About a year ago I started The Great BC Debate after I decided to let go of a almost 10 year habit of oral contraceptives.
And I’ve actually gotten quite a bit of positive support from many of you (thank you by the way!). Unfortunately, there have been some side-effects of ceasing a decade of hormone replacement therapy.
Thankfully they waited until after the wedding to come along…
Hair Loss: my hair was falling out by the handful, or at least that is what it felt like. I’d comb through my hair and it would be full of fallen soldiers. I’d have to clean the shower daily because there was so much hair in the drain. It was scary. It was messy. But it was so worth it. To date, my hair is getting back to healthy happy and thick state. I may have a strand or two in my comb, but this is worth living with knowing my insides are balancing themselves out again.
Breakouts Galore: literally, my face was one big nasty zit. OK, maybe not literally, but it was pretty bad. They were everywhere! And, they were the really sore, thick, cystic type. Oh, they were terrible and terribly embarrassing. This was harder to deal with than the hair loss because there was no way to cover them up and I felt as if they were screaming at anyone who looked at me. I’m happy to say after a long hard 6 months of battling these little demons, I think I have conquered them. It took a lot of greens, a lot of kombucha, and a lot of love. A few little guys remain, but I am loving how my skin looks and feels now.
Bow-chika-bow-wow: Uh… or the lack there of. Let’s just say may lady parts weren’t feeling they way they used to. I constantly felt as though my hormones were bottomed out and dried up leaving me no desire. Thank goodness The Train is so sweet (and might I add, smokin’ hot!). 🙂
Increase poundage: With my hormones all over the place, my insides seeked stability and comfort with food. I could not get full and I was constantly hungry due to the constant flux in hormones, which led to about an 7lb increase on the scale. Fine by me had it not be a psychotic feeling of constant scarfing of sugary cookies and treats, but it was. I mean I had to have a cookie (or 2) every day, that’s what my body was telling me?! Today, the cookie monster no long live within me and I’m back to craving my usuals (greens, oats, fruits, etc.). But I’m glad I listened to my body and gave it what it wanted. I feel happy about it and 4 of the pounds have already melted away.
Others: lack of focus and concentration, constant fatigue and lack of energy, inability to sleep, hot flashes and horrible feelings of being cold. It was as if I was going trough puberty and menopause at the same time. Or at least what I remember of puberty and what I imagine menopause to feel like.
I still haven’t had a period, which is now after a year, starting to bother/worry me. I’m currently doing research on naturopathic doctors and herbologists to seek their advice.
Gosh, hormones are important. They control everything. I don’t know why anyone would want to F… mess with them. I know I won’t be again. Ever again.
Thankfully, I feel well again. Better then well, I feel great. I feel a clarity and happiness I’ve never known.
What are your thoughts on Oral Contraception?
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