My Entire Life As I Knew It Changed With This One Decision...


I was just like everyone else. Prescribed birth control in my early teens to help alleviate a symptom that was hormonally-driven and driving me bonkers! For me, that was my acne. It was the cystic kind, it hurt, nothing that the dermatologist gave me was truly helping like I wanted it to. Why not try birth control? And oh yeah preventing pregnancy was a cool perk too! 

Everything was "fine" during those seven years I was on birth control. Fine in the sense of I would get sick a few times a year, take over-the-counter or prescription meds if needed to help my symptoms, went to the gym because I wanted to be skinnier, did as I was told to in society, etc. I was your average run of the mill twenty-something year old trying to find her way in this world. But I really wasn't fine as I would later come to find out...

And then one day, something changed. I had been following this influencer on Instagram and she was sharing her experinece with birth control and telling me all these things I NEVER knew about it. After being introduced to the ways that hormonal birth control was seriously impacting my body, I continued to read and learn about things that I wish I knew before going on birth control. My doctor sure as heck didn't tell me this stuff, or if she did, I didn't listen because I was too busy feeling grown up and cool for being on birth control in high school. Haha, good old 16 year old Sydney... 

Back to  2019. I was finally ready to get off my birth control. I did my due diligence as much as I could and I was ready for this change. I was at this point where I wasn't comfortable with not having my real period and not knowing what my body was like anymore. 

My appointment was in September where I was going to get the non-hormonal IUD, ParaGard. I needed something as a backup and sure as heck didn't trust myself tracking naturally! So this was the best option for me at  the time. 

A couple days after I got the IUD with my bf in Nashville, loving life and not sure what to expect with my hormones!

So what happened then? Life went on as normal, I got my real period back right away, and had no problems or post-birth controls symptoms at all. Easy peasy? HA I WISH. 
Stay tuned for how my life looks now in Part 2!

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