1 year(+) Post Pill-How are you doing?

Discussion in 'Contraception' started by Tempting Toffee, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. Tempting Toffee

    Tempting Toffee Active Member

    Hey all!

    I want to make this a sticky if that's ok?

    I thought this may be a good idea for everyone who suffered from negative side effects from HBC to state how they have improved?

    What symptoms?
    What they did to assist symptoms?
    What are you doing for contraception now?

    Here's my story...

    Went on the pill (logynon ed) April 05, after 9 months on the pill I suddenly became depressed, always anxious, puking from anxiety and I had insomnia.

    I then came off exactly one year after starting.
    The insomnia passed quickly. However, my depression did not. It has taken 2 years for me to really improve. It has been EXTREMELY gradual. My libido is still non-existent, but that's probably my anti-depressants.

    Over the years I've tried acupuncture, this helped my periods and libido.

    I started anti-depressants October 2007,so basically a year and half after coming off the pill.

    A variety of supplements, but right now I'm on multi vits, Agnus Castus, Isoflavs and a phytoestrogen cream.

    I'm not 100%, but I am definitely at my best yet. I think it's the supplements/herbs etc I'm taking, rather than the anti-depressants. I'm not an expert by any means, but I feel they're getting to the cause (hormones) rather than relieving them slightly.

    *Hopefully* I haven't just jinxed myself, and that I'll carry on improving.

    Please post your improvements [​IMG]

    Jen xxxx

    p.s this is open to people who have been off the pill for a loooong time, even if you got better 3 years ago!

  2. Raunchy-Row

    Raunchy-Row Super Moderator Staff Member

    Hmmmm...started MinOvral in the summer of 2004, completely lost my mind about 10 months later, it took about a year and a half, maybe two, before I was feeling "myself" again. I still find myself more easily upset and emotional than I did before I was ever on the Pill.

    I'm taking a lot of vitamin C and multivits, but that's about it for the moment! Feeling pretty good despite a high amount of stress in my life right now. I'm hoping things stay that way. [​IMG]

  3. kattchi

    kattchi New Member

    hey, i was on cerazette for about a year and a half and came off just over a year ago, after getting a copper IUD.

    My experience of the pill i was awful. I had panic attacks, was constantly anxious, almost suicidal. I have the greatest boyfriend who love and who i know loves me, however, i was constantly anxious about our relationship, i was needy and needed constant reasurrance. i hated being on my own and would start freaking out if i knew i was going to be. i had to plan my time so i would be occupied every second as i was so scared of flipping out. I basically felt like i was losing my mind. Lived on rescue remedy and kalms to get through the day.

    I discovered vitamin B about a month before coming off cerazette and noticed an improvement instantly. Since coming off the pill and getting an IUD i feel like myself again. I realised about a month after coming off that i felt happy, and realised that i hadnt actually felt that way since being on the pill.

    Now i have hobbies, i enjoy my own company. i am back to being the fun, confident, happy, independant person i was before i started cerazette. I still get a little down sometimes, usually around my period, but i feel sane again and feel safe in my own head. Never again will i put hormones into my body!

  4. chinesegirl

    chinesegirl New Member

    I am a new.And hope you happy~

  5. Danigirl341

    Danigirl341 New Member

    i've posted my story before with all the painful details, but here's a brief, which sounds similar to the stories already shared above: went on the pill in Feb 07 nearly lost my mind in Oct/Nov of 07. Same thing anxiety, out of whack emotions, doubting my relationship with my perfect boyfriend, panic attacks and finally the depression came on. it was about 2 weeks of feeling depressed and i was seeing a counselor (who of course didn't believe the hbc could be the cause of all this) and tried to switch from triphasal to monophasal, but i just couldn't wait to see what happened. i didn't think i would make it to find out whether that would help.

    i came off completely around thanksgiving 07 so it's not yet been a year. the depression is gone, but the anxiety is not. panic attacks are few and far between but i still have out of control thoughts and fears (really irrational fears) and have trouble falling asleep because my thoughts go out of control. some days are better than others. my period pretty much remained the same from before i was on, to while i was on, to now except that it is not regular or monthly now that i am off.

