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Quitting the pill

By May 23, 2009 - 11:01am
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Having read articles over the last years and even recently one here on empowher, I have decided to stop taking the birth control pill; ortho tri cyclen to be exact. I am nervous of risks of breast cancer,weight gain and difficulty in building muscle. Also, I am really into natural health and not taking any drugs.
I will probably use condoms and the rhythm method.
I have a few questions, please.
First, do I need to do anything other than simply stop taking it, while using condoms?

Also, does anyone know where I can find a good calendar to follow to see my most infertile/ fertile times? I would want to "map" my own cycle and then follow a chart.
Any advice is very welcome. I am 38, have not had and am not sure if I want children. I am very healthy and pretty fit.

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My wife keeps a simple day calendar in our bathroom suite and uses it to great effect in watching her cycles. She has a wide variation in cycles but would never trade that with going back on the pill.

I would recommend testing your hormone levels for a while as my wife had some wide swings for the first year that then got back to normal with a little bit of supplemental hormone treatment.

Good luck with it - and like Susan, I say "enjoy being pill free!"

May 23, 2009 - 8:47pm
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