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Old 05-17-2007, 06:37 AM   #1
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Problems after stopping birth control.

I just went off the pill about 2 weeks ago because I moved out of state and my old gyn refused to write me a script and I couldn't get into see my new doctor for a few more weeks.

I have been on the pill for 12 years (I can't even believe that its been that long!) and initially went on it when I was a teenager because I was having ovarian cysts. Years ago, I was told it was just puberty, but since I have been off the pill I have been having pains where my right ovary is, similar to the pains I had years ago.

Has anyone had anything similar?

Also, I have had some issues with being emotionally sensative to things, difficulting concentrating, easily distracted, and minor breakouts on my face, and my breasts have gotten smaller. Just wondering if these symptoms seem common.

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Old 05-20-2007, 10:35 AM   #2
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I experienced 10-15 pounds of weight gain/water weight or bloating, or whatever, over the two and a half years that I was on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo. I just went off of it around five days ago or so, and so far, have not experienced any abnormal acne, or any other adverse side effects, but we'll see how the coming months go. I did stop taking the birth control two weeks into a new pack, and have just started my period, and have been on it for the last two and a half days, even though I just had my period about two weeks ago, but this period is much more like my periods were before birth control. Much heavier than when on the pill, worse cramping, etc, so maybe my transition off of Ortho won't be too bad after all (I'm hoping!). Since going off of the birth control around 5 days ago, I have lost at least 5-10 lbs worth of bloating, and despite being on my period yet again, already, I feel great so far. I don't mind the bad cramping so much now. It's much better than the hot flashes, random bloating, big stomach, abnormally big boobs that no companies make cute bras for, weight gain, and the feeling that my body isn't normal/natural/my own that I had when I was on hormonal birth control. I am now seeking more natural remedies for menstrual cramping, etc, and going to purchase that book, "Taking Charge of your Fertility", so that I'm more educated about my own body, and so that I can (hopefully) have more control over it in general, and conceiving/not conceiving. I don't recommend hormonal birth control to anyone. Different pharmaceutical companies make different types birth controls made of hormones that are chemically engineered to mimic our natural hormones, but they are NOT our natural hormones. A few people I know have experienced good results on birth control, and had extremely debilitating periods before their hormonal birth control. Unfortunately, from reading the experiences of other women online, and from speaking to other women I know personally, it seems that going on hormonal birth control, although it serves its purpose of preventing pregnancy, is somewhat experimental, in that you have to try many different kinds to find one that your body will work best with (and apparently, you can gain an extreme amount of weight in a small amount of time, or have other rather adverse side effects while attempting to do so), and according to the commercials/internet research I have done, it appears to be harmful to your cardiovascular system, and could cause blood clots. I stopped taking the hormonal birth control because I have started eating extremely healthfully, and do not want to be unneccessarily putting chemically-engineered hormones into my body. I began taking birth control at the age of 21, because of very painful menstrual cramps, and very heavy periods, but at the time, I was eating poorly and not exercising, while I was in college. I cannot stress enough how wonderful it is to feel like "myself" again, and I am looking forward to the months to come--whether they'll bring aweful periods, or acne, or whatever they may bring.

Old 05-20-2007, 10:44 AM   #3
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Re: Going Off Birth Control

I haven't had any cysts or anything.. at least not that I know of.. but I did feel like my uterus/that area was hurting for a day or two about three days after going off of the pill. I don't know if that helps, but I just thought that I'd let you know?

Old 05-20-2007, 10:58 AM   #4
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Re: Going Off Birth Control

I didn't have any problems when I stopped BCP. Not one single problem other than me getting pregnant after being off of them for 3 months. I had been on them for over 15 years. I still had the peaches and cream complexion, I lost about 5 lbs no pains cramps or mood swings , no withdraw symptoms, bleeding stayed the same.

I am back on them again to contol the swelling of my cysts.

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Old 05-22-2007, 05:47 AM   #5
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Re: Going Off Birth Control

I have been on the pill (Ovcon, LoEstrin & OrthTricyclen) for 12 yrs, while its not the same amount of time, I have had a few weird things go on with my body. Some slight pain/pressure in my lower abdomen, inability to concentrate, breast tenderness (and shrinkage!) headaches, and low back pain. Technically, I am due to get my first period after going off the pill next wednesday, but yesterday I had some light bleeding, so I really don't know when my period is going to arrive.

Old 06-27-2007, 10:47 AM   #6
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Re: Going Off Birth Control

I went off Tri-cyclen Lo about 4 weeks ago, because of the Depression that it was causing me. I'm suppose to start my period today but nothing's happened. I understand that it might take a while. Other then that, my mood swings are pretty much GONE! I feel so much better. I do have a few pimples, but nothing too bad. I lost a couple pounds as well.
These side effects are way better then what I was experiencing on the Pill. not worth it, for me.

Old 07-20-2007, 10:39 AM   #7
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Re: Going Off Birth Control

I went off birth control three and a half months ago and would like go to back on. I am 39 and never had children (didn't want to). In March I had to have an endometrial ablation (Novasure) with tubal ligation. At the time I was half way through a pack of pills and the doctor told me to finish the pack and then stop taking them. I had been on them for nearly 18 years continuously and had very few problems while taking them.

