So you've made the decision to get off birth control
But what about when you're done using the birth control? What about when you're wanting to dig deeper into your hormone problems and get to the root cause of what's causing your painful periods, acne, PCOS, endometriosis, horrible vomiting during your period, debilitating cramping, and more? What about when you read what else birth control does to your body and you're ready to kick it to the curb once and for all?
Then you get off! Yay! No more synthetic hormones! You're on your way to your truest, healthiest self without any bandaid fixes.
But not so fast.
It might seem as easy as stopping the last pill in the pack or not inserting in your next NuvaRing. And truly, it is. But what about the physical and mental aspect of it? What about a week from now? A month from now? A year from now? Where will you be then? Do you know how your body will react to the sudden stop of hormones coming in? Do you know what you will be thinking when you're at an all-time low because your period never returned or it did and it's even worse than when you started birth control? What about when your cystic acne comes back and so does your daily habit of stress picking and then you pick your face so much that you end up in tears and it's a vicious cycle of picking/crying/stressing/more picking?
I want you to really think about this journey you're about to embark on. And I don't mean to share this stuff to scare you. I really don't. I just need you to be aware of what you're about to go through and be empowered enough to trust in your body's ability to heal.
I thought I knew what I was getting into when I got off birth control. But seriously, don't let anyone tell you that this transition is going to be easy. ESPECIALLY if they've never done it themselves.. I genuinely hope it is easy for you, but we're talking about your literal whole body getting back to a state of homeostasis. It's going to take some time and there will be rough patches along the way. Don't let anyone fool you into thinking this will just take a week to fix and you'll be onto bigger and better things.
This transition is an exciting one, don't get me wrong!! I'm so glad I went through it. And you'll be glad you did too. You just have to keep the big picture in mind and trudge through the mud and remember that your body is magical. It's designed to heal and when we provide it the right resources, nothing is impossible.