I’ve been off birth control for a month, officially.
I have to say, I was a little worried when I went off it, after being on it pretty much consistently for over 4 years.
I was worried about getting pregnant in the first month, about my first period off birth control, how my skin would react, other methods of birth control, etc.
Well… a month it, I’ve laid some of those worries to rest.
I’m not pregnant! Yay! (Although hopefully in a few months I’ll be excitedly announcing the opposite!)
My period arrived on time, give or take a day. This makes it easier for our charting and current birth control method. Condoms don’t work for us. Never mind how much AMP hates them, I can’t stand them. We’ve tried a few times, and each time, it ends in frustration for both of us. So, I voted on giving up. Which is fine now that I know that my cycle is staying within the 26 to 32 day time frame needed for our Standard Days Method to work – just requires a little patience, self-control and creativity on our part.
My skin has basically stayed the same. Even on birth control, I’d get breakouts, and it’s been the same off of them. About a week before my period arrives is probably the worst, but nothing a little Tea Tree Oil overnight treatment doesn’t clear up.
BUT…. my cramps?
On the pill, cramps were manageable without pain killers.
Off the pill – my cramps cause me to double over in pain crying, leave work early to lie for 12 hours on the couch with a hot water bottle and popping pain killers every 3 hours. I felt like I was dying. I forgot how bad my periods used to be before the pill. The last time I had cramps this bad was 2 years ago when I miscarried. So, yesterday, I was cursing my decision to be off the pill… but I’m doing better today. And, hopefully I only have a few more months of this before I’m period-free for a good nine months and more.
Oh, and I’ve realized that a ‘natural’ Epidural-free delivery is probably not going to happen!