    Anyways, not a day goes by that i don't regret taking hbc and my biggest wish is that i could just go back in time to that day and not go on the pill because i still don't feel like myself and I sometimes think I never will, which makes me really sad. Hearing other stories on here of people who say they took 2 years or more to feel better gives me hope because although its still a long time coming, I would give anything for the day to come when I feel completely back to the person i was before i took birth control.

    My mom rationalizes to me that it took a little while before the negative effects started surfacing as the hormones came into your system, so it will take a little while for them to go away as they leave the system. it makes sense but i guess i was just hoping for an instant recovery.

    I have been reluctant to take any medications for anxiety because if its caused by a hormonal imbalance then i don't think treating it chemically makes sense. what do the vitamins you girls mentioned help with and specifically which vitamins? I have heard of fish oils but I didn't know anything about how vitamins can help.

    Thanks for the inspiration and hope! I'm still wishing and hoping and waiting.

  6. Raunchy-Row

    Raunchy-Row Super Moderator Staff Member

    Hi Danielle,

    B vitamins in particular can be helpful because they are the first to be depleted by your body when you're stressed. I've been taking a lot of Emergen-C both for the B vits and the Vitamin C and I find it really helps! Of course, Omegas are essential (new studies are showing them to be effective in the treatment of depression and they're already being used to help prevent post partum depression in moms) and for day-to-day anxiety attacks you could try something like Rescue Remedy (herbal compound which helps calm you down in a pinch, my Mom used to use it when she had asthma attacks that made her panicky and I've used it this summer to calm me down as well).

    Hang in there-it does get better! Like I said earlier, I'm still not entirely myself but I'm FAR better than I was directly after coming off the Pill and I have much more control over my emotions!

    Another thing that has really helped to balance me is working out/walking/anything physical and LOTS of water to help flush those toxins out of your system. Word of warning, though, anecdotally (I don't know what an MD would say about this) but if you start working out you may have emotional jags afterwards. A naturopath I went to told me that they're caused by toxins stored in fat cells being burned during the workout--those hormones basically get released back into your body before being flushed so cause a short-term reaction.

    You're doing great!

  7. Tolydi

    Tolydi New Member

    Hello all!

    I'm new to the forum and extremely thankful that something like this exists.

    I've been off YAZ for a little over a year now (Took it for about a year before getting off). While I was on it I began to feel all the symptoms described in these forums such as anger, irritability, mood swings.. To top all that it seemed like I completely dried out! I couldn't have intercourse because getting aroused(wet) was impossible as well as wearing contacts became an issue. After many visits to my "helpful" gyno I figured out on my own that I should go off the pill.

    A year later...

    Although my mood swings are much better, I'm still not 100% back to my happy easy going self. Furthermore I believe my hormones are SOOO out of whack that I developed a sweating problem! I sweat in my armpit area but ONLY at work, where it's freeeeeezing. I'm considering getting a Botox treatment to stop the sweating, but that is not a cure..Just a quick fix.
    Also my skin has become very strange... I used to complain all the time about having dry skin, now it has become oily and I break out in a way I never used to break out before.

    I'm frustrated with doctors, everyone thinks they are smart but they don't listen nor do they try to really HELP people anymore..

    I'm not really big on pills, I took some DHP-5 (not sure if this is the right name but they are Serotonin supplements) pills before, but once again those are not a long-term solution.

    Does anybody have any suggestions on what kind of specialist I should go see? Or any advise on some long term solutions to help my body get back to normal?

  8. Tempting Toffee

    Tempting Toffee Active Member

    Tolydi, check out the info on supplements thread [​IMG]

    That may help you.
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  9. Apearl

    Apearl New Member


    The supplements that Toffee mentioned are a good start.

    I was also on Yaz - it took me six months to realize what it was doing to me. Yaz/Yasmin is different from any other birth control because of its progesterone (drsp). DRSP has an extremely high progesternic effect and zero androgenic effect (testosterone). Androgens give us our sex drive and oily skin. So basically I think your body is trying to balance out and is not used to all the testosterone.

    The vitamins I mentioned on the supplement page have helped me immensely.

    Hope that helps!


  10. SweetD

    SweetD New Member

    It's been a few months since I signed on and planned on doing my just over a year update and saw this thread ... here's my story I'll try to keep it short!

