Why I Would Never Recommend Birth Control
It all started with hormonal acne…
I started taking birth control when I was 15 years old. It was prescribed to me by my then gynecologist for hormonal acne I was experiencing at the time. I continued on with the same birth control – Orthotricyclen-Lo – throughout much of my teen years until I was about 19. Since I was still dealing with annoying hormonal breakouts at 19 and using a combination of topical cream in conjunction with my birth control, my gynecologist recommended I start taking a slightly higher hormone level of birth control. I was then put on the regular Orthotricyclen birth control and that’s when all hell broke loose.
Within a week, I was having strange emotional outbursts, fits of crying, and irrational behavior. I picked fights with my boyfriend over ridiculous things like the laundry, what direction my hangers were going in the closet, and other nonsensical things that I would never otherwise be mad about. The last straw, for me, was crying in the bathroom of a water park over literally nothing. I don’t just mean a few tears here and there. I mean, I was literally bawling my eyes out. It scared the absolute shit out of me because I had literally no idea why I was crying. I wasn’t upset for any real reason. Nothing happened. My friends and I were all having a great time. I just recall being struck by an unbearable wave of anxiety and horror while in the wave pool. I rushed to the nearest bathroom to cry on my own, quickly followed by my concerned friend. I remember telling my friend that I had no idea why I was crying in between choking out sobs. It was one of the most bizarre moments of my life, to date, because I’ve never felt so emotionally out of my mind.
It was at that point that I realized the new birth control I’d begun taking was at the root of my emotional weirdness so I stopped taking it. Once I stopped taking my birth control, I noticed that my periods were completely wonky and irregular, my acne came back with a vengeance, and I gained weight. I didn’t feel quite like myself for at least 6 months down the road. Thankfully, things have slowly returned to normal, but I’m quite sure most of my troubles were brought on and/or exacerbated by the birth control I was on. Because of this, I will never use birth control again and I wouldn’t recommend you do either. When I was younger, it seemed like people always touted the positive side effects of using birth control, but it’s coming out more and more that there are some very negative side effects of birth control that may make taking birth control a risk not worth taking.
A Few of the Known Negative Side Effects of Birth Control:
- Weight Gain
- Irregular Bleeding or Spotting
- Painful Periods
- Nausea & Migraines
- Yeast Overgrowth AKA Candida
- Increased Blood Pressure
- Benign Liver Tumors
- Mood Swings
- Gall Bladder Disease
- Breast Tenderness
- Increased Risk of Breast Cancer, Blood Clotting, Heart Attack & Stroke
Instead of Taking Birth Control for Acne, Contraception or Balance Hormones, Try These Natural Methods Instead:
- For Acne: Heal It Naturally With These! – I used natural beauty products to heal my acne over time.
- For Contraception: Try male or female condoms, diaphragm, or spermicides. I opt for male condoms.
- For Balancing Hormones: Try healing imbalanced hormones with your diet, relaxation, a good night’s sleep, and regular exercise. For those dealing with PCOS, I recently read a cool article about Nicole Granato, a holistic nutritionist who sells natural supplements for healing the issues caused by PCOS including infertility, weight gain, etc. < This is not sponsored. I just read it in an article on Chalkboard Magazine recently and thought some of you may find it helpful 🙂 In order to re-balance my out-of-whack hormones, I simply changed my diet, worked out, chilled out, and got regular sleep, but if you are dealing with PCOS or other issues, please consult with your doctor or a holistic physician (for natural options) in your area to see how you can improve and eliminate your symptoms.
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Please Note: I am NOT a doctor! This is NOT intended to treat or cure any disease or issues you may have. I can only share my experiences and what has worked for me. Please consult your primary care physician.