The Effects of Stopping Birth Control (Part 6)

Discussion in 'Contraception' started by Raunchy-Row, May 18, 2015.

  1. Pip02

    Pip02 New Member

    Hi Sita! I am very sorry you are going through this hell, it will definetly test you! You are strong though and will get through it! The best advice I would say is get CBT therapy almost straight away if you can. That should help heaps. The other thing I would say is be careful of trying 'natural' products, I came off Depo last September and I had an awful horrible time, after 7months I was feeling a lot better but the got pressured into taking Natural Progesterone Cream (Deidre on here had a similar experience with Macca powder)it made me feel great for a month and then suddenly things went crazy and I felt horrendous just like when I came off Depo. It really put me right back to square one!! This whole year I was very against taking antidepressants and got through some pretty horrible times without them. But I've finally made the decision to start, it's been a year for me now. Just be careful what natural things you use, some in fact made us much much worse. Some ladies were helped by these same products though so it's really hard to know.
    You will get through this, your thoughts aren't real or what you truly believe. I've had all the same thoughts. Try to accept the thoughts, you don't have to accept you believe them but just accept they are there. Your brain is misfiring at the moment and giving you thoughts of your biggest anxieties.
    I really think it helps to talk to a therapist trained in cbt. Xoxo love

     
  2. Deirdre

    Deirdre Member

    Well I got my period and I didn't go back on the pill...... My period is starting to come back to normal-slowly!!! I had 2 good days of almost normal period so I'm hoping next months will be better. My back is absolutely killing me though..... It's been like this for over 2 weeks now!!! I woke up anxious today and emotional. I think my anxiety however is morphing into depression now. I don't know if that's the next healing level or not.?
    I'm super emotional every morning now. I'm so ready to get back to being me. I worry as I'm sure you all do that this will never end. It's difficult.
    I know people have come back saying they are better but it's still hard to believe when your going through it. Oh I just hope it improves. :(
    Hi Pip,
    I think my anxiety stopped me or put a mental block up about taking them. I felt really sick and just terrible sweats taking them.
    Have you started on your meds yet? I hope you do better than me. Others have done well with them so you could too. Fingers crossed for you. :)

     
  3. Deirdre

    Deirdre Member

    Hi Sita,
    I'm really sorry you are going through this awful experience. It truly is awful. I echo everything that Pip mentioned in her post. Just know you are not alone and that your body could bounce back sooner than others have. All I can add is eat well and sleep when you need to. If you have a good circle of friends then reach out to them. I hope you get better soon.

     
  4. Sita

    Sita New Member

    I'm trying to get in with a hormone specialist, but she has a long wait, and some days I'm like "I can do this" and then others I'm just a wreck! One doctor told me that since the Depo is progesterone based, that I am probably having progesterone withdrawals (which can cause the intrusive thoughts), but I probably still have high progesterone because of the Depo. I just felt so great on the Depo and thought I'd feel even better off the Depo but nope! I just get so scared with these awful thoughts and anxiety! I'm just taking vitamins, and just recently started Optivit. .. I think this struggle this week, may be because I should be getting a period, but I have not had a period since that day of spotting. Just hoping that once my period regulates, that this will go away, or at least get better ...... I'm planning my wedding and was having the greatest time with it, until this happened, and now I can't even think about having a wedding. .... I'm scared to think about anyone I love because I don't know what horrible thoughts are going to overcome my mind. I'm scared to think period!


    I've always been such a happy person, that would do anything to help anyone.. And this is just beating me down!

     
  5. Deirdre

    Deirdre Member

    Oh Sita,
    I'm so sorry that you are going through this. Your story is like so many of us. I was pretty happy when this happened to me. I didn't think much when I stopped birth control-I just bought my acne would come back and my boobs would go flat and then I'd be grand. I keep telling everybody that I was so happy before all this and the they always try to find some nugget of 'but were you really happy??' Bla bla bla. They make me so cross. I was 90% happy in life. I finally had a job I liked that worked around being a single mom, I had money in my pocket, I wasn't struggling financially-then this!!! But, I do see moments of getting better-it's a slow process but some days I'm doing good. I used to have a terrible nervous feeling in my stomach all the time but now I get butterflies when I get anxious. I'm extremely emotional..... I've cried a flood of tears over this. But I am strong and I have been through bad times before so I keep saying that over and over.
    You too are strong Sita..... You will get through this. Believe that. Anything that makes you laugh-grab hold of that. If you have a friend who makes you laugh lots then spend time with them.... Have people around you.
    It's not easy but I believe we will get better. Stay strong!!!!

     
  6. Sita

    Sita New Member

    Thank you! On good (good as in not horrible) days I feel strong, like I can get through this, but obviously today is a hard day! Just ready to wake up and be the happy, joyous, fun person I was two months ago!