The first month I was off the pill the only abnormal side effect I noticed was acne. I thought for sure it was a one-time thing (adjusting to hormonal change) and it would not return the following month. I also did not have acne while growing up.

However, PMS symptoms continue to get worse with each month that passes. And ovulation is painful and very present as well. During ovulation I bloat up, get sharp pains on my left side, get cranky and emotional, and have thick discharge that is pinkish. Then I am "lucky" enough to have a couple days breathing room before I move into the PMS symptoms. While on the pill I had only one PMS symptom and that was severe bloating from water retention. However, now, being off the pill, I have headaches, acne, extremely tender breasts, emotional upheaval, fatigue, constipation and diahrrea, cramping and bloating. And with each month they become more present and worse. I have the "pleasure" of experiencing this for at least an entire week before the period actually starts. This is very frustrating to me as I was able to live a relatively steady life while on the pill. Now I feel as though half of each month is disrupted by these symptoms. Once my period actually starts, it's like a relief as the symptoms pretty much go away. My periods, so far, have been light flow (thanks to the ablation) and last 5-6 days.

I am not one who thrives on drama. I prefer mind over matter and can sustain being "normal" for a few days out of the month when these symptoms are present, and then it becomes a terrible strain to not let the symptoms take over and some days I feel as though I'm literally going crazy. I take Evening Primrose Oil, magnesium + potassium, calcium, and other things to help with PMS but they can do only so much. I just want the normality I once had back. And now I have a new boyfriend and get very embarassed by some of my actions and explain over and other that I "didn't used to be like that" but he doesn't understand since he didn't know how I was before - nice and calm. It's just frustrating.

I know my body is still healing from the ablation and the tubal, and still adjusting itself back to being self-regulated for hormones, but it's very frustrating meanwhile. I don't let it take over my life but it is very exhuasting to not let it take over for nearly 2 weeks out of each month. And to know that many others lost weight when coming off the pill and I have not (despite actively trying to through diet and exercise) is that much more frustrating. I have my annual in November and have been charting daily emotional and physical symptoms to show my doctor and discuss using birth control to regulate these symptoms.

Old 08-06-2007, 11:58 PM   #8
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Re: Going Off Birth Control

Interesting how everyone's experience is different. I took Yasmin for 1 1/2 years because of my skin (high testosterone). When I was taking it I gained 5 lbs. over time, but I think it was more to the fact that I was working an office job 9-5. I did find it interesting that a portion of the weight gain seemed to have gone in the chest area. The pill also did its job in that my skin was clear, with little maintenance, and the hair on my legs didn't seem to grow as fast and as thick as before. Pre-Yasmin my period was regular with no cramps, and this remained to be true while I was on it.

All in all it was a win-win situation, but then I quit my job and had no insurance so I stopped taking it last October. My period was fine until March of this year. I thought it was just a fluke but soon June came and still nothing. I'm not sexually active so I'm sure I'm not pregnant. I have an appointment this Thursday to see a GYN, but I just realized that the insurance company I'll be switching to at the end of this month will allow me to see my original GYN so I think I'll wait instead. Aside from the amenorrhea I feel healthy, and my annual physical with a regular blood test came up fine- calcium level was fine too.

I'm hopeful that all it'll take is going back to Yasmin again, even though there's something disturbing about having to rely on a pill to fix something that wasn't a problem before.

Old 08-08-2007, 10:25 AM   #9
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Re: Going Off Birth Control

I was on Alesse for 7 years and discontinued them in Dec. 2006. I had regular periods before going on the pill and expected them to return to normal after stopping them. My first cycle was 38 days long, the second was also 38days long, then 29 days, then 31 days, then 49 days, then 49 days again. I have had headaches, leg and breast pain, weight gain and acne (which I've never had before). I've had my hormone levels, blood sugar and thyroid levels tested and a pelvic ultrasound and everything has come back normal. My doctor is sending me to a gyno and I'm hoping she has some answers for me.

Old 08-24-2007, 02:25 PM   #10
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Re: Going Off Birth Control

I have been on Alesse for nearly 4 months now and I feel like a totally different person. My boyfriend and I have been going out for 3 years and had no scares even before I was on the pill because we are so cautious.I am very active and have gained 10 pounds since I started taking it. I am going to university in a week and I don't want to gain anymore weight!
My emotions are uncontrollable and I just feel sad all the time.
I am deffinetly considering going off birth control for good because I don't think it is worth all the suffering.
Has anyone had these side effects from Alesse?
What were your experiences when you stopped taking it?

Old 08-30-2007, 11:12 AM   #11
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Re: Going Off Birth Control

You need to get back to the doctor and try another pill or talk to about what your other options are. I know some are better for some people than others. A couple different pills caused depression for me and others had other side effects. I am in my fourties so I decided to go off and get an iud or tubal.

My daughter is on your pill and she has had not too many problems. If you just started it might be you need to stay on to see if the side effects go away but dont stay with something that depresses you. You get to the point you forget how it was before.

Might be better options for you.

