Migraines, mood swings, and exhaustion, oh my!
As I previously suspected, it's possible that I'm experiencing yet another rejection of birth control. It's at least another avenue my new doctor and I are exploring.
For the previous 4 years, I've taken estrogen-based pills. Long story short, I ended up PMS-ing constantly, getting panic attacks, and having high blood pressure. I then switched to a progestin-based brand (synthetic) within the last year. The general crazyiness subsided, so I didn't consider that other symptoms were still present.
I recently looked up the side effects of my brand and was shocked: out of the 30 known side effects, I have 12 of them. Everything from weight gain and fatigue to trouble sleeping, bladder infections, and acne. It may be coincidental, it may only be part of my problems, but it's clear to me that birth control is some factor in my health.
Which is why, after deliberation with Mike and my doctor, I have elected to go off of them.
To be honest, I've never been real comfortable with birth control pills. I'm all for birth control as a method - I'm simply concerned about the chemistry. One of my favorite words is "organic," but artificial hormone maniuplation is the furthest thing from that.
And boy, has chemistry been on my mind lately. Everyone knows what can happen when you go on birth control, but no one says much about going off of it.
Taking hormones out of your system will cause confusion in your body. While it only takes a matter of days to actually dump the birth control, it can take weeks or months for your pitutary gland to regulate itself.
Every woman reacts differently, but I can tell you these last two weeks have been rather tough for me. Bouts of exhaustion, unexpected migraines, crying spells, increased muscle pain, and general crankiness have peppered my days.
I admit, I was taken off guard. No one warned me about this. I've not had any girlfiends to consult with on this matter and the doctor only mentioned the possibility of weight fluctuation.
Despite these symtoms, I have seen a small measure of improvement. My bladder almost instantaneously felt better - I don't feel like I'm constantly fighting off a UTI. And despite some mood swings, I feel more balanced. I don't know if that's a chemical reaction or just the mental relief of not having to take the pills anymore, but it is comforting nonetheless.
Lest you jump to any conclusions, no, Mike and I have not changed our stance about having children. With him gone for part of next year and leaving in a matter of months, this is a perfect chance to rid my body of these chemicals and see if it improves my health. Only time will tell!
Have you ever experienced a negative reaction to a medication?