    I was on BC for 8-9 years - on Ortho TriCyclin Lo for maybe 4 years? Everything was fine until the beginning of 2007, when I was having lots of issues with my cycle, OB blew me off. In April I started having panic attacks to horrible anxiety on a daily basis. After seeing my family Dr and having testing done just to make sure it’s wasn’t thyroid or anything else, I was prescribed Lexapro, but decided to hold off and see a psychologist.

    At that point I noticed a monthly coloration between my anxiety and horrible mood swings and my period. I started googling away and found this forum. And figured out that maybe, just maybe it was the evil BC.

    In June I stopped the pill ... my OB wanted me to switch pills, needless to say he’s not my OB anymore! Within a few weeks of stopping my moods were starting to improve. My cycle was pretty crazy, but I didn’t care about my cycle since I was starting to feel better. I also started suffering from painful adult acne, but again, I didn’t care.

    It’s been just over a year, my cycles are still slightly out of wack but slowly getting on track. I found a new OB that totally agrees that the pill really messes some people up and he said he will never put me on hormones because it will probably come back even worse. I now have extremely mild anxiety 2 to 3 days a month if that. I am bleeding a lot heavier than before and having some craping, but nothing that I’m concerned about. My acne has cleared up a lot - my skin isn’t back to normal, but nothing to write home about.

    I did have a lot of random medical issues after going off rib pain, numbness in my arms and hands, I kept catching colds and bronchitis (I’m a smoker but it was like my immune system sucked) but everything was tested and I was physically fine. I think my body was just in shock.

    I did try some new vitamins when I went off, but they didn’t like my stomach, so I stuck with my old multi vitamin. I did eliminate 98% of my caffeine intake and have pretty much stopped drinking alcohol (both for religious and anxiety reasons). I’ve had maybe 20 sodas in the last year and 6 alcoholic drinks. I think both of those really helped to calm me down a little more. My diet still sucks and I try to work out but it doesn’t happen half the time. So I haven’t made a lot of lifestyle changes.

    It IS worth going off if you’re having problems. And it WILL get better! It just takes time!!
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  11. Danigirl341

    Danigirl341 New Member

    I got some a b vitamin complex and omega fish oil capsules...the b vitamins turned my pee NEON yellow. I looked it up online and found that the body will flush out any excess of vitamin b12 which turns the urine neon yellow but I wonder if this means I don't need the supplement, since my body is flushing it out. I'll probably continue to take it to see what psychological effects it has, if any. i don't mind neon pee! haha. I've also tried to cut down on alcohol and have always lived a mostly caffeine free life.
    I also bought a book that has exercises for working through your anxiety. Going through some of them can be painful but it really does help. The book is called Healing from Post Traumatic Stress (My anxiety was most related to being in a few car accidents). Its empowering to know that I can do something to help myself through these issues mentally and independently.

  12. Tempting Toffee

    Tempting Toffee Active Member

    Hey, it does not mean you don't need it. It will take what it needs, and get rid of the rest. Which means you could only be getting rid of a little bit, or quite a bit. In my view, it's best to top it up, especially if your body is getting rid of any excess.

    My wee goes like that as well, from my multi vitamins x

  13. Jolyn

    Jolyn New Member

    OMG! That sounds so familiar! So maybe I'm not crazy and this is a result of taking the pills.

    My story: I went on the pill (microgynon 30) 5 March 2007. At first I felt weird. I felt like my emotions were being kept between lines. I couldn't be extremely happy anymore, but also not really sad. I thought that was fine, I had a busy study, and a job and it was al pretty stressfull as it was so I thought it was fine to feel that way.

    After 3 months I noticed I felt numbed from everything exept for the last days of the week you don't take pills. Weird.

    After 4 months I first got anxious. I couldn't take college anymore, everything was just too much! I started taking days off becuase I was so exhausted in my head. My vagina got very dry and thats where my hymen hardened and the pain during sex started.

    After 6 months the anxiety got worse and worse. I needed vacation, but I couldn't get it and everything just went way to fast. I couldn't seem to comprehend anything anymore. I quit my job and tried to focus on college. I also started to be more emotional quickly. When I started talking about everything I still had to do- I started to cry.

    After 7 months insomnia kicked in. I couldn't sleep anymore, I couldn't stop thinking about everything I had to do! But I NEVER EVER had trouble with heavy stress before?! So Why now? I really didn't get it. First I just slept bad. After three weeks of sleeping bad, I couldn't sleep anymore att all.

