So, I’ve been on the pill since I was 17 years old. I’m 29 now. That means that for the last 12 years I’ve ingested a pill every single night before falling asleep (0k, you know I forgot some of the time, but most nights). The brand of the pill has changed from Othro-Tri-Cyclen to Yasmin, and now to Seasonale. I started taking the pill to ease my intense period and cramps and now, among other reasons, I also take it so that I can only get my period 4 times a year. I’m prone to intense migraines and cramps, so this 4 time a year period thing has been amazing for me. I know some people have their doubts about what skipping your period can do to your body, but for me, the good outweighed the bad.
But, my intro isn’t really what this post is about because although the pill and I have been BFF for the past 12 years, I’m planning on breaking up with it soon. Now, mom (and MIL) before you get excited, we aren’t trying for a baby right now. But, I’ve read so much about people going through pill withdrawal and having a very difficult time returning to a normal cycle after so many years on the pill. Also, my body has been pumped with hormones since I was 17. I’m really curious what it would be like to forgo my daily pill intake. My biggest fear is that the pill is masking some underlying stuff that’s going on with my body. I have no reason to believe this, except that I’m turning into a hypochondriac and think something is wrong with my fertility and the only way for me to know for sure, is to start getting my period regularly. I brought this fear up to my doctor, and he assured me that based on my history, there would be absolutely no reason to believe that I would have any trouble with fertility. That made me feel a little better…but not 100% better.
But reading about going off the pill also made me curious about other forms of birth control. The one that’s most appealing to me right now is the Fertility Awareness Method (different from Natural Family Planning, because NFP is a little less comprehensive, meaning FAMers can use other methods of birth control whenever they want). I don’t have Taking Charge of Your Fertility yet, but it’s super intriguing to me. Not only could it help us naturally avoid pregnancy, but when we decide that we are ready to get pregnant, I will be far more educated and in tune with my body, which (hopefully) will make the conceiving process much easier.
To help with this process, I would love to have the Lady Comp, but at nearly $500 a pop, I’m pretty sure a regular thermometer, paper, and pen will be the route I’ll go. Anyone else versed in FAM? What websites/books would you recommend?