     
  7. Deirdre

    Deirdre Member

    I know. I feel the same way. Today is a difficult day for me too. I miss me. I just got to believe I'll get me back soon. Be strong. It's not easy.

     
  8. Sita

    Sita New Member

    Good luck! Hopefully this passes soon

     
  9. Sita

    Sita New Member

    Good luck! Hopefully this passes soon

     
  10. Sita

    Sita New Member

    Pip02 mentioned CBT therapy and I've been looking into it and trying to find someone, I'm just so scared I'm going to get someone who says I'm really going crazy! I know that this is all because of these stupid hormones but if I get someone who tells me I'm really going crazy, I'm afraid it will really send me over the edge!

     
  11. Deirdre

    Deirdre Member

    I know. I feel the same way. Today is a difficult day for me too. I miss me. I just got to believe I'll get me back soon. Be strong. It's not easy.
    Hi Sita,
    Cbt therapy is good if you find a good one. Mention it if you like but also be prepared for them not to acknowledge it. But listen to the girls on here and know In your heart that it is the hormones..... Keep telling yourself that!!!! It's not you -it's the hormones. You were fine until you quit your birth control just like every other woman that has come on this was. I'm going to CBT and my therapist mostly does like meditation and calming breathing techniques with me and sends me home with stuff to read on anxiety. I had a lady before her who would explain the process of anxiety and I found her much better but my healthcare here in Ireland would only allow me go to the second one long term. I have to keep going because it all links back to my gp so I have to be seen to be trying.
    It does help, but personally It depends on the person giving the therapy and the techniques used. I actually return for follow up tomorrow.
    I have found reflexology good and others have found acupuncture worked to balance hormones. It all depends on what you can afford. I had 3 reflexology sessions last month and my period returned to a healthier color and I got a day longer than the usual 2 days so I believe the reflexology helped. I also had terrible back pain so I don't know was that down to ovaries or what. I must go back to reflexology again but funds are tight at the mo.
    There are YouTube videos on mindfulness and breathing techniques for anxiety. It might take a few goes to find one you like but they are worth a shot for now until you go to Cbt. I fell asleep a few nights listening to one. Also positive thinking is a help (easier said than done-Louise Hay was recommended for this. I got her book. When I'm in good form I read it and practic positive affirmations when I remember. It's hard to do when you feel miserable but they are all things to try. Everybody is different. I hope this helps.

     
  12. Alilmoore

    Alilmoore New Member

    I only just recently found this page but have been researching for symptoms after nexplanon. I had mine implanted in Nov 14. It March of this year I started to get the feeling my body wanted its period back, I was crampy and just wanted it out. I got it removed March 31, 16 and was still crampy, had an ultrasound and nothing. Went on my way and was off and running. I got my period after about a month and then it wouldn't make up its mind when it wanted to come, I was still having cramps around ovulation up until my period was over. I was doing ok, in part because I was busy and constantly on the go. Fast forward to the end of August when things slowed down and I was able to breath and think, not having actually looked at my cycle going on 29 days and I started to have an anxiety attack but because of the support group I have I was able to calm down and get through it. Fast forward about a week and a half to the worst ovulation pain yet. Called OB and was told it was not unusual even after being "off" the implant for almost 6 months. I called my local clinic about by pills because of the irritating pain of ovulation. Then after I started back on the pill I discovered a blog about an implanon "victim" and found this forum. I finally feel that what is happening isn't a debilitating disease of some sort but it's a symptom of withdrawal. I am currently on my second week of the pill and am having good and bad days. I am considering only staying on long enough to semi regulate my body as I have already had effects of worse headaches with weather changes. This forum has made a HUGE difference in how I fell and it also explains a lot about my emotions while going through a very personal ordeal. Reading all of the posts and blogs I have make me want to tell my story. Thanks for the posts and words of encouragement. I already feel better.

     
  13. Kimi11

    Kimi11 Member

    Hi all,
    I hope you are all staying strong and doing well. I wanted to check in and give an update on how I'm doing.
    It's been 8 months or so since I stopped taking birth control pills, which I was on for 10 years. The panic attacks, anxiety and depression started 2 weeks after stopping and wreaked havoc on my life. First 6 months were the hardest months of my life. I was suicidal at times. Felt homebound, and quit my job. It was beyond horrible, beyond anything I could have imagined.
    The past couple months have been better than the rest, I finally feel "ok" most of the day, but not great. I still haven't been able to find the courage to do things like drive on my own, or start working again. I have some phobias that I've developed, like being alone in public places, or being around people who I don't feel comfortable around - I feel like I need a safety person (family member, etc) around me in public just in case i have a panic attack. It's horrible. I feel I've lost my independence and freedom.
    I am looking for a good therapist to help me with my issues. I feel like once I can get over my phobias of being alone, a lot of my issues will get better and my life will start to feel normal again. I still get really anxious in normal situations, but I feel like I can handle it most of the time. As of now, as long as I'm with a "safety" person I am usually ok...although I still feel like I can't fly in a plane or do some things if they're too stressful, I hope that will pass in time and I will be back to my normal self in due time.
    I noticed that I'm very jumpy still and my heart pounds if something scares me or starts to feel stressful, even something as small as watching an exciting movie. I never used to "feel" my anxiety so much in my body as I do now. I'm so sensitive to everything.
    Anyway, OVERALL, I'm doing much better and each day I feel like I'm learning, conquering the day, fighting, and staying strong. As much as I can.
    Exercise has helped me tons. I jog, or ride my stationary bike, just get my heart rate up for 30 mins or so and it has really impacted me hugely. I haven't taken any meds besides B vitamins, a supplement called Progestaid (supposed to help your body produce more progesterone or something like that, stopped taking it 2 months ago) and Omega 3.
    I hope each of you keeps fighting this, stay positive, know there are better days ahead, and take each moment at a time.
    This too shall pass, my friends! Be patient with yourself. HUGS

    Kimi

     
  14. acowles224

    acowles224 New Member

    I took 2 types of HBC for about 5.5 months (Tri-Sprintec and Tri-Linyah).

    I got very sick about 4 months in (intense nausea, vomiting, extreme emotions, crying, fatigue). It was so bad I had to defer my schooling and quit my job.
    I've had every medical test and blood test done to me that I can imagine possible and all came back negative (some relief on my mind...)

    I have been off the pill for almost 8 weeks now and have had a little progress, but not much...I wake upalmost every morning with nausea/acid reflux symptoms which often last half the day, or late until the evening, often fading around 7 or 8 pm. I have no desire to eat (I will though because I know I will feel worse with no food in my stomach). I never suffered anxiety until my sickness started 4 months in and now it's a daily thing.

    I've noticed that I have experienced times where I will feel 80-90% myself for a week/week and a half and then the morning nausea/fatigue/overall feeling very sick will start again and last for weeks. I'm guessing this has something to do with my hormones ***I have had them tested, but all my naturopath said was that they were "low".

    Since stopping, I had the initial bleed 2 days after quitting HBC and then 27 days later, I had my period (although how do you tell if its a real period or not?).

    Most days I feel very sad and hopeless from feeling so sick and not wanting to go anywhere because of the nausea and fear of throwing up in a public place because of it (which has happened).

    I can tell my boyfriend tries to understand but our relationship seems to be going downhill as I came home to my parents house from my college town, 5 hours away.

    I've read it varies in women how long it can take to feel better, but I can't seem to come across anyone else with my problem; I KNOW that if I didn't feel so uncomfortable and sick, then I'd feel happier about how my life has unfolded. All I feel capable of is laying down or sitting.

     
  15. acowles224

    acowles224 New Member

    I feel just like you; I've lost so much weight from feeling nauseous and not wanting to eat...it makes me not want to leave the house because I'll feel so sick standing up and walking around...I can burst out crying at any moment and if I'm out and I start to feel sick, it sends me into a panic.

     
  16. Deirdre

    Deirdre Member

    I'm so sorry you are going through this. I'm suffering similar symptoms. My only advice is don't use anything that will disrupt your hormones further. I tried Maca powder and it made me 10x worse. Others I've spoken to tried progesterone cream and they are worse. I'd recommend letting your body find the balance itself. I am on an anti anxiety med with few days now because I was so emotional and just down. It's so awful. My life has changed so much. It's a tough time but have faith it will get better. It has for others. It may take time but we will recover.

     
  17. acowles224

    acowles224 New Member

    I feel just like you; I've lost so much weight from feeling nauseous and not wanting to eat...it makes me not want to leave the house because I'll feel so sick standing up and walking around...I can burst out crying at any moment and if I'm out and I start to feel sick, it sends me into a panic.
    Are you nauseous a lot? I am. Always when I wake up first thing. What are you taking for your anxiety?

     
  18. Deirdre

    Deirdre Member

    I'm so sorry you are going through this. I'm suffering similar symptoms. My only advice is don't use anything that will disrupt your hormones further. I tried Maca powder and it made me 10x worse. Others I've spoken to tried progesterone cream and they are worse. I'd recommend letting your body find the balance itself. I am on an anti anxiety med with few days now because I was so emotional and just down. It's so awful. My life has changed so much. It's a tough time but have faith it will get better. It has for others. It may take time but we will recover.
    Hi,
    Being nauseous in the morning isn't one of my main things-I do get like a gag reflex as if i'm going to vomit. I have a lot of physical anxiety symptoms like pains in hands and chest. They all started with my first panic attack after the pill and they have stayed with me since. I have had numerous medical tests and nothing has come up.
    I've been put on

     
  19. acowles224

    acowles224 New Member

    Did your reply get cut off? It ends at "I've been put on"

     
  20. Deirdre

    Deirdre Member

    I can't reply it won't let me

     

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