Old 10-23-2007, 12:33 PM   #12
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Re: Going Off Birth Control

I had been taking Yasmin for about 2 1/2 years to control heavy bleeding and ovarian cysts. I experienced breast tenderness and nautiousness, gained weight, became very tired, hot flashes at night, went up a few bra sizes, became depressed and lost my libido completely. It did help control my cycle and pelvic pain and my face was very clear. During that time, I did not feel like myself. About 2 months ago, I switched to Loestrin FE 1/20 thinking it would help clear up my symptoms ( I noticed I started dropping ALOT of hair after starting the Loestrin). I also had bloodwork done at that time to check my thyroid. Shortly after I started the Yasmin, my TSH was 2.5 which is normal. When I had it done a few weeks ago, it was high at 7.8. I went to my family doctor and was put on Synthroid. I started experiencing joint pain, was extremely fatigued, my skin became dry and itchy and I had trouble sleeping at night. I called my family doctor and asked him if birth control pills could affect the thyroid. He said yes, the estrogen levels can affect the pituitary <where the TSH is> and makes your body think there is not enough thyroid being produced. He also informed me that these "new" symptoms could be the new birth control pill. After some research, I found other girls who had the same exact symptoms. I asked him if I could stop taking everything and see if my levels went back to normal. He ok'd it as long as my ob/gyn agreed. She did, but did not feel the birth control had anything to do with it. I do not want to have to take one pill to counteract the symptoms of another so I decided to stop everything. I was advised by my ob/gyn to take 800mg of Motrin every 6-8 hrs if heavy bleeding occurs. I felt great before starting the b/c pills <other than heavy bleeding and cramps> and have not felt myself for three years. I would rather deal with a few days of inconvenience every month and feel great than feel like a zombie on these pills. I would suggest maybe having a thyroid profile done just to check levels. If birth control has high doses of estrogen, couldn't that contribute to thyroid issues, especially if it is all related to hormones? I am a little nervous about coming off of the pill, not sure exactly what to expect. Tomorrow will be day 1. I will go back in 6 weeks to have my thyroid levels tested again to see if they are down.

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Old 10-26-2007, 10:44 AM   #13
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Hey, I just wanted to share a couple things:

People are saying how they had acne breakouts after they stopped using the pill. This would be due to either the body trying balance and regulate it's hormones after being told regularly what to do (by the pill); or it could be the people who were on the pill would have had the acne if they hadn't been on the pill. So now it seems as if going off the pill has "caused" the acne, but in actuality, the pill has been helping the body to regulate it's hormones, so it has helped out with a problem they didn't know they had developed.

Anyway, I went on the pill for acne and cramps. It helped out with both. When I went off the pill, the acne slowly and progressively returned, but less severe because I was older.
Also, I didn't have a period for 7 months... it was wonderful! (As long as you're not constantly worried that your pregnant) It's fairly normal for a person (especially after a long duration of being on the pill) to have their periods stop for a couple months. I think more than 6 months you're supposed to go see your doctor.

If you haven't had acne before going on the pill, this improves your odds. Also, if your mom, sister?, brother?, or family members haven't experienced acne, then genetics say you're probably less at risk at developing it. (Even if you haven't had the opportunity for a long time to observe your skin without being on the pill)
If you stop using the pill, and you start to notice some blemishes, there's over-the-counter soaps and things you can try. If you don't need to be on the pill (did I read you might be considering having a baby?) I think it's far better to be OFF the pill, and dealing with minor problems blemishes at the source, rather than systemically subjecting your body to unecessary hormones.

My body felt GREAT after going off the pill, I was less tired, my libido which was nonexistent returned, my hair that had thinned became fuller, my mood swings lessened. I loved being off the pill! I would say there is much more benefit to being off the pill than there is taking it. (for the average person)

Good luck to you!
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Old 10-26-2007, 01:04 PM   #14
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Re: Going Off Birth Control

Hi all - I went off mid-pack about 2.5 weeks ago. Very tired, some muscle soreness/cramps, loss of mental clarity and moderate acne (which I expect to get worse b4 it gets better) It's interesting to read how everyone's symtoms are different and vary widely.
However, this too shall pass - I am determined not to take them! I have dropped several pounds and my hair stopped coming out as much which seems the only +'s right now. I know it will be worth it and need to be strong in the months to come when my acne gets worse. I'm sure it will clear up hopefully in about 6-8 months. I also had to start taking levothyroxine for my thyroid, my dr. says there is no connection, but I'm not taking both. My blood tests a few weeks ago while still on bc pill came back extremely low for testosterone and estrogen, which my dr. said is due to taking the pill as it basically shuts your pituitary gland down and stops your sex drive dead in it's tracks. Also no hormones, no acne. I'm taking B complex, zinc, folic acid, etc . . . woman vitamins to help with the transition, and babying my skin as much as possible. Hang in there girls and get off those synthetic hormones.
Good luck all - Renee

Old 10-30-2007, 10:08 AM   #15
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Re: Going Off Birth Control

when i decided to try taking a break from the pill, my acne got much worse. i also started with body acne (chest and arms) which i never dealt with before. Then my periods were also more painful and heavier.

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