Off the Pill: Why I Stopped Taking Hormonal Birth Control

After a lot of thinking and soaking in as much information as possible, I have stopped taking the pill. Ultimately, I really wanted my normal hormones back. Nine years on the pill is a long time!

How can I be promoting overall wellness when I’m taking a pill every night that is messing with my hormones, damaging my gut microbiome, and contributing to my depression and anxiety?

Why I Stopped Taking Birth Control

I made the decision for my own health. Over the past two years, the thought of quitting birth control kept coming up.

It was a very tough decision to make, because my body is so used to the effects of the pill. I was terrified of what may happen to my body, skin, and mood if I stopped taking birth control.

Fearing Change

I was terrified. The stress was causing stomach pain and acne. After evaluating everything that could happen and hearing other women’s post-birth control stories, it became clear to me that we all have different experiences. Creating stories in my mind of the bad things that would happen to me only hurt me.

Action Plan

It’s been one month since I’ve stopped taking hormonal birth control.

I was going to start an entire protocol for my body to help with the recovery process. The stress of following a protocol during my transition to post-birth control, as well as my job change, was too much for me to worry about.

So, I began taking supplements every day to help with hormonal balance, thyroid health, and gut health (Vitex, DIM, Thrive, and Flourish all from my favorite supplements company Eu Natural, which you could read all about these supplements here).

I remain on my current diet full of vegetables, moderate protein, and moderate healthy fats. Also, I’m drinking lots of water and incorporating movement at least 3-4 times a week.

My skincare has remained the same, and I believe everyone could benefit from creating a healthy skin microbiome. The minimal skincare routine I practice should be beneficial for my skin as I balance my hormones. Sara of Healthy Skin Glows & the creator of Skin Rebalancing Protocol (the course that taught me how to clear up my acne and balance my skin microbiome) told me to continue with my skincare routine.

All the progress I have made in a year to heal my gut and skin microbiome have created a good foundation for me to stop taking hormonal birth control.

I plan on eating a mostly clean diet, exercising, taking supplements, performing self-care practices, and continuing my skincare routine through this journey.

One Month Off Hormonal Birth Control

After one month off hormonal birth control, I have gotten my first period.

This is huge. I was terrified that I wouldn’t get my first period back for months, like so many other women. It was not like my previous periods during my 9 years on birth control. I won’t get too personal and get into the details, but I am so grateful that I was able to go through a whole cycle. However, I still need to maintain a healthy lifestyle to balance my hormones. Balanced hormones are crucial for a healthy period & healthy body.

It’s All About Progress

I will be completely open to this experience, welcome the change, and share my progress with you all!

It may not be perfect, but I want everyone to know the variety of experiences that can happen when discontinuing hormonal birth control.

Do Your Research

If you are thinking about stopping hormonal birth control, please research more about it before stopping. Beyond the Pill by Dr. Jolene Brighten has been incredibly beneficial for me during this journey. I know that it has guided many other women to correctly stop birth control, so go buy a physical copy or listen to it on Audible!

Audio Book Fans

I can share the book with you if you have not signed up for Audible.

I’ve listened to this audiobook, “Beyond the Pill: A 30-Day Program to Balance Your Hormones, Reclaim Your Body, and Reverse the Dangerous Side Effects of the Birth Control Pill” by Jolene Brighten, and thought you would enjoy it, too.

It’s totally free and you won’t need a credit card if it is your first time accepting an Audible book from a friend.

Get it here:

After you accept the book, you will be prompted to download the Audible app to start listening.