    After 8 months I had an emotional breakdown. I couldn't sleep, I was crying all the time, December had been busy and I was drained drained drained. I moved out of my parents house, thinking that was the source, and moved in with my very concerned BF. The first thing I did was getting ill. I was ill for almost two weeks and almost didn't get out of bed. I was anxious all the time and I had panic attacks every hour. I took weeks off from college, I just couldn't do anything anymore. My daily job was to prepare one meal for my boyfriend and me, and that took me all day whem I was up.

    After 9 months, needless to say, I quit college. I was falling behind and I wasn't improving one single bit. I was sleeping allllllll the time. I think 13 hours a day. The rest of the time I would be reading some little thing, but mostly I was doing nothing. Just sitting in my bathrobe on the coutch, staring to the closed curtains. I was afraid to go outside. I was afraid of everything and anything could make my cry. I did not take care of myself anymore. I went to a doctor twice and after the second time (with my BF) he send me to a psychiatrist. But the Spychiatrists have a waitinglist for about a half year. So, there I was, waiting.

    After 12 months I had been sleeping and doing nothing at all for weeks. I felt a little better and started to make hobbies. Cooking and making plants grow. And watching them grow. And reading cookingbooks to see if I could make BF happy. I went to a grocerystore for the first time and I paniced. I was sweating, my heart was beading loudly in my ear and I thought I was going to faint or screem. I saw people and they looked at me. I was superscared and barely made it through. For the record; I LOVED groceryshopping before I went on the pill. Loved it.

    After 14 months I went on Yasmin. Things changed, but just a little. I got lubrication all of a sudden, my skin got drier and I had no spots anymore. But my mind wasn't responding one bit. Things got diffrent. Darker. I got angry, but I didn't know what I was angry for/at so I would always cry, just because I felt like losing my mind.

    After 16 months I got suicidal and depressed. I didn't know what I was doing here, I didn't know why I was doing whatever I did and I thought I might as well be dead. I didn't live after all anyway.

    After 17 months I red an article about Marrena Lindbergs 'The Orgasmic Diet'. I bought the book, because I thought -apart from me being crazy- I had Female Sexual Disfunction. I didn't like sex, I never came, I never wanted to anymore. She had some interesting points about the pill that convinced me. I was quitting, even if thats was only as a try-out.

    My gynecologist (and everybody else I told) thought I was stupid. But I didn't care, I had the feeling I was onto something. She found out that my pain during sex was because my maidenhead/hymen had hardened and that only convinced me more the pill had something to do with that. Before I was on the pill that maidenhead never caused me any pain and I could get wet whenever I wanted!!

    13 August 2008 I took my last Yasmin pill, and I think thats going to be the last of my life. Maybe, just maybe, it wasn't all just me going crazy. Maybe I had a little 'help' going down.

    I'm still tired in my head after everything I do, but jogging for ten minutes doesn't tire me, so I guess its not physical. I'm still on the waitinglist for the psy but I hope I'm going to get help after this month. My BF is very hopefull he's going to get the girl back he fell in love with over two years ago and I'm hopefull I will feel in touch with myself again.

    Your stories give me hope, but also sadden me. I've been on the pill for only 1,5 years but, after reading your stories, that could obviously be enought already to never go back to where I came from.

    I'm already taking lots of fish-oil, a multi vitamin, anti-oxidants and extra calcium, zinc and magnesium. This thanks to Marrena Lindberg and her amazing book 'The Orgasmic Diet'. I already feel more sensitive and I am more sexual minded. I even had some dreams about sex already!! I already feel happier at times, but my mood swings a lot so I'm just going to wait and see what happens.

    I'll check out the supplements post! Thank you so much, you make me feel normal again.

  14. AliP

    AliP New Member

    Hi everyone!

    I came across this website a couple of years ago and it completely changed my life as well. I had been on the pill for 10 years after being prescribed it by my GP when I was 13 (in order to regulate my period... crazy since I don't know many 13 year olds with regular periods?!). I was prescribed the pill with very little information provided and no ongoing follow-up (apart from new prescriptions). For 10 years I suffered depression, anxiety, paranoia and general irritability as a result of hormonal contraceptives. The only time I felt 'normal' was during the week I had my period as I wasn't taking hormone tablets. As soon as I stopped taking the pill 3 years ago my life completely changed... I became the happy outgoing person I had been before I started taking the pill.

    What frustrated me the most was that when I decided to stop taking the pill it felt like there weren't that many alternative contraceptive options. I was in a long term relationship and my partner wasn't keen on using condoms, all hormonal contraceptives were out (for obvious reasons) and my cycle was not regular enough to rely on natural family planning methods.
    I'm currently using an IUD... not ideal, considering I haven't yet had children - but so far, I've had no side effects or problems whatsoever.

    I'm 26 now and currently completing my doctorate in clinical psychology. I've just launched my research project as part of my doctorate called 'Know your Options - The Contraceptive Experiences Project', which looks at the contraceptive decision making, attitudes and knowledge of an an adult population across their lifespan. I am looking to recruit both males and females aged 18-65 who are currently using contraception (or have a partner that is currently using contraception), have used contraception in the past, or have chosen not to use contraception. I really want to capture the different experiences people have had with contraception... especially their experiences of side-effects and their interactions with health professionals. I feel as though it's essential that both women and men are provided with accurate and helpful information about contraception (including side-effects and ALL available options) in order to enable them to make an informed choice about contraception.

    If you are interested in participating in the research, all you have to do is complete an online questionnaire. The questionnaire is completed annonymously and takes between 30-60 minutes to complete. The questionnaire is available online at:


    Please feel free to email me (alicia.mitic@student.rmit.edu.au) if you have any questions about the project.

    Kind regards,

  15. Jolyn

    Jolyn New Member

    Pfff, I've done the questionnaire, but that was LONG! God...

    Anyway, I hope your project works out well. Will you post a link somewhere when you have finished the piece? I'm very eager to know what you are going to find! [​IMG]

  16. Raunchy-Row

    Raunchy-Row Super Moderator Staff Member

    Wow! Lengthy! But a good study--I'll be interested to see what the results are!

  17. laxmom

    laxmom New Member

    I have been on the pill for 19 years...with the exception of coming off 9 years ago to get pregnant and then going off for a month in the "attempt" to quit the pill and then panick and go back on it. Well..this time around I have offically stopped. I have been on all kinds, because as I have gotten older, my body has changed and the pill just was not reacting well with me anymore. Causing horrid mood swings and terrible anixety this last time. I stopped taking the pill on Aug 6th..and I felt great all month..sex drive back...wow. But now this month...my anxiety is back in full force, I have cramping, spotting on and off, sick to my stomach, sore breasts, headaches. All signs of pregnancy...but I am not pregnant..I took a test over the weekend...negative. I know this will all pass...I am assuming this is just a withdrawl from the pill and my body trying to adjust and function on it's own. It's still a wild ride.

  18. Jolyn

    Jolyn New Member

    Well... you have been on the pill for a very long time. Your body has to take everything over again, but the pill is not out of your system yet. Its in your blood and in your bodyfat. Your probably going to have these symptoms on and off for a few months.

    I was on 1,5 years and a doctor on internet told me it takes the body 4-6 months to get the pill filtered out to the amount it doesn't have effect anymore. But I read other stories here and I think it might as well take longer to recover.

  19. lucky4life

    lucky4life New Member

    This is my first time on the site, but I just wanted to say thank you. I decided today after once again feeling as if I am going insane that I am going to get off the pill. On a whim I was looking up hormones and going off the pill to see what side effects I might have and I found Aphrodite. I'm sure you all have been here, in utter relief to realize that it is not just you that other people are feeling the exact same way and that it may not be immediate but that there is hope for normalcy. So thank you for hope.

  20. Pat

    Pat New Member

    I feel so utterly relieved having read all of the above entries. Apart from the lasting side-effects that is, but maybe that just takes time. I have experienced a little of ALL the above symptoms by taking Yasmin- depression, mood swings, the feeling that I was just not "myself" etc. But most of all, and by far the most damaging, was the diminishing effect it had on my libido. I've been on Yasmin for two years and I've had no desire whatsoever during that time. I'm in a long-term relationship and this as you can guess is devastating. My doctor told me all I needed to do to get back on track was to "spice things up a little". Bloody difficult when you have zero desire! Utterly stupid suggestion now that i think about it. But I think I'll try the recommended vitamins and omega 3 and try something non-hormone based in future. I feel so relieved!


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