me to stop.
If you’re currently on birth control, and are experiencing the symptoms that I listed above, I hope that my personal experience can help you to decide to try life without it. There are other ways to prevent pregnancy, if that’s your desire. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
Be blessed my friends!