GIRL TALK: Coming Off The Pill

This is a post I’ve been thinking about writing for the last week or so. As you may know, I’m not really one for revealing anything too personal on here, but I thought this topic might be of some use. So here goes…

I’ve decided to come off the pill.

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Okay, hold your horses before you start jumping to conclusions! This choice has had nothing to do with babies – soz mum! But after almost eight years of taking the pill, I felt like my body could do with a well overdue hormone break. It has actually been something I’ve considered doing for well over a year, but the fear of bad skin, weight gain and erratic periods has kept me from making the change. To understand why I have so much fear over this decision, I think you may need a little back-story…

I first started taking the pill when I was 17. Prior to that I’d never really had any major skin troubles and my periods were as regular as clockwork. I then decided to come when I turned 21 as quick way to lose weight – I was off to Ibiza in 6 weeks and it was a case of desperate pound shifting measures! It was then that all my troubles started. My skin took a turn for worse, I started to gain weight rapidly and strangest of all, I never got my period. After 12 month and a series of visits to the doctor that I finally got a diagnosis… I had polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS for short.

For those of you (like me at the time), who haven’t a clue what PCOS is, then let me briefly explain. Essentially it is a condition whereby your hormone levels are all out of sync. This imbalance leads to cysts growing on your ovaries, which in turn can end up playing havoc with your menstrual cycle, skin, weight and potentially your fertility. So all in all, not exactly ideal. So taking the advice of the Doc, I went back on the pill to help control my hormones. Sure enough my periods returned, my skin problems faded away and my weight returned to normal.

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So why the hell would I want to come off the pill?

Having been back on the pill for around five years, I was starting to see some seriously negative side effects.

The major issue was my negative outlook on life. I’d gone from being a laid back, fairly positive person, to what only can be described as a miserable sod. Looking back at this year and considering the amount of amazing things that have happened to me, I just couldn’t understand why I was constantly feeling so fed up and dissatisfied. The smallest things at work would send me into floods of tears, I was constantly feeling that nothing I had or did was good enough and perhaps worst of all, I started to emotionally distance myself from the ones I love.

And if all of that wasn’t bad enough, then there were the constant sugar cravings, the inability to never feel full and a lovely collection of headaches just before and just after a period. Now I know that not all of these effects may have been totally down to the pill, but without ever coming off again, how could I truly know? So I decided that I could no longer let the fear of what happened last time, stop me from ever coming off the pill again.

A month later and here I am. Within just a week of not taking the pill, that unpleasant grey cloud had sailed away and I’ve begun to feel happy again. Sounds weird to say, but I’d almost forgotten what that felt like! And most exciting of all, a few days ago I got my period and just like old times, it was right on schedule.

If you’re considering coming off the pill, keep your eyes peeled as I’ll have a new post up very soon talking more about the effects and changes I’ve noticed since coming off the pill.

  • Lucy

    I love when bloggers write about their experience with the pill, I think I’m going to have to write about it myself – it sounds like it was a good decision to come off it for a while!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • Tiffany Tales

      I think it’s one of those things.. we dont like talking about, but need to read about! x

  • Pills tend to be good for the cysts, minimising them, that’s why doctors recommend people using it if they have cysts in their ovaries. I don’t like all these negative effects of the pill, so many ups and downs and the headache… I hope you don’t have the same problems again, good luck!

    Ela BellaWorld

  • Siffat Haider

    I love how you wrote about this so candidly. I’m glad you’re back to feeling happy again!

    xo
    Siffat
    http://icingandglitter.com

    • Tiffany Tales

      Thanks lovely x

  • I’ve similar experiences with the Pill so I found this really interesting to read! Thanks for sharing chick, and I’m glad you’re feeling better x

    http://www.alwaysalice.co.uk

    • Tiffany Tales

      I think it’s so interesting to read and hear about people’s different experiences. Makes you feel less alone in any situation! x

  • Ollyvia Laura

    it’s your choice :)) don’t be afraid :)

    // MY BEAUTY & TRAVEL BLOG //

  • editionemmagrace

    A big thumbs up for being so open with this topic. From girl to girl, a great read :) xo

    Edition Emmagrace

  • Abi Street

    I’m currently trying to make a decision whether to come off of the pill or not, I’ve been on the pill for about 7 years consistently and feel like I always have a grey cloud over me. Similar to you when you first came off of it, I’m very nervous about erratic periods, my skin becoming worse that it already is and gaining a ton of weight.

    This post was really insightful! Thanks for sharing, I’m looking forward to reading more about your experience x

    Abi | abistreetx

    • Tiffany Tales

      Glad it helped Abi. I still feel so much better for being off :) x

  • Anne Couture

    Wow, so inspiring you posted this. Inspires me to be open about similar thoughts! Glad you are feeling happy.

    Rucking With Wine

    • Tiffany Tales

      Thank you <3 glad it inspired you x

  • Loved this! I came off the pill in January and my skin has gone so bad so defo keep aware of things! X

    • Tiffany Tales

      Thanks <3. Mine skin isn't great either, hoping it settles down x

  • Samantha Hunt

    Great post! Coming off the pill has been on my mind for quite some time now. One day i’ll be in the best mood but the next I am so hard to live with and just want to be alone. I’m basically putting my boyfriend through hell. I’m still thinking about it (my skin will go crazy I know it) but can’t wait until your next post!
    http://www.samantharosehunt.com