So, I’ve been considering quitting “the pill.” NOT to get pregnant. But because…..well…..you know those side effects they warn you about? I’m over them. Not the serious ones like blood clots and brain hemorrhages…..but the ones that no one really talks about. The crazy. The crying. The lack of….um….sex drive. The weight gain. Those ones.
I’ve been on hormonal birth control for 6 continuous years. I have plenty of friends who go on and off the pill based on their relationship status. I went on the pill and threw condoms out the window as soon as my husband (then boyfriend) and I were committed.
I’ve never really had an issue taking the pill, until about 3 years ago when I was on formula that made me certifiable. I cried at everything. EVERYTHING. It was terrible. I switched to the nuvaring and had no interest in sex, I switched back to the pill and all of a sudden have 8 day periods…WTF.
So….I’ve been researching non-hormonal methods. IUD-eh….not sold on it. Still feels like an invasion/perversion of how my body was meant to be and function. Condoms alone, all the time? Expensive and annoying. Diaphragm and spermicide? Also annoying and increased change of infections. Ugh.
I then read on Caitlin’s blog about her thoughts on this same process, and about the book “Taking Charge of your Fertility.”
I recently picked it up from the library and it.is.fascinating. It’s basically the sex ed. we all SHOULD have learned.
I talked it over with my husband, and he is supportive of me quitting the pill and using the Fertility Awareness Method for birth control. He is ok with using condoms for a few days each month, etc. I was quite surprised at his reaction, as we are NOT on the baby track at this time. But….if it happened, it would not be the crisis it once was. At all. We have jobs, we have insurance, we are adults (scary!). I would never have considered this in my early twenties. But now? Even though I’m still scared and might take my pills for one more month while I think it over…… I think I’m ready to take the plunge.