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Update on my quitting the pill

By July 15, 2009 - 10:28am
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I decided to stop taking the pill as I am into a natural way of life and always hated taking hormones. I had also found that it made me gain a little extra weight and made me more moody.I quit taking the pill a month ago. I started my period EXACTLY at the minute that I always do this month! Amazing! So I am as regular as I was on the pill. Generally, my PMS is not even very noticible and I don't really have any period pain atall. AND.... believe it or not, I lost about three pounds already, though I am not doing anything particularly different with my working out. People have commented that I look tighter, slimmer and more muscular. I had read that the pill can make it a bit more difficult to build muscle and that it can cause weight gain. My breasts are the same size, however.

The only problems are that I abhorr the sponge. I had a panic attack while trying to remove it and hate the feeling of putting my fingers deep inside me, so I am guessing that I would also hate the diaphgram. Condoms are unpleasant for my boyfriend and I don't love them either. We are probably going to work on the rhythm method since I appear to be so regular. I always used to be before I went on the pill too. I don't suppose that there is anything else out there that is very natural and easy to use??
Overall, I am very happy with my descision to stop taking the pill. I like that I look slimmer, am probably less bloated, have lost a little weight (hovering between 131 and 133lbs at almost 5 foot 6), am less moody, feel calmer, am more aroused more of the time, am not taking hormones and just wish there was a dream contraceptive out there which could also make me feel relaxed about having sex! Anyone????

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Thanks Kristin! I will make an appointment with my doc! Do they fit you and then give them to you there and then? Did you have trouble getting it out ever?

July 15, 2009 - 4:33pm
(reply to rlyons)

Once my dr. taught me how to use it, I never had an issue with it. It's been about 13 years, but I'm pretty sure she gave me a prescription for one and I picked it up at the pharmacy. Your dr. will have to fit you, and it's good to try it out while the dr. is there in the room with you so she can check it out once you've inserted it and insure that you're using it correctly. And (I'm sure I don't have to tell you this, but....) don't be afraid to speak out and let her know if you're having trouble with it. I'd be interested to hear how it goes.

July 15, 2009 - 10:42pm

Since I HATE putting the sponge in and out, have a feeling that I would hate the diaphragm too....isn't the principal the same?

July 15, 2009 - 1:08pm
(reply to rlyons)

I've never used a sponge, but I found the diaphragm extremely easy and never ever felt it. In fact, my husband would remind me to take it out. And I was surprised that it didn't bother me because when I was younger I was very sensitive about using tampons. They would freak me out for some reason and I had the hardest time inserting them. I don't know, but I guess you could always try a diaphragm at your gynecologist's office and see what you think before you spend the money buying one. Before I first got my diaphragm, my gynecologist let me practice inserting one while I was in her examination room to make sure I was using it correctly, and to make sure it was something I felt comfortable using.

July 15, 2009 - 4:26pm

Have you tried a diaphragm? I've used one in the past and it was very easy.

July 15, 2009 - 11